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Since Adobe released the first public PDF Reference in 1993, a number of PDF utilities and libraries, supporting all kinds of languages and platforms, have been made available to users and developers alike. However, support for Adobe's technology has lagged in Java application development. And this is curious because PDF documents tend to be a popular way of storing and interchanging information when dealing with enterprise information systems - an application domain that Java technology is particularly well suited to. Yet it seems that, until recently, mature, capable PDF support wasn't readily available to Java applications developers. PDFBox (an Open Source project released under the BSD license) is a pure Java library that lets developers read and create PDF documents. It has features such as: Extracting text, including Unicode characters Easy integration with t... (more)