iText history

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I'll never forget my first Java book: The year was 1997. I had discovered the JDK 1.0.2 in 1996 and after experimenting with some tutorial examples, I immediately knew that Java would be a hit. In 1997, I worked for an integrator, and I had the chance to teach newly arrived interns how to program, so I bought myself the "Java Unleashed" book and decided to start teaching Java, a language that hadn't been used at the company up until then. We made some really cool applications. For instance: to explain networks and servers, we made a Connect 4 server using a ServerSocket and we made an applet...
If you have half an hour and you want to learn more about PDF, you might want to listen to the iText interview on IntrepidNOW . These are some of the topics that are covered in the interview: What was your initial goal when developing iText? Everyone uses PDF every day, but what is so special about it? Is there anything we don’t know about it? Briefly describe the evolution of PDF technology since you first began working with it. What’s the most significant change?...
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The first ever version of iText was released 15 years ago on February 14th. From an individual project in 2000, to a community open source project, to a professional open source company, iText has gone through the exciting journey to becoming the world's best documented, feature-rich and forward-looking PDF library ever on the market. None of this could have been possible without the passion and brilliancy of the collective iText community. The iText developer community has been growing from day one, downloading and using iText, sharing best practices and answering questions. The numbers are...
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Last year, we started a new tradition with a first MM blog: MMxiii: Memorable Moments '13 . In this blog, we take a look back at what we have achieved in 2014, making a month per month overview with pictures. JANUARY We started the month with an important board meeting in Redwood City: During this board meeting, we decided to double the staff in less than a year. We started with the staff in Boston where we hired two new people. This led to the first (not the last) office relocation at the Cambridge Innovation Center...
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Big day today at iText! Our new logo is ready for the world to see! We thank to all our amazing users and staff who were part of this process, and our amazing agency Arketi Group who helped make this happen. We believe that our new logo reflects our belief in open source, providing a future-proof solution with features, support and reliability. The iText group of companies has undergone a tremendous change in the past year-and-a-half. We were just nominated in the Top 3 for the Most...
Our exciting quest for new iText logo continues and we have narrowed down our likes to one, from our first set of logo contenders. Following our previous blog post , we are showing here the next set of “would have been-s”. Without too much deliberation, our team got fixated on the “machine-text-like” logo, for its clarity, straightforwardness and futuristic look. We are growing as a company, but we are still developers at heart. We strive to be part of the amazing developer community using iText, helping improve developer productivity...
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What do you consider being the birth certificate of your product? At iText, the first company was founded in January 2008, but the product was born long before there was a company. The Trademark registration at the USPTO mentions the FIRST USE and FIRST USE IN COMMERCE on 20000214 (that's February 14, 2000). This means that iText is 14 years old today!
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In terms of technology, 2013 was the year of memorable moments for iText 5.4.0. We released six iText versions: in 5.4.0 in February , 5.4.1 in April , 5.4.2 in May , 5.4.3 in July , 5.4.4 in September and 5.4.5 in December . But technology is only one aspect of iText. Let's take a look at was new on the iText business front in 2013. This is the year 2013 in pictures, listing the most memorable moments...
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The management at iText is currently writing a new business plan for 2014-2015. This isn't a work done by a single person. Both internal as well as external consultants are contributing to the plan. At times, the text is confronting for me, but that was to be expected: I'm not hiring people to say the things I want to hear; I'm hiring people to say the things that need to be said. One (minor) example of a confronting phrase involves the iText logo: iText's graphics are inflexible, elderly and a (bit) confusing (the current iText logo is readily confused with the letter "J"). A suggestion is...
Today we received the official certificate of our 10th place in Deloitte's Fast 50 Award: If you're interested in the story that led to us getting to that 10th place, you can still register for my talk at the BetaGroup in Kortrijk, Rotary Club in Vilvoorde or at the Business Angel Day in Antwerp. This is a short overview of the topics I'll cover: iText's success didn't come overnight: I had my first business idea at the age of 14. I wrote a flat file database system in Basic on my first "portable", a TRS 80/4P. Different organizations brought me their member list and I sold them printed...