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2018

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Success Story: OEC Graphics Partners with PDFTron to Upgrade its FUSION UX

OEC Graphics, the largest privately held premedia company in North America, knows what it takes to stay ahead. Since OEC opened its doors in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1912, constant innovation has been…

Dec 21 2018

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Improved configuration APIs, a new Showcase sample, and more in PDFTron 6.9.3 for iOS

We are pleased to introduce version 6.9.3 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. This release adds improved and more powerful configuration APIs, a new SDK Showcase sample, and more. Improved and more powerful…

Dec 18 2018

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How to Convert PDF to PDF/A with PDFTron

It is possible to convert from PDF to PDF/A in multiple different ways, using many different solutions. If you’re interested in converting a small number of PDF files to PDF/A, look no further than PDFTron…

Dec 11 2018

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New redaction tool and improved digital signature tool APIs with PDFTron 6.9.2 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 6.9.2 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes a new redaction tool, improved digital signature tool APIs, and much more. This blog post will go…

Dec 10 2018

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Success Story: How Kalsefer Streamlined Cross-Platform DRM Security With PDFTron SDK

Kalsefer Digital Solutions launched in 2012 with a vision: the Israeli startup wanted to transform schools and lighten backpacks everywhere, by enabling students to take their learning with them on their…

Dec 4 2018

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Improved UX and more in PDFTron 6.9.2 for iOS

We are happy to announce the latest release of PDFTron's iOS SDK, which includes refreshed PDF components, data-saving PDF streaming, improved bookmark handling, and more. Refreshed UX PDFTron's UI…

Dec 3 2018

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How to Generate PDFs With Ruby on Rails

The best approach for generating PDFs in Rails really depends on the types of PDFs you need to generate. This tutorial will provide step-by-step instructions for generating PDFs by using wkhtmltopdf, an…

Nov 28 2018

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How to Build a PDF Viewer with Angular and PDF.js

In this post we'll show you how to display PDFs in Angular 5+ by using the PDF.js-based ng2-pdf-viewer component, and then wrapping it with a custom UI. Here's what it will look like: The viewer includes a…

Nov 26 2018

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How to Build a PDF Viewer with AngularJS and PDF.js

This post will show you how to add a simple PDF viewer to your AngularJS app with PDF.js and the angularjs-pdf directive. We'll also show you how to match your app's look-and-feel by wrapping it in a…

Nov 23 2018

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How to Build an Android PDF Viewer Using Java

In order to let users view PDF documents in an Android app, it's common practice to defer this functionality to a third-party app on the user’s device. By doing so, developers won't have to build their own…

Nov 21 2018

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PHP 7 Support Added To Our PHP PDF Library

We are happy to announce that we have added PHP 7 bindings to our PDF SDK through SWIG 3. This blog will outline some of the changes we made to our PHP PDF library so that it would support both PHP5/SWIG…

Nov 16 2018

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Introducing PDFTron SDK 6.9

We are pleased to announce the release of PDFTron SDK 6.9. This release features greatly improved PDF/A support, as well as a number of other improvements. If you would like to try it out, check our…

Nov 13 2018

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PDFTron Selected as Canada’s Best Employers for Recent Graduates

We are proud to announce that PDFTron has been selected as among Canada’s best employers with its addition to 2019 Career Directory™, a division of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Published since 1992, the…

Nov 9 2018

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New Digital Signature UI and Mobile Data Management with PDFTron 6.9.0 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 6.9.0 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes big improvements to the digital signature UI, new APIs to manage mobile data usage when viewing…

Nov 5 2018

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Cloud integration, reader mode and more in PDFTron 6.9.0 for iOS

We are happy to announce the latest release of PDFTron's iOS SDK, which includes built-in access to cloud files, a new iPhone-friendly reader mode via our reflow control, a new data-optimized method read…

Nov 5 2018

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How to Build a PDF Viewer with Electron and PDF.js

Electron is an open-source framework that allows you to create cross platform desktop applications using web technology. This post will go over how to implement PDF.js into an Electron app to build your…

