Debenu Quick PDF Library 11.12 Released

The final version of Debenu Quick PDF Library 11.12 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 11.12 from our Product Updates page

Version 11.12 Highlights

  • Bug fixes for Linearization
  • Fixed import of TIFF images with the strips are also tiles
  • Fixed NormalizePoge to not process Annots when Page rotation is already 0 degrees
  • Fixed TPDFIndObj.Decode to correctly decode PDF attachments
  • Fixed rendering of a malformed Type1 font
  • Fixed rendering of line thikness on certain PDF’s
  • Fixed autosubsetting of fonts with DrawHTMLText in certain cases
  • Fixed combobox issue
  • Fixed DrawEllipticArc and EMFArc importing issues

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 Viewer SDK 11.12 Released

The final version of Debenu PDF Viewer SDK 11.12.0.1 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 11.12 from our Product Updates page

Version 11.12 Highlights

  • Fixed flickering issue with component
  • Fixed mouse cursor flicker
  • Scrolling fix when changing window size in Fit Zoom mode
  • Page rendering glitch fix when resizing window
  • Search text now changes view position to show search result on page
  • Added wait cursor on search and open file routines

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 11 of Debenu PDF Viewer SDK 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 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 (11.x to 12.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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Bytes and Bobs: What is Agile Development?

Here at Debenu, we make developer products (among others) through software development. In a lot of ways, that means that Debenu and our developer community are peers as well as having the traditional vendor-client relationship. By virtue of that unusual relationship, we are in a position to learn from our clients, as are they from us. In particular, our internal processes can potentially be quite relevant to our customers (and vice versa).

We do our darndest to run an efficient, capital-A Agile workflow (specifically, we favor Scrum. So, why didn’t I just say that we “do” Agile development? Well, the term is both popular and frequently misunderstood. Some (perhaps many) companies claim to be Agile, but for one reason or another haven’t implemented key features of Agile development practices. We don’t claim to be getting it completely “right” (we’re not sure that we are), but we do like the basic principles, and have found a system that works for us. Often, a certain amount of compromise ensues as soon as the tyres hit the tarmac, so to speak, and we don’t think we’re an exception to that. Anyway, I thought it might be helpful to start writing a series of posts about how we work here at Debenu.

First up, what is Agile? In general, Agile methodologies are focused on short cycles of iterative development. Planning, design, development, integration, testing and deployment are all completed by small, cross-functional teams, and within a flat, collaborative organizational structure.

In Scrum at least, each iteration (or “sprint”) should finish with a potentially shippable increment of a product. That’s a bit of a mouthful, but essentially that means you need to finish each sprint with some working software. Early iterations should work, but they’ll be thin on the feature front. In fact, the first iteration might only have one feature, but that feature ought to function correctly.

The idea is that the final product can be built in vertical slices, a few features at a time. Between iterations, reactions should be solicited from the team and relevant stakeholders such as clients, and this feedback can then be used to drive the next round of development.

Agile methodologies are typically contrasted with conventional “Waterfall” methods, characterized by discrete, sequential development cycles. Each phase might be conducted by a different team, and there is generally no working prototype available until near the end of the release cycle.

I won’t speak about them in great detail, other than to point out that Waterfall methods seek to anticipate needs and challenges before anyone can use the software. As such, many functional problems can only be identified very late in the process. If the client sees a prototype and wants to change direction (for example, due to a miscommunication about functional needs), then the team needs to return to an earlier phase in the development cycle to fix the problem.

There are quite a few approaches to implementing Agile development practices, including Scrum, which is the one we favor here at Debenu. In future posts, I plan to describe some of them and talk about how we have structured our own development processes.

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Planet PDF Maintenance

Planet PDF logoPlanet PDF is currently down for scheduled maintenance while we update the server hardware that is used to run the website. During this time you will be unable to access the content on the main Planet PDF website, however, the Planet PDF Forum will still be accessible and active.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes to you. Leave a comment if you would like to be notified once Planet PDF is back online or if you have a question that we might be able to assist you with.

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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 11 of Debenu PDF Viewer SDK 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 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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