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From mehdi houshmand <med1...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: PDFBox Project for GSoC 2012
Date Mon, 26 Mar 2012 08:19:00 GMT
Hi Tharaka,

Ok, well let's start with thinking about how this GUI is going to look. In
its current form, it's looking a little dated, it might be worth using some
of the GUI frameworks out there to spruce it up a little and making it a
bit more modern. So if we get a list of TODOs (starting with Jeremias'
suggestions):

- Investigate and design a proposal for upgrading the PDFReader GUI (i.e.
modernizing it)
- Implement a PDF object inspector to display PDF object properties when
objects are "clicked-on" in the viewer
- Implement a type-writer feature to add/remove text from a content stream
from within the PDFViewer
- Design a plugin framework for the viewer

Maybe those are a good list of primary objectives? We should think about
some secondary objectives, like possibly supporting Optional Content in the
view (not sure if it already is) and better handling of transparency layers?

Just some thoughts, let's keep this discussions fluid for now, we haven't
actually got that long before we have to submit a proposal though.

Mehdi

On 22 March 2012 03:04, Tharaka Nayanajith Wijebandara <tharaka.nw@gmail.com
> wrote:

> Hi,
>
>
> Thanks everyone for your valuable ideas and comments.
>
>
> It seems most of you like to enhancing PDFReader project. Specially I
> prefer Jeremias' idea, develop application which allow user to access
> PDFBox features through the GUI and PDF viewer with integrated PDF
> Debugger. In my opinion it will be very much useful tool for users as well
> as developers rather than just another PDF reader. So I would like to
> continue with this project. However, since there are several ways to
> enhance PDFReader, we have to define the scope of the project according to
> priority in next few days.
>
>
> Additionally I want to mention another thing here. As my experience current
> PDFReader is also not very much reliable and not working smoothly. I still
> can't understand that whether it is problem of code of PDFReader or PDFBox
> core. Anyway I think that it's better if we can consider also this in the
> project, if it's not some issue in PDFBox core.
>
> On Wed, Mar 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM, mehdi houshmand <med1985@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Tharaka,
> >
> > You have plenty of options here, the student application deadline is on
> the
> > 6th April (see the calendar
> > http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/events/google/gsoc2012), so you've
> got
> > plenty of time.
> >
> > Let me and/or the community know if you have any questions about the
> > projects. If you have an idea of which project you'd prefer, maybe we can
> > start drawing up some goals and a schedule and discuss with the community
> > to get some feedback on which facets are a) interesting b) useful or c)
> > both!
> >
> > Mehdi
> >
> > On 20 March 2012 15:58, Jeremias Maerki <dev@jeremias-maerki.ch> wrote:
> >
> > > There are a number of HTML to XSL-FO converters. I've never checked how
> > > good the results are but ultimately a native HTML engine is likely to
> > > produce better results especially since HTML was not really designed
> for
> > > print and has to be retrofitted in CSS3. But again, this is a large
> > > project and, IMO, out of scope for PDFBox.
> > >
> > > http://html2fo.sourceforge.net/
> > > http://denature.sourceforge.net/
> > > ...and probably others...
> > >
> > > On 20.03.2012 13:02:33 Dexter Mishra wrote:
> > > > I vote for a PDS editor kind of stuff.
> > > > Another thing regarding the HTML to PDS, cant it be done with XSL-FO
> > > > feature?
> > > > Thanks
> > > >
> > > > On Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM, Maruan Sahyoun <
> > sahyoun@fileaffairs.de
> > > >wrote:
> > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > > <snip/>
> > > > > >
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >> Although I think that the current PDF Reader can be enhanced
in
> > many
> > > > > ways
> > > > > >> there are already so many Readers out there as well as PDF
> support
> > > > > within
> > > > > >> web browsers my personal opinion is that enhancing PDFBox
core
> > > > > capabilities
> > > > > >> would be more beneficial.
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >> With kind regards
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >> Maruan Sahyoun
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >>
> > > > > > Check out Jeremias' suggestions of the viewer, it's less of
a
> > viewer
> > > and
> > > > > > more of a front-end for a lot of the tools PDFBox has to offer,
a
> > > PDFBox
> > > > > > GUI so to speak rather than a PDF viewer.
> > > > >
> > > > > I'd still look into enhancing PDFBox core as this will benefit most
> > > users.
> > > > > Looking at the bugs and issues most come from core capabilities.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Jeremias Maerki
> > >
> > >
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Thanks & Regards,
> Tharaka Wijebandara,
> Faculty of Information Technology,
> University of Moratuwa.
>

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