Java News from Sunday, May 1, 2005

I was holding off on upgrading to Tiger, but then I got a tip that students and teachers could purchase a copy for only $69 at the Apple Education Store. (Note: I am in fact an adjunct professor at Polytechnic University, but Apple's willing to take my word on that. They don't require verification.) $129 was a bit much to pay for an OS upgrade, but $69 I can stomach, especially since my PowerBook is still running 10.2. There are various rebates available at most online resellers that cut the price to $99, but I usually resist buying products that require mail-in rebates. My point of view is that they should just give me the discount up front and save everyone the hassle. Mail-in rebates range from sleazy to outright dishonest. Symantec still owes me about a hundred dollars worth of rebates from a couple of years ago, and until I get them they aren't getting any more of my dollars.


The Big Faceless Organization has released the Big Faceless PDF Library 2.4, a $700 payware (more if you want support) Java class library for creating PDF documents. The $1300 Extended Edition adds the AcroForms support, digital signatures, and the ability to import and edit and existing PDF documents. Version 2.4 adds suport for multiple digital signatures. Java 1.2 or later is required.