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2019

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PDFTron Heads to Cactusforce 2020 in Phoenix, AZ

PDFTron is excited to announce that we’re headed to Cactusforce 2020, a community-led conference for Salesforce Developers and Architects seeking to up their game -- hosted this year at the Galvanize…

Dec 16 2019

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Holiday Poll: Help us Choose a Charity to Give back to

During the holiday season, PDFTron takes part in supporting important causes in our global community. This year in addition to sending presents to local families in need, we also want to donate money to…

Dec 10 2019

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Reflow with Images, Improved Button Layout, and More With PDFTron 7.0.4 for iOS

We are excited to announce version 7.0.4 of PDFTron's iOS SDK! This release adds reflow with images, an improved button layout, a new text search UI, new icons, and more. Reflow with images The powerful…

Nov 28 2019

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PDF vs Office Document Workflows: Combining the Strengths of Each Format

PDFTron was pleased to present at the PDF Association's Electronic Document Conference in Seattle, WA, where I compared the use of PDF vs. MS Office in today's document workflows. We covered the full…

Nov 26 2019

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Introducing Annotations on Videos for WebViewer

Customers with review and approval processes appreciate having each annotation and file format centralized inside a single polished UI -- whether they’re collaborating on a website, collateral, blueprints…

Nov 21 2019

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Security Risks of PDFium-based Apps and SDKs

When it comes to embedding PDF rendering and viewing capabilities in commercial-grade applications, developers often consider PDFium -- a native open source PDF library and Chrome’s PDF rendering engine…

Nov 18 2019

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How we Secure the PDFTron SDK

As a vendor of a commercial PDF SDK, customers routinely ask about the security of our cross-platform offerings as well as how they can protect their users and their documents. And we take customer trust…

Nov 13 2019

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How to Add a PDF Viewer to an Android Jetpack Compose App

This year at the Android Dev Summit Google released the first canary of Android Studio 4.0. One of the biggest changes is the built-in support for Jetpack Compose, a declarative UI toolkit for building…

Nov 7 2019

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PDF SDK Evaluation Checklist

You’re ready to add PDF functionality to your software. But as you race to get your project underway, you have yet to complete technical due diligence -- the process of analyzing and evaluating PDF SDKs to…

Oct 31 2019

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Improved iPad UX, thumbnail browser, and annotation selection in 7.0.3 for iOS

We are excited to announce version 7.0.3 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. With this release, a PDF and the navigation lists sit side-by-side, thumbnails can be filtered by bookmarks/annotations, annotations can be…

Oct 31 2019

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FreeText With Rich Content Support With PDFTron 7.0.3 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 7.0.3 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes FreeText with rich content, AndroidX support and much more. This blog post will go through the major…

Oct 30 2019

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PDFTron: An OpenText™️ Brava!™️ Alternative

OpenText™ Brava!™ Enterprise has been a solution for PDF-based project communications around the world. As a commercial PDF SDK vendor, however, we’ve been contacted by dissatisfied Brava! customers…

Oct 25 2019

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PDFTron Wins ACG BC Deal of the Year Award

We’re excited to share that PDFTron was announced the winner of the 2019 Deal of the Year Award by the Association for Corporate Growth BC. Each Fall, the ACG BC celebrates successful transactions in the M…

Oct 17 2019

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The Hidden Costs of Choosing the Wrong PDF Library

You plan to embed PDF functionality into an application. But before you dive into the project, you must decide: do you go with a more expensive commercial PDF SDK -- or a lower-cost alternative such as an…

Oct 16 2019

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WebViewer Server 1.4.67 Release

We are pleased to announce the release of WebViewer Server 1.4.67. This release includes some new features, several stability fixes and some changes to make deployment and usage easier. You can learn more…

Oct 11 2019

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PencilKit Support, Real-time Annotation resizing & moving, Collaboration UI, and More With PDFTron 7.0.2 for iOS

We are excited to announce version 7.0.2 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. This release adds official support for Apple's PencilKit framework, iOS 13 Dark Mode, real-time annotation resizing and moving, a new…

Oct 10 2019

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How To Build a PDF Viewer With UWP and Cordova

In this blog you will learn how to quickly bring PDF & MS Office viewing, annotating, and editing capabilities to your Cordova project by integrating with the PDFTron UWP SDK. You can learn more about the…

Oct 3 2019

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PDFTron Ranked #1 By Those Considering a Commercial PDF SDK

