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2020

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2020 Marks Explosive Growth for Digital Transformation Innovator PDFTron

Document processing leader powers the software that helps us get on with life Vancouver, British Columbia, Dec. 22, 2020 -- PDFTron Systems Inc., the world’s leading provider of document technology…

Dec 22 2020

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PDFTron Appoints Seasoned Marketing Chief, Charts Course as Backbone of Digital Transformation

Craig Clark appointed CMO of digital document collaboration innovator Vancouver, British Columbia, Dec. 10, 2020 -- PDFTron Systems Inc., the world’s leading provider of document technology solutions for…

Dec 10 2020

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How Egress Powers “Barrier-Free” Document Features in its Human Layer Security Platform

In today's world, organizations seek to empower their employees to share sensitive information between stakeholders online, such as medical records and financial statements. And helping organizations…

Dec 9 2020

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New User Interface and Redaction Toolbar With PDFTron 8.1.0 for Android

Today, we are very excited to introduce version 8.1.0 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK, including a new user interface, new redaction toolbar, and much more. This blog post dives into the major changes. For…

Dec 2 2020

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PDFTron Acquires PDF Editing and Translation Innovator Iceni Technology

Acquisition Adds EMEA Footprint and 11,000 Global Customers, Deepens PDF Editing and Translation Product Offering Vancouver, British Columbia, Dec 02, 2020 -- Market-leading provider of document technology…

Dec 2 2020

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How Drawboard Reinvents Global Design and Construction Team Collaboration using PDFTron

Before Drawboard's Founder and CEO, Alistair Michener worked in software, he was a full-time engineer. His colleagues would conduct design reviews with paper copies, marked up and passed around by hand…

Nov 28 2020

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Annotation Appearance APIs, Improved MS Office rendering, PDFTron full API 8.0 and More in WebViewer 7.2

We are excited to announce version 7.2 of WebViewer, our pure client-side JavaScript and WebAssembly-powered PDF SDK. This release introduces an API that allows you to define scalable custom appearances…

Nov 27 2020

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SS&C Intralinks' VDR Offering Enhanced with Secure, Web-Based Redaction from PDFTron

SS&C Intralinks pioneered the first Virtual Data Room (VDR) in 2002 to empower M&A teams on either side of the bargaining table to share sensitive electronic files securely and in a controlled manner. Over…

Nov 4 2020

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Annotation Filter Options and Improvements to FreeText with Rich Content With PDFTron 8.0.1 for Android

Today, we are very excited to introduce version 8.0.1 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK, including new annotation filter options, improvements to FreeText with rich content, and much more. This blog post dives…

Oct 30 2020

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Introducing text annotation improvements for iOS in PDFTron 8.0.1

Today we are excited to announce version 8.0.1 of the PDFTron iOS SDK. This version adds a new text property bar and other text editing improvements, and more. Text Annotation Improvements It is now easier…

Oct 29 2020

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Introducing ARM64 support, Annotation Manager and a new pure C++ SDK with PDFTron SDK 8.0.1 for UWP

Today, we are excited to announce version 8.0.1 of PDFTron’s UWP SDK. In this release, we are adding support to build UWP applications targeting ARM64 devices, Annotation Manager support, a new C++ SDK for…

Oct 29 2020

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How to Build an Android Document Scanner App with OCR

Document scanner apps are one of the more popular tools that make smart use of mobile device features, like the built-in camera and touch-screen, to make scanning both convenient and practical for…

Oct 23 2020

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How to Export XFDF Annotations from PDF

XFDF is an XML-based format and stands for XML Forms Data Format. Like other PDF components, XFDF serves many possible uses. It’s most commonly used to exchange PDF annotations and form data between…

Oct 21 2020

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Precompiled PDFNet Python3 Libraries Now Available

We are excited to announce new precompiled PDFNet Python3 libraries are available to download -- another small step in making the dev experience with PDFTron the best it can be. New Python 3 support makes…

Oct 19 2020

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Bluescape Enables a Scalable, Secure Document Collaboration Platform with PDFTron

