PDF Software Development Beyond Acrobat

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The Adobe PDF Library

The Adobe PDF library can be seen basically as a software developer version of Adobe Acrobat but without the user interface however, it is far more than that.

Platform availability

Acrobat is a Windows and Mac application, but the PDF library is available on far more platforms. The library is available on the following operating systems:
  • Windows 32-bit
  • Windows 64-bit
  • Mac 32-bit
  • Mac 64-bit
  • Linux 32-bit
  • Linux 64-bit
  • Solaris Sparc 32-bit
  • Solaris Sparc 64-bit
  • Solaris Intel 32-bit
  • Solaris Intel 64-bit
  • AIX 32-bit
  • AIX 64-bit
  • HP/UX PA-RISC 32-bit
  • HP/UX PA-RISC 64-bit
  • HP/UX Itanium 32-bit
  • HP/UX Itanium 64-bit

Where is it used?

The library is integrated into Adobe's CC (Creative Cloud) applications, such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe PhotoShop, and Adobe Illustrator, and is available as an OEM offering to third-party companies.

Our licensing and experience

Mapsoft has extensive experience working with the Adobe PDF library and the Adobe Acrobat Software Development Kit (SDK) (software developers kit).

Mapsoft has licensed the library for use in our applications, and we have extensive experience integrating it into other organizations' solutions. The PDF library and the software developer kit in Adobe Acrobat/Adobe Reader share the same code base. In some cases, the majority of the code from a product that is offered as an Acrobat plug-in can be reused for an Adobe PDF library offering.
The Library is not subject to the same licensing restrictions as Adobe Acrobat, particularly when used in a server or web/cloud environment.
Datalogics, which provides licenses for the PDF library, has developed its own.NET and Java-accessible interfaces.

In general, the PDF library is up-to-date with Acrobat and PDF changes, and most recently with the transition from PDF version 1.7 to PDF version 2. In addition, there is extensive support for PDF X and PDF A, as well as the ability to convert from generic PDF to these specific formats.

The PDF library is not a product for end users. It is intended for use by developers and is capable of very low-level PDF file interaction. Although PDF is an ISO standard, there is a great deal of confidence in choosing a software developers kit created by the PDF standard's creators and used extensively in Adobe products rather than a third-party offering.

Datalogics who are responsible for licensing the PDF library to third-party software developers also provide support and maintenance and licensing of the binaries where development is not required because that service has been provided by another organisation such as Mapsoft.

For more information please contact Michael Peters who is the Technical Director at Mapsoft.

Michael Peters

for more information on the Adobe PDF library please see the Datalogics website at:  https://www.datalogics.com/products/pdf/pdflibrary/


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