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From Jeremias Maerki <>
Subject Gauging interest for incubating PDFBox...
Date Mon, 07 May 2007 06:34:37 GMT
At ApacheCon last week, I got the impression that quite a few Apache
projects (especially the Lucene and XML Graphics communities) have a
particular interest in PDFBox, a library for manipulating PDF files (BSD

Ben Litchfield, PDFBox's main author, has contacted the FOP devs about a
year ago to find out if there are possibilities to work together more
closely. FOP has a PDF library of its own but both projects could gain a
few things by eventually merging the PDF functionality. Back then, a few
FOP people basically found this a good idea but due to the lack of free
resources on both sides this hasn't been pursued, yet. Maybe the itch
wasn't hard enough but it's building.

So, after hearing PDFBox mentioned many times last week, I thought it
might be a good idea to ask around inside a wider area to see how the
ASF is potentially interested in adopting PDFBox among its projects. Ben
and I exchanged another mail yesterday and and he is still interested in
pursuing this idea. I could allocate time for this starting in October

Jeremias Maerki

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