Guardian Grab eases the process of downloading the digital editions of The Guardian and The Observer newspapers, which are available through Newspaper Direct. Guardian Grab interacts with the Newspaper Direct site to log-on, identify available sections, and download the newspaper in the PDF, mobi (Kindle), or ePub formats. Downloads are arranged by paper, date, and format under a specified directory. Guardian Grab also maintains a directory holding the latest copy of each paper for easy syncing.
PdfMasher is a tool to convert PDF files containing text into a ready-for-ebook set of HTML files. Most ebook readers support PDF files natively, but it's often a real pain to read those documents because you can't control the font size of the document and have to resort to the zooming feature instead. Another drawback of PDFs on ebook readers is that annotations are not supported. Unlike other tools that convert PDFs to ebooks, PdfMasher does not try to guess the role of each piece of text in the PDF, and instead asks the user about the role of each piece of text, and does so in an efficient manner.
The Hummus PDF Writer library allows you to generate PDF files. It was developed with a principal “one-off” method of generating PDF files. Adhering to this idea, it is both fast and retains a low memory signature regardless of how large the file grows. The library has a set of high level features for adding content to a PDF, including creation of pages; drawing primitives and any of the simple PDF operators for drawing content; embedding of PDF, JPEG, and TIFF images; Unicode text support with Type1, TrueType, and OpenType fonts; and defining reusable objects using XObject Forms. You can also use the library as a PDF parser. The library is very extensible. It is easy to implement more PDF features by using the lower level set of methods, which provide access to the PDF building blocks themselves. Adding a feature requires you to be familiar with the PDF formatting of that feature, but will not require you to write the basic PDF building blocks, as the library handles this.
HomeGed Scan is scanning software that was designed to offer power as well as simplicity of use. Acquired or imported files can be combined into multi-page documents and saved in formats such as PDF, TIFF, JPEG, and PNG. It supports network scanners using TWAIN or SANE protocols and flat-beds and document feeders.
jWordConvert is a Java library which can read and render Word documents natively to convert to PDF, to convert to images, or to print the documents automatically. The library is 100% Java, so it can run on any platform which supports Java. It does not use any third party software or native calls, and can be run in a server environment or integrated into a desktop application.
jPDFAssemble is a Java library to assemble PDF files. It can combine, merge, or split PDF documents, and allows the addition or manipulation of bookmarks. It can save resulting documents to the local filesystem or to an output stream, to be able to serve the documents directly to a client browser when working within a J2EE server. jPDFAssemble is built on top of Qoppa's proprietary PDF technology, so you do not have to install any third party software or drivers. It is also 100% Java, so it is completely platform-independent.