Today, enterprises and governments seek to empower remote teamwork and productivity by transforming the collection of disconnected apps teams typically rely on to power their virtual collaborations…

Oct 14 2020

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How to Build a Cross-Platform PDF Viewer with React and React Native

React Native is an open source framework for building native mobile apps using JavaScript. Being a popular choice for mobile apps, it compiles the JavaScript components into native components to provide…

Oct 14 2020

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How to Generate, Stamp and Read Barcodes in a PDF with PDFTron SDK

Barcode can be used to represent a user’s data into a visual pattern that can be scanned, interpreted, and incorporated into a database. Barcodes are useful when information needs to be easily accessible…

Oct 9 2020

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Collaborate and Review on Videos with WebViewer Video 3.0

With a lot of us getting used to working from home, we're enjoying the flexibility of starting a bit earlier or later. But teams may find it harder to get on the same page for feedback and approvals on…

Oct 7 2020

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PDF Form Editor, Reader Mode, Annotation Rotation and More in WebViewer 7.1

We are excited to announce version 7.1 of WebViewer, our pure client-side JavaScript and WebAssembly-powered PDF SDK. This release introduces a built in PDF form editor, allowing users to edit form fields…

Sept 30 2020

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Digital Signing and Accessible Workflows, With PDFTron SDK 8.0

We are very happy to announce the release of PDFTron SDK 8.0! For version 8, we've added a bunch of new features, like support for digital signature verification, accessibility tagging for office…

Sept 29 2020

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Introducing a New UI for iOS in PDFTron 8.0

Today we are excited to announce version 8.0 of the PDFTron iOS SDK. With this version we are introducing an all-new UI, built-in PDF rubber stamps and other enhancements. New Annotation UI PDFTron's new…

Sept 24 2020

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Enhancing Digital Signature Security with Secure-by-Default Verification plus MDP

When stakeholders perform critical business transactions, they want to trust their signed documents' authenticity and integrity. A sort of "electronic" fingerprint, or coded message, a digital signature…

Sept 21 2020

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SS&C Intralinks and PDFTron Partner to Innovate in Secure Web-Based Redaction

Redaction failures cost organizations dearly in terms of expensive litigation, punitive regulatory fines, and damaged reputations. And despite the stakes, these errors happen yearly, impacting even…

Sept 14 2020

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Cloud Border Effect for PDF Annotations and an XLS Viewer With PDFTron 8.0.0 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 8.0.0 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release adds a new border effect for rectangle annotations, support for XLS files and much more. This blog post will…

Sept 11 2020

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Web App Accessibility: 5 Step Checklist

When a website or application has good accessibility (or a11y for short), it is built with everyone in mind. Users with varying ability levels can navigate your page with ease using their screen readers…

Sept 1 2020

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Success Story: Encode Uses PDFTron to Create Competitive Advantage for its Marketing Productivity Platform

Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Odense, Denmark, Encode is a worldwide marketing productivity software provider. Its innovative, adaptable platform solves various commercial and content challenges, to…

Aug 26 2020

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New User Interface, Threaded WebAssembly, Text Compare, Custom PDF Stamps and More in WebViewer 7.0

We are excited to announce version 7.0 of WebViewer, our pure client-side JavaScript and WebAssembly-powered PDF SDK. This release introduces a new customizable user interface, helping you go-to-market…

Aug 24 2020

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New Android PDF and Office Viewer User Interface (Beta) with Android 7.1.5

We are very excited to announce version 7.1.5 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes a brand new highly customizable user interface for the Android PDF and Office viewer, which will help you…

Aug 18 2020

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How To Search Multiple Word & PDF Documents Using JavaScript

In most document management systems, searches only use the title or metadata of documents. But the title and metadata do not always reflect what's inside. As a result, users must open and scan documents…

Jul 27 2020

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How to Add a PDF & MS Office Viewer to a Mac Catalyst App

In this article we describe how to use the PDFTron Mac Catalyst PDF SDK for adding a PDF and MS Office document viewer to your iOS and Mac app using Mac Catalyst, Apple's cross-platform technology…

