On February 14, 2000, I released iText 0.30, the first officially distributed version of iText.
The first years (2000-2001), my website was quite basic:
So was the iText web site:
As iText became more popular, I updated the website.
Note that I didn't have a logo for iText yet in 2001:
On my personal web site, I used an image of coffee beans for the button that linked to iText.
The only documentation for iText consisted of a very simple tutorial:
The first iText logo had an i that was shaped as an eye, as you can see on a 2002 version of the iText website:
My personal website was rebranded from the recursive abbreviation LOWAGIE—"Lowagie, Online With A Great Internet Expert"—to B.L.O.G.—"Bruno Lowagie's Online Gazette" (2004).
The iText website also underwent significant changes in 2004:
The most important change in 2004 was a new tutorial "iText by Example":
This tutorial resulted in a book contract with Manning Publications. I was asked to write iText in Action and I promoted the book on my personal website (2006).
In 2008, the iText website was migrated from lowagie.com to 1t3xt.com.
A new logo was created.
My personal website changed many times. Here you see the sales numbers of the first edition of iText in Action, but on the side, I already added the cover of the second edition (2010).
With the second book, I felt the need for a new website design for 1t3xt.com (2010).
I also adapted the logo:
The board of directors didn't like this website. In 2014, I rewrote it completely during one of our two-day board meetings:
The board didn't like the logo, so that was changed to the logo that is still used today:
My own website also underwent an evolution. This is what it looked like in 2012 (this is the default Drupal theme):
In 2014, there wasn't much difference between my personal website and the iText website:
As iText was growing, we outsourced the creation of the iText website. This was the first iText website that was created by a third party instead of by me personally (2016):
It evolved over the years (2018):
In 2018, I changed my own website from:
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