Bruno Lowagie has been programming since he was twelve years old. He has a degree in civil architectural engineering and is the initial developer and one of the current maintainers of iText. He works at Ghent University, Belgium.
iText in Action: Creating and Manipulating PDFby Bruno Lowagie
Imagine a publisher who wants to "stamp" his ebooks on the fly with the name of the buyer (to discourage sharing). Such a publisher would (and we know one who does) use iText for the task. Developers looking to enhance web- and other applications with dynamic PDF document generation and/or manipulation will find this book unique in content and readability./i>
Imagine a publisher who wants to "stamp" his ebooks on the fly with the name of the buyer (to discourage sharing). Such a publisher would (and we know one who does) use iText for the task. Developers looking to enhance web- and other applications with dynamic PDF document generation and/or manipulation will find this book unique in content and readability. Based on ongoing examples that encourage learning "in action," they will finally understand PDF and learn how to build applications that produce professional, high-quality PDF documents. While the basic functionality of iText is easy to acquire, iText in Action lowers the learning curve for more advanced functionality. It explains how to use iText to create/manipulate PDF documents on-the-fly in one or more of the following situations:
All the examples are written in Java, but they can be easily adapted to .NET by developers using one of the .NET ports: iTextSharp (C#) or iText.NET (#J). While iText is a free Java library and the examples are written from the point of view of the Java developer, nine out of ten examples can be run by .NET developers with only minimal changes.
Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.
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This book, iText in Action, is the first edition; while it is entirely authoritative (it's written by the author of the iText package) it is somewhat out of date. It is out of date for two reasons: first, it only provides information for the iText 4.0.x library and earlier; the iText developers have released version 5.0 (in December 2009), and the 5.0 object model is substantially different. If your development needs are simple, you can happily use this edition with the 5.0 library--BUT, you probably won't know if your needs are simple until after you have spent some time in this book and with the 5.0 library. Far better to get the new edition in the first place. This edition is also out of date because Adobe has released several new versions ("flavors") of PDF: PDF/A, PDF/E, and PDF/X. The first edition of this book does not address those file types at all--if you're working with those files, this edition will provide you with little help. I sincerely hope that Barnes & Noble will carry the second edition--this is the standard reference work on an extremely valuable software library.