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Debenu PDF Viewer SDK 11 Released

Along with the update to the library, we’re proud to announce a major update to its companion product, Debenu PDF Viewer SDK 11. The focus in building the new version was to improve the ability to quickly navigate through PDF files using search, thumbnails and bookmarks.

Like the original, version 11 is appropriate for Windows and Server development, and features various new features, along with a range of general performance upgrades and bug fixes.

What’s new

  • Full text search
  • Built-in thumbnails and bookmarks pane
  • Gain/lose focus events
  • Mouse click events added for returning PDF coordinates
  • Native OS styles used for scrollbars
  • Improved scroll zooming
  • Usability enhancements and bug fixes
  • Full list of changes

Try the new version

A full list of the changes in Debenu PDF Viewer SDK 11 can be found on our product updates page. You can also download a 30 day limitation-free trial version of the library.

Upgrading

Debenu PDF Viewer SDK 11 is a major new version of the product which means that the upgrade process is different from the minor version upgrade process, namely, upgrades are not free unless you meet certain requirements.

Free upgrades

Customers who purchased version 10 of Debenu PDF Viewer SDK on or after the 24th of August, 2013 (within 60 days of version 11’s release) or who own an active Premium Upgrade Protection subscription are eligible for free upgrades from version 10 to version 11.

Contact our sales team if you fall into this category and we’ll help you out.

Purchase an upgrade

An upgrade from version 10 to version 11 can be purchased at a discount (starting price is $210.00) through our online store. Users can upgrade their Single Developer or Multiple Developer licenses to version 11. It’s also possible to purchase Premium Upgrade Protection with your upgrade purchase.

For example, if you own a Single Developer License + Standard Upgrade Protection for version 10 of Debenu PDF Viewer SDK then you will need to purchase the Single Developer Upgrade License + Standard Upgrade Protection (10.x to 11.x) product in order to upgrade to version 11 -— though you can choose to buy the Premium Upgrade Protection version of that product if you prefer.

Feedback

As always we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new version of Debenu PDF Viewer SDK. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please let us know.

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Debenu Quick PDF Library 11 Released

We’re excited to announce the release of Debenu Quick PDF Library 11. Some major areas of focus in building this new version were optimizing the portability and performance of online PDF viewing. We’ve also added support for the latest versions of popular development environments like Delphi XE7.

As befits a major update, version 11 of our PDF developer library for Windows, Mac and Server development represents an important step forward, and features a range of new functions and enhancements.

What’s new

  • Delphi XE7 support
  • Linearization (Fast Web View)
  • Render page to clip
  • Relative link support
  • 49 enhancements, bug fixes and features
  • Full list of changes

Try the new version

A full list of the changes in Debenu Quick PDF Library 11 can be found on our product updates page. You can also download a 30 day limitation-free trial version of the library.

Upgrading

Debenu Quick PDF Library 11 is a major new version of the product which means that the upgrade process is different from the minor version upgrade process, namely, upgrades are not free unless you meet certain requirements.

Free upgrades

Customers who purchased version 10 of Debenu Quick PDF Library on or after the 10th of July, 2014 (within 60 days of version 11’s release) or who own an active Premium Upgrade Protection subscription are eligible for free upgrades from version 10 to version 11.

Contact our sales team if you fall into this category and we’ll help you out.

Purchase an upgrade

An upgrade from version 10 or earlier versions to version 11 can be purchased at a discount (starting price is $269.00) through our online store. Users can upgrade their Single Developer, Multiple Developer or Source Code licenses to version 11. It’s also possible to purchase Premium Upgrade Protection with your upgrade purchase.

For example, if you own a Single Developer License + Standard Upgrade Protection for version 10 of Debenu Quick PDF Library then you will need to purchase the Single Developer Upgrade License + Standard Upgrade Protection (10.x to 11.x) product in order to upgrade to version 11 -— though you can choose to buy the Premium Upgrade Protection version of that product if you prefer.

Feedback

As always we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new version of Debenu Quick PDF Library. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please let us know.

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Debenu PDF Aerialist Plus Acrobat for Legal Professionals

Those working in the legal sector use a huge volume of documents. Increasingly, these are created, prepared and transmitted in digital format, with some documents never even “touching the ground” in the sense of being physically printed. As of right now, that means that there a whole lot of PDFs flying around. As more and more courts accept or even mandate electronic filing (e-filing), it’s likely that legal professionals will see an even greater number of PDFs as time goes on.

