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From Robert Newson <>
Subject Re: Need advice: what pdf lib to use?
Date Sun, 24 Oct 2004 15:44:33 GMT wrote:
> Hello all,
> I need a piece of advice/experience..
> What pdf parser (written in java) u'd recommend?
> I played now with PDFBox-0.6.7a and would not say I was satisfied too much 
> with it
> On certain pdf's (not well formated but anyway readable with acrobate)  it 
> run into dead loop (this I could fix in code),
> and on one file it produced "out of memory error" and killed jvm:( (this 
> problem I could not identify yet)
> After all the performance was not too great as well: it took c. 19 h. to 
> index 13000 files (c. 3.5Gb)
> Regards,
> J.

On the specific problem of the "dead loop", I reported an instance of 
this to Ben a week or so ago and he has fixed it in the latest 
nightlies.  I expect an official release will include this bugfix soon. 
The file in question was unreadable with any PDF software I have, but 
someone managed to create it somehow...

I've found pdfbox to be pretty good. The only time I get problems is 
with corrupted or egregiously bad PDF files.


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