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From Jon Wu <...@wuservices.com>
Subject Re: [SURVEY] PDFBox Uses Cases
Date Thu, 09 Jan 2014 23:44:32 GMT
I use it as one piece that powers an online personalization engine that can
take any file from Adobe Illustrator such as a holiday card and allow you
to personalize it online in realtime. PDFBox is responsible for rasterizing
PDFs for consistent, fast, cross-browser viewing online. However, it's only
effective for text right now for me.

It would be great if it could rasterize PDFs containing photos, complex
clipping paths, vectors, and transparency with the fidelity of Adobe Reader
or Adobe's PDF Library (so that whatever is rasterized is basically
whatever would get printed on a commercial quality printer with a perfect

This isn't an easy problem to solve as no PDF library I've used has been
able to handle gradients and transparency accurately (matching Adobe
Reader) and most libraries including Chrome's and OS X's PDF libraries fail
to render photos that have been clipped in certain ways such as the file
mentioned in this bug:

On Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 3:31 AM, Maruan Sahyoun <sahyoun@fileaffairs.de>wrote:

> Dear PDFBox users,
> we’d love to hear from you how you are using PDFBox in your PDF
> applications. Do you use it for rendering, merging, creation … - what is
> the main application?
> As we are planning for PDFBox 2.0 there are already a lot of ideas what
> could be done in that release. Your input will help us to better understand
> where we could put our focus.
> Please understand that we will take your input seriously but as this is a
> volunteers effort we can not commit to a certain functionality. And if
> you’d like to help you’re always welcome to do so.
> Thanks a lot for your feedback!
> Maruan Sahyoun

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