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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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Waarom iText Software investeert in "Zoë Eisenhoet"

Vorige week ontving ik een mail van Ianka Fleerackers in verband met haar nieuwe project Zoë Eisenhoet. Ik kende Ianka vroeger enkel van TV als "prinses Prieeltje" uit Kulderzipken, maar anderhalf jaar geleden ontmoette ik haar in een andere context, op een event waar ik als spreker te gast was. We raakten aan de praat en Ianka vertelde over haar prentenboek voor iPad Wolfie en haar andere literaire projecten.

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Events in May

Next week, I'll be in Vienna to participate to the Technical Commission 171 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). I'm the Belgian representative for the NBN. TC 171 is about document technology such as PDF, so I'll talk PDF for almost a week.

Later this month, I'll attend BizCamp #8.

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Digital Signatures: free ebook downloads

Imagine my surprise when I looked a the number of downloads of the white paper on digital signatures for April:

Month Downloads
October 2012 840
November 2012 835
December 2012 1041
January 2013 2060
February 2013 2704
March 2013 1669
April 2013 4018

1715 people found the white paper thanks to Google, 639 people thanks to StackOverflow. That's great, isn't it?

Google Analytics — April 2013

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, and I fear they are now lost. That's a pity, because lowagie.com is getting more visits and I can't offer any new content due something as stupid as lack of time:

This upward trend is certainly visible in iText sales, and the web statistics for itextpdf.com aren't bad either:

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StackOverflow reputation

Less than two months ago, there were 1,486,744 people active on StackOverflow and I was ranked #11,828.
There has been a significant increase of active StackOverflow users (+142,481):

I've also managed to reach the goal I described in my previous post. I'm now in the top #10,000.

Next goal: reach a 5,000 as reputation.

iText 5.4.1 — XML Worker 5.4.1

Almost two months have passed since 13th anniversary release of iText. We've spent these months on some projects for customers, on developing new business models (visiting different companies in the US) and on tying the loose ends that surfaced due to the major changes in 5.4.0. Let's take a look at the most important changes:

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Google Analytics — March 2013

Sales increased with 40% in 13Q1 when compared to 12Q1, but what about the site statistics?

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De Gentse Ondernemer

Remember this? The article was published while we were in California:

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