PDF Association Conference in Cologne (Day 2)

Cologne, The PDF Association Conference

Cologne, The PDF Association Conference

Day Two of the PDF Association conference was all about practical uses of PDF and included lots of talks from users and sessions on getting things done (or improving how your do things). There was an additional track today featuring IText.

The day started with a joint session in which 7 vendors gave a 5 minute whistle-stop tour of their products (in other sessions the speakers were very modest and focused on the PDF topic). So this was the showcase for exciting new developments in the PDF world.

Afterwards, the track split into its four tracks. I attended the IText summit so will update you on that.

The first session was from Bruno Lowagie (founder and CEO of IText). He gave us a potted history of IText and all the issues he had faced in taking ITExt to its current level (legal/business/personal). He also gave some statistics on IText usage and plans for the future. IText is currently growing very rapidly (in both revenues and staff). It currently has 15 staff in 3 offices around the globe. IText also has lots of developments in hand….

The next TWO sessions were from IText developers on using IText for Archiving and Accessibility (a ‘hoT’ topic at the conference) and also on how Itext tests into releases.

After lunch, four IText customers gave presentations on how they use IText in their solutions for creating, editing and manipulating PDF files.

The final session covered Text structure and IText plans for extending this feature in future releases.

The day ended with a meeting of the PDF Association.

Did the day, the coffee and meal breaks provided lots of chances to talk to others in the PDF world. I met lots of people and heard several lively conversations. Two people mentioned how refreshing it was to be surrounded by so much PDF expertise….

There was a lot of excellent sessions at the conference and these should be appearing online in the neat future. Full details of the conference are on the PDF Association website. If PDF is important to you, the 2015 conference should definitely be on your calendar…

If you haven’t read part one of my adventure at the PDF Association Conference you can read it here.

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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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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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