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Of course, they will need the right tools and know-how to make the most of PDF, and that’s where the combination of Debenu PDF Aerialist 12 and Adobe Acrobat Professional comes in. Acrobat itself is actually packed with useful features. In fact, there’s at least one book specifically aimed at helping lawyers use Acrobat. An all-in-one plug-in for Acrobat, Debenu PDF Aerialist 12 adds a significant amount of additional power, flexibility and automation potential to Acrobat’s already impressive bag of tricks. If you are a legal professional and wondering whether you could use Acrobat and Aerialist, please read through some of the specific tasks and functions outlined below:

  • Create bookmarks and hyperlinks. Acrobat allows the manual creation of bookmarks and links. Debenu PDF Aerialist takes this a step further, though, and can create bookmarks or links based on keywords, headings, fonts, tables of contents, page references, PDFs, settings files, or folder locations.

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  • Manage, validate, audit and repair links and bookmarks. Aerialist can be used to configure, view, audit and validate links and bookmarks in bulk. Bookmarks and links can then be repaired.
  • Redact sensitive content. Acrobat lets users remove content manually or automatically via keyword, key-phrase or pattern-recognition (i.e., credit card details, phone numbers, social security numbers, email addresses or dates). Acrobat can also remove information that might be less obvious, like metadata, stored form data, or obscured content.
  • Search PDFs. Acrobat lets users search for text within PDF documents. Electronically-authored PDFs are already searchable, although scanned documents might need to be processed before they are searchable. Luckily, Acrobat features optical character recognition (OCR) technology that processes scanned PDFs, recognizes text and makes it searchable.
  • Manipulate pages. Acrobat can insert, delete, extract or rotate pages from PDFs. These can come in very handy if one needs to add missing pages, remove redundant content or extract sections of a document for review purposes. Acrobat can also rotate pages on a document level, and even allows users to, for example, rotate only pages in landscape orientation to ensure a natural on-screen reading experience.
  • Combine or merge PDFs. With Acrobat, users can combine a collection of files (PDFs and others) into a single PDF. This might be useful when separate, related documents need to be combined as part of a single motion or pleading. Debenu PDF Aerialist adds even more advanced merging functionality, allowing users to specify and validate page ranges for merging.
  • Split a PDF into multiple files. Acrobat can split a large PDF into smaller files based on a specified number of pages, output file size, or by top-level bookmarks. Aerialist adds a substantial number of additional “split-by” options, including user-defined page marks, bookmarks of any level, and specific page range. Aerialist can also update bookmarks and links so that they continue to work between the newly split PDFs.

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  • Edit text. Acrobat allows users to edit text content, which makes updating dates or fixing typos at the last minute a simple process. This only works for searchable text, but non-searchable text can be rendered searchable using Acrobat’s OCR functionality.
  • Highlight text. The commenting tools in Acrobat can be used to mark or highlight searchable text. The best thing is that Acrobat maintains a list of all comments, including highlighted text, that can be easily accessed at any time.
  • Forms. Acrobat users can scan in a standard paper form, add form fields, and then save the resulting PDF. The new electronic form can then be completed using Acrobat whenever it is needed, saving time and hassle. It’s even possible to “flatten” the form data by merging it into the page content using Acrobat’s Action Wizard (see: Adobe’s blog post).
  • Bates numbering. Acrobat can quickly, and efficiently apply Bates numbering to many PDF files at once, and in an order set by the user. With Aerialist, Bates numbering can be applied as part of a customized stamp profile that may include other information, such as file name, author, and date.
  • Apply signature or exhibit stamps. Acrobat can be used to create and apply custom stamps, including signatures. It can also produce stamps that are created dynamically, such as those including the current date, or which automatically increase in increments. With Aerialist, it’s possible to create a stamp profile that consists of multiple, user-defined stamps that can be applied throughout individual documents or document collections.

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  • Ensure standards (e.g., PDF/A) compliance. In many jurisdictions, e-filing regulations require that submitted PDFs conform to document standards. Typically, these correspond to, or are adapted from, the formal PDF standard for long-term archiving, commonly known as PDF/A (AKA ISO 19005-1:2005). Acrobat’s preflight functionality allows users to validate PDFs against a range of profiles, including PDF/A, and to fix compliance violations. This system is flexible enough to permit the creation and use of custom profiles, such as that corresponding to ISP/NP 19005-1, a standard adapted from PDF/A that is used for e-filing.

