Introducing a PDF Viewer for JavaFX

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Today is the monthly release of our Java Library. As it is Christmas, we have included a little present for our customers – the first release of a PDF Viewer written in JavaFX – no Swing at all…

To run the code you will need the JavaFX runtime on the classpath, so my code to use it looks like this

java -cp jpedal.jar: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/ jdk1.7.0_45.jdk/Contents/ Home/jre/lib/jfxrt.jar org/jpedal/examples/baseviewer/BaseViewer

We have a new Example included (BaseViewerFX) which provides a simple JavaFX client for Java development. It still lacks some of the functionality of our Swing version (Shading, Patterns and Forms are not currently implemented). As a first release it doubtless has some bugs and things we have not anticipated but we are really pleased with the way it is developing and wanted to make it more generally available…

We will be adding more features in 2014 (and also a fully featured version of our Swing Viewer (surprisingly called ViewerFX). The idea is to make it as close as possible to the current Viewer so clients can easily upgrade.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy playing with our new JavaFX PDF viewer. In 2014 we will also be running a whole series of articles on JavaFX and have some interesting plans for a NetBeans plugin, as well as lots of interesting developments on PDF to HTML5 and SVG conversion. 2014 is going to be a very busy year….

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Mark Stephens

System Architect and Lead Developer at IDRSolutions
Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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About Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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