Bruno Lowagie's blog

Enforcing your Trademark: not that simple

THIS POST IS KEPT FOR HISTORICAL REASONS, BUT IT'S NO LONGER RELEVANT.
THE ISSUE HAS BEEN SOLVED (SEE ENFORCING YOUR TRADEMARK).

iText is a registered trademark by 1T3XT BVBA. This means we are now allowed to put an ® behind the word iText, and competitors can no longer buy the word iText from Google AdWords to lure customers to their sites (which was the main reason why I filed the trademark).

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Book party April 29

The "iText in Action" book party was a success. We didn't take much pictures, but it was fun to bring the old and the new colleagues together, and have them meet with some of our business partners. This is a more personal photo:

From left to right: my father, my wife, our two sons, myself, and my mother.

I don't know what we were talking about in the above picture. I think I was making some kind of silly joke (as usual).

Google Analytics — April 2011

Another month, another Google Analytics blogpost. Let's take a look at the Google heartbeat:

Do you notice the difference with the normal heartbeat? Look at the days before and after Eastern. There's a small disturbance there. It's more subtle than during the Christmas holidays, but it's there for sure: people don't visit the iText site when they are on vacation ;-)

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Books I've read last month

My last blog post about books dates from March 27. I continued reading The Chronicles of Narnia, but reading the seven books in a row feels like overkill, so I took a break after part 4 and 5 (or part 2 and 3 if you look at the publication order, rather than the logical reading order):

C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian; 1951, p471-642 (from The Chronicles of Narnia; translated as Prins Caspian)

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Interview on Developpez.com

About a month and a half ago, my wife and I went to Paris to do a book promo. I also did an interview with Celinio Fernandes. This interview (in French) is now online: Interview de Bruno Lowagie - Créateur de la librairie iText® (Paris - 10 mars 2011) .

The iText Office: after week 4

Last week, we had somebody come over for the electricity and for the floor:


This weeks will be a slow week. Normally, they'll continue working on the electricity (new fusebox, network plugs, etc...), but we have to wait 6 weeks for the lighting and we didn't contact somebody to paint the walls yet (they aren't dry enough to start painting anyway). We also didn't decide on the new office furniture yet.

The iText Office: after week 3

I wasn't able to work in the iText Office for three weeks now. This is what the office looked like 10 days ago:

Today, the room looks like this:


Next week: electricity (wires, outlets, fusebox,...) and a new floor.

The impact of Twitter, LinkedIn, FB on two blog posts

In my previous post, I showed the graph of the visits to lowagie.com in general. I wrote that you one specific blogpost was responsible for a huge peak on March 31. This inspired me to look at the stats of the two most important pages of March. The first one is the Invoice demo page.

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Google Analytics — March 2011

Every month, I post the results of the itextpdf.com site on Google Analytics, and I add the results of lowagie.com as an extra. This time, I'll do it the other way around. You'll immediately notice why:

On March 31, the number of hits doubled from about 250 to about 500. Why? Because of a single blog post in Dutch: Ondernemer tegen wil en dank that was plugged on different places.
In my next blog post, we'll analyze this page as well as the stats of another popular blog post.

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The iText Office: round 2

I still can't work in the official iText office. Next week, we'll start round two of the decoration works:

The office is split in half. This is the upper half:

This is the lower half:

They'll start with the ceiling (hence the division in two). Then they'll do the walls. Finally, we'll get a new floor.

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