Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Datalogics on Back to the Future Day

Next Monday, October 21st, is Back to the Future Day! A.k.a. the day Marty McFly & Doc Brown travel to the future in Back To The Future: Part II, and Datalogics is celebrating with an in-office pizza and watch-party. We will also be updating our social media channels with photos and trivia from the past and present. Connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook to follow along with the festivities. We also wanted to share some Datalogics history with you! Check out the timeline below to learn more about how we started, how we got to where we are now, and where we plan to go in the future. Do you have any fun photos or trivia from your company’s history? We invite you to share them in the comments or with us on our social media channels. Check back again next week for some updates from the party!

Timeline of Datalogics Technology:

1967 – Software as a Service: Datalogics is founded as a software consulting firm creating custom electronic typesetting systems.

1970s-1980 – Software as a product: DL pager, A typesetting system
DL Pager was an automatic batch composition engine and database publishing utility for typeset documents. The product was designed principally to work with large printing projects, such as custom statements, catalogs, tax form dictionaries, manuals, and law journals, and to generate print output at very high speeds. DL Pager was designed to limit the need to replace printed pages in large binders when content was edited.

  • January 1, 1973 – DL Pager for the State of Wisconsin: The first output from DL Pager for the State of Wisconsin printed in 1973, and remained the company’s flagship for over 20 years.

1992 – DL Composer is introduced, written in C language: DL Composer was used to generate PostScript and PDF documents, creating content from XML or SGML input or from the Format Output Specification Instance (FOSI), a military standard. DL Composer had been used to create long printed service and repair manuals and legal and financial reference tools with charts, graphs, and footnotes, to be stored in binders and updated regularly. Datalogics created DL Composer to meet the publishing standards of the US Department of Defense and other large institutional customers like airlines, financial institutions, and automotive, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, and aerospace firms.

1998 – DL Formatter is introduced: DL Formatter added color processing and Windows and Mac compatibility to the typesetting logic of DL pager. DL Formatter supported Variable Data Printing (VDP) to generate color graphics and text for large volume printing. The product could create PDF or PostScript documents designed for high speed digital presses while enabling each document to be customized. DL Formatter was later sold to Printable Technologies.

1998 – Adobe Systems Develops the Adobe PDF Library: Adobe systems developed a set of C language tools for their own internal use called Adobe PDF Library, in which Adobe created Adobe Acrobat. Adobe wanted to see if they could turn APDFL into a product and sent out copies of code to printing and publishing firms. JD Edward was interest in the product, but they wanted a version that could run on an IBM AS 400 system. Adobe asked Datalogics to convert the software. In return, Datalogics was granted the right to be the only reseller of the library.

2000s – Adobe continues to partner with Datalogics for other products: Adobe grants the company the rights to sell, support, and enhance Adobe Normalizer, Adobe PDF Print Engine, Adobe InDesign Server, and the Adobe Reader Mobile SDK.

2007 – The Datalogics Extension of APDFL: Datalogics continues to be the only reseller of the library, and Datalogics introduces a native C# and Java language interface, which was designed to work with Object Oriented Programming and to manage memory efficiently.

2011 – Catching the Ebook Wave – DL Starts working with Ebooks: Datalogics became a reseller of the Adobe Reader mobile SDK and the Adobe Content Server (ACS). Later, as we increased our expertise and our customer base, DL Reader was created, which was an eBook reader for mobile devices.

2012 – PDF Java Toolkit: Datalogics gets distribution rights for PDF Java tool kit from Adobe Systems. PDFJT is a Java API that allows users to manage workflows for PDF documents, including PDF document security, digital signatures, encryption, and form processing.

2013 – Development of Web API: Web-Based processing of PDF Documents allowed customer to send batches of PDF documents over the internet to convert document pages into TIF or JPEG files, or export data from PDF forms to a database file, add watermarks, headers and footers, etc. This was a paid service; therefore, there was no need to install or maintain software.

2019 – SDKs and PDF Tools: Datalogics continues to prosper and adapting to changing times by focusing on providing enterprise PDF solutions. We remain deeply committed to supporting our customers and staying technically-focused to provide them the best possible products and services. Datalogics takes pride in our history, and the journey that has brought us to where we are today.

The Future: We will continue to put the diverse needs of our customers first, while also working hard to be one step ahead of the technology it takes to provide the best document management solutions (and more) for decades to come! We can’t wait to see what the future has in store.

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