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what is itext?

Grega Leskovšek
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i know (x)html, css and php, but never heard for an ITEXT ... Is this a new technology? Why is it used for? Where is it used?

--Always, Grega from Peace refuge
Bruno Lowagie
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Grega Leskovšek wrote:i know (x)html, css and php, but never heard for an ITEXT ... Is this a new technology? Why is it used for? Where is it used?
Love, Grega Leskovšek

iText is a PDF engine. It has been around since 2000.
The first book about iText was released in 2007; almost 12,000 copies were sold.
The second edition is available in print since last week.
It's not just a revision of the first book.
I've rewritten the book from scratch.

It is used by many different companies.

For instance:
  • iText is used to create a PDF when you print a Google Analytics reports, a Google SpreadSheet, or a Calendar Sheet with Google Calendar.
  • iText is used as PDF engine in Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools such as JasperReports, Eclipse/BIRT, Pentaho,...
  • iText is used by RedHat in jBoss/SEAM.
  • financial organizations such as American Express use iText to create bank statements in PDF.
  • if you travel with KLM, Swiss, TAP,... your boarding pass is made using iText.
  • NASA used iText in a couple of projects, for instance to create PDFs with maps of the surface of Mars.
  • When I buy something online, and I get an invoice in PDF, I see that iText is used to produce the invoice in many cases.
  • The New York Times used iText to archive articles that were brought to the public domain.
  • Manning Publications used iText for Social DRM.
  • Some companies (such as Faber&Faber) use iText for POD (Printing On Demand).
  • More examples are welcome...
  • Juan Manuel Diaz
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    Joined: Mar 23, 2009
    Posts: 55

    iText was used in the goverment of the province of Buenos Aires, in the PKI proyect to export some documents digitally signed, as decrees and laws.

    Personally, I used iText in a clinic's proyect to generate ultrasound exams reports.

    Juan M. Diaz
    Mark Storer

    Joined: Nov 02, 2010
    Posts: 9
    We use iText to generate and manipulate PDF forms (AcroForms) in our LiquidOffice (soon to be rechristened "Autonomy Process Automation") product.

    The 'other team' here uses iTextSharp to a lesser extent in TeleForm, though I'm not familiar with the particulars. I think it's mostly just to wrap and unwrap TIFFs in/from PDF for scanning purposes. They come by my cube with questions from time to time.

    Mark Storer
    I agree. Here's the link:
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