IDRsolutions top 5 highlights in 2014

Colorful Fireworks for a New Year

It is goodbye to 2014…what a year it has been…

The last day of a very busy year seems a really good time to reflect. It is impossible to cover everything, so here are my personal top five items from 2014 atIDRsolutions….

1. Taking PDF to HTML5/SVG conversion to new heights.

When one of our clients asked us to write a PDF to HTML5 converter we were internally a little bit sceptical. 2014 was the very year when we really saw it all come together thanks to lots of hard work from the team. It was especially impressive to see dynamic XFA converting into HTML5/JavaScript and all updating on the clientside.

2. Created a JavaFX PDF Viewer to complement our Swing PDF Viewer.

JavaFX is now an integral part of Java and offers a much simpler (and at the same time more powerful platform) for developing desktop application. So we now offer both to our clients! A really nice feature is that we have the same API so you can switch easily between. We produced a cutdown version of the JavaFX Viewer which we released as an Open Source library and use in the NetBeans plugin.

3. Updated our NetBeans plugin.

We wrote a NetBeans plugin in 2006 and really wanted to do a complete revamp to make use of all the changes in NetBeans and Java since then. So we created a new version of our PDF viewer plugin (now in JavaFX) and rewritten to make use of the platform. The most interesting things was how much less code we had to write in NetBeans and JavaFX to make this work. There is also a really nice step-by-step set of tutorials on writing a plugin we wrote as we developed the plugin.

4. JavaOne 2014.

I think this JavaOne was the best show for at least 5 years now – busy and full of purpose. We saw a record number of visitors on our stand (next to our friends from IText) and did several talks. I also spent a week in San Francisco see current and potential clients and our trip finished with a brilliant free concert (Aerosmith know how to do a show).

5. DevFest Istanbul.

This developer conference started last year. This year it was just as passionate and well-organised as last year but much larger. It was a very hectic day for us with talks and the stand but it was an awesome Community event to be part of (and gave us the excuse to go site-seeing round one of the world’s most awesome cities the day afterwards.

Tomorrow I write about our plans for 2015! What were your highlights for 2014 as a company, team or just as a person?

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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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