PDF417 Barcodes, or, the nice thing about standards is there are so many to choose from.
A mere 11 years after it was introduced, we have finally noticed an incompatible change in the PDF417 barcode specification.
Acrobat added dynamically updated barcode fields in Acrobat 7, but they haven't been documented until now, in the upcoming PDF 2.0 specification. This article shows you how to use them to make data extraction from printed forms a lot easier.
University Goes Paperless with BFOs Java PDF Library
UK University Integrates BFO's Java PDF Library.
Smaller, Faster, Better - BFO Release New PDF Library
The recent PDF Library 2.11.15 has a few highlights, including better support for digital signing from hardware, generation of "Aztec Code" barcodes, basic support for Flash file embedding in PDF, and a large number of bug fixes and improvements. This release offers improvements in memory and speed across the board, with tweaks to the low level data-structures that underly all PDFs. The Jar has shrunk by 10% as well, and our packed PDF Viewer Applet now scrapes in at just under 800KB.
QR-Code and other barcodes
The PDF Library supports a large number of barcodes, including QR-Code. This article shows some tricks you can do with these dense 2D barcodes.