Vancouver, British Columbia, September 27, 2019 – PDFTron Systems, a leading provider of document processing tools for software developers, today announced it has been ranked by Stax Inc. as the #1 choice…

Sept 27 2019

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Introducing PDFTron SDK for Node.js

As part of our goal of providing the best cross-platform developer experience, we’re excited to announce that PDFTron SDK version 7.0.1 is available for Node.js on Windows, Linux, and MacOS as an npm…

Sept 23 2019

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Updated UI Elements and Navigation Sheet with PDFTron 7.0.2 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 7.0.2 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes a new icon set, updated selection handle, navigation side sheet, new view mode and much more. This…

Sept 18 2019

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PDFTron Heads to Accruent Insights 2019

We’re pleased to announce that PDFTron is attending Insights 2019, Accruent’s annual customer conference showcasing the latest in industry trends and innovation in corporate real estate, retail…

Sept 16 2019

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Benchmark: How Reliable is PDF.js?

If your users share documents in a high-stakes, fast-paced environment, they may need their PDFs to open quickly and flawlessly. PDF.js, Mozilla’s open-source JavaScript library, offers one way for them to…

Sept 13 2019

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Guide to Evaluating PDF.js Rendering

Around 2011, a team of Mozilla engineers set out to discover whether a browser-native PDF renderer written on a web platform would allow web technologies to “subsume” PDF. That ambition led to PDF.js. An…

Sept 10 2019

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PDF Annotation Groups, Digital Signatures, Widgets and Undo/Redo with PDFTron SDK 7.0.1 for UWP

Well it is that time of the year again… when we release an update incorporating exciting new features to make PDF world an even better place. Do you dream about annotations that are grouped? If yes then we…

Sept 6 2019

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

Back-end developers love the safety provided by static type checking languages such as Java and C#. Frontend developers, in contrast, have long been stuck with the pros and cons of JavaScript, a dynamic…

Sept 3 2019

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PDF.js: Build vs Buy

Performing due diligence on commercial software can be demanding in its own right. You’re working under pressure to get the project to market as soon as possible -- but the consequences of a wrong decision…

Aug 30 2019

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PencilKit Beta Support, PDF Annotation Grouping, Improved Page Manipulation, and More With PDFTron 7.0.1 for iOS

We are happy to announce version 7.0.1 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. This release adds beta support for Apple's PencilKit framework, multiple annotation selection and grouping, improved page manipulation, a new…

Aug 28 2019

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How To Build a PDF Viewer With Blazor

Blazor is an upcoming web framework that allows you to build interactive web UIs with C# and use .NET Core packages in your backend. If you're interested in integrating a PDF and MS Office document viewing…

Aug 23 2019

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How to Create Fillable PDF Forms on Android

This is a guide on how to leverage the PDFTron Android SDK to embed a fast and user-friendly form builder into your Android application. Background PDF provides a robust set of interactive form features…

Aug 20 2019

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New Digital Signature Certificate Picker and PDF Form Creator with PDFTron 7.0.1 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 7.0.1 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes: a new digital signature flow for certificates, a new form field creation toolbar, updated UI…

Aug 20 2019

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WebAssembly vs. PNaCl Performance Benchmark

At PDFTron, we seek to provide customers the fastest way to view, annotate, form-fill, and edit documents across every platform. Thus when we move to a new technology, we must find out how well it performs…

Aug 16 2019

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WebViewer Server 1.4.0 and the new Windows Installer

We are pleased to announce the release of WebViewer Server 1.4.0 and the WebViewer Server Installer for Windows. This release features several performance and stability fixes. We've made the WebViewer…

Aug 16 2019

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Guide to Evaluating PDF.js

If you view a PDF embedded in a web page, you would likely use the browser’s built-in PDF reader. On Firefox, that’s PDF.js, a popular open-source JavaScript library published by Mozilla in 2011. PDF.js…

Aug 9 2019

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New Eraser Tool and Annotation Grouping With WebViewer 5.2

A new version of WebViewer has been released with a built in eraser tool as well as support for annotation grouping and leader line editing. See the WebViewer changelog for all the details. Eraser tool The…

Aug 6 2019

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Undo/Redo Support, Improved Search and More With PDFTron 7.0.0 for iOS

We are happy to announce version 7.0.0 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. This release adds undo/redo support, a better search UI, support for grouped annotations, and more. Undo/redo support PDFTron for iOS now…

Aug 6 2019

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CAD to PDF Conversion and OCR are Here, With PDFTron SDK 7.0