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Even alone, Acrobat offers a powerful set of tools for document creation, preparation and validation for a legal professional. The addition of Debenu PDF Aerialist brings with it significant additional functionality, particularly in the areas of combining, splitting, navigating and complex stamping of documents. Don’t just take our word for it, though. There are even fully-functional trial versions of both Acrobat and Aerialist available from the Adobe and Debenu websites, respectively. Using these free downloads, potential users in the legal industry can see for themselves how easy it is to improve their document creation, processing and management using this powerful software combination.

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Regular Expressions in Debenu PDF Aerialist 12

One of the powerful new features added in the Debenu PDF Aerialist 12 is support for regular expressions. Specifically, this is now built into the Create Keyword Links feature. So what are regular expressions and why do you care about them? That’s a good question. Well, a regular expression is really just an official-sounding name for a consistent, formal pattern of text. Examples might include SKUs, license, invoice or part numbers.

While Aerialist users could already save time by automatically adding hyperlinks to specific keywords and phrases, the new feature means that this can now be done based on types of expressions. Say you had a PDF-based catalog and wanted to create links for unique part numbers that consisted of two letters, a dash and five numerals (e.g., AB-12345). Prior to the latest release, you would have needed to manually link each part number to the appropriate location. With Aerialist 12, though, it is now possible to find and generate web links for any text in the catalog that matched the appropriate pattern set for part numbers.

To help users make the most of this feature, I have written a Knowledge Base article that demonstrates how to create links based on regular expressions. The basic take-home message is this, though: if you need to produce a lot of hyperlinks based on patterned text, then this feature is for you.

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Debenu PDF Aerialist 12 Released

The bottom-up process that drove the new version of Debenu’s ultimate Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) plugin, Debenu PDF Aerialist, was propelled completely by user based feedback

Debenu released the major update to the market leading, all-in-one Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) plug-in, Debenu PDF Aerialist. Version 12 of the world-leading plug-in is packed with dozens of new and enhanced features, and adds cutting-edge capabilities for existing functionality like link-building, working with bookmarks, and splitting.

The development team behind the latest version focused on two key new function areas: PDF links and PDF bookmarks. Lead developer on the project Marek Pizùr explained, “Users can now automatically apply dynamic hyperlinks to formatted variable text (i.e., regular expressions), such as part or order numbers. This is possible because we have added the ability to locate variable text, which can then be used to dynamically create specific links.”

While Debenu PDF Aerialist already permitted users to link page numbers and keywords across thousands of PDFs, adding support for regular expressions represents a new level of intelligence.

According to Debenu CTO Rowan Hanna, “This will save people a lot of time and hassle from manual link creation. If you have to create a large PDF catalog, this feature lets you automatically link any part number to the appropriate section, PDF file or web page that describes that part.”

Hanna went on to outline the customer-centric approach that guided the creation of Debenu PDF Aerialist 12, “This development cycle has been driven entirely by user feedback. Our main aim in building this major update was to ensure that we were able to deliver real value to our customers. We are now also offering instructor-led training in order to help our customers get the most out of Aerialist.”

# Highlights in Version 12 #

  • Regular expression support added to Create Keyword Links feature
  • Append found keyword to web links for Create Keyword Links feature
  • New Rearrange Bookmarks feature
  • Accuracy of Create Keyword Links feature improved
  • New “Overwrite if file already exists” enhancement to Split feature
  • New generate bookmark every Nth page feature
  • Word comparison enhancements to Edit All Properties feature
  • New Find All External Dependencies option for Audit Links feature
  • Import files issue for Imposition dialog resolved
  • New install for All Users or Current User option
  • New Mac installer

* Availability of instructor-led training to help users get the most out of Debenu PDF Aerialist 12

# Availability #

Debenu PDF Aerialist 12 is currently available for Mac and Windows systems directly from the Debenu website and from Debenu’s network of resellers.

# About Debenu #

Debenu is one of the world’s most innovative PDF and document management software vendors. Producing revolutionary software and custom solutions for Adobe Acrobat, PDF and other file formats since 2007.

Debenu was founded by the people behind ARTS PDF, a major plug-in developer for Adobe Acrobat, Planet PDF (the world’s #1 news and forum website for PDF), and Nitro PDF.

