Re: xpdf 0.90 announcement (was Re: [htdig] slow)

Frank Guangxin Liu (
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 10:52:43 -0500 (EST)

I just installed and tested the new xpdf 0.90.
The new pdftotext has an option "-raw" which should be same
as the old patched -rawdump I guess.
It also has the deltax fixes included.

"xpdf" seems to be able to display landscape tables without
a problem on XFree86 server, but not on my MetroLink X server.
"pdftotext" still generate huge text file (huge lines for
the landscape tables), but "pdftotext -raw" can generate
reasonable sized file (as we found before). The good news
is the text file DOES have those keywords from the landscape

I would highly recommend people to upgrade to xpdf-0.90.
It also supports PDF 1.3 as in the annoucement.


On Thu, 12 Aug 1999, Gilles Detillieux wrote:

> According to Frank Guangxin Liu:
> > I saw the new xpdf 0.90 is out. Has anybody tried that? Any
> > improvement? Does it include the patches (deltax, rawdump) from
> > htdig ftp site?
> I saw the announcement, but haven't had time to try it out yet. It is
> supposed to have the deltax fixes, and some improved variation on the
> rawdump option (though I don't know what it's called). It's also supposed
> to have support for vertical text, but I don't know if that will solve the
> landscape text problem you had. Please try it out, though, and let me know
> what you find. Here's Derek's announcement...
> Date: Tue, 3 Aug 1999 23:56:49 -0700
> Subject: ANNOUNCE: xpdf 0.90 - a PDF viewer for X
> I've just released a new version of xpdf, my Portable Document Format
> (PDF) viewer for X.
> Xpdf runs under the X Window System on Unix, VMS, and OS/2. The non-X
> components of the package (pdftops, pdftotext, etc.) also run on Win32
> systems.
> *** NEW -- Anti-aliased fonts!
> *** This release uses t1lib to render embedded Type 1/1C fonts (and
> *** the base 14 fonts).
> Other noticeable changes:
> * Added "backward" and "forward" buttons.
> * Added fit-page and fit-page-width zoom factors.
> * Type 1C fonts are converted to Type 1 and embedded in PostScript.
> * Support vertical Japanese text.
> * Added Japanese text support (EUC-JP) to pdftotext.
> * Initial support for PDF 1.3.
> See the `CHANGES' file for a complete list.
> Source (C++ and C) is available, and it should be fairly easy to
> compile for UNIX, VMS, OS/2, and Win32.
> More information, source code, and precompiled binaries are on the
> xpdf web page and ftp site:
> Source and Linux binaries are on, currently in
> the incoming directory, but they will be moved to:
> The following will be available soon --
> RPM packages for RedHat 5.x Linux systems:
> Decryption patches:
> Decryption-enabled Linux binaries:
> - Derek
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