We are excited to announce the release of PDFTron SDK 7.0. We've finally left venerable version 6 behind and have added a few big features, like built-in support for both CAD formats and OCR. If you would…

Jul 26 2019

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New Text Field Styling and Radio Button Creation with PDFTron 7.0.0 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 7.0.0 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes text field styling, radio button and group annotation creation, and much more. This blog post will…

Jul 25 2019

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How to Build a PDF Viewer With Vue.js

Recently, Vue.js’s GitHub Repository surpassed Facebook's React for number of stars. “Stars”, Github’s way to let users “like” and follow a repository, is hardly a precise measure of a repository’s…

Jul 8 2019

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New Pressure Sensitive Inking for Signatures and Support for Group Annotations with PDFTron 6.10.6 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 6.10.6 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes pressure sensitive signatures, support for group annotations, and much more. This blog post will go…

Jul 2 2019

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New OCG layer browser, real-time collaboration support, customizable controls with PDFTron 6.10.6 for iOS

Today we are excited to announce version 6.10.6 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. This release adds a OCG layer browser, real-time collaboration support, measurement calibration, customizable controls, and more. OCG…

Jun 28 2019

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A Great Place To Kickstart Your Career

Switching careers mid-life can be hard. I embarked on this journey several years ago, when I came back to Canada after a five-year-long overseas teaching adventure. Since then, the BCS program (second…

Jun 21 2019

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How to Open 1GB+ PDFs in a Mobile or Browser App

Having the option to render documents client-side has many pluses: it’s simpler and more secure than relying on server-side rendering, it scales better, and it opens the door to superior local and offline…

Jun 14 2019

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What is PDF Linearization?

PDF “Fast Web View” or Linearization is a way of optimizing PDFs so they can be streamed into a client application in similar fashion to Youtube videos. This helps remote, online documents open almost…

Jun 11 2019

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May Marks a Month of Wellness at PDFTron

To mark the end to a month of wellness initiatives from the “plank challenge” to stretching sessions, on May 31st PDFTron hosted our most significant fundraising initiative yet this year as a way to show…

Jun 7 2019

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How to Add a PDF Viewer to a SwiftUI App

In this article we describe how to add a PDF viewer to your iOS app using SwiftUI, Apple's declarative UI framework announced at WWDC 2019. Getting started Integrating the PDFTron iOS SDK for a project…

Jun 5 2019

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WebViewer 5.1 - Promisified instantiation

A brand new WebViewer has been released with a better instantiation function! The promise, which is returned from the new instantiation function, contains not only the APIs but also objects and namespaces…

Jun 5 2019

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Introducing Apple Pencil support, real-time collaboration, and image stamp rotation in PDFTron 6.10.4 for iOS

We are happy to announce version 6.10.4 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. This release adds image stamp annotation rotation, Apple Pencil support, real-time collaboration support, keyboard shortcuts, a new signature…

Jun 3 2019

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Bringing Cloudy Annotation Creation to PDFTron SDK 6.10.4 for UWP

We are excited to announce our new official UWP SDK release (version 6.10.4). Based on the success of the CloudCreate, PolygonCreate and PolylineCreate tools with PDFTron SDKs for Android & iOS platforms…

May 31 2019

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New Stamp Freeform Rotation, More Viewer Customization APIs with PDFTron 6.10.4 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 6.10.4 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes new freeform rotation for stamp annotations, more viewer customization APIs, calibration for…

May 29 2019

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PDFTron Receives USD$71 Million Growth Investment Led By Silversmith Capital Partners

New Capital Focused on Accelerated R&D and Strategic Acquisitions Vancouver, British Columbia, May 16, 2019 – PDFTron Systems, a leading provider of document processing tools for software developers…

May 16 2019

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PDFTron Heads to HxGN Live 2019 in Las Vegas

We’re pleased to announce that we’re headed to HxGN Live 2019, Hexagon’s premier conference on GPS, global mapping and measurement solutions. The international event, June 11 to June 14 in Las Vegas…

May 10 2019

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PDFTron Participates in the Game of Apps Championships

PDFTron is thrilled to have participated in a community event with Catherine Andersz, CEO of PDFTron, invited as one of the judges for the Richmond Cohort Championships of the Game of Apps program this…

May 7 2019

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UPDATE: New All-Conference Discussions and Other EDC 2019 Changes

It’s May already -- meaning this year’s biggest confab for technologists, developers and enterprises interested in cutting edge document technology is less than two months away! We’re going to be at the…

May 3 2019

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Customize the UI in Android Document Collaboration App