 

# Contacts #

Jeremy Koadlow – Marketing Manager

Debenu Pty. Ltd.

jeremy.koadlow[at]debenu.com

www.debenu.com

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Debenu Quick PDF Library 10.16 Released

The final version of Debenu Quick PDF Library 10.16 has been released and is ready for download from our product updates page.

This new version is full of new functions, enhancements and bug fixes and we recommend that all customers upgrade to it to take advantage of the improvements. Visit the product updates page to download this new version and see a full list of the changes.

Download 10.16 from our Product Updates page

Version 10.16 Highlights

  • Fixed palette bug with image decoding for DPLR
  • Color conversion of /Separation images uses direct CMYK to RGB conversion
  • HasFontResources now checks for a global Resources and Fonts dictionary
  • Fixed an EMF import issue with text rendering and ETO_PDY flag
  • Fixed a text rendering issue with EMF import
  • TrueType Subsetted fonts are now automatically updated and subsetted with DrawText
  • Improved text extraction bounding boxes for Type3 fonts without full font information
  • Unicode non blocking space characters replaced with space in text extraction
  • Documentation updated for text extraction bounding rectangles
  • Fixed in invalid xobj problem during file loading
  • Added code to detect invalid xref objstart entries for older PDF’s
  • Arcs are now imported correctly when using the EMF import functions
  • Some Asian texts are now imported correctly when using the EMF import functions
  • FormFieldChoice fields are now treated as UTF8 where required
  • Fixed rendering of JPEG2000 images with a DeviceN ColorSpace
  • Fixed image extraction of JBIG2 images with ImageMask = True
  • Fixed an endless loop condition for certain malformed PDF files
  • Fixed stream detection slowdown from 10.13
  • SetObjectFrom* functions now support stream objects
  • More accurate line dash rendering in GDI Plus renderer

Upgrading

Debenu Quick PDF Library 10 is a major new version of the product which means that the upgrade process is different from the minor version upgrade process, namely, upgrades are not free unless you meet certain requirements.

Free upgrades

Customers who purchased version 9 of Debenu Quick PDF Library on or after the 24th of August, 2013 (within 60 days of version 10’s release) or who own an active Premium Upgrade Protection subscription are eligible for free upgrades from version 9 to version 10.

Contact our sales team if you fall into this category and we’ll help you out.

Purchase an upgrade

An upgrade from version 9 or earlier versions to version 10 can be purchased at a discount (starting price is $269.00) through our online store. Users can upgrade their Single Developer, Multiple Developer or Source Code licenses to version 10. It’s also possible to purchase Premium Upgrade Protection with your upgrade purchase.

For example, if you own a Single Developer License + Standard Upgrade Protection for version 9 of Debenu Quick PDF Library then you will need to purchase the Single Developer Upgrade License + Standard Upgrade Protection (9.x to 10.x) product in order to upgrade to version 10 — though you can choose to buy the Premium Upgrade Protection version of that product if you prefer.

Feedback

As always we’d love to hear your thoughts on the new version of Debenu Quick PDF Library. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please let us know.

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Debenu Quick PDF Library 10.16 Beta 1 Released

Debenu Quick PDF Library 10.16 Beta 1 has been released and is ready for downloading and testing.  The 10.16 Beta 1 installer can be downloaded from the button below.

Download Debenu Quick PDF Library

Release Notes

New functions

  • None

Bug fixes

  • Image rendering problem fixed (Color Key Masking support added)
  • Fix rendering exception caused by infinity loop in Type1 font decoder
  • Inline image printing problem resolved
  • Fixed palette bug with image decoding for Debenu PDF Library Rendering engine (AGG)
  • Fixed issue with XMP (setting the title was actually changing the subject)
  • Fixed malformed PDF handling for specified but missing objects
  • Fixed memory leak in FindFonts
  • Fixed issue with HasFontResources not detecting font
  • ETO_PDY flag is now being used correctly
  • Use offsets to calculate text width
  • Update DA/GetTextBlockBlockBounds documentation to report correct order of coordinates
  • Add workaround for text extraction where no ascent values are specified in the font
  • Added improved detection for invalid xref entries
  • Improved EMF import of Asian / CJK fonts
  • Fix for import Arc’s in EMF files
  • FormFieldChoice fields are now treated as UTF8 where required
  • Fixed rendering of JPEG2000 images with a DeviceN ColorSpace in GDI+ renderer
  • Fixed rendering of JPEG2000 images with a DeviceN ColorSpace in AGG renderer
  • Fixed image extraction of masked JBIG2 images
  • Fixed an endless loop for image loading
  • Fixed stream detection slowdown from 10.13
  • SetObjectFrom* functions now support stream objects

