Updates to the PDF Viewer and Library (Coming soon in 14.1)

Paul Usher's Blog
20 May 2014

Since its debut in 13.1 the PDF Viewer and document processing library has continued to grow in both features and functionality and 14.1 it's no different. In addition to internal rendering improvements the upcoming release has some really cool new features:

PDF Viewer

1. Copy Content (ctrl+c or via context menu)

You can now select a whole image or any part of an image and copy to clipboard.













simply highlight the text you desire and choose 'Copy', now it's available to paste into other applications.














2. Page Rotation

Deal with the common problem of pages being the wrong orientation by just a right click and select rotate.






























3. Navigation History

A history of pages you have viewed is kept and allows a quick way to navigate back and forth between those views.













4. Save As...

Users can quickly save a copy of the active document straight from the tool bar with the nifty "Save As..." feature


















PDF Document Processor:

Of course there is additional power available directly to you in the document processing library. Three stand out features in this release are

1. Document Merging : create a single PDF file based on multiple source documents 

2. Remove Pages : quickly remove a page and save the modified document again.

3. Rotate Pages : rotate one or all pages in a document.


In short, the 14.1 release of the PDF Viewer and library adds some amazing capabilities to one of my favorite controls. 






6 comment(s)
Tomas M.
Tomas M.

Looks great. Last thing I miss, is Acrobat zooming style. (centred to mouse position)

20 May, 2014
Del W
Del W

Markup and Signatures would be a great feature!

20 May, 2014
Steven Rasmussen
Steven Rasmussen

These are some great additions to the PDF control.  Keep it up!  One of the major things it still lacks is the ability to fill out a PDF form.  I'm hoping this functionality makes it into the next release (14.2).  That would make this control outstanding!

20 May, 2014
Paul Usher (DevExpress)
Paul Usher (DevExpress)

Great comments.... watch this space :)

20 May, 2014
Lee Timms 2
Lee Timms 2

Allowing the adding of various annotations would be nice, such as transparent highlights, notes check marks etc. and have them save with the pdf would be a dream.

29 May, 2014
Renaud Bompuis
Renaud Bompuis

It's amazing how, in the space of just a few years, PDF rendering has moved from requiring highly expensive specialised libraries to being a bundled control "just" like any other.

We're spoilt, but it sure makes our life easier.

3 June, 2014

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