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Newsletter January 2018

We hope that you had a positive and successful start to the new year!

Today is final release day! We're pleased to announce that release 4.10 is now available for PDF Tools AG’s 3-Heights® software. Our development department has been hard at work and has implemented numerous improvements over the past six months. And we also have a new product that allows you to view PDF documents in your browser – with additional functionality.

We now offer a PDF Viewer component, built purely on JavaScript technology, for developing interactive applications in your web browser – in particular on mobile devices. The Viewer allows annotations to be created and edited. Furthermore, reading and saving annotations in files separate from the main document is supported. The Viewer component offers a simple, flexible API for integration into web applications.

Most of our API components now have a PHP interface, which allows them to be directly and easily integrated into PHP applications. They support PHP versions 5.6 and 7.0.

In addition to these new features, we’ve also made numerous improvements to our components. The main ones are:

  • The 3-Heights® PDF Security component now supports new signature formats, in particular the new PAdES standard, which forms the basis for conformance with the new EU standard (ETSI EN 319 142). It also supports the new GlobalSign signature service and new signature algorithms.
  • The 3-Heights® PDF Optimizer can now also write compressed object streams. This results in smaller files, in particular for files containing complex data concerning document structures, navigation, etc.
  • The product kits and the download area have been significantly improved. The names of the kits have been adjusted to match those of the products, the 32- and 64-bit variants have been combined, and much more.
  • The license keys and the license manager have been adapted to fit the new licensing terms.

As ever, you’ll find all the details about our improvements in the release notes.

We hope you enjoy reading about and using the new features. The 3-Heights® PDF Web Viewer is also available for download if you’d like to test it – we always welcome feedback!

Have fun reading the new release notes.

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