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PDFTron Blog

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How to Add PDF Viewing and Editing in Appian Designer

Appian is a powerful, low-code platform that allows you to build complex workflows and apps. In almost every workflow you can fathom, documents tend to play a central role. Knowing this, we’ve partnered up…

Dec 29 2021


PDF Form Creation, PDF Collaboration Improvements, and More for PDFTron iOS SDK

These last months, we've made continuous improvements to our iOS experience. And in this blog, we recap all the latest and greatest additions bundled into versions 9.1.1 and 9.1.2 of our iOS PDF SDK…

Dec 17 2021


How to Build a Typesafe PDF Viewer with React Native and TypeScript

TypeScript is one of the most popular and fastest-growing flavors of JavaScript, and with good reason: as a superset of JavaScript, TypeScript is easy to learn and ease to use; more importantly, TypeScript…

Dec 16 2021


2021 Wrap Up - Top 5 Cutting-Edge New Features

2021 was another exciting year here at PDFTron. We unveiled several brand new and improved features through dozens of product releases to make your document experience and professional reviews of content…

Dec 14 2021


2021 Wrap Up - Our Best Customer Stories of The Year

2021 was no less challenging than its predecessor. At PDFTron, as elsewhere, we had to adapt our business environment to pandemic uncertainty as we continued in our mission to drive customer success with…

Dec 6 2021


How to Automate Onboarding Processes in Salesforce Without Reliance on an External Signing Service

Typically, building a professional onboarding workflow on Salesforce requires multiple components and external services to get the job done. But if you're looking to incorporate 100% Salesforce-native…

Dec 3 2021


WebViewer Video 4.11 Adds Annotation Previews, Mobile Mode, and Custom Headers

Today, we bring you another major release of WebViewer Video, with expanded features to enable professional annotation and collaboration on videos right in the browser. We’re pretty stoked about these…

Nov 30 2021


Font Selection, Justification, Alignment and More in WebViewer 8.2 Annotate Release

WebViewer 8.2 takes annotation authoring and collaboration to a whole new level. I'm excited to walk you through the latest additions and improvements. On top of a new Replace Pages functionality, we've…

Nov 26 2021


How to Manage and Create Contracts in Salesforce using WebViewer (Complete Guide)

Ever wondered if you could create PDF contracts from Salesforce®, with no server required? Well, in this article, we share a simple, secure method of Salesforce contract generation -- PDFTron WebViewer…

Nov 23 2021


How to Create PDFs from Microsoft Office Documents using Go Language

The PDFTron SDK now supports Go Language/GoLang. As a Go developer, you can use PDFTron’s GoLang PDF library and document processing functionalities to create, edit, print, convert, and more in your…

Nov 23 2021


Introducing PDFTron SDK Support for Go Language

Today, we’re excited to announce support for the Go Language/GoLang. This means Go Developers can now easily add PDFTron’s leading, high-quality document creation, editing, printing, conversion, and much…

Nov 23 2021


How to Generate PDF Documents in the Browser

While document generation has been a standard component of our complete, native document software toolkit for a long, long time, we recently made it a lot easier to leverage our fast SDK to create…

Nov 18 2021


Document Generation for Remote Employees and Teams

Introduction The last decade has seen a tremendous growth in employees working from home. But what started as a trend quickly became a necessity to continue daily business during the COVID-19 pandemic…

Nov 3 2021


PDFTron 9.1.1 for UWP Adds Sound Annotation Control, Improved Context Menu, and More

We are excited to announce the release of PDFTron’s UWP SDK version 9.1.1! We’ve added tons of enhancements that focus on the user experience to elevate productivity levels for you and your users. These…

Nov 3 2021


Highlights from PDF Days Online 2021

This year for PDF Days we celebrated all things PDF and presented virtually on topics from Content Accessibility For All Screen Sizes to 3D and PDF, and more! Read on for the highlights. PDF Days Online…

Oct 22 2021


How to Build a PDF Viewer With Next.js

Next.js has risen in popularity due to its numerous features that build on top of the React.js framework, such as SSR (server-side rendering). Since SSR is enabled by default for a Next.js project, it can…

Oct 22 2021


How to Build a PDF and Office File Viewer With Next.js

Next.js has risen in popularity due to its numerous features that build on top of the React.js framework, such as SSR (server-side rendering). Since SSR is enabled by default for a Next.js project, it can…