Jul 22 2020

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Lasso PDF Annotation Selection Tool and New Digital Signature UI with PDFTron 7.1.4 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 7.1.4 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes a lasso PDF annotation selection tool, new signature UI, improved Hindi Free Text Appearance, and…

Jul 13 2020

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How to Automate Face Redaction of PDFs With JavaScript

In this article (a six-minute read), you’ll learn how to automatically detect faces in a PDF document using the open-source face-api.js and permanently redact them using PDFTron WebViewer, a JavaScript PDF…

Jul 3 2020

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PDFTron Acquires ActivePDF, a Leading Provider of PDF Technology to the Enterprise Market

Acquisition advances PDFTron’s position as a leading document technology platform powering digital transformation Vancouver, British Columbia, June 23, 2020 – PDFTron Systems Inc., a global leader and…

Jun 23 2020

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React Native Document Collaboration with PDFTron 7.1.3 for iOS

Today we are excited to announce version 7.1.3 of the PDFTron iOS SDK. This release adds many new features to our React Native library to support real-time document collaboration and more extensive UI…

Jun 16 2020

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New User Interface (Beta), Rich Text PDF Annotation, @ User Mentions, and More in WebViewer 6.3

We are excited to announce version 6.3 of WebViewer, our pure client-side JavaScript and WebAssembly-powered PDF SDK. This release introduces a new customizable user interface (beta), helping you go-to…

Jun 15 2020

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Real-time Document Collaboration for React Native With PDFTron 7.1.3 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 7.1.3 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK which includes a number of new features for our React Native Library, such as plug & play real-time document collaboration…

Jun 10 2020

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Success Story: How Uniscope used PDFTron to Power Collaboration on Aviation Manuals

In addition to the flight crews, the work of ensuring commercial aircraft take off and land safely falls to a support cast of professionals. These staff, including crews on the tarmac and those in the…

May 19 2020

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PDF Callout Annotation Tool, Text Annotation Custom Fonts, Sepia Mode, and More in PDFTron SDK for iOS 7.1.2

We are pleased to announce version 7.1.2 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. In this release we've added a new callout annotation tool, support for custom fonts in text annotations and reflow mode, a new sepia viewing…

May 11 2020

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Search and Redact PDFs With PDFTron 7.1.2 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 7.1.2 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release adds new ways to redact PDF documents, new rectangular area PDF measurement tool, new rubber stamp presets…

May 6 2020

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Powering Digital Transformation During COVID-19

At PDFTron, the safety of our employees and our ability to support our customers are our top focus. As a result, early on, we were actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and we implemented every…

May 1 2020

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How to Generate PDFs or Convert DOCX to PDF with Node.js

Express or Express.js is described as a flexible framework for building web apps and APIs, as well as the de facto standard server framework for Node.js. Leveraging Express and Node.js enables devs to add…

Apr 24 2020

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Success Story: Spielberg Delivers World-class ECM with PDFTron SDK

Spielberg Solutions GmbH has invested over fifty years into building and maintaining Enterprise Electronic Content Management systems. During that time, the German market leader has stayed at the forefront…

Apr 15 2020

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Multiple saved signatures, freehand highlighter and more...

We are pleased to announce versions 7.1.0 and 7.1.1 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. In these releases we've added support for multiple saved signatures, a freehand highlighter tool, viewer-optimized PDFs, a new…

Apr 7 2020

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Annotation Review Status for Collaboration With PDFTron 7.1.1 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 7.1.1 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes annotation review status for real-time document collaboration, a new stroke eraser for ink…

Mar 31 2020

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File Attachment Annotations, More PDF Measurement Tools, and Easier Polygon Creation with WebViewer 6.2

We are excited to announce version 6.2 of WebViewer, our pure client-side JavaScript and WebAssembly-powered PDF SDK. This release introduces a new file attachment annotation, allowing your users to embed…

Mar 31 2020

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PDFTron Acquires BCL Technologies

Acquisition strengthens PDFTron’s market-leading position with enhanced document conversion capabilities. Vancouver, British Columbia, March 3, 2020 – PDFTron Systems, a leading provider of document…

