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Debenu PDF Maximus, Unrivaled PDF Workflow Automation, Powered By Quick PDF Library

March 6, 2012

We’re excited to announce the release of Debenu PDF Maximus, built using the power of Quick PDF Library.

Debenu PDF Maximus is an industrial-strength solution for automating your PDF workflows when you need to split or merge PDFs, convert images to PDF, stamp text or watermarks on PDFs, extract text, control metadata and much more in a batch process or silently via watched folders.

The PDF batch processing features in Debenu PDF Maximus let you process one or thousands of files at the same time and the watched folder functionality lets you take the automation even further by removing the need for manual input and output entirely.

We’re keen for feedback on Debenu PDF Maximus so if you provide some feedback you will go into the draw to win a special prize.

By Rowan | Comments (0) | Posted in News

Special Quick PDF Library Hot Fix For Delphi XE2 Update 4

March 3, 2012

A few days ago Embarcadero released Delphi XE2 Update 4 and due to some changes to signatures for certain functions some Quick PDF Library DCU files are unable to be compiled. We have put in a place a hot fix for this issue while we wait on further information from Embarcadero.

Customers using Delphi XE2 update 3 or earlier can continue using the DCUs provided with the main version of Quick PDF Library, available from the updates page. Customers using Delphi XE2 update 4 will need to use these special DCUs:

This hot fix is only available for version 8.14 beta of Quick PDF Library. We will not be providing this hot fix for version 8.13.

Depending on whether this is an accidental or intentional change by Embarcadero we’ll make changes to the installer to accommodate all Delphi XE2 updates with the release of 8.14 in a few weeks.

By Rowan | Comments (2) | Posted in News,Quick PDF Library,Releases

Quick PDF Library 8.14 Beta 5 Released

February 21, 2012

Quick PDF Library 8.14 beta 5 has been released and is ready for download and testing. Version 8.14 beta 5 includes new functions, bug fixes and enhancements. The 8.14 beta 5 installer can be downloaded from the button below.

Release Notes

New functions

  • GetViewPortBBox
  • SetOptionalContentConfigState
  • SetCapturedPageTransparencyGroup
  • SetTableThinBorders
  • SetTableThinBordersCMYK
  • RemoveFormFieldBorderColor
  • SetTextUnderlineCustomDash
  • SetTextUnderlineWidth
  • SetTextUnderlineDistance
  • DrawRotatedBox
  • DrawRotatedMultiLineText
  • GetPrinterMediaTypes
  • GetPageColorSpaces
  • SetDestProperties
  • SetDestValue

Bug fixes

  • Corrected page height related issues with direct access text extraction
  • Shading patterns are removed from the page correctly with SplitPageText
  • Corrected Index parameter offsets in geospatial PDF functions
  • Corrected handling of symbolic TrueType fonts
  • Improved metafile import (non-breaking spaces and rotated text)
  • Added range checks to Type1 charstring lookup
  • NewNamedDestination now updates multilevel name trees correctly
  • Intermediate form field nodes updated correctly when child nodes are flattened or deleted
  • Added preliminary support for CalGray colorspace
  • Fixed word spacing bug during rendering in 64-bit mode
  • ToUnicode cmaps for TrueType subsetted fonts are now correctly split into ranges
  • Dash patterns and zero length lines improved to match Acrobat
  • Form field borders are suppressed when there is no border color entry
  • Multiple HTML text wrapping bug fixed
  • Fixed bug when extracting text from a page after rendering it
  • Imported metafiles containing patterns now result in properly formatted pattern objects
  • Corrected font metrics calculations when font size is negative
  • NormalizePage function now works with any prior Origin setting
  • CCITT EncodedByteAlign fixed for certain images
  • AddTrueTypeFont fixed with a /Differences array for code page 874
  • Rendering with Cairo now correctly strokes paths that are also filled

