JavaFX is the future of Java on the desktop so we have been busy updating our software to provide a JavaFX component (PdfDecoderFX) which allows you to display PDF content inside a JavaFX pane (and embed in a JavaFX application). We have some interesting demos on our stand at JavaOne 2013 if you drop by….
We will initially release this as an experimental component for our customers. In the future it will be available as an integral and supported part of our JPedal library.
We might also make the bare PdfDecoderFX available as a free and unsupported jar on its own in the future. This would potentially allow us to build a brand new version of our NetBeans plugin (with no Swing or legacy code). We will accompany this with a ‘Building your own NetBeans plugin’ series of articles on our blog showing how we develop it.
Longer term, we are also looking at a JavaFX version of our Viewer (imaginatively titled ViewerFX), which will allow our customers to move to JavaFX if they wish. Of course, we will still be supporting Swing for the foreseeable future but we think it is important that customers have a clear upgrade path available.
If you would like to find out more, we will be on stand 5714 (next to our friends from IText) and we welcome anyone to drop by and chat.