Foxit® Developer Conference 2011

This past June Foxit held its 2011 Developers Conference 2011 which showcased Foxit’s newest software development kit (SDK) product – PhantomPDF™ Plug-in SDK.  For enterprises that wish to create custom extensions to their ability to read, create, edit, and design PDF documents and forms; and for application developers wishing to tightly integrate their solutions into PDF environments, the PhantomPDF Plug-in SDK is a software development kit that converts Foxit PhantomPDF and Reader 5.0 into platforms for delivering additional capabilities for PDF documents and forms.

The PhantomPDF Plug-in SDK allows developers to provide new menu items and toolbar buttons to the existing interface without modifying the PhantomPDF or Reader products. Developers can also create custom actions for their choice of user interface commands. In addition, they can manipulate PDF documents – for example, open a PDF in an external dialog, dynamically add or remove pages from an existing PDF, edit the elements in a PDF, or set up security policies to control user permissions for PDF documents.

Since PDF is an extensible format, the Plug-in SDK enables users to add custom data to the PDF file to support their specific workflows and business needs. For example, data on who has viewed the document, help information to fill out specific fields in a form, engineering costs, or other data not defined in the PDF specification can be added.

The Foxit Developers Conference 2011 coincided with the releases of Foxit Reader 5.0 and Foxit PhantomPDF 5.0.  Attending were engineers from many software development companies looking to integrate security and business process solutions in the PhantomPDF Plug-in SDK environment.

The conference included in-depth technical sessions from Foxit engineers that demonstrated the kinds of plug-ins that can be developed and how to develop plug-ins for both the Foxit PhantomPDF and Reader products.  Technical topics included SDK CodeFrame, Security Mechanism, features supported, and plug-in development.

The Foxit Developers Conference provides a great opportunity to not only show the newest Foxit products, but also communicate with the partners and software providers on both technical topics and partnerships. Thanks to the participants at the Foxit Developer Conference who helped make the conference a successful event.

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Mobile and Desktop Applications Require Common User Experience

Gartner Group estimates there will be over 294 million tablets and over 1 billion smartphones sold in 2015[1].  Wow, that is a lot of mobile devices!  Some of these will be for “consumer only” use – consisting mainly as a platform for games, music, and internet access.  However, many of these mobile devices will be purchased to increase business productivity.  According to In-Stat, productivity applications will generate 59% of all smartphone application revenue[2].  From small businesses to large enterprises, companies are considering how to incorporate mobile technology to enhance workforce efficiency.

For most mobile users, their mobile device will not be the only computing platform they will use.  Most mobile workers will still use their desktop systems due to their increased screen size, powerful computing resources (CPU, memory, and disk), full keyboard, and mouse.  When they are on the go, they will be moving from a desktop system to a smaller tablet and/or smartphone.

When mobile users make the transition from desktop to mobile, they don’t want to change applications or use “watered down” versions of applications available on their desktop systems.  They want to continue to use the same features and functions with a common user experience making the transition seamless.  However, with a smaller screen, less computing power, and the lack of a physical keyboard and mouse, getting a compatible user experience is not easy.  While mobile centric modifications will certainly help users speed down the learning curve, mobile users still require solutions that provide similar user experiences as their desktop applications to maximize the potential productivity gains from utilizing mobile technology.

Foxit® Reader is a great example of a productivity application that spans desktop to mobile devices providing a common user experience.  As a result of its lightweight architecture, Foxit Reader and Mobile PDF (Foxit Reader’s mobile counterpart) open PDF files with great performance on both desktop systems and mobile devices.  Reflow support enables Mobile PDF users to effortlessly read documents designed for a full-sized sheet of paper on devices with small screens with automatic content re-arrangement.  It supports mobile centric user operations like finger gestures to perform functions like zoom and page turn, and provides users the ability to add signatures or notes to their PDF documents by using their fingertips.  In addition, since Foxit PDF technology is device independent, Mobile PDF still contains the powerful collaboration capabilities of its desktop counterpart like the ability to annotate files by using comments and highlighting features, and bookmark features enable you to start reading the document from the place you last left off.

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