|Developer(s)||iText Group NV|
|Stable release||5.5.6 / May 8, 2015|
|Written in||Java, C#|
iText was written by Bruno Lowagie, Paulo Soares and others, and as of version 5.0.0 (released Dec 7, 2009) is distributed under the Affero General Public License version 3. Previous versions of iText (Java up to 2.1.7 and C# up to 4.1.6) were distributed under the Mozilla Public License or the LGPL. iText is also available through a proprietary license, distributed by iText Software Corp.
iText provides support for most advanced PDF features such as PKI-based signatures, 40-bit and 128-bit encryption, color correction, Tagged PDF, PDF forms (AcroForms), PDF/X, color management via ICC profiles and barcodes, and is used by several products and services, including Eclipse BIRT, Jasper Reports, Red Hat JBoss Seam, Windward Reports, and pdftk.[unreliable source?]
iText (formerly rugPdf) was developed by Bruno Lowagie in the winter of 1998 as in-house project at Ghent University to create a PDF documents application for the student administration. Preliminary versions lacked most modern functionality, initially only featuring the ability to read and write PDF files, and required developers to be knowledgeable of PDF syntax, objects, operators and operands to work with the library. Leonard Rosenthol, PDF Architect at Adobe, lists iText as one of the early milestones in the history of openness of PDF.
In 1999, Lowagie threw away the rugPdf code and wrote a new library, iText, from scratch. Lowagie created iText as a library that Java developers could use to create PDF documents without knowing PDF syntax, and released it as a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) product on February 14, 2000. In the summer of 2000, Paulo Soares joined the project and is now considered one of the main developers.
ISO standards support
iText adheres to most modern day PDF standards, including:
iText was originally released under the MPL/LGPL. At the end of 2009, with the release of iText 5, the license was switched to the Affero General Public License v3. Projects that did not want to provide their source code could either purchase a commercial license to iText 5 or continue using previous versions of iText under the Affero license. Along with the change, Lowagie warned[unreliable source?] that versions prior to 5 may have included code that was not legally licensed under the LGPL, leaving closed-source users of previous versions liable for copyright infringement as the AGPL license is not compatible with the GPL license, but an AGPL library can be linked to a GPL program.
iText is a registered trademark by iText Group NV.
In 2007, SOA World Magazine listed iText as one of the ten Open Source solutions enterprises should be using. James Gosling praised the iText library, using it in a new edition of Huckster. The New York Times also used iText to create PDF versions of their public domain articles.
In 2014, iText won the BelCham Entrepreneurship Award in the category "Most Promising Company of the Year" and Deloitte recognized iText Group NV as the fastest growing technology company in Belgium. Subsequently, the company was ranked #28 in Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 in the EMEA region. iText was also featured on the PDF Days in Cologne, Washington DC en New York, on Java One in San Francisco, on Devoxx in Antwerp, and many other events.
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- Lowagie, Bruno (8 December 2006). iText in Action (1st ed.). Manning Publications. p. 656. ISBN 1-932394-79-6.
- Review first edition on JavaLobby by Stephen Kitt
- Review second edition in Freies Magazin by Michael Niedermair
- PDF Generation Made Easy by Benoy Jose
- Tools of the Trade, Part 1: Creating PDF documents with iText by Jeff Friesen (Adobe Press)
- Dynamically Creating PDFs in a Web Application by Sean C. Sullivan
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- PDF Association (2013-06-06). "How to create PDF/A-3 using iText" (PDF). Pdfa.org. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
- "iText bringing PDF/UA support to Java Implementations". duff-johnson.com.
- PDF and Standards (by Leonard Rosenthol). YouTube. 7 October 2013.
- 1T3XT info (7 December 2009). "Re: [iText-questions] Silent license change?". mail-archive.com.
- Talk about the (A)GPL by Ywein Van den Brande, IP lawyer and technologist
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- New York Times uses iText
- "iText - Devoxx 2011 - Devoxx". devoxx.com.
- Ranking Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Benelux
- Pieterjan Van Leemputten. "Tien Belgen in Deloitte Technology Fast50". knack.be.
- "De 5 Belgische digitale start-ups met de snelste groei". digimedia.be.
- "Deloitte's Fast 50 Newspaper article" (PDF).
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- "iText Group wins Deloitte Technology Fast50". Deloitte Belgium.