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.

5 reasons why the April update of our Java PDF library will be a big release

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Today we are rolling out our regular monthly release. This is actually 2 weeks earlier than planned and is to provide the regular monthly build – we know several customers are waiting for this – and also to give us an extra 2 weeks….

The April release will be back to the last friday of the month and will be a special release as it will mark the first of our 5.x releases. Over the next 12 months, there will be a monthly release of the 5.x release. We wanted this to mark a big step up so this is what will be appearing. Not all features will appear immediately, but this is what you can expect to see over the coming 12 months (we will continue to have a monthly release cycle and a daily build).

1. Much improved XFA support including pure XFA. If you would like to be a beta tester, let us know.

2. Better Javascript support for built-in Javascript (we are also considering allowing users to plug in Javascript) using the Nashorn library.

3. Version 3.0 of our JBig2 decoder.

4. More use of JavaFX to add eye-candy and effects to the PDF viewer and a move away from Swing internally (we will retain external backwards compatibility). We are also planning to provide a more memory efficient server mode.

5. A big tidy-up. Over the years stuff creeps in… We are doing a big internal tidy up inside the library with the aim of updating it all to Java6, and improving speed and memory usage.

We may also have a few surprises in store…

Obviously these improvements will be available to current customers with a support contract as part of the monthly updates and they will appear as incremental updates starting in April.

Is there anything else you would like to see in the JPedal PDF library? 

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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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