Enhancements

  • GetDefaultPrinterName function returns correct result even after printing to a different printer
  • DPI of certain images extracted using direct access function are now set
  • DPI of certain images generated by the renderer are now set
  • Files with a datetime earlier than the year 1900 can now be opened
  • Added support for incorrect AcroForm spelling (Acroform)
  • Added G4 TIFF output to the renderer (not supported in Windows XP and earlier)
  • HTML5 renderer output added to documentation and enabled in all rendering functions
  • QPL base class now internally calls CoInitialize and CoUninitialize in a safe way
  • Better support for single pixel masked images
  • Improvements to line styles in metafile import
  • Improvements to text extraction word splitting
  • Added support for importing 8-bit paletted TIFF images
  • Added support for importing TIFF images with SamplesPerPixel greater than 4
  • Improvements to text alignment in the metafile import
  • Improved text extraction from PDFs without explicit space characters
  • Added support for UTF-16LE strings in PDF text string objects
  • Improvements to widths array for TrueType subsetted fonts
  • Added support for flate compressed TIFF images
  • Added support for multipage TIFF image loading via GDI+
  • Improvements to table border lines in EMF import
  • Simple transparency groups rendered with Cairo
  • Better handling of TIFF images with missing BitsPerSample/RowsPerStrip tags
  • GDI+ and Cairo renderer now support linear gradients
  • Added option to ignore font descenders during text extraction
  • Annotation enumeration uses cached results where possible

Upgrading To Version 8

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

More information on upgrading to version 8 can be found online here.

Feedback! Any feedback large or small is appreciated. We’ll shortly be planning the next round of exciting new features for 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 at support@quickpdflibrary.com and have your say.

Quick PDF Library 8.14 Beta 4 Released

February 2, 2012

Quick PDF Library 8.14 beta 4 has been released and is ready for download and testing. Version 8.14 beta 4 includes new functions, bug fixes and enhancements. The 8.14 beta 4 installer can be downloaded from the button below.

Release Notes

New functions

  • GetViewPortBBox
  • SetOptionalContentConfigState
  • SetCapturedPageTransparencyGroup
  • SetTableThinBorders
  • SetTableThinBordersCMYK
  • RemoveFormFieldBorderColor
  • SetTextUnderlineCustomDash
  • SetTextUnderlineWidth
  • SetTextUnderlineDistance
  • DrawRotatedBox
  • DrawRotatedMultiLineText
  • GetPrinterMediaTypes

Bug fixes

  • Corrected page height related issues with direct access text extraction
  • Shading patterns are removed from the page correctly with SplitPageText
  • Corrected Index parameter offsets in geospatial PDF functions
  • Corrected handling of symbolic TrueType fonts
  • Improved metafile import (non-breaking spaces and rotated text)
  • Added range checks to Type1 charstring lookup
  • NewNamedDestination now updates multilevel name trees correctly
  • Intermediate form field nodes updated correctly when child nodes are flattened or deleted
  • Added preliminary support for CalGray colorspace
  • Fixed word spacing bug during rendering in 64-bit mode
  • ToUnicode cmaps for TrueType subsetted fonts are now correctly split into ranges
  • Dash patterns and zero length lines improved to match Acrobat
  • Form field borders are suppressed when there is no border color entry
  • Multiple HTML text wrapping bug fixed
  • Fixed bug when extracting text from a page after rendering it
  • Imported metafiles containing patterns now result in properly formatted pattern objects

Enhancements

  • GetDefaultPrinterName function returns correct result even after printing to a different printer
  • DPI of certain images extracted using direct access function are now set
  • DPI of certain images generated by the renderer are now set
  • Files with a datetime earlier than the year 1900 can now be opened
  • Added support for incorrect AcroForm spelling (Acroform)
  • Added G4 TIFF output to the renderer (not supported in Windows XP and earlier)
  • HTML5 renderer output added to documentation and enabled in all rendering functions
  • QPL base class now internally calls CoInitialize and CoUninitialize in a safe way
  • Better support for single pixel masked images
  • Improvements to line styles in metafile import
  • Improvements to text extraction word splitting
  • Added support for importing 8-bit paletted TIFF images
  • Added support for importing TIFF images with SamplesPerPixel greater than 4
  • Improvements to text alignment in the metafile import
  • Improved text extraction from PDFs without explicit space characters
  • Added support for UTF-16LE strings in PDF text string objects
  • Improvements to widths array for TrueType subsetted fonts
  • Added support for flate compressed TIFF images
  • Added support for multipage TIFF image loading via GDI+
  • Improvements to table border lines in EMF import
  • Simple transparency groups rendered with Cairo
  • Better handling of TIFF images with missing BitsPerSample/RowsPerStrip tags

Upgrading To Version 8

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

More information on upgrading to version 8 can be found online here.