Enhancements

  • Color conversion of /Separation images uses direct CMYK to RGB conversion
  • Changes to AddTrueTypeSubsettedFont for automatic subset updating
  • Text extraction routines now converts &nbsp to a space for word breaks
  • More accurate line dash rendering in GDI Plus renderer

Upgrading To Version 10

If you are still using version 7, 8 or 9 and would like to upgrade visit this page:

Feedback! Any feedback large or small is appreciated. We’ll shortly be planning the next round of exciting new features for Debenu Quick PDF Library, so we’d really like to know what you want to see added to the SDK. Don’t be shy, email us and have your say.

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Reducing PDF File Size (Optimizing PDFs), Part 2

By Dan Shea, Planet PDF Contributing Editor.

Originally posted at Planet PDF. Part 1 can be found here.

Using the PDF Optimizer

The PDF Optimizer presents a lot of options. Since Acrobat/PDF Optimizer breaks them down by them into separate panels, we’ll do the same here. The types of content to be optimized can be toggled individually using the check boxes next to the panels on the left-hand side of the PDF Optimizer interface. Clicking on the panel name on the left-hand side brings up the panel and its specific options.

Using optimization profiles

You have rather a lot of options when customizing the PDF Optimizer to your particular needs. First up, check the settings for various in-built profiles. By default, Acrobat XI only ships with two: Standard and Mobile. Essentially, Standard is designed for broad compatibility with a broad range of viewing environments. As a result, it is compatible with older viewing software, and isn’t too drastic in the way it shrinks images and removes other elements. Mobile, on the other hand, represents a more aggressive approach to optimization, and is designed to ensure smaller file sizes that can be downloaded and viewed on devices that typically operate with more limited bandwidth.

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If one of the built-in profiles seems to suit your needs, then great! Use it. If not, then it’s easy enough to tweak them. Note that changing any settings will reset the current profile to Custom, but you can then save any custom settings to a new profile, so that isn’t really a problem.

Optimizing images (Images Panel)

Images often contribute a significant amount to file size. The key processes involved in optimizing them are compression and downsampling. Compression eliminates redundant or unwanted pixel information, while downsampling reduces the resolution of images to save space. The user can select the compression type, resolution that triggers downsampling, and the resolution to which such images will be downsampled.

PDF Optimizer allows separate settings for color, grayscale and monochrome images. Due to differences in the number of possible colors, these different types of images take different amounts of space, so, for example, a high-res monochrome image would occupy an amount of space equivalent to a much lower-res color image.

The principles of downsampling are relatively straightforward: lower-res images take less space but look less sharp. What might be less obvious is which compression methods are best suited to particular types of images. In general, JPEG and JPEG2000 are best suited for use with images like photographs, where colors tend to change gradually. ZIP can be used with images with more clearly defined palettes and larger areas of solid color, like logos, layout art and some illustrations. JBIG2, CCITT Groups 3 & 4 are best used with monochrome images.

With JPEG, JPEG2000 and JBIG2 compression, the user must also choose a compression quality that offers a suitable trade-off between image quality and file size. Essentially, higher levels of compression discard more pixel information and encode each image as a compact approximation of the original. Lossless compression, which is available with JPEG2000 and JBIG2, retains all pixel information.

Unembedding fonts (Fonts Panel)

To ensure viewing fidelity and consistent editing across systems — not to mention comply with relevant standards — it’s common to embed entire fonts in PDF files. That said, fonts can take up a lot of space in a PDF, especially if there are a lot of them. Fonts can be safely unembedded if they are installed on the computers of the users reading the PDF documents. In that case, the reader’s system just accesses their local copy of the font. Clearly, this is safest when system or other essentially ubiquitous fonts have been used to compose the PDF document.

If the reader doesn’t have the font installed, then their PDF viewing software will select a locally-installed substitute font. As such, fonts should still be embedded when a consistent look-and-feel is crucial, unusual or custom fonts are used, or when it is mandated by compliance requirements. File size versus utility is always the trade-off when attempting to optimize PDFs.

