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Big Faceless PDF Library

The Big Faceless PDF Library is a Java class library for creating PDF documents. The Extended Edition offers the ability to create and edit AcroForms, PDF's answer to the HTML form. Like HTML forms, PDF forms can contain text boxes, radio buttons, and can call JavaScript functions. The Extended Edition also includes a PDF reader for importing and editing, along with FDF support, verification for digital signatures and text extraction. Both variations offer full Unicode support, encryption, embedded TrueType and Type1 fonts, barcodes, hyperlinks, and spot and calibrated color.


Recent releases

  •  22 May 2014 05:08

    Release Notes: Several fixes were made to XFA, in particular regarding field formatting. An improved algorithm for text extraction now gives better results for most documents. Identification of super and subscript digits from the text was added. The mapping from PDF font to OS font was changed from 1:1 to 1:many, which is required to correctly render characters from the more recent HKSCS supplements on Windows.

    •  07 Mar 2014 00:59

      Release Notes: Adds generics to method signatures where appropriate. Java 4 is supported (as before) with the "bfopdf-14.jar" jar. Tested and verified with Java 8 (mainly adding support for the "Nashorn" JavaScript engine. Adds signing/verifying of PAdES signatures to AcrobatSignatureHandlerFactory Adds support for the latest release of the Hong Kong Supplementary character set (HKSCS-2008) to the MSung and MHei fonts. The changes for this are in the "bfopdf-cmap.jar" as well as the core jar, so remember to upgrade both.

      •  15 Dec 2013 21:20

        Release Notes: No change, but the release has been renumbered to 2.15 because the behavior of the PDF page list is, technically, an API change.

        •  12 Dec 2013 23:35

          Release Notes: This release adds support for loading linearized documents to the viewer; if you want your custom features to take advantage of this, then they may need rewriting, but it should have no impact for most features. PDF/A-2b and PDF/A-3b support has been added to the OutputProfile class, and a few (very specific) issues with PDF/A-1b have been fixed. Support has been added for creating PDF portfolios.

          •  09 May 2013 02:33

            Release Notes: A problem where the Map returned from PDF.getNamedActions() didn't fully implement the Map interface was fixed. ColorContent, ColorImage, GrayscaleContent, and GrayscaleImage were added to the OutputProfile class, for categorically determining if a PDF contains color or grayscale content. Column spacing during text extraction was modified slightly. Previously, the two columns would overlap by one character. Minor fixes were included for some specific damaged PDFs.


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