In a separate blog post, we created a real-time document collaboration app using Firebase and PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This lets many users view the same document at the same time and communicate via…

May 1 2019

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How to Build an Android App for Document Collaboration with Firebase

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a real-time document collaboration app using the PDFTron Android SDK and Firebase. This will let many users view the same PDF, Office or image file at the…

Apr 30 2019

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MS Office Document streaming, image stamping, improved localization, and more in PDFTron 6.10.3 for iOS

We are happy to announce version 6.10.3 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. This release adds Word, Excel, and PowerPoint streaming, image stamping, measurement tool snapping, improved localization, and more! Office…

Apr 30 2019

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New Real-time Document Collaboration Packages with PDFTron 6.10.3 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 6.10.3 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes two new library packages for out-of-the-box real-time document collaboration, and more. This blog…

Apr 29 2019

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How to Add Annotations to PDFs Using Swift and PDFKit

In this article we describe how to add text highlight and ink drawing annotations to a PDF using Swift with PDFKit, Apple's built-in PDF SDK introduced in iOS 11. For info on getting started with PDFKit…

Apr 25 2019

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How to Display Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Files in an Angular App

In this blog, we'll show you how to add accurate, reliable, and fast support for Microsoft® Office formats to an Angular project using PDFTron’s WebViewer, a [JavaScript PDF Viewer}(/webviewer/). There…

Apr 17 2019

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How to Convert a Scanned PDF to a Fillable Form Online

This is a guide on how to leverage the PDFTron WebViewer and the WebViewer Full API to embed a fast and user-friendly, pure client-side form builder into your web application. You can watch how easy our…

Apr 12 2019

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Join us for the Electronic Document Conference Seattle 2019

Update: EDC conference organizers have made a few changes to the conference itinerary since this article was originally published. Check this update post for details. PDFTron is heading to Seattle for this…

Apr 9 2019

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PDFTron Joins the Electronic Document Conference Seattle as a Gold Sponsor

Update: EDC conference organizers have made a few changes to the conference itinerary since this article was originally published. Check this update post for details. PDFTron is proud to announce that it…

Apr 5 2019

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Redaction, measurement tools, a file comparison control, and more in PDFTron 6.10.1 for iOS

We are happy to announce version 6.10.1 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. This release adds redaction capabilities, form field navigation buttons, and new features for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC…

Mar 28 2019

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New Measurement Tools with PDFTron 6.10.1 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 6.10.1 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes new measurement tools, point snapping API, annotation list sorting, and much more. This blog post…

Mar 26 2019

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New File Compare API With PDFTron SDK 6.10.0 for UWP

It is with great pleasure that we announce our new official UWP SDK release (version 6.10.0). The new release leverages the features, performance and quality improvements of our updated core engine. Many…

Mar 26 2019

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PDFTron Marks a Year of Record Growth

2018 marked a record year for PDFTron -- a B.C. born and raised company and the maker of the world’s leading PDF SDK enabling integration of various digital document processing capabilities in enterprise…

Mar 22 2019

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Introducing PDFTron SDK for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Software

We’re excited to announce a new line of built-in features tailored to the unique requirements of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry software. In a recent release, PDFTron…

Mar 15 2019

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How to Add a PDF or MS Office Document Viewer to Salesforce as a Lightning Web Component

At PDFTron, we’ve worked with many clients who use Salesforce’s full-featured app framework to develop apps accessing the wealth of information stored in Salesforce databases. However, a number of these…

Mar 11 2019

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Announcing Support for CAD Formats in WebViewer Server

We're pleased to announce the release of WebViewer Server 1.2, featuring built-in support for CAD file formats, along with a number of other fixes and improvements. See the changelog for a detailed list of…

Mar 11 2019

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Built in Redaction and Measurement Tools With WebViewer 5.0

The newest version of WebViewer is now available and we're excited about the new capabilities that were added! We've added new redaction and measurement tools, and improved signature handling, along with a…

Mar 6 2019

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New File Comparison UI, Page Label Editor, OCG Layer Browser With PDFTron 6.10.0 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 6.10.0 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes a new file comparison UI, a new page label editor, a new OCG layer browser, and much more. This…

Mar 4 2019

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Seamless Viewing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Other Formats with PDFTron 6.10.0 for iOS

We are pleased to introduce version 6.10.0 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. This release adds a universal document viewing API, file comparison API, and more. Universal document viewing With this release, it is now…

Mar 4 2019

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Introducing a New File Compare API in PDFTron SDK 6.10

