Chapter 1. Introducing PDF and iText
This chapter covers
- A summary of what will be presented in this book
- Compiling and executing your first example
- Learning the five steps in iText’s PDF creation process
Call me Bruno. About ten years ago—never mind how long precisely—I thought I’d create a small PDF library in Java and publish it as free and open source software (F/OSS). Little did I know that this would lead to my writing a whale of a book about the extensive functionality that has been added over the years.
That library was iText, and the book was titled iText in Action: Creating and Manipulating PDF (2007). Today, iText is the world’s leading F/OSS PDF library. It’s released under the Affero General Public License (AGPL) and is available ...