Feedback! Any feedback large or small is appreciated. We’ll shortly be planning the next round of exciting new features for 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 at support@quickpdflibrary.com and have your say.

By Rowan | Comments (0) | Posted in News,Quick PDF Library,Releases

Shared Content Streams and Quick PDF Library

February 1, 2012

A lot of PDF tools expect all the pages of a PDF to have individual content streams.

But it’s technically possible for two or more pages to reference the exact same content stream, either entirely or even pieces of content stream parts.

10 0 obj
<<
/Type /Page
/Contents [ 11 0 R 12 0 R ]
>>

15 0 obj
<<
/Type /Page
/Contents [ 18 0 R 11 0 R ]
>

In this example, the page defined by object 10 has two content stream parts, stored in objects 11 and 12. The page in object 15 also has two content stream parts, but the second part is the same object 11 used by the first page – this is a shared content stream.

If a PDF is structured that way, any changes to one page will also appear on the other page with the shared content stream.

The PDF specification doesn’t forbid this at all and Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader both seem happy with files like this. It’s quite a useful trick. In fact Quick PDF Library’s ClonePages function uses this exact technique to allow many pages to share a single content stream without increasing the size of the file.

Some PDF software might not be able to read files structured like this, and most PDF tools will have unpredictable results when doing things like extracting or deleting pages.

When deleting a page from a PDF, it makes sense to delete the content streams that describe the page and not just the page dictionary otherwise there would be unused data in the output PDF, wasted space. Quick PDF Library’s DeletePages function does exactly that, it clears all the content stream parts (sets them to an empty string) and then deletes the page dictionary.

So if a page shares content streams with other pages, and is then deleted with DeletePages, the other pages will be affected too.

The RemoveSharedContentStreams function cycles through all the pages in the document building up a list of stream objects in the /Contents array. If any shared content streams are found they are left intact for one page and copies are made for any other pages using that same content.

This process might take a long time on PDFs with thousands of pages.

Try Debenu PDF Maximus, Built Using Quick PDF Library

January 9, 2012

Late last year we released the first release candidate of a new product called Debenu PDF Maximus.

Debenu PDF Maximus

Maximus is an industrial-strength solution for automating your PDF workflows. It removes the need to perform manual operations on PDF files by instead using Action Lists to apply predefined actions on PDF files in a step wise fashion.

Processing of a single or multiple PDF files using standardized Action Lists increases productivity and improves consistency by removing manual labor and human error from the equation.

The release candidate of Maximus is free to use and functional until the end of this month. For all customers who provide us with some feedback we’ll automatically enter your names into a draw to win one of five eBooks of PDF Explained, an easy to understand book about the low levels of PDF.

By Rowan | Comments (0) | Posted in News

Quick PDF Library 8.14 Beta 3 Released

Quick PDF Library 8.14 beta 3 has been released and is ready for download and testing. Version 8.14 beta 3 includes new functions, bug fixes and enhancements. The 8.14 beta 3 installer can be downloaded from the button below.

Release Notes

New functions

  • GetViewPortBBox
  • SetOptionalContentConfigState
  • SetCapturedPageTransparencyGroup

Bug fixes

  • Corrected page height related issues with direct access text extraction
  • Shading patterns are removed from the page correctly with SplitPageText
  • Corrected Index parameter offsets in geospatial PDF functions
  • Corrected handling of symbolic TrueType fonts
  • Improved metafile import (non-breaking spaces and rotated text)
  • Added range checks to Type1 charstring lookup
  • NewNamedDestination now updates multilevel name trees correctly
  • Intermediate form field nodes updated correctly when child nodes are flattened or deleted
  • Added preliminary support for CalGray colorspace
  • Fixed word spacing bug during rendering in 64-bit mode

Enhancements

  • GetDefaultPrinterName function returns correct result even after printing to a different printer
  • DPI of certain images extracted using direct access function are now set
  • DPI of certain images generated by the renderer are now set
  • Files with a datetime earlier than the year 1900 can now be opened
  • Added support for incorrect AcroForm spelling (Acroform)
  • Added G4 TIFF output to the renderer (not supported in Windows XP and earlier)
  • HTML5 renderer output added to documentation and enabled in all rendering functions
  • QPL base class now internally calls CoInitialize and CoUninitialize in a safe way
  • Better support for single pixel masked images
  • Improvements to line styles in metafile import
  • Improvements to text extraction word splitting
  • Added support for importing 8-bit paletted TIFF images
  • Added support for importing TIFF images with SamplesPerPixel greater than 4
  • Improvements to text alignment in the metafile import
  • Improved text extraction from PDFs without explicit space characters
  • Added support for UTF-16LE strings in PDF text string objects

Upgrading To Version 8

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

More information on upgrading to version 8 can be found online here.

