We have been working on a JavaFX version of our original Java PDF viewer written in Swing. The good news is that we now have it working nicely internally, so we will start making the first release available as part of our daily builds for customers in May. This will become an integral part of our PDF library and a free update to all current customers using our current Swing Viewer.
The idea is initially to have a JavaFX PDF viewer which offers the same functionality (and uses the same API) as our current viewer (providing a very easy upgrade option). The first release will not have some features of the current Swing Viewer – Forms, Printing, Shading and multi-page views will appear in later releases.
Once released, we will start to add in some JavaFX only new features (making use of JavaFX features like Transitions, WebView,etc). We have some really exciting enhancements in the pipeline…
We will continue to improve and support our Swing Viewer – we just think it is really important to offer you a choice and an upgrade route if you want to move to JavaFX!
Combined with our XFA support and some developments on PDF to HTML5, 2014 should see some really exciting enhancements for anyone who wants to work with PDF files in Java! We look forward to your feedback…
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