Insights and thoughts

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...
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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.
RUPS is a PDF inspection tool, which we use a lot internally to inspect PDFs received from customers and users. Although RUPS stands for Reading and Updating PDF Syntax, it can't update PDFs. Until recently... We added functionality to update PDF dictionaries allowing us to test out other values in dictionary entries. This functionality was added in RUPS 5.5.0 . In this small tutorial we are going to demonstrate two cases where you could use RUPS to change your PDF syntax and Dictionaries. Go to the iText RUPS tutorial: use RUPS to change...
Tags: CodenvywebinariText
On the 19th of March, Codenvy invited Bruno Lowagie, CEO and Evangelist at iText, to present several different use cases of iText and give a live demo. You can now watch the recordings of this Webinar: Read more on iText and Codenvy Link to the Codenvy website...
Our CEO is preparing a talk for the educational day at the PDF Days, entitled “7 cases for the PDF support detectives.” The idea is to select 7 mysterious PDF problems he encountered in the last 15 years. We would like to hear...
We've published a 40-minute tutorial, explaining how to create a web application using iText and Codenvy : You can try this tutorial yourself using the code that is posted on Github or by cloning this repository: https://github.com/blowagie/itextsamples.git