Bruno Lowagie's blog

StackOverflow reputation

Less than two months ago, there were 1,486,744 people active on StackOverflow and I was ranked #11,828.
There has been a significant increase of active StackOverflow users (+142,481):

I've also managed to reach the goal I described in my previous post. I'm now in the top #10,000.

Next goal: reach a 5,000 as reputation.

iText 5.4.1 — XML Worker 5.4.1

Almost two months have passed since 13th anniversary release of iText. We've spent these months on some projects for customers, on developing new business models (visiting different companies in the US) and on tying the loose ends that surfaced due to the major changes in 5.4.0. Let's take a look at the most important changes:

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Google Analytics — March 2013

Sales increased with 40% in 13Q1 when compared to 12Q1, but what about the site statistics?

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De Gentse Ondernemer

Remember this? The article was published while we were in California:

Google Analytics — February 2013

What a short month, what a great month! On February 28th, we were already at 20% of the revenue of 2012. Well done, sales at iText! Let's take a look at the web site statistics:

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StackOverflow reputation

Suppose I wasn't the CEO of the iText Software Group. Suppose I didn't have to attend meetings. Suppose I wouldn't have to tell people what to do. Suppose I didn't have any responsibility. What would I do? I'd do the things I like! I'd do the things I'm good at! Three things jump to mind: write code, write documentation, answer questions. I've also gotten a taste for building business models.

But that's not what this blog is about.

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Fortunately I'm not supersticious

Look at the number of connections I have on LinkedIn...

Releasing version 5.4.0 of iText, XML Worker and RUPS

Thirteen years ago, on February 14th of the magical year 2000, I published version 0.30 of a library I had been writing in my spare time. This library allowed developers to enhance their applications with simple PDF generation functionality without having to know anything about PDF syntax.
Being a fan of Donald Knuth, I was looking for a name that sounded like TeX, but that was different enough for people not to confuse it with TeX. As the first versions of my library were only able to process text —images weren't supported until the summer of 2000—, I experimented with variations on the words TeX or TeXt. At that time, everything was "e-": e-mail, e-marketing, e-Business,... My first idea was to call my library "eTeXt", but I didn't like the sound of that word, so I changed it into iText.
I often get the question if I was inspired by Apple's product line, but I've never been a Mac-user, so I didn't think of the iMac (1998), and the other devices that made the "i-" popular are from a much later date: the iPod (2001), iPhone (2007) and iPad (2010).

Tomorrow, exactly 13 years after the first use of the name iText and the first official iText release, I'm releasing iText 5.4.0.

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Watch out for some upcoming interviews

Last year I gave a couple of interviews and journalists are now sending me what they made of it. Last friday I tweeted: Ouch... I'm reading a transcript of an interview taken a couple of months ago. The complete text needs to be rewritten. I didn't say that! The copy I received today is more accurate:

I only needed 6 sticky notes and 4 other annotations to add corrections and remarks ;-)

Google Analytics — January 2013

Last year was fabulous: 750,000 unique visitors to itextpdf.com, almost 4,000 people filling out the sales form and 1,000 customers! Now we're starting a new, exciting year. Metrics will be different, because we're planning to start a new site next to itextpdf.com. More news about that new site will follow later this year. Let's take a look at the results of the first month:

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