Oct 21 2021


How to Build a PDF Viewer With Nuxt.js

With over 38K stars on GitHub, Nuxt.js, an open-source framework, offers developers a powerful yet simple web development method due to its productive features, module themes and integrations. Previously…

Oct 20 2021


New - Nested OCG Layer and More with PDFTron 9.1.1 for Android

With the release of Android PDF SDK version 9.1.1, we’ve added new features to improve user productivity with documents. Our biggest new feature this release? Nested OCG layers. In addition, we’ve added…

Oct 14 2021


How to Make FOIA Request and Redaction Workflows 100% Salesforce-Native, Efficient, and Safe

When managing documents on Salesforce, it’s easy to pull, organize, and store them. Still, when it comes to interacting with the document, including editing or filling in information, there are gaps in the…

Oct 13 2021


How to Square the Security, User Experience, and Time-to-Market Triangle

Part 4 in a series for product managers looking to accelerate their time to market when adding new document & digital content capabilities Governments around the world are speaking out in droves about…

Sept 29 2021


How PDFTron Helped Startup Navigate 500% Pandemic User Sign-up Growth

"In PDFTron, we found a partner that isn't going to just disappear. It's a benefit to us to find the most reliable partner in the market, not just because of their insights into several key industry…

Sept 24 2021


Improved Page Manipulation UX with WebViewer 8.1

WebViewer 8.1 brings you even more page manipulation features for adding and rearranging pages in PDF, MS Office, and image files -- performed all client-side in the browser, no servers required. We've…

Sept 17 2021


New - Custom Styles in Free Text Annotations and More with PDFTron 9.1.0 for Android

We’re excited to announce the release of version 9.1.0 of our Android PDF SDK introducing three powerful new capabilities bound to help your Android users be more productive and do more with their…

Sept 14 2021


Support for DICOM, HEIC and Other Images, Doc Gen from Office Files, Semantic Compare and More with PDFTron SDK 9

PDFTron's 9th release is perhaps our most significant yet. It adds several, utterly new capabilities to the core PDFTron SDK, at the center of the PDFTron platform powering all our SDKs, including our…

Sept 14 2021


Editable Outlines, Digital Signature Verification, and More with PDFTron UWP SDK 9.1.0

Prioritizing the current needs of developers is something we pride ourselves on. We also pride ourselves on anticipating their future needs. This is why the latest version of our UWP SDK 9.1.0 includes two…

Sept 14 2021


How to Open PDF and MS Office Files in React JS

As of writing, React is the most popular framework according to StackOverflow Insights. By a healthy margin: Stack Overflow graph comparing JS framework popularity We've also worked a lot with React at…

Sept 11 2021


Annotation Tool and Viewing "Quality of Life" Improvements

This blog post covers additions made in versions 9.0.2 and 9.1.0. For these releases we focused on making important quality-of-life improvements to the viewing API and improving the functionality of our…

Sept 10 2021


How to Keep Product, Design, and Development in Sync When Implementing a Viewer UI Design

Part 3 of a guide for product managers & leaders to help accelerate their time to market. Once an MVP gets ideated and a pre-built solution or intention to implement one is in place, all teams involved…

Sept 8 2021


PDFTron Acquires PDF-to-Office Innovator Solid Documents

Technology play enhances PDFTron’s definitive offering with best-in-class document reconstruction and archiving VANCOUVER, BC – August 26, 2021 – PDFTron Systems Inc., the world’s leading provider of…

Aug 26 2021


Building Offset-Based and Cursor-Based Pagination in GraphQL

Working for PDFTron, I’ve had the pleasure of building various APIs using GraphQL. And one aspect that persists across our projects is the need to retrieve data one page at a time to avoid massive amounts…

Aug 16 2021


How to Design the Perfect, Minimum-Viable Document Experience for Your App

Part 2 of a guide for product managers & leaders to help accelerate their time to market The minimum viable product (MVP) concept gives founders and established businesses alike a simple idea to…

Aug 13 2021


New Viewer Tabs Reordering, Multi-Window Support, and More with PDFTron UWP SDK 9.0.2

Enhanced productivity is one of the main goals for all users working with documents, which can only be achieved by providing efficient tools. So, for this latest version of our UWP SDK, 9.0.2, we roll out…

Aug 12 2021


Visual PDF Form Building, Template Filling and 3D Annotation with WebViewer 8.0

It’s been a while since our last WebViewer release, but we definitely have not been idle. With this latest version, 8.0, we bring you a host of significant changes to our JavaScript SDK for adding document…

Aug 3 2021


What Is a Video Annotation?

