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Mike London
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Wanted to get folks input on the PDF libraries you're using.

I used to use iText, but the current license model ($$$) is a show stopper.

Free or "reasonable" is what I'm looking for, but, yes, still with a decent feature set.

I found lots of PDF libraries online (PDFBox, and others), but it's difficult to gauge their capabilities from the websites.

Thanks in advance.

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Mike,
iText 2 is still free. Granted it isn't updated anymore, but it does have a lot of feature. On our page about iText, we do comment that PDF Box has less features than iText. That may or may not matter. It depends on what features you need .
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Mike,
iText 2 is still free. Granted it isn't updated anymore, but it does have a lot of feature. On our page about iText, we do comment that PDF Box has less features than iText. That may or may not matter. It depends on what features you need .


Right, but have you seen the ominous warnings about possible copyright infringement if you use 2.x on the iText website.

Maybe they're just trying to scare you into paying thousands of dollars for the "new and improved" iText.

From your reply, I'm assuming PDFBox is actually free.

Thanks very much.

- mike
 
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PDFBox is indeed completely free to use. IText 2 is as well, they're just spreading FUD in order to generate sales for the newer versions.
 
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Tim Moores wrote:PDFBox is indeed completely free to use. IText 2 is as well, they're just spreading FUD in order to generate sales for the newer versions.


Sad about iText's current mentality (that is, $$$). I've seen more than my fair share of software products ruined (IMHO) by licensing changes.

Thanks for your reply. I still have my iText 2.x libraries and my iText in Action book from that period.

- mike
 
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BTW, we also have the same code example for PDFBox, so you can compare the APIs: https://coderanch.com/wiki/659953/PDFBox
 
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Tim Moores wrote:BTW, we also have the same code example for PDFBox, so you can compare the APIs: https://coderanch.com/wiki/659953/PDFBox


Bookmarked!  Thank you.

- mike
 
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