ICEpdf 5.0.0 Beta 1 Release Notes

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ICEpdf 5.0.0 Beta 1 Release Notes

March 22nd, 2013


Contents

This document includes the following sections:

About This Release

ICEpdf v5.0 is a certified production release that introduces important new features such new annotation creation tools, thread safe page access, layers support, improved memory management and a new content parser.


Notable Changes and Enhancements

  • Rendering Core
    • Addition of creation, edit, and delete support for highlight, strike out, underline, line, line arrow, square, circle, ink, free text and comment annotations.
    • Annotation write support (Pro Version).
    • Support of optional content (layers).
    • Numerous UI tweaks to annotation creation tools.
    • Improved image loading performance and masking support.
    • Thread safe Page access.
    • Memory management has been rewritten to take advantage of weak and soft references.
    • New parsing engine which dramatically improves the parsing time of documents and better handles malformed content streams (Pro version).
    • Support for TrueType font hinting(Pro Version).
  • Viewer Application
    • Addition of layers utility pane control, allowing the dynamic toggling of layer visibility.
    • New utility panel for editing annotation properties and creation toolbar.
    • Dynamic zoom control allowing zoom control with mouse wheel.
    • Marquee zoom control allowing zoom box selection.
  • Example Applications
    • Updated page example example to use multi-thread page access.
    • Update example to use new memory model that no longer requires a Page to be locked.

For a complete list of all changes in this release, see the related JIRA Change Log.


Known Issues

The following section describes the most commonly encountered known issues with this release. For a complete reference of all outstanding issues please refer to the ICEpdf.org JIRA issue tracker.
General

  • Batik libraries version 1.7 for SVG export has a known issue which will cause a null pointer when using the class SVGGraphics2D. Please use Batik version 1.6 or earlier (included in this release bundle), http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/batik/.
  • Depending on which version of the Java Advanced Imaging (JAI) library you are using, the installer program may assume you are installing it on a J2SE JDK installation. If you install the JAI into a J2SE JRE installation, you may need to move the installed files from the /jre subdirectory that the installer creates to the jre directory above. Newer versions of the JAI installer program have fixed this issue.
  • Language support for none English languages is limited to the main Viewer controls and is incomplete for the Utility pane or popup dialogs.


Migration Notes

4.x to 5.x Migration Notes

API Packaging Changes

  • The memory manager has been updated and it is no longer required to lock a Page object when accessing it through the PageTree API.
  • PagePainter object is no long passed into a call to Page.paint() method. If long running Page paint method needs to be interrupted then a call to page.requestInterrupt() should be made.
  • The use of Hashtable in the Dictionary class has been replaced with HashMap object.

3.x to 4.x Migration Notes

The following changes may affect applications that were originally developed with a previous version of ICEpdf.
ICEpdf Core API

  • When extracting text using the org.icepdf.core.pobjects.Page Object the method not longer turns a Vector of Strings. Instead it now returns the data structure org.icepdf.core.pobjects.graphics.text.PageText. See class document and the example install_dir/icepdf/examples/extraction/PageTextExtraction.java for correct usage.

2.x to 4.x Migration Notes

The following changes may affect applications that were originally developed with a previous version of ICEpdf.

ICEpdf Jar File Changes

  • The ICEpdf jar file names have been updated to better indicate their respective usage.
  • Please update your applications to reflect the new jar names.
    • icepdf-core.jar - was icepdf.jar, contains core ICEpdf rendering classes.
    • icepdf-viewer.jar - was ri_pdf.jar, contains viewer reference implementation.
    • icepdf-pro.jar * - Professional font library available under commercial licensing.
    • icepdf-pro-int.jar * - Professional font library CMap files, available under commercial licensing.
      * Denotes JAR files that are only available in ICEpdf Pro commercial release.

API Packaging Changes

  • ICEpdf 4.0 packaging has been updated to match the domain of the new community site http://www.icepdf.org/.
  • Please update your applications to reflect the new base package name.
    • Former package-name: com.icesoft.*
    • New package-name: org.icepdf.*
  • The ICEpdf API rendering core is now rooted at org.icepdf.core.*.
  • The ICEpdf API viewer reference implementation is now rooted at org.icepdf.ri.*.

System Properties

  • ICEpdf system properties have been changed to match the domain name of the community site http://www.icepdf.org/.
  • Please update your applications use of ICEpdf system properties to reflect the new base package name.
    • Former package-name: com.icesoft.*
    • New package-name: org.icepdf.*

JDK 1.5+ Now Required

  • ICEpdf source code has been updated to the JDK 1.5 Java language specification to take advantage of numerous features and improvements to the Java programming language. As a result, ICEpdf v4.0 is not deployable to Java JRE versions older than 1.5.
  • Older versions of the Java JDK and JRE have been added to Sun's end of life and are no longer publicly supported.
    • JDK 1.3.1 reached the end of its service life (EOSL), December 11th, 2006.
    • JDK 1.4.2 reached the end of its service life (EOSL), October 11th, 2008.
  • For more information on Java Platform Migration please see http://java.sun.com/j2se/JM_White_Paper_R6A.pdf.

Logging System

  • ICEpdf 4.0 now uses Java logging API for all logging tasks.
  • A sample logging.properties file is included in the directory .../install_dir/icepdf/lib/.
  • The custom logging properties file can be specified with the following system property:
    • -Djava.util.logging.config.file=logging.properties
  • Further information on java.util.logging can be found at http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/guide/logging/.


Support

Please visit the www.icepdf.org community site for additional information, demos, and resources.

All questions, comments, or general discussion specific to ICEpdf 4.0 should be made in the ICEpdf Forum forum.

For information on commercial support, professional services, and training, please visit http://support.icepdf.org.

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