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May 23, 2016

XEP 4.25 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.25. This major release brings new extensions and improvements:

  • PDF/UA compliance (specification):
    • Added the BBox attribute to the PDF Artifacts in the output.
    • Fixed the read-out-loud of partial sentences in a paragraph.
    • Fixed null pointer exception on tagged documents, which happens when the same rx:pdf-structure-tag appears on two or more different pages.
    • Fixed reading "empty page" on non-empty pages.
  • Bug fix in Section 508 Accessibility.
  • Changed font parsing (loading) strategy in XEP.
  • PDF linearization fixes.
  • Support for RGBA.
  • Fixed increasing memory consumption (memory leak).
    • Rewritten caching algorithms for images. Potential performance improvement, especially on Base64-encoded images.
  • Comb field support and improved positioning in PDF forms.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 18.


April 19, 2016

EnMasse 3.0 released

RenderX has released EnMasse 3.0. This release comes with platform-independent and Windows specific distributions. The release features completely redesigned load-balancing algorithms, support for secure connection (TLS), improved performance, stability, and security. The full list of improvements is:

  • Improved performance: Test results showed 17% increase in formatting speed.
  • Improved stability: Older versions may lose HTTP connections under high load.
  • Added HTTPS support for Fairy - a SOAP formatting server. See EnMasse User Guide for details on configuring certificates.
  • Added a sample client for Fairy.


October 8, 2015

VDPMill 4.1 released

RenderX has released VDPMill 4.1. The full list of improvements is below:


August 6, 2015

EnMasse 2.4 released

RenderX has released EnMasse 2.4. This release comes with platform-independent and Windows specific distributions. The full list of improvements is:

  • Improved stability on Linux.
  • Improved compatibility with third-party XSLT transformers. Saxon 9.X can be used now.
  • Added Access-Control-Allow-Origin option for Fairy. It allows sending cross-domain formatting requests to Fairy via a Web browser.
  • Minor logging improvements.


February 18, 2015

XEP 4.24 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.24. This major release brings new extensions and improvements:

  • New RenderX extension:
    • New option in the PDF backend, PAGE SCALING (<?xep-pdf-page-scaling value>), which can be used for changing the XEP default resolution (DPI), for example.
  • Improvements in XEP usability on Windows.
  • Bug fixes:
    • ICC CMYK colors in SVG;
    • Accessibility issue with table cells;
    • Memory leak in embedded PDF images;
    • NPE in embedded PDF images.


January 16, 2015

VisualXSL 2.4.6 released

RenderX has released VisualXSL VisualXSL 2.4.6. The full list of improvements is below:

  • Improved reliability on x64 platforms;
  • Fixed bugs in Paragraph Editor;
  • Fixed issue with Display Font Size.


July 15, 2014

XEP 4.23 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.23. This major release brings new extensions and improvements:

  • Improvements in Section 508 accessibility:
    • New RenderX extensions:
      • Associated header cell IDs (@rx:header-idref in <fo:table-cell> elements), which allows for better control of reading order.
  • Relaxed requirements for certain types of non-standard-compliant PDF files (incorrect end-of-file markers).
  • Relaxed requirements for certain types of JPEG images with incorrect EXIF data (zero IFD entries).

A number of bugs have been fixed, including patterns, image clipping in case of a gradient with opacity, and scientific notation in SVG, as well as a number of minor bugs.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 16.


August 28, 2013

VisualXSL 2.4.5 released

RenderX has released VisualXSL VisualXSL 2.4.5. The full list of improvements is below:

  • Table Editor now features:
    • Cell spanning and conditional rows;
    • Row and column reordering;
    • Convenient insertion of rows and columns and multi-selection.
  • Reusable/referable blocks and Sections, including those in table cells;
  • Conditional Sections and Choose blocks;
  • Search in source XML;
  • Added property fields for:
    • keep-with-* fields;
    • Individual borders for blocks;
  • Multiple bug-fixes in the Table Editor and Paragraph Editor and improved multi-selection.


August 8, 2013

XEP 4.22 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.22. This major release brings new output features and significant improvements:

  • New RenderX extensions for external PDF injection:
    • @rx:insert-document (in <fo:page-sequence>): insertion of a complete external PDF as a whole;
    • @rx:pdf-page (in <fo:external-graphic>): insertion of a specific page of a PDF image;
  • Improvements in Section 508 accessibility features:
    • Added processing of background images.

A number of bugs have been fixed, including re-ordering of gradients and gradients with opacity on paths in SVG.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 15.


