Aspose.Pdf for .NET – a PDF API

Are you in need of a library specifically designed for working with PDF documents?  Are you looking for something of pristine quality?  Aspose, the experts in file format APIs has the answer.  I recently was tasked with making a report generator and editor specifically for PDF templates, and I tried a few of the most prominent libraries out there for the .NET ecosystem.  Aspose.Pdf for .NET was the definite winner after thorough review.  The other libraries had issues with fonts, scaling, and general rendering problems. Aspose.Pdf for .NET is the only product capable of rendering our content with perfect accuracy and competitive efficiency.  The windows printer integration is flexible and powerful.  The render timings are beyond decent.  The image output is immaculate.  The examples provided have a range from simple to moderately customized with often needed variants.  Every aspect of the library is finely honed to perfection – I never felt like something is “barely there”, “recently featured”, or wasn’t part of the original specification.

example code

I tried several resolution outputs with the different libraries, they were all outputting inferior levels of quality, except for Aspose.Pdf. Aspose beat out all of the competition in terms of speed and accuracy.  The documentation and example code Aspose provides are supreme.  Anything you can think of dealing with PDF libraries is handled with thorough and simple efficiency.  Every type of operation is a breeze to implement when dealing with the Aspose.Pdf library.  The architecture leaves no room for guessing and is incredibly flexible.  There aren’t any special requirements to hold things up.  The library is compatible with .NET 2.0,3.5,3.5 client profile, 4.0,4.0 client profile and newer.  No matter what .NET framework you need to work with this library is compatible.

example render scaled down

This library definitely has the power to meet your PDF projects’ needs.  Whether you need to build, merge, render, print, stamp, fill, watermark or any other conceivable PDF related function you can use this library to accomplish it effortlessly and with absolutely no headaches.  The Pdf for .NET package provided by Aspose is a workhorse that seamlessly handles every PDF requirement thrown at it with real extensive capability for when a project needs to grow.  If you have something in mind chances are this professional PDF tool-set has you covered.  Once you try out this product for your PDF related development you will be hooked and won’t want to use anything else.  It makes PDF workflow development almost effortless.  The API is of immense quality and reliability, and I highly recommend it to anyone.  For mission critical applications, demanding workflow projects, high quality rendering procedures, and anything in between the clear choice is Aspose.Pdf.


Aspose.Pdf for .NET
Aspose.Pdf for .NET


Web security note

This is about a deception tactic using DNS to make phishing attempts more successful.  Browsers and other tools can represent domain names to contain any character in multi-byte Unicode.  This can be used to spoof domain names.  It’s unfortunately common for someone to be tricked into thinking they’re going somewhere they’re able to confidently identify as friendly or otherwise condone, but are actually redirected to a malicious website.

One with an exhaustive knowledge of “legitimate domain names” might be able to inspect the domain name in a link before following it.  With the advent of Internationalized domain names, unless they have an expert insight into characters and fonts and they won’t even be able to notice a masquerading URL.  Notice in this screenshot the “capital G”  looks kind of small.  That’s because it’s not really a G.  It’s multi-byte Unicode character 0262 masquerading as the normal G, also notice that the rest of the domain name is spelled with all lower case characters, because it makes the small G-ish character more inconspicuous.  It will take you to who knows what malicious phishing scheme site if followed.  No longer can someone just quickly glance at the domain name thinking all of its characters are normal English alphabet characters, now they have to identify “fake characters” as well.  All of this rests on whether or not the browser or other client application being used does automatic Punycode conversion or not.  It’s easy to say “know your tools like the back of your hand”, but with 99.9% of web surfers that’s way too much to ask, and expectations as security measures are poor security measures.  Tools need to be trustworthy and not make it easier to trick the user.

The ability to identify and avoid avoid traps is wrecked with uncertain conditions like browser features and extra standards layers like IDN…  I think there’s an ongoing effort to sabotage the usability of the internet by making it harder to identify traps like phishing attempts.  It’s incredibly cynical and unwise to scoff and claim something like simplicity “is embarrassing” as has been done as an argument for IDNs.  The expansion of allowable TLDs is in the same category of security impacting change as people use alternative domain names to squat on sites people are trying to browse, rerouting them to their site.  It allows for a wider avenue of deception.

The best thing you can do to protect yourself from this is to manually type the URL you trust into the address bar, instead of clicking the link.  Peoples’ natural avoidance of tediousness is being taken advantage of.  Convenience and the ability to be lazy is good.  Simplicity is good, but isn’t always convenient.  Any way to make technology less of a hassle is a good thing, but it’s often a double edge sword and makes avoiding trickery more difficult.  Rounded edges come with a cost.