Nov 2 2018

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How to Display Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Files on Xamarin.Forms

It's possible to display Office documents in a Xamarin app without using a server, Microsoft Office license, or other third party software. The PDFTron PDF SDK will convert Office files to PDF directly in…

Nov 2 2018

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How to Add a Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Viewer to an Android App

Adding a seamless Word, Excel, and PowerPoint document viewer to Android apps is easy with the PDFTron PDF SDK. No need for a server, Microsoft Office license, or other third party software. With PDFTron's…

Oct 31 2018

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Adding a Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Viewer to an iOS App

Adding a seamless Word, Excel, and PowerPoint viewer to iOS apps is made simple with the PDFTron PDF SDK. Office files are converted directly to PDF in the client, and then displayed with a PDF viewer. No…

Oct 29 2018

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How to Add a PDF Viewer to Your App Using Swift and PDFKit

In this article we describe how to add a PDF viewer to your iOS app using Swift with PDFKit, Apple's builtin PDF SDK introduced in iOS 11. The PDFKit framework has been available in AppKit since macOS 10.…

Oct 24 2018

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How to View a PDF in Xamarin.Forms Using PDFTron

Xamarin.Forms provides the ability to build fully native Android, iOS and Universal Windows Platforms apps using C#. In this article, you will learn how to display a PDF in a fully featured document viewer…

Oct 23 2018

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How to Build a PDF Viewer in React Native

React Native is an open source framework for building native mobile apps using JavaScript. The resulting apps are indistinguishable from those built in Swift, Objective-C, Kotlin, or Java, because they don…

Oct 22 2018

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How to Build a PDF Viewer With React and PDF.js

React components are chunks of isolated code that can easily be shared across your entire UI, and even across multiple projects. This post will go over how to create a PDF viewing component that you can…

Oct 17 2018

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WebViewer 4.0 - Hello React, Goodbye jQuery

The latest version of WebViewer has just been released! We've completed the first version of WebViewer UI and added lots of new APIs for easy customizations. We also removed the requirement for jQuery and…

Oct 12 2018

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A Vision for the Future of PDF

When Adobe Co-Founder John Warnock first proposed his plan for an entirely self-contained universal document format, in the Spring of 1991, he was met with skepticism. One critic is even said to have…

Oct 11 2018

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Introducing an Open Source WebViewer UI

Introducing WebViewer UI 1.0, an open source React app for building world-class PDF & document experiences inside web apps. WebViewer UI 1.0 sits on top of WebViewer, a powerful JavaScript-based PDF…

Oct 9 2018

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How To Reduce Development Costs With a Xamarin and .NET Core PDF SDK

Apple. Samsung. Android. Windows Phone. Nokia. Blackberry. The mobile marketplace is filled with choices. And today’s end-users expect to have their mobile apps work the same, whatever their device. Now…

Oct 1 2018

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WebViewer Server Now Available for CloudFormation on Amazon Web Services

We are excited to announce that WebViewer Server is now available as a Cloudformation template for AWS. It provides a turn-key backend for viewing and annotating 30+ file formats inside web apps. Deploying…

Sept 24 2018

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PDFTron Welcomes Co-op Students For The 11th Year

With another Fall school-term underway, PDFTron welcomes a fresh group of co-op students, marking the 11th year since PDFTron started hosting student work terms in 2007. The three new computer science…

Sept 21 2018

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New and Powerful Configuration APIs with PDFTron 6.8.7 for iOS

We are pleased to introduce version 6.8.7 of PDFTron for iOS. This release adds new configuration APIs to disable annotation tools and other functionality, iOS 12 support, and more. Disabling annotation…

Sept 18 2018

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PDFTron Summer End Party

It was the end of another hugely successful quarter. And so, to celebrate, we decided to charter a boat so the entire PDFTron team could spend the day whale watching! On a beautiful morning, we departed…

Sept 17 2018

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View & Create PDF/UA tagged files with PDFTron SDK