Mar 3 2020

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How to Edit & Manipulate PDFs With React

In this post, we’ll walk you through how to create a simple web app that will let users download a PDF and reorganize its pages. Here’s what it looks like: The toolkit we’re using includes a handful of…

Feb 27 2020

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Fill & Sign PDF Forms Faster With PDFTron 7.1.0 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 7.1.0 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release adds new fill & sign toolbar, support for PPT files and much more. This blog post will go through the major…

Feb 26 2020

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WebViewer Server 1.5.0 Release

We are pleased to announce the release of WebViewer Server 1.5.0. This release includes some new features, bug fixes and general improvements. You can learn more about these changes in the full changelog…

Feb 26 2020

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Signature improvements, rubber stamp and link tools With WebViewer 6.1

We are excited to announce version 6.1 of WebViewer, our pure client-side JavaScript and WebAssembly-powered PDF SDK. This release now allows your users to create a signature by typing their name or by…

Feb 24 2020

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Higher-fidelity MS Office Support, With PDFTron SDK 7.1

We are pleased to announce the release of PDFTron SDK 7.1. In keeping with our commitment to quality, robustness, and performance this release features more than 100 new improvements and fixes to the core…

Feb 18 2020

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Automating Document Redaction in a Web App using JavaScript

As a commercial PDF SDK vendor, we work with many customers who seek to replace outdated manual redaction methods by streamlining redaction within a PDF-based review & approval or virtual data room app…

Feb 12 2020

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Building a Cross-Platform PDF and MS Office File Viewer with Flutter

Flutter is an open-source framework by Google for building native mobile apps. Flutter compiles Dart widgets into native components to provide users the fluid look and feel of traditional native apps. And…

Feb 9 2020

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Introducing WebViewer React Toolkit

A year and a half ago, PDFTron open-sourced our WebViewer UI, a React app for building world-class PDF and document experiences inside web apps. And today we’ve taken the natural next step towards…

Feb 7 2020

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Pressure Sensitive Ink Annotations and Image Support in Reflow With PDFTron 7.0.5 for Android

Today we are very excited to introduce version 7.0.5 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK. This release includes pressure support for Ink annotations, reflow with images, support for Android 10, and much more…

Feb 3 2020

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PDF Merging, Blank Page Templates, and More With PDFTron 7.0.5 for iOS

We are excited to announce version 7.0.5 of PDFTron's iOS SDK. This release adds PDF merging, annotation copy/paste, blank page templates for AEC, image cropping, and more. Adding PDF Pages PDFs can now be…

Jan 31 2020

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Undo/Redo and other API improvements With WebViewer 6.0

With WebViewer 6 we've added built in support for undo/redo, annotation status and improved several APIs (among other things). If you're loading CoreControls.js directly it also no longer depends on jQuery…

Jan 28 2020

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2019 at PDFTron: a Year in Review

2019 was an incredible and busy year at PDFTron. The PDFTron team worked tirelessly to help our customers bring innovative PDF, CAD, and MS Office capabilities to their software and to improve the…

Jan 24 2020

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Results: PDFTron Holiday Donation Poll

This past holiday season, the PDFTron team decided to donate to charity as a way of paying it forward from our customers for a spectacular 2019 of company growth and accomplishments. So we brainstormed and…

Jan 16 2020

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PDFTron Appoints Chris Hecht to Board of Directors

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, January 14, 2020 — PDFTron, a leading provider of document processing tools for software developers, announced today the appointment of Chris Hecht to its board of directors…

Jan 14 2020

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PDFTron Selected as Canada’s Best Employers for Recent Graduates 2020

PDFTron is once again proud to announce that it has been selected among Canada’s best employers for recent graduates with its addition to the 2020 Career Directory™, a division of Canada’s Top 10…

Jan 8 2020

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PDFTron among Top Five BC Financings for 2019

Last May, Silversmith Capital Partners led a CAD$95 million investment into PDFTron. And the growth equity deal continues to make waves here in our backyard of Vancouver, BC, having placed fifth on an…

Jan 3 2020

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