How finding the right tool to solve your PDF problems can lead to new product development
ixPressia licenses the Adobe® PDF Library™ SDK from Datalogics for use in their ixPressia PrintEngine™ software product range. Their positive experience of integrating the Library into their software line also led to development of a new product, ixPressionist, and a new market for ixPressia.
“Having the Adobe PDF Library in-house, and gaining some experience developing with it, was the catalyst that led to the development of our ixPressionist product line.”
As ixPressia began to look for alternatives, they immediately dismissed building their own PDF support from scratch. “We knew that we didn’t want to build our own PDF engine,” states Matt Pyne, Technical Director of ixPressia. “We wanted to focus on our core competency of providing printing software modules, and not on writing PDF parsers.” After contacting Adobe, they were referred to Datalogics and the Adobe PDF Library SDK. “The Adobe PDF Library was able to do exactly what we needed and Datalogics worked with us to come to an agreement that worked for both us and them,” added Jim Taylor, Managing Director of ixPressia.
Version 4.4 of ixPressia PrintEngine software, powered by the Adobe PDF Library, will be released later this quarter and is expected to receive positive feedback from customers. “Our color management and rendering capabilities are much improved,” continues Taylor. “Further, as most of the artwork is sourced from Adobe products, it was important for us to exactly match the rendering intents of the Adobe Library in our output.”