PDF is an immensely popular format. But for many years, its “Achilles heel” has been lack of meaningful semantic information, identifying tables, paragraphs, headers and footers - and specifying in what…

Sept 17 2018

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New File Attachment and Sound Annotations With PDFTron 6.8.7 for Android

Today we are excited to introduce new APIs to the PDFTron SDK for Android for creating file attachment or sound annotations, pasting an image as a stamp annotation from the system clipboard, and more. File…

Sept 10 2018

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PDF 2.0 - One Year Later

It has been a year since the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced the publication of ISO 32000-2 (PDF 2.0), so it’s a good time to reflect on the state of the technology and the…

Aug 23 2018

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Secure Collaboration on Engineering Documents - PDF Day 2018 Presentation

PDFTron was pleased to present at the PDF Association's recently held PDF Day conference in Washington, DC, where I presented about Secure Collaboration on Engineering Documents. As PDFs move from the…

Aug 20 2018

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PDFTron 6.8.6 for Android

Today we are excited to introduce new APIs to the PDFTron SDK for Android for creating stamps with custom appearances, creating measurement annotations, creating callout annotations, and more. Custom…

Aug 10 2018

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WebViewer Server Release 66566

We are pleased to announce the release of WebViewer Server 66566. The new release adds support for scaling up to multiple backend nodes, as well as new options to better control the lifetime and total…

Aug 3 2018

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PDFTron 6.8.6 for iOS

We are pleased to introduce version 6.8.6 of PDFTron for iOS. This release adds support for creating and editing cloudy, polygon, and polyline annotations, and more. Cloudy, Polygon, and Polyline…

Aug 2 2018

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PDFTron SDK Adds Support For .NET Core

It is now much easier for .NET Core developers to integrate the PDFTron SDK into Windows, Linux, and Mac applications. Today we are excited to introduce a new language binding for .NET Core. Combined with…

Aug 1 2018

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PDFTron 6.8.5 for iOS

We are excited to introduce version 6.8.5 of PDFTron for iOS. This release includes a standalone viewer component, tabbed viewer component, new APIs for customizing the UI Tools, and more. Document Viewer…

Jul 11 2018

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PDFTron 6.8.5 for Android

Today we are excited to introduce new APIs to PDFTron SDK for Android for converting HTML to PDF, stamping documents with preset images, real-time annotation moving & editing, and more see full list of…

Jul 10 2018

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PDFTron Participates in the HackerX Recruiting Event

PDFTron will be attending the HackerX event on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Richmond, BC. HackerX is an invite-only networking and recruiting event for software developers. It…

Jun 28 2018

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PDFTron's Catherine Andersz Joins the PDF Association's Board of Directors

PDFTron, the world's leading cross-platform PDF SDK for building world-class document experiences, today announced that its CEO, Catherine Andersz, has been elected to the PDF Association Board of…

Jun 19 2018

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Listen to Us Speak at PDF Days Europe 2018

PDFTron is heading to Berlin for PDF Days Europe 2018, the most popular PDF event of the year. Hosted by the PDF Association from May 14-16, PDF Days Europe offers PDF users, developers, and marketers the…

May 3 2018

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PDFTron Joins PDF Days Europe 2018 as a Gold Sponsor

PDFTron is proud to announce that it is a Gold Sponsor of PDF Days Europe 2018. The event provides a comprehensive deep-dive for PDF users, developers, and marketers into the latest trends, with more than…

May 3 2018

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WebViewer 3.2

The latest version of WebViewer has just been released and we're excited about the new capabilities it brings. We've completed the first version of our PDFTron Server (drop-in backend for WebViewer) and…

Apr 5 2018

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PDFTron 6.8 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce PDFTron 6.8 for Android. This release features new gradle package manager, new fully featured drop-in activity, new annotation style picker, new annotation syncing…

Apr 4 2018

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PDFTron 6.8 for iOS

We are pleased to introduce version 6.8 of PDFTron for iOS. We are have now offered the iOS PDF SDK for over 7 years, and are excited as ever to keep pushing things forward. This release includes…

Apr 4 2018

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