The book 'iText in Action' is available as an eBook at http://itext.ugent.be/itext-in-action/ since almost two weeks, and already a lot of new users are exploring iText, a free / open source Java-PDF library. A warm welcome to you all!
Yesterday iText 1.4.7 was released. The reason for this release is twofold: (1) it's a good habit to make a release almost once a month (this is our 10th release this year), and (2) we have added some interesting new functionality that will be demonstrated in our demo at JavaPolis in a few weeks: it is now possible to replace a button in an AcroForm. This is useful when you want to add an image to a template in PDF (using AcroForms).
Another interesting addition is the support for AES encryption (formerly only RC4 was supported). Instead of using the old setEncryption methods with the strength (40 bits or 128 bits) as parameter, you now have to use PdfStamper.setEncryption() or PdfWriter.setEncryption() using one of these constants: ENCRYPTION_RC4_40, ENCRYPTION_RC4_128, or ENCRYPTION_AES128.
Of course there were also numerous small bugfixes, and IMPORTANT TO KNOW: we had to change some constants in class BaseField. If you use this class (or TextField, PushbuttonField, RadioCheckField), you should recompile your code! Sorry for the inconvenience...
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