October 25, 2012

XEP 4.21 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.21. This major release brings new output features and significant improvements:

  • Extended support of Section 508 accessibility features via new RenderX extensions:
    • @rx:pdf-structure-type: allows to override structure types for accessible PDF documents;
    • @rx:alt-description, @rx:actual-text, and @rx:abbreviation: alternative descriptions for accessible PDF documents;
    • @rx:pdf-artifact-type and @rx:pdf-artifact-subtype: control type and subtype of PDF artifacts.
  • Improvements in the UAX #9 bidi algorithm.
  • Improved diagnostics when XEPOUT crashes.

A number of bugs have been fixed, including relaxed image PDF requirements to avoid "Unexpected end of ZLIB input stream" failures, re-encoding of fonts in PostScript, multiple color profiles in PDF/A, incorrect number of color components in PDF/A and PDF/X, incorrect @text-align=inside/outside behavior in RTL scripts, patterns in PostScript, and stack overflow error during the generation of linearized PDF.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 14.1.


July 23, 2012

XEP 4.20 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.20. This major release brings new output features and significant improvements:

  • The installers for both Java and Windows versions of XEP have been updated.
  • XEP (Java) installer provides an option to download, install and configure GNU FreeFonts - an excellent collection covering a wide range of languages and symbols.
  • Multicolumn footnote balancing algorithm is now more customizable.

A number of bugs have been fixed, including relaxed TIFF requirements to avoid failures, correct dimensions for images in XEPOUT, handling of unmatched change bars, corrections for bidi-neutral symbols, @initially-selected attribute for radio-buttons in PDF forms, and improvements in PostScript output, such as combining crop marks and text decoration bug, invalid headers on colored bookmarks, and collapsing custom comments.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 14.0.


June 8, 2012

RenderX Introduces CloudFormatting Services

RenderX announced today the initial release of the CloudFormatting services for creating documents on the fly through simple web-based interfaces. The solution allows any customer to leverage the power of dynamic PDF reporting for their solutions with little to no programming. The service receives XML content from any application, dynamically formats that content through the customer's design templates including text, tables, images, and barcodes to produce PDFs that can be dynamically streamed back to the application or sent directly to the web browser.

RenderX has been piloting the concept with several customers to tune performance over the past several months. “With zero downtime, MSO is delivering on-demand statistics for the more than 2,000,000 requests over the past six months. The performance on this new software is truly remarkable”, said Del Ruiz, Executive Director of MSO. MSO is the leader in managing and delivering official USA gymnastics scores to the general public, with over 110,000 athletes and professionals covering about 3,500 competitions per year. Len Schultz, partner at WineQuest, used RenderX’s CloudFormatter service for dynamic creation of wine menus for leading restaurant and hotel chains throughout the country. “RenderX put together a great solution for us giving our 700+ restaurant and hotel locations the ability to create and print in-house perfectly formatted, perfectly spelled, and perfectly organized wine menus on the fly. Over 6,000 menus (with very complex formatting rules) have been reliably generated in real time over the past six months.”

RenderX will provide drop-in code in various languages such as C#, Java or JavaScript so that anyone can use the service for formatting documents. Users can pick from a selection of pre-built templates or design their own using RenderX’s VisualXSL template designer. Submittals to the service can be through SOAP or REST services, returning PDFs dynamically in a stream for presentment in the web browser or for storage on the local disk. Since the process runs 100% in memory on the Cloud, no information from any process is ever stored on RenderX’s Cloud.

A version of the system which stamps created pages with a small marketing message is free for anyone to use, with unstamped versions of the service priced per volume. The CloudFormatter client can be downloaded for free from the CloudFormatter page.


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News

May 23, 2016
XEP 4.25 released

PDF/UA compliance, RGBA;
new algorithms: font parsing,
linearization, image caching;
PDF forms: comb field support.
More news...


April 19, 2016
EnMasse 3.0 released

New load balancer:
Improved performance: +17%;
Improved stability and security;
HTTPS support for SOAP server.
More news...


October 8, 2015
VDPMill 4.1 released

Unattended installation support.
EnMasse 2.4 / XEP 4.24.
More news...


August 6, 2015
EnMasse 2.4 released

Improved stability on Linux;
3rd-party XSLT-transformers;
Access-Control-Allow-Origin:
cross-domain formatting.
More news...


February 18, 2015
XEP 4.24 released

New RenderX extension:
page scaling in PDF backend;
bugfixes related to:
SVG, PDF images, accessibility.
More news...


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