Insights and thoughts

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:...
Read what the developers at Google write about iText:
Matt Stephens wrote "The Java world is good for “best-kept secrets”; and iText is one of the best."
Rod Cope listed iText as one of the 10 Open Source Solutions Your Enterprise Should Be Using: "This library lets Java developers create PDF files (without shelling out big bucks to Adobe for a PDF writer)."
I have been a big proponent of iText since somewhere around 2005. Over the course of that time, I have contributed code to iText, evangelized its benefits to numerous customers, and even get my daily does of humor when Paulo tells some newbie that 'there is no emergency and do not use caps'. Seriously, I have worked with PDF technologies for a decade, written numerous Acrobat plugins, know the Acrobat API almost by heart, and am always amazed at the level of sophistication, reliability and functionality that the iText project continues to deliver. Kudos to Bruno, Paulo, et al. Thanks. Chris...
A very nice framework. The only one in the market that delivers such a solution. Tim Bogaert, De Persgroep
Andrew Binstock is currently the editor in chief of Oracle's Java News. He was the managing director of iText Software Corp. in 2009-2010 iText was the first open source PDF solution. In 2007, Andrew Binstock wrote: "What surprised me is that iText is unique: To my knowledge, there is no other free software package with its capabilities, or even a large subset of them. Uniqueness in open source, where almost all projects have several direct, competing counterparts, is comparatively rare." Read the article...