Flatten transparency (Transparency Panel)

In PDF files with graphics that contain transparency, the Transparency panel can be used to flatten it. Flattening transparency incorporates it into artwork by sectioning it into vector- and raster-based areas. The Transparency Panel features several presets based on the desired quality. As with images, there is a trade-off between quality and file size.

Remove unwanted elements (Discard Objects & Discard User Data Panels)

The Discard Objects and Discard User Data settings permit the removal of intact but unwanted elements of PDF files. They allow the flattening of form fields or layers, discarding of embedded settings, annotations, interactive elements like bookmarks and the conversion of elements into simpler (and more compact) approximations. For example, interactive forms can be flattened so that form data entered by the user becomes a permanent part of the document. These settings can potentially reduce file size at the expense of functionality.

Since these elements can and often do affect the functionality of your PDF, it’s best to be careful when using unfamiliar options. Experimentation is best performed after saving a backup of your original file.

Clean up your PDF (Clean Up Panel)

The Clean Up settings can be configured to manipulate compression on the document level and to remove broken or otherwise redundant elements. This includes things like discarding invalid links and bookmarks, streamlining encoding settings, and optimizing PDFs for fast web viewing. While the latter doesn’t specifically address file size, web-optimized PDFs are still quicker to view online, which is often one purpose of reducing file size in the first place.

By default, only options that cannot affect functionality are selected; indeed, there is only one option that is not selected by default, “Discard unreferenced named destinations”. Without getting too technical, a named destination is like a beacon in the PDF. Once created, it’s possible to point to that beacon either externally (e.g., from another PDF) or internally (i.e., from another part of the same document). This option can only check whether anything within the PDF points to the named destination. In other words, it can only check for internal references. If there are external references to the destination, checking this option will break those links. As with the Discard Objects and Discard User Data settings, it’s worth backing-up your original PDF before experimenting with this.

Save the optimized file

Once you have configured everything, save the optimized file. Even if you haven’t specifically saved your settings as a profile, Acrobat will still remember your last PDF Optimizer settings. These will be the default configuration the next time you boot up Acrobat.

Optimizing PDFs in batches

It’s also possible to optimize archives of PDF documents in large batches using Acrobat’s Action Wizard (under Save & Export > Save). Outlining precisely how to do that is outside the scope of this article, but might be the topic of a future how-to. Until then, happy optimizing!

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The Challenges of Developing for Mobile

With the release of our mobile PDF SDK for iOS and Android later this year, I thought it might be a good time to talk about some of the issues that are specific to developing for mobile platforms. This task poses some special challenges. Ultimately, a lot of it boils down to hardware limitations.

I’ve heard it said that the processing power of today’s smartphones vastly outstrips that of the computers used to coordinate the first moon mission. Nevertheless, today’s software is a resource-hungry menagerie. In simple point of fact, sleek, portable devices lack the raw oomph of larger machines of the same vintage.

This difference in power is ultimately the reason there was a need to create mobile-specific platforms like iOS and Android. Performance is key, and with their more limited system resources, mobile devices are more vulnerable to performance dips when features aren’t implemented in the most lightweight way possible.

As mobile devices have grown in power and become an everyday part of our working lives, there has been an increasing need to facilitate productivity tasks on these portable machines. Still, the differences in form factor, power and operating systems mean that cross-platform compatibility needs to be a consideration from the get-go. This is especially true when working on a single code base that is going to support both desktop and mobile applications.

Since desktop infrastructures are both mature and have grown up with the idea of productivity in mind, there are measures in place that can basically be used as short-cuts. Being younger and necessarily leaner, equivalent structures don’t necessarily exist yet in mobile platforms. For example, GDI+ on Windows-based systems enables applications to use graphics, which supports certain specific features like EMF/WMF support. The absence of GDI+ makes it harder to offer this feature on non-Windows systems.

Relying as heavily as it does on hardware, software and network compatibility, successfully implementing printing support can be especially difficult on mobile. While Quartz can be used on iOS to render PDFs for viewing, the results might not be consistently great for many files. Of course, that is part of why there is room for PDF specialists like us to enter the frame.

As we continue to move forward with our mobile SDK, we look forward to continuing our open dialog with you, our developers. Specifically, we’ll want to get your early testing impressions from Debenu Labs, and of course any feature requests that might be incorporated into future builds.

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