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Mar 21 2016   2:51PM GMT

Apache open source Java tool for PDF work

Adrian Bridgwater Adrian Bridgwater Profile: Adrian Bridgwater


The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) with all its all-volunteer developers, stewards and incubators now looking after more than 350 open source projects and initiatives has announced the availability of Apache PDFBox v2.0.


This is an open source Java tool for working with Portable Document Format (PDF) documents.

As a format, PDF was first released by Adobe Systems in 1993 and became an ISO International Standard – ISO 32000-1 in 2008.

Apache PDFBox allows for the creation of new PDF documents, manipulation, rendering, signing of existing documents and the ability to extract content from documents.

“PDF is a very popular and easy to use format for document exchange. It is used by millions of people every day, however the format itself is quite complicated and a real challenge to write a piece of software to work with it,” said Andreas Lehmkühler, vice president of Apache PDFBox.

Lehmkühler insists that this new major release of PDFBox includes a lot of improvements, fixes and new features which should make the life easier for users.

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