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.

8 things you missed at the IText PDF conference

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It was a glorious Spring day in the beautiful mediaeval city of Ghent, Belgium.

itext summit in Ghent

But if you are at all interested in PDF, the real reason to be there today was the IText conference. If you were not there, you missed:-

1. Leonard Rosenthol from Adobe explaining about all the subsets of the PDF format (PDA/A, PDF/X, PDF/E, PDF/VT) and the forth-coming PDF 2.0 standard.

2. Bruno Lowagie showing how to create PDF on Android and some exciting developments to provide better XFA tools.

3. I showed you the guts of a PDF file and talked about HTML5 as a possible alternative.

4. Paulo Soares told you everything you needed to know about PAdES signatures and how you can use IText to sign PDF files.

5. Paul van Brouwers explained all about signatures and certification for PDF files.

6. Kars Veling showed a very slick, free IPad application used by children in the Netherlands (check it out at http://www.q42.nl/). He also shared his experiences and tips on using the Google App Engine.

7. Ywein Van den Brande demystified the complex world of Open Source licenses.

8. Lots of chances to talk to a crowd of people all focussed on the PDF file format and compare experiences.

You can see the full details of the event and read the presentations at http://itextpdf.com/summit.php and see all the slides at http://lowagie.com/summit2012slides

Many thanks to the Itext crew for being such great hosts and organising a really valuable day. Looking forward to Itext 2013 in Ghent…

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 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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