This week in PDF: A pair of developer updates

September 26, 2011


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This week in PDF has seen the releases of a beta for a PDF developer library, a new SDK for working with PDF on mobile devices and an update to a browser-based PDF viewing and editing solution.

This update notes a pair of developer updates. The first comes from Planet PDF's parent company, Debenu, which has just released a public beta of the next iteration of Quick PDF Library. The update includes several expected bug fixes, but the headline in version 8.12 is that it now incorporates 64-bit support for Delphi, DLL and ActiveX editions, along with Delphi XE2 (Win32 and Win64). Don't build the new version into your production environment just yet, though. Debenu cautions that, at this stage, it is "very much a beta release". For more information, or to download a copy of the beta installer, check out the Quick PDF Library blog.

In other developer-related news, PDFTron Systems has launched a software development kit for working with PDFs on Android and iOS mobile devices. To give the product its proper name, it is called Mobile PDF SDK for Android and iOS, and it pretty much aims to do what it says on the box.

Editor's Note: Just a little moment of nostalgia, but remember when PDF products had names like "Gemini" or "Acrobat", and you had to look them up to work out what they did? Ah, those were the days.

Where was I? Oh yes, what it says on the box. Well, Mobile PDF SDK for Android and iOS is designed to allow developers to build PDF functionality into their apps for Android- and iOS-based mobile devices. In particular, the SDK can be used to add PDF viewing, annotation, creation, and manipulation features. The product is also compliant with the latest version of the PDF specification (ISO 32000).

"We're excited to bring complete PDF processing support for Android and iOS to the market. Many of our existing PDFNet customers have been looking to extend their applications to mobile devices, and with the explosion in interest for PDF support in various mobile solutions, we've been urged by many to release PDF SDKs for Android and iOS," said Catherine Andersz, Director of Business Development, PDFTron. "We've worked closely with a large number of companies throughout the beta program and really listened to customer needs. The result is an advanced mobile SDK, with all the power and functionality of the popular PDFNet PDF library, but with a focus on the features most important to mobile applications ... such as efficiency and memory-management on resource-limited embedded devices, a fast viewer, ease of use and customization options."

More information, sample code and free demo versions are available from the PDFTron website.

Last but not least, PDF industry stalwart, activePDF, has updated its browser-based PDF editor. Well, strictly speaking, Portal 2011 is a "server-based PDF .NET web control tool". In any case, it's hosted on the user's server and provides PDF viewing and editing functionality without requiring any other software on individual systems. Enterprise users can exert more control over the software by limiting access to certain features to prevent tampering or unauthorized distribution.

Based on the press release, this control has been a point of focus during the development of the latest version. Portal 2011 offers improved UI customization, supporting custom tabs, hiding panes and the ability to create custom buttons and tabs. For more information, check out

That's it for this time. Watch this space!

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