iText launches IText Dito

Software to reduce complexities on data-driven pdf templates

IText Dito

The iText Group NV, globally recognized as a thought-leader and innovator in pdf libraries and solutions, announced the launch of iText Dito, the newest addition to the company’s award-winning software offerings. 

iText Dito is a template engine built on iText’s proven technology: iText 7 Core and its add-ons pdfHTML and pdfCalligraph. It has been developed in order to reduce the time-consuming complexities that many developers face while creating and maintaining data-driven pdf templates.

iText’s latest innovation consists of a user-friendly, browser-based application and a Java back-end. It enables seamless integration of HTML5, CSS, pdf 2.0 and global language/ligature support into document workflows. iText DITO allows users to design, configure and connect data from HTML input forms and pdf output templates, in any company house style, to the appropriate back-end data and logic, ensuring correct business results. Modifications can be made to templates, without changing a single line of code.

iText is a highly-valued leader of innovative pdf software. Our mission is to develop high-quality technology that enables our users – many of who are Fortune 500 companies – to address the fast-changing aspects of digital business,” says Tony Van den Zegel, general manager at iText Software Belgium. “The release of iText Dito marks a milestone in the industry, as it represents the next generation of data-driven pdf solutions.”

I am excited that we can finally show our latest innovation to the developers’ community. They will be pleased that iText Dito can reduce their development time of pdf templates by 70%, clearly a substantial time-saving solution for them and their company,” says Raf Hens, head of Technology at iText Group NV.

The applications of iText DITO are credit card statements, airline boarding passes, utility bills, application forms, medical records, invoices and many more.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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