Update: JPDF2HTM5 has been rebranded as BuildVu and JPDFForms has been rebranded as FormVu

4 reasons we give OEM customers source code access for PDF to HTML5 convertor

One of the many USP’s of our PDF library product is that we give OEM customers access to the source code and it is now available for OEM customers of the PDF2HTML5 convertor (you will need to email us for a password). This is very useful.

1. It removes the worry about supporting the application if something happens to us (although we have been here since 1999 and not planning to go anywhere!). There is no need for an escrow.

2. It allows other developers to look inside our code. We even get bug fixes/suggestions.

3. It shows confidence in our product. One of the most frightening things for a developer is having someone else look at their code. Obviously we have some code we are very proud of (and some less so), but as a whole, if you want to invest in our product, you should get access to the code.

4. You can create your own custom build from source if you need to rather than being stuck with our jar.

There are some caveats. If you start editing the code, we will not support the changed version and the code is not for you to use as you wish – it still belongs to us. Also you should not link to non API code as it may change.

But overall, we think it is very useful for OEM customers to have access to the source code. What do you think?

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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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