We are pleased to announce the release of PDFTron SDK 6.10. This release features a number of improvements, including support for generating document comparisons. If you would like to try it out, check…

Mar 3 2019

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How to Generate a PDF Using Node, React Components, and Headless Chrome

Google's Puppeteer is a Node API that allows you to control an instance of Chrome using a Node service. Leveraging this technology, we are easily able to generate PDFs using any Javascript framework we…

Feb 27 2019

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Streaming a PDF From the Web to a Mobile or Desktop App

Users want to work quickly wherever they are, even when working remotely. Yet viewing PDFs remotely is not always pleasant. PDFs must often first load fully before they can open, leading to frustrating…

Feb 20 2019

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Editing PDFs Programmatically in the Browser

Although WebViewer is often used for document viewing and annotating, you might not realize that it also exposes a full PDF editing and manipulation API that previously would only have been possible on the…

Feb 15 2019

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How to Build Fast PDF Web Viewing with Linearization and Flattening

People turn to PDF for its ability to bring a lot of information together onto a single page. A PDF document can store text, vector graphics and fonts, raster images, and much more, and users can…

Feb 12 2019

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How to Add a PDF, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Viewer to a Flutter App

When Google first released their mysterious Fuchsia OS in 2016, it was claimed that it could run on virtually anything -- from a smartwatch to your car’s dashboard entertainment system -- setting the stage…

Feb 8 2019

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How Your Feedback Shaped WebViewer During 2018

Each year we update our PDF SDKs, with new features, upgrades and bug fixes rolled out almost every day. And based on your feedback, 2018 brought many exciting changes to our WebViewer. Take a look at the…

Feb 7 2019

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How Your Feedback Has Shaped PDFTron iOS SDK During 2018

2018 was a big year for our iOS SDK. We pushed things forward in many ways big and small, improving both what the SDK can do and how easy it is use. Many improvements were initiated thanks to customer…

Feb 6 2019

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How Your Feedback Shaped WebViewer Server During 2018

WebViewer Server was born out of customer feedback: our customers told us they liked the scalability of client side rendering on the web, but didn't like the initialization times or the platform…

Feb 1 2019

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Improved text search, easier customization, and more in PDFTron 6.9.5 for iOS

We are pleased to introduce version 6.9.5 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. This release adds overriding of internal classes, a new full text search control, a new annotation toolbar precedence array API, and more…

Jan 31 2019

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Success Story: CCS Delivers Fast & Reliable PDF Rendering Using PDFTron SDK

For more than 30 years, Construction Computer Software (CCS) delivered innovative solutions empowering companies to increase productivity and visibility, and manage risk across engineering & construction…

Jan 25 2019

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How your feedback shaped the PDFTron SDK core engine during 2018

PDFTron SDK has many different faces -- there are front ends available for Web, iOS, Android, UWP, WPF, and many more. Each one of these faces shares the same core rendering and processing engine, and we…

Jan 23 2019

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How Your Feedback Has Shaped PDFTron Android SDK During 2018

At PDFTron, we are always committed to helping you build better Android apps, faster. The feedback we receive from our customers and the millions of Xodo users is a big reason why our SDK powers the world…

Jan 22 2019

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How to Pick the Right Version of PDF/A

Before you convert files to PDF/A, your conversion software will require that you pick a PDF/A standard and conformance level. The differences between PDF/A-2b and PDF/A-2a, or PDF/A-1b and PDF/A-3b, for…

Jan 18 2019

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What are the Different Versions of PDF/A?

Organizations prefer PDF/A for its industry acceptance and advantages over other archiving formats in terms of its ability to preserve text, vector graphics, raster images and related metadata…

Jan 16 2019

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PDFTron Releases a New SDK Showcase App for Mobile

We are pleased to introduce the PDFTron SDK Showcase app for iOS and Android. This app demonstrates a number of key in-demand features of the PDFTron SDK on Mobile. Showcase app The SDK Showcase app is…

Jan 15 2019

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How to Create ZUGFeRD-valid Invoices with PDFTron

The ZUGFeRD standard makes the sharing of payment information between entities large and small a lot simpler. However, building a program to automatically generate ZUGFeRD compliant invoices is a little…

Jan 10 2019

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How to Batch Convert to PDF/A with PDFTron

If you’re working with hundreds or thousands of files, you need a way to convert to PDF/A as quickly and conveniently as possible. This post will show you how you can accomplish this using PDFTron’s easy…

Jan 7 2019

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