Apache open source Java tool for PDF work

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) with all its all-volunteer developers, stewards and incubators now looking after more than 350 open source projects and initiatives has announced the availability of Apache PDFBox v2.0.

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This is an open source Java tool for working with Portable Document Format (PDF) documents.

As a format, PDF was first released by Adobe Systems in 1993 and became an ISO International Standard – ISO 32000-1 in 2008.

Apache PDFBox allows for the creation of new PDF documents, manipulation, rendering, signing of existing documents and the ability to extract content from documents.

“PDF is a very popular and easy to use format for document exchange. It is used by millions of people every day, however the format itself is quite complicated and a real challenge to write a piece of software to work with it,” said Andreas Lehmkühler, vice president of Apache PDFBox.

Lehmkühler insists that this new major release of PDFBox includes a lot of improvements, fixes and new features which should make the life easier for users.

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