Video annotations are comments, shapes, or drawings placed on top of a video frame or a video frame range. Unfortunately, there is currently no specification for how a video should be annotated or even for…

Jul 28 2021


New - PDF Outline Editing with PDFTron 9.0.2 for Android

A tree view provides a clear path that allows users to navigate file system directories. It’s also used to represent hierarchies and deliver structured insertion and searching operations. Version 9.0.…

Jul 23 2021


How to Engage and Keep Users In-App by Improving the Document Experience

Part 1 of a guide for product managers & leaders to help accelerate their time to market If you’re a software company product manager, you know the deal. You need to get new features to market in step with…

Jul 22 2021


Automated Table Detection and Extraction with

PDFTron's Artificial Intelligence platform uses deep learning methods to extract complex tables accurately and outputs in multiple formats. Now there’s an easier way to get meaningful tabular data out of…

Jul 19 2021


First Business Bank Fast-Tracks Transformation with Salesforce + PDFTron for Document Generation

“PDFTron helped development in our organization move significantly faster and greatly reduced the time we spent building templates for collecting information,” ~ First Business Bank's Manager of…

Jul 7 2021


How to Create a PDF Document From Scratch

Whether sharing documents with companies, clients, or co-workers, the standard is the Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF file is independently functioning, and doesn’t rely on any particular browser…

Jul 7 2021


How to Review Videos with Audio Track Visualized with WebViewer Video 4.0

Because video can’t go without audio, we bridge the two worlds with the release of WebViewer Video 4.0. With new built-in audio waveform support, users can now see the audio track in the same UI they’d use…

Jun 24 2021


How to Build a Document Signing App for Android

Remotely signing and sending important documents like contracts often takes more than it should. You may have to open the document and change the format in one application, then sign in another, or rely on…

Jun 15 2021


Secure and Serverless Dynamic Document Generation by Industry

PDFTron provides fast and easy solutions that remove human error and transform how business professionals automate the creation of millions of documents across all industries. Create invoices, contracts…

Jun 15 2021


Introducing an All-New Annotation List, Viewer and API Improvements, and More

Our PDFTron iOS SDK continues to grow -- faster than we can report! So in this post, we do a little catch up, combining news of the latest changes in back-to-back releases, version 9.0.1 and 9.0.0, each…

Jun 10 2021


Building a Webpage Annotation and Collaboration Solution

With the pandemic-accelerated shift towards a digital-first economy, the company website has become more critical than ever to lead and sales generation, support, service, and customer success. As a result…

Jun 8 2021


New - Mobile Document Generation and Digital Signature Validation with PDFTron 9.0.1 for Android

We’re excited to announce the release of version 9.0.1 of our Android PDF SDK, introducing two powerful new capabilities: a new document generator from Office templates and a digital signature validation…

Jun 7 2021


Automating Document Generation in Salesforce

For a while now, we've enjoyed working with partners worldwide inventing cool, new solutions on top of Salesforce tailored to particular industries. And one commonly asked-for feature by these clients was…

Jun 2 2021


PDFTron Announces Strategic Growth Investment from Thoma Bravo

VANCOUVER, BC and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – May 21, 2021 – PDFTron Systems Inc., the world’s leading provider of document technology solutions for software developers, today announced a strategic growth…

May 21 2021


Lasso Selection Tool, Text Link Annotations, and Multi-Language Support with PDFTron 9.0.0 for UWP

We’re proud to announce version 9.0.0 of the PDFTron SDK for UWP and with this release, even more options for developers looking to enrich the user experience when building Windows desktop and mobile apps…

May 5 2021


New Ink Lasso Tool, Compact Toolbar UI, and more with PDFTron 9.0.0 for Android

At PDFTron, we're constantly coming up with ways to make it easier for your users to work on documents, whether they complete tasks on their desktops or from the palm of their hands. And in this latest…

Apr 20 2021


Automated Article Extraction from PDFs with

The amount and variety of documents shared worldwide has increased exponentially. Organizations need ways to make sense of all this content faster with technology to automate its understanding and filter…

Apr 15 2021


PDFTron Acquires Document Automation Leader Windward Studios

Definitive technology platform extended with dynamic document automation & generation for app developers, integrators and admins Vancouver, British Columbia, April 8, 2021 -- PDFTron Systems Inc., the…

Apr 8 2021


Recover Health Rolls Out a Cross-platform, COVID-safe Form Fill App in just 24 Days

