Bruno Lowagie's blog

2014: less resolutions; more action!

Recently, I saw a nerd joke about new year's resolutions:

public void forgetResolutions(boolean goingToDoIt) {
    if (goingToDoIt)
        doIt();
    else
        return;
}

The else in this code snippet isn't strictly necessary, but you get the idea: stop saying you'll do things, start doing them.
I'm taking this really literally.

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It's OK, you can admit it...

... if you've been using an obsolete version of iText in the last couple of years.

This is what it sounds like every time we hear you saying that:

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MMxiii: Memorable Moments '13

Time flies, and 2013 has flown by like a space rocket. At iText, we've written an overview of the memorable moments for iText, but allow me to take a look at the personal memorable moments, and list them on my own site:

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Third Person (Paul Haggis): behind the scenes

I was going through my notes of 2013, thinking of writing an overview of memorable moments, when I found a folder containing photos taken in January during a visit "behind the scenes" of the set of the movie Third Person. As the movie will be released in Belgian movie theaters next year, maybe it's time to share some of these pictures:

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Days abroad

TripIt tells me I've traveled over 136K km and I've stayed more than two months abroad this year:

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Maps on Pinterest

Cool! Pinterest now allows you to pin photos on a map:

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Google Analytics — November 2013

October was the first full month with the new design of the web site, and we immediately had new "absolute visitors" and "page view" records. We probably won't break these records in November and December because of the holidays.
You can clearly see the effect of Thanksgiving on the stats for November:

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Ask Bruno...

Last week I received a mail with the following questions:

Hello Bruno,
Can you direct me to a link for the last GPL version of iText?
I am also wondering, did you get bought out?
How did we jump from 2.1.7 to 5.0?

I received this question on my GMAIL account, and I was so surprised by the questions that I answered them:

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For my American followers ;-)

Finally a sample of Flemish humor with subtitles:

Lost in Translation

Vanmorgen in de krant:

Allereerst wil ik Dries Buytaert proficiat wensen met de tweede plaats voor Acquia in de Fast 500 van de US. Chapeau! Het artikel van 15 november in De Standaard is heel inspirerend voor ondernemers –jong én oud– bij wie het kriebelt om ook de wereld te veroveren met hun product. "Doen!" zegt het artikel: "The sky is the limit."

Alleen... hoe begin je daar aan?

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