For roughly the last three years I’ve been blogging over at Datalogics as their PDF Developer Evangelist. At first, I tried to maintain both blogs but if you’ve ever done any kind of blogging that involves both writing code and writing the content that explains it, you know the task is exhausting. I’ll still be working with Datalogics from time to time but my official position ends at the start of the new year. So… it’s time for a reboot.
My logo for one… a lot has changed in the PDF world over the last few years so it was time to update my logo to reflect that fact; it’s now in camel case… it’s all about automation through code. My consulting services used to revolve almost exclusively around Adobe Acrobat on desktop machines. Now that mobile PDF viewers are more prevalent and but less capable than their desktop counterparts, I’ve found that server-based PDF processing has become more important. By leveraging a server to perform all of the actions that previously required a client like Acrobat or Reader, I can now help you deliver a final form PDF to any device and be sure the end user sees exactly what was intended, regardless of the viewer they use. Most of my examples will leverage the Datalogics PDF Java Toolkit. It’s not free but it is the most comprehensive API for working with PDF… period… full stop. If you have workflows that involve PDF Optimization, managed color, or have complex imaging requirements, you’ll still want to use the Adobe PDF Library but for any workflows involving forms, digital signatures, comments, redaction, and a whole lot more, the Datalogics PDF Java Toolkit is the way to go and I can help you get there.
What’s the same?
I’m no longer developing custom layouts for PDF Portfolios. That was fun while it lasted but the custom layouts require Flash and because of that fact, I’d never be able to create a consistent experience across all of the various PDF viewers for you. And while Adobe Acrobat DC will still play PDF Portfolios with custom layouts, you can’t create new ones. That said, I will still be creating utilities for PDF Portfolios because there’s still a lot of value in being able to package up a bunch of related files into a single PDF.
I hope you enjoy the new content or at least find it useful. Feel free to email me with any thoughts or ideas on how to improve the site or examples you’d like to see.