Updates on Java PDF Viewer roadmap from IDRsolutions

SwingViewerMy previous blog post (5 changes we are considering in 2016 for IDRsolutions), generated lots of feedback for us (for which we would like to say thank-you). The item on Java PDF viewers generated the most comments. We have considered all the feedback and would like to provide our amended plans here.

Again your feedback is welcomed….

In 2016 we find that there are some things that JavaFX still cannot do as well as Swing (and it now looks like it will never do). In additional, the repositioning of JavaFX makes it a very useful complementary technology and often an alternative, but not a total replacement for Swing. JavaFX also now looks less attractive as a GUI for embedded devices.

Taking all this into account, we now offer.

Viewer

A combined JavaFX/Swing Viewer which uses both technologies to provide the best possible solution. We have exciting plans for additional features in 2016/2017 using both Swing and JavaFX. This is our recommended solution for most uses.

ViewerFX

A pure JavaFX solution which has less features (no printing and less display modes) as an alternative for customers who need a pure JavaFX solution. We do not plan to add an new features to this, but may back-port any JavaFX features from the combined Viewer.

I hope that makes sense and I would welcome your feedback or questions via email or in reply to this post.

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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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