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Gnostice PDFOne is a powerful PDF component suite for Java programmers. Gnostice PDFOne provides a rich set of APIs to create, edit, view, print, merge, split, reorganize, encrypt, decrypt, bookmark, annotate, watermark and stamp PDF documents. Gnostice PDFOne can also create, edit, fill, and flatten PDF forms. Gnostice PDFOne does not require other PDF software such as Adobe® PDF library, Adobe Acrobat® Professional or GhostScript. PDFOne is based entirely on Java code and does not have any non-Java dependencies.
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Gnostice PDFOne for the Java™ platform supports the following features. (For system requirements, click here.)
|Features By Category|
|General Features, I/O and Security Support|
|Document Creation (new documents)|
|Document Modification and Processing (existing documents)|
|Acroforms Processing (PDF eForms)|
|Document Viewing and Printing|
|General Features, I/O and Security Support||Professional|
|100% Java code|
|Add and modify page thumbnails|
|Compress/decompress document using Flate Encode/Decode, ASCII85 Encode/Decode, ASCIIHex Encode/Decode, RunLength Encode/Decode, and LZW Encode/Decode|
|Full support for reading PDF version 1.3 through 1.6 (Acrobat 4 through 7) files|
|Load from file and memory stream|
|Read and modify document information properties such as Title, Author, Subject, Keywords…|
|Read encrypted PDF document with given password|
|Read XML metadata of PDF document|
|Render several types of images including JPEG, BMP (v1.0 through v4.0) including indexed BMP, and PNG formats|
|Save to file and memory stream|
|Secure PDF document with 40-bit and 128-bit encryption|
|Set document viewer preferences|
|Specify watermarks, document information properties, bookmarks and text annotations in Unicode|
|Support for Full Embedding of TrueType, OpenType and TTC (TrueType Collections) fonts|
|Support for Subset Embedding of TrueType, OpenType and TTC (TrueType Collections) fonts|
|Support for TrueType, OpenType and TTC (TrueType Collections) fonts|
|Unicode support for text rendering. Support for all character sets – Eastern Europe, Chinese, Japanese...|
|Document Creation (new documents)||Professional|
|Add document-level and page-level actions|
|Add page-level and document-level file attachments|
|Advanced drawing functions – Header/Footer, Paragraph, Table, Textbox, Watermark/Stamping and Auto Pagination for text and images|
|Insert Annotations - Text, Link, FreeText, Line, Square, Circle, Highlight, Underline, Squiggly, StrikeOut, Stamp, Ink, Caret and more|
|Document Modification and Processing (existing documents)||Professional|
|Add digital signatures|
|Add page headers and footers|
|Add watermarks and stamps with text and images|
|Add, edit, and delete annotations|
|Add, modify, and delete bookmarks|
|Add, modify, and delete page thumbnails|
|Adding digital signatures|
|Change document restrictions|
|Change document viewer settings|
|Change document viewer window settings|
|Change owner and user passwords|
|Change page layout|
|Draw shapes such as circles, ellipses, squares, rectangles, lines, polylines, polygons…|
|Enable a PDF document to be used as a presentation slide with various transition effects|
|Insert page-level and document-level attachments|
|Modify and delete actions assigned to a annotation|
|Modify and delete actions assigned to a bookmark|
|Parse page elements|
|Place autotext in rendered text [page number, total page count, time, and date]|
|Redact text (using literal text and regular expressions) and page regions|
|Search text (using literal text and regular expressions)|
|Write formatted text with various fonts|
|Copy pages from one document and append or insert them in to another document|
|Include/exclude bookmarks, annotations, form-fields, page-level actions, document-level actions from page reorganization operations|
|Merge several documents into one|
|Split a document into several new documents|
|Acroforms Processing (PDF eForms)||Professional|
|Clone form field|
|Create new PDF form fields|
|Delete form field|
|Edit and fill existing form fields|
|Edit form fields with XFA data|
|Export form field values to an FDF file|
|Flatten existing form fields to make them non-interactive|
|Import form field values from an FDF file|
|Document Viewing and Printing||Professional|
|Export to image formats (supported by the installed JRE version and Java Advanced Imaging Image I/O Tools API)|
|Font types - embedded Type 0, Type 1, Type 3, and TrueType|
|Image bits per color component - 1, 4, and 8|
|Image colorspaces - Device (RGB, CMYK and grayscale), CIE-based (RGB, grayscale, and ICC), and special (Indexed, Separation* and DeviceN*)|
|Image encoding - CCITT Fax and DCT|
|Options for specifying printer, printer page size, page range, number of copies, and automatic page resizing, rotation and centering.|
|Ordinary and flattened form fields|
|Page view options - fit, zoom, and rotation|
|PDF printer component|
|PDF viewer component|
|Viewer navigation options - first page, last page, next page, previous page, and custom (manual input by user)|
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PdfDocument.getPageAsBufferedImage()methods if PDFOne jar files are used along with backport-util-concurrent library in a JBoss web application.
ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsExceptionis encountered in CCITT image-processing when image stream contained EOF marker.
IllegalArgumentExceptionis encountered when dash pattern operator contains unusual operand values.
ClassCast exceptionis encountered sometimes when image dictionary attributes are referred using "IndirectReference" objects.
ImageMaskare not rendered.
IndexOutOfBoundsExceptionencountered when redacting text - caused by artifacts in content stream.
com.sun.image.codec.jpeg.ImageFormatExceptioncaused by newline characters at the beginning of image stream.
NullPointerExceptionexception for some PDF documents.
redactText()methods support searching for the given search text which may have been broken up over two lines or pages - with a parameter to specify whether any associated annotations should also be removed.
search()methods will return to a list of
getBoundingRects()methods provide a list of
PdfBoundingRectsinstance, which in turn provide page number and bounding rectangles of the broken-up parts of the text.
PdfPageclasses ignores highlight annotations.
PdfViewerPageHandlerinterface with methods
afterRenderingOnGraphics()to enable user class to add pre- and post-rendering processing routines of the PDF viewer component.
PdfDocument.search()overload to search text strings specified in a list.
PdfDocument.setEmailHandler(PdfEmailHandler)methods to automatically e-mail the document after it is saved.
PdfPageclasses with new argument to specify whether aspect ratio needs to be maintained when the generated images are scaled up to a particular width or height.
PdfDocument.redactTextoverload for specifying replacement text for the redacted area.
PdfDocument.removePageLabelsRootmethod for removing page labels from the document.
PdfFont.getUnitsPerEm()method for obtaining units per "em" size of a font.
getPageElements()methods for text elements whose font size is 1.
PdfFont.getUnderlineThicknessmethods do not return correct values from the font.
PdfDocument.saveDocAsTiffImagemethods does not write DPI value to image metadata.
PDFDocument.drawImage()methods (in when JDK v1.7).
PdfDocument.search()methods with a "page range" option
PdfFormSignatureFieldinstance is filled with a PDF signature and then added to a
PdfPageclasses draw borders even when current pen width is set at 0
addTable()methods) not rendered when cell margins are set
getPageElements()methods do not find composite page elements (PdfPageElement.ELEMENT_TYPE_COMPOSITE) and inline images (PdfPageElement.ELEMENT_TYPE_INLINE_IMAGE)
PdfFontinstances but originating same font file suffer from character-spacing issues
PdfPageclasses to delete existing annotations
PdfDocument.addAction()methods with parameters for go-to PDF actions and for scaling of a destination location
PdfDocument.saveAsText()methods with option to ignore extra blank lines
PdfDocument.redactText()methods with option to toggle the filling and stroking of redacted regions
BadPaddingExceptionthrown when loading encrypted documents whose metadata stream was not encrypted
PdfDocument.redactText()method removes some extra characters
PdfDocument.search()method fails to find some text in some documents
PdfDocument.saveAsImage()method ignores page crop box dimensions (and instead considers media box dimensions) in some documents
EmptyStackExceptionthrown if some documents contained octal numbers in the content stream
PdfDocument.attachDocumentmethods to specify compression options
PdfFileAttachmentconstructors class to compression options
PdfDocument.setRenderingOptionsmethod for more control of the rendering of PDF page contents
PdfRenderingOptionsclass for specifying PDF page rendering options
PdfRenderFontHandlerinterface for user classes to customize the automated internal substitution of non-embedded PDF fonts not available on the system
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