Recover Health is on a mission: To make health care at home safer through innovation Recover Health is a Medicare-certified and industry-leading home health agency. Its 1,500 employees -- including nurses…

Mar 31 2021


PDFTron Acquires PDF3D, the World Leader in 3D PDF Conversion and Collaboration Technologies

PDFTron platform expands with the availability of the PDF3D SDK for developers Vancouver, British Columbia, March 30, 2021 -- PDFTron Systems Inc., the world’s leading provider of document technology…

Mar 30 2021


Highlights from DevWeek 2021 - Do Not Download Your PDF

Hosted this February 17th to 18th, DeveloperWeek is the world’s largest developer and engineering conference. And despite going entirely online it continued as a massive success, bringing 8,500 engineers…

Mar 24 2021


Introducing WebViewer Collaboration - Rapid Integration for PDF Document Collaboration

In a pandemic-altered world where digital collaboration has become the norm, providing a seamless, secure collaborative experience to your users on their documents can add a large amount of value to your…

Mar 15 2021


How to Generate a PDF with JavaScript

A very common requirement for web applications is a way to generate PDFs and make them available for download. This is typically to produce invoices, tickets, sales contracts, reports, and other documents…

Mar 14 2021


How We Secure our Digital Signature Validation in PDF

Five months ago, we announced the release of trailblazing features for digital signing workflows. Realizing developers needed a digital signature solution they could trust, we introduced a secure-by…

Mar 11 2021


Introducing improved Apple Pencil support, support for Swift Package Manager, .xcframeworks, and more

Today we are pleased to announce version 8.1.2 of the PDFTron iOS SDK. This blog post covers 8.1.2 and the 8.1.0/1 releases. Improved Apple Pencil Support Apple Pencil support has been enhanced by adding…

Mar 10 2021


How to Collaborate on and Review Video Files in Salesforce

Today, more and more businesses use video as a means to educate, connect, and market to target audiences, thanks to the rapid spread of new ways of creating and sharing videos online. Our WebViewer Video…

Mar 3 2021


WebViewer 7.3: Introducing client side signature validation

March is upon us and Winter, almost over. Here at PDFTron, we spent these last months not in hibernation but productive innovation. As a result, release 7.3 of the PDFTron SDK-powered and WebAssembly-based…

Feb 22 2021


Measurement Tools, Redaction and Viewer Control with PDFTron SDK 8.1.1 for UWP

Today, we are pleased to announce version 8.1.1 of PDFTron's UWP PDF SDK. This release features brand-new Measurement and Redaction tools for the annotation toolbar, plus a new Viewer Control, combining UI…

Feb 17 2021


Should I Rewrite my .NET Application?

A ton of applications currently run on the .NET framework, first developed by Microsoft in 2002. But with its final major update in April 2019, only small .NET patches are planned from here on out…

Feb 10 2021


How to Populate Record Data into PDF Forms in Salesforce

Many Salesforce users would like an automated flow to populate fields in document templates with Salesforce data -- whether to send auto-filled letters to customers or quickly sign their internal documents…

Feb 8 2021


Smart Pen Tool and PDF to Word Conversion With PDFTron 8.1.1 for Android

Today, we are excited to introduce version 8.1.1 of PDFTron's Android PDF SDK, including a brand new Smart Pen tool, PDF to Word conversion, and a new way to create shape annotations with a single tap…

Jan 29 2021


How to Create a Walkthrough in your WebViewer Solution

Building WebViewer's UI is a challenge because it goes inside so many other products serving different industries and verticals. WebViewer powers apps used by surgeons to collaborate around medical images…

Jan 18 2021


How to View, Edit, Annotate and Redact Salesforce Record Attachment Files in a Lightning Web Component

At PDFTron, many clients approached us looking for an end-to-end document solution for their Salesforce applications -- one that could handle their most commonly used document file types and integrate…

Jan 12 2021


2020 at PDFTron in Review

We will all remember the year 2020. Here at PDFTron, as elsewhere, we had to adapt rapidly to the pandemic-altered business environment. We were fortunate to have strong work-from-home DNA as a company and…

Jan 7 2021


New Annotation Toolbar Design, Thumbnail Viewer with Page Overlay and Marquee Zoom on PDFTron SDK 8.1.0 for UWP

Today, we are excited to welcome the new year with version 8.1.0 of PDFTron's UWP PDF SDK, including a better Annotation Toolbar interface with color feedback, a new Marquee Zoom tool, improved…

Jan 7 2021

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