Foxit® extends PDF software development kit to Mobile devices

FREMONT, Calif. August 26, 2014 – Foxit® Software, a leading software provider of fast, affordable, and secure PDF solutions, today launched Foxit PDF Software Development Kit (SDK) 4.1.  The industry leading PDF SDK is targeted to application developers whose applications need to leverage powerful, standard-compliant PDF technology to securely display and have users interact with PDF documents and forms across server, desktop, and mobile platforms.

Today’s end users use a combination of desktop and mobile devices to access their enterprise applications.  Developers are challenged to write code for their application front ends that will easily port to these different platforms.  In addition, users demand that the user experience is consistent when they move from one device to the other, but at the same time the application must take advantage of the unique benefits each platform provides.  The Foxit PDF SDK, which shares the same underlying technology that powers Google’s open-source PDFium project, provides a robust, battle tested, and multi-platform PDF technology required for mission critical solutions.

Key new capabilities of the Foxit PDF SDK 4.1 include:

Mobile Platform Support - Android™ and iOS®

Foxit PDF SDK is a powerful PDF library for developers who need to develop applications on the Android and iOS platforms. It includes an OOM (out of memory) handling capability to give your application the ability to gracefully recover from an OOM condition. For Android, the SDK ships with C/Android Java interface and C APIs.  For iOS, the SDK ships with a simple to use C interface.  The SDK allows developers to integrate PDF rendering, navigation, creation, searching, annotation, protection, PDF text extraction, image conversion, form data collections, and editing capabilities with their Android and iOS applications.  The SDK also contains over 20 demos for each platform to help developers get up to speed quickly.

PDF Layers Support

Users can selectively view and hide the contents in different layers (Optional Content Groups (OCGs)) of a multi-layered PDF document. Multi-layers are widely used in many application domains such as CAD drawings, maps, layered artwork, and multi-language documents.

Annotations Enhancements

Annotations enhance the interactivity between collaborating colleagues to share ideas and feedback. The PDF SDK extends annotation support by providing APIs to:

  • Get the page index of an FDF annotation.

  • Export and import all annotations from or to a PDF or FDF document.

  • Get annotations by tab order.

Other Enhancements

The Foxit PDF SDK also provides other enhancements to make developers more efficient in interacting with PDF documents and forms.  Other new capabilities in this release include APIs to:

  • Check whether a document is a PDF Portfolio file.

  • Export form data to an XML file and import form data from a XML file.

  • Check whether a page has transparency.

  • Check whether a page object has transparency.

  • Get the color space of an image object.

"Our users are excited to now get access to the PDF SDK technology on mobile platforms,” said Bill Bean, AVP of SDK Prime. “Many of their applications have desktop and mobile front ends, now the Foxit PDF SDK allows them to provide a similar user experience across multiple user platforms.”

For more information, contact Foxit at or at 1-866-MYFOXIT.

About Foxit Software

Foxit is a leading software provider of fast, affordable, and secure PDF solutions.  Businesses and consumers increase productivity by using Foxit’s cost effective solutions to securely work with PDF documents and forms.  Software developers reduce costs and improve time to market with Foxit’s Software Development Kits (SDKs) to incorporate robust PDF technology into their application workflows. This technology shares the same underlying technology that powers Google’s open-source PDFium project. Winner of numerous awards, Foxit boasts over 275 million users and has sold to over 100,000 customers located in over 200 countries. Since Foxit products are ISO 32000-1/PDF 1.7 standard compliant, they are compatible with other PDF products like those from Adobe®.


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