Insights and thoughts

Eurostaff, a recruitment specialist, recently conducted an interview with iText founder and CSO Bruno Lowagie . In it, Bruno explains the best practices for developers who pull code snippets from StackOverflow to use in their own projects. What are the legal ramifications? How do you best attribute your source? From the interview: "The Stack Exchange Network interprets ‘attribution’ in a fantastically complicated way, written in legalese that even educated people have trouble...
In a long interview with OpenSourceForU, India's prime press portal on all matters open source, the magazine sat down with iText founder and strategist Bruno Lowagie. In the interview, he talks about the past and future of iText and PDF and shares his wisdom about monetizing open source projects in the smartest way. You can read the entire interview by clicking through here , but here's already an excerpt of Bruno's words: "India can play a vital role in expanding the open source...
Many of you are aware that iText Software provides dedicated support to its paying customers. However, we also have a very large user base that complies with the AGPL license. Since they don't pay for technical support, they have to rely on their own debugging skills and, as a fallback channel, on Stack Overflow to solve their iText problems. Those who have stared into the abyss of iText 5's...
iText founder Bruno is featured over at GlobalSign with an interesting and extensive piece about electronic document signing. Starting from an issue caused by invoice fraud causing someone to lose €30.000, Bruno guides the reader through the steps for making electronic signatures work with PDF. Its three major advantages are integrity, authenticity and non-repudiation, which prevent people from getting defrauded. Bruno then gets into the more technical nitty-gritty and offers practical examples for creating and using PDF signatures - the entire article is well worth a read...
Tags: .NETiTextSharpUWP
At the technical support team, we have recently received a number of questions regarding support for the Universal Windows Platform . For those not in the know, UWP was designed by Microsoft to improve portability of applications between all possible Windows-style devices. In the older .NET Framework, porting an existing app to a new device family (e.g. wearables, XBox, etc.) is a non-trivial task. UWP aims to solve this problem by introducing a unified backbone that is compatible with all device families, and ensures that an app can be used on all devices that run on a...
Drupal website developer and integrator Pronovix recently posted an interesting insight on using PDF technology. The full post, written by Pronovix CEO Kristof Van Tomme, is well worth reading, but here's the gist of it: In the web community, PDF has become synonym for a range of accessibility bad practices. Some people even think that we would all be better off if PDF would finally die, just like Flash and Internet Explorer. As a result PDF is not very sexy in the Drupal...
Although it may not be immediately obvious because of our modest nature the fact that iText’s presence in companies and products is unobtrusive, research from Adobe revealed at the PDF Technical Conference in San José that iText is the source of 8% of the world’s PDF documents. The top two positions were hogged by tech giants Adobe (obviously) and Microsoft, with Ghostscript coming third. The field of PDF libraries, creators and renderers remains very diverse and healthy. Competition is tight, which ultimately benefits the end user and keeps inspiring us to remain ahead. We appreciate...
Adobe’s VP Engineering for Document Cloud, Phil Ydens, estimates there may be up to 2.5 trillion PDF documents in the world. This number is rising every day because PDF has been embraced by businesses, governments and individual users alike as a platform-agnostic way of passing and sending information that won’t be skewed or altered. However, paradoxically speaking, the number of PDF documents could be much higher if there was more awareness about the versatility of the format. Not only is PDF gearing up for a world with more dynamic interactions between file formats, it can already be used...
If there’s one major challenge to single out in healthcare IT today, it would be leveraging the growth and usage of big data. While consumer IT made big advances in the past decade to get a handle of data by marking up content, indexing it, and annotating it for use, enterprise, and healthcare IT in particular, still need to catch up on making data actionable.
Codenvy created a tutorial and factory url to quickly get started using iText 5.4.4. Codenvy is a cloud based IDE that eliminates the complexities of setting up a development environment and significantly saving time for application development. To quote Codenvy:...