Feedback! Any feedback large or small is appreciated. We’ll shortly be planning the next round of exciting new features for 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 at support@quickpdflibrary.com and have your say.

By Rowan | Comments (2) | Posted in News,Quick PDF Library

Upgrade Policy Change

January 2, 2012

With the release of Quick PDF Library 8 we have changed the Standard Upgrade Protection period to 60 days to be inline with the rest of Debenu’s products.

The change means that for two months after the date that you purchase our software you will be eligible for a free upgrade in the event that we release a major new version, but outside of this two month window you will need to pay for an upgrade.

The change applies to upgrades from version 8 to version 9. Customers who purchased version 7 are still eligible for the old Standard Upgrade Protection 90 day period for the version 7 to version 8 upgrade.

The change only applies to major version upgrades (i.e. version 8.x to 9.x), minor version releases are still free (8.15 to 8.16, etc).

By Rowan | Comments (0) | Posted in News,Quick PDF Library

Quick PDF Library 8.14 Beta 2 Released

December 16, 2011

Quick PDF Library 8.14 beta 2 has been released and is ready for download and testing. Version 8.14 beta 2 includes new functions and bug fixes. The 8.14 beta 2 installer can be downloaded from the button below.

Release Notes

New functions

  • GetViewPortBBox
  • SetOptionalContentConfigState

Bug fixes

  • Corrected page height related issues with direct access text extraction
  • Shading patterns are removed from the page correctly with SplitPageText
  • Corrected Index parameter offsets in geospatial PDF functions
  • Corrected handling of symbolic TrueType fonts
  • Improved metafile import (non-breaking spaces and rotated text)
  • Added range checks to Type1 charstring lookup
  • NewNamedDestination now updates multilevel name trees correctly

Enhancements

  • GetDefaultPrinterName function returns correct result even after printing to a different printer
  • DPI of certain images extracted using direct access function are now set
  • DPI of certain images generated by the renderer are now set
  • Files with a datetime earlier than the year 1900 can now be opened
  • Added support for incorrect AcroForm spelling (Acroform)
  • Added G4 TIFF output to the renderer (not supported in Windows XP and earlier)
  • HTML5 renderer output added to documentation and enabled in all rendering functions
  • QPL base class now internally calls CoInitialize and CoUninitialize in a safe way

Upgrading To Version 8

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

More information on upgrading to version 8 can be found online here.

Feedback! Any feedback large or small is appreciated. We’ll shortly be planning the next round of exciting new features for 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 at support@quickpdflibrary.com and have your say.

By Rowan | Comments (0) | Posted in News,Quick PDF Library

Quick PDF Library 8.14 Beta 1 Released

December 7, 2011

Quick PDF Library 8.14 beta 1 has been released and is ready for download and testing. Version 8.14 beta 1 includes new functions and bug fixes. The 8.14 beta 1 installer can be downloaded from the button below.

Release Notes

New functions

  • GetViewPortBBox

Bug fixes

  • Corrected page height related issues with direct access text extraction
  • Shading patterns are removed from the page correctly with SplitPageText
  • Corrected Index parameter offsets in geospatial PDF functions

Enhancements

  • GetDefaultPrinterName function returns correct result even after printing to a different printer
  • DPI of certain images extracted using direct access function are now set
  • DPI of certain images generated by the renderer are now set
  • Files with a datetime earlier than the year 1900 can now be opened
  • Added support for incorrect AcroForm spelling (Acroform)
  • Added G4 TIFF output to the renderer

Upgrading To Version 8

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

More information on upgrading to version 8 can be found online here.

Feedback! Any feedback large or small is appreciated. We’ll shortly be planning the next round of exciting new features for 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 at support@quickpdflibrary.com and have your say.

By Rowan | Comments (0) | Posted in News,Quick PDF Library

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