PDF questions – where should you ask them

The PDF file format is a very common format, and also quite a complex one. So you may well want to ask some questions. What you need is somewhere where there are knowledgeable experts prepared to share knowledge and help out. As a late Christmas present, here are some recommendations on places we think are really good.

PlanetPdf has been going a long time. Its forum has some very talented developers (Aandi Inston is a regular) who patiently answer alsorts of questions.

4 x PDF Help is a relatively new site from part of the crowd who helped setup PlanetPdf. I already recognise some of the ‘rockstars’ of the PDF world answering questions on it. It uses the interface from stackoverflow so people can vote on issues and the most popular float to the top.

Stackoverflow has really taken the developer world by storm in 2009, making it much easier to get technical answers. Although a general site, it has a regular selection of PDF related questions and lots of knowledgeable answers. 

I have seen quite a few questions about IText on general forums, and the best place to get answers to this is the IText mailing lists where the actual IText developers are very active in answering questions.

And lastly, if you are using JPedal, remember we offer a support forum for questions.

Wherever you choose to post your question, always remember:-

1. Be specific – the more precise the question the more likely you are to get an answer.

2. Be courteous and polite.

3. Don’t expect other people to do your work for you. People on these forums are happy to help you learn but not there to write code for you.

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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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