Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

PDF questions – where should you ask them

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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.

IDRsolutions develop a Java PDF Viewer and SDK, an Adobe forms to HTML5 forms converter, a PDF to HTML5 converter and a Java ImageIO replacement. On the blog our team post anything interesting they learn about.

Mark Stephens Mark has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and is a big NetBeans fan. He enjoys speaking at conferences. He has an MA in Medieval History and a passion for reading.

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