pdf widget initial thangers

Paul Dupuis paul at researchware.com
Mon Jun 10 12:37:54 EDT 2019

On 6/10/2019 12:02 PM, Mike Kerner via use-livecode wrote:
> anyone messing with the pdf widget, yet?  Any thoughts about using it vs.
> xpdf?

the xpdf external is Google PDFium wrapped as an External.
the LC950 pdf widget is Google PDFium wrapped as a FFI widget.

Expect that effectively the widget will eventually replace the external. 
If you find any functionality of the external not working in the widget, 
it should be reported as a bug.

Most notable, the external sits over all other LC objects on screen. You 
can't put anything on top of it. The widget uses the native paint layer 
to render the PDF page so it will behave more like any other LC object 
with regard to layering and message handling.

I would encourage all users of the XPDF external in earlier versions of 
LiveCode Business to test using the PDF widget under LC950 and, once 
released in a stable version, migrate to using it.

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