Java News from Thursday, January 4, 2007

The Big Faceless Organization has released the Big Faceless PDF Library 2.7.6 "to coincide with Adobes introduction of duplex printing in Acrobat 8.0. The PDF Library can also boast a large speed increase when reading documents – around 25% for large files – as well as numerous bug fixes." The library costs $700 (more if you want support)s. The $1300 Extended Edition adds the AcroForms support, digital signatures, and the ability to import and edit and existing PDF documents.

The Big Faceless Organization has released the Big Faceless Graph Library 2.3, an $800 payware (more if you want support or to distribute your applications that use the library) Java class library for plotting 2D or shaded 3D pie charts, line graphs, area graphs, bar graphs and exporting them to PNG, GIF and PDF. According to CTO Mike Bremford, “Additional features have been made for those customers pushing the Graph Library in unusual directions - particularly those making heavy use of multi bar graphs with labels. We have also added a new 'box' tag for adding arbitrary rectangles to the graph, and you can now plot zero-width slices in a Pie Graph.” Java 1.2 or later is required.