Six months ago, I had a reputation of 3,407 on StackOverflow, and I was ranked #11,828. Three months ago, I had gained 1,751 reputation points, resulting in a total of 5,158 and a rank #8,331. Now I've added an extra 1,848 points, resulting in a reputation of 7,006 and a rank #6,521:

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PDF Conference and PDF/A Day Seattle

Last week, I attended the PDF Conference organized by the PDF Association and the PDF/A Day organized by Adobe:

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Google Analytics — July 2013

Ai ai ai July! We've had two disk failures on the server hosting our site, causing a downtime of half an hour to an hour. The first time, it happened while I was in the US and I didn't even know there was a problem until after a day (fortunately, the hosting provider solved the problem). Let's take a look if we see the downtime in the stats:

Hmm... I don't see any anomalies. All in all, it probably was less of a problem than I feared.

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iText 5.4.3 — XML Worker 5.4.3

We're releasing iText 5.4.3 and as promised, we've been working on PAdES-5 and PDF/A. We already supported signing XFA forms using XML-DSig, now we also have support for signing using XAdES (which is required to meet the PAdES-5 standard). For the moment, only BES is supported (EPES will follow). As for PDF/A, iText will now make sure you can create documents that are fully compliant with PDF/A-1. That was already possible in the past, but iText didn't check if all the requirements for compliance were met, that was the responsibility of the developer. With the new release all these checks are done by iText.

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Google Analytics — June 2013

Another month has passed (time flies), let's take a look at

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Five ways to answer stupid questions

At school, teachers have taught us that there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers; experience has taught us that our teachers weren't always right.

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Tax Shelter

Last year, iText invested in the movie Emperor by Lee Tamahori. The film is still in pre-production.

This year, we're investing a in pool of movies through a Film Fund:

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Google Analytics — May 2013

I can repeat what I wrote a month ago: in the last few weeks, I've had ideas for at least five blog posts, but I never had the time to write about these ideas. For instance: I participated to my first ISO meeting in Vienna, and I returned home with plenty of inspiration. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to blog about those ideas yet (although some are already on the technical roadmap for the months to come).

As for the site statistics, is doing well:

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iText 5.4.2 — XML Worker 5.4.2 - RUPS 5.4.2

Last year (2012), we focused on four goals:

  1. Creating an Android port for iText,
  2. Making iText Cloud-ready (GAE),
  3. Updating the digital signatures functionality to make iText PDF 2.0-ready,
  4. Creating a new product, named XFA Worker, that allows flattening of dynamic XFA forms.

By the end of the year, numerous customers were using iText on Android, a customer presented how he was using iText on GAE, we published a digital signatures white paper and we had our first customer for XFA Worker using iText in a BPM context.

For 2013, we defined four new goals, with the main focus on improving the products developed last year based on customer feedback, as well as starting a new R&D track oriented towards structured / unstructured documents.

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StackOverflow reputation

Three months ago, there were 1,486,744 developers active on StackOverflow and I was ranked #11,828. A month and three days ago, the total number of people active on StackOverflow had already increased to 1,629,590. Today, the number is 1,718,000 active developers:

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