Today we’re releasing PSPDFKit 6.5 for Android, in which we’re introducing our new OCR component! This release also includes a simplified Maven integration, and we’ve moved all our example apps to GitHub. In this blog post, we outline the biggest changes of 6.5. For a full list of changes, please refer to our PSPDFKit 6.5 for Android changelog.
When working with PDFs, you might encounter documents that contain pages without accessible text. This is especially common when dealing with scanned documents or documents with photographed pages. With our new OCR component, you can enhance those raster and vector PDFs to give you interactive text, thereby unlocking powerful PDF text functionality such as text markup annotations, text selection, text extraction, and search.
To learn more about the OCR component and all the PSPDFKit platforms supporting it, please see our dedicated component announcement blog post.
On Android, we’re distributing OCR as a separate AAR library with additional optional language pack AARs. Check out our OCR Getting Started guide to see how to integrate OCR into your project and how to use the API it offers.
OCR is a new component that can be added to your license. Please reach out to us if you’re interested in adding it to your license, if you want to learn more about the roadmap for OCR, or if you want to provide feedback and feature requests related to your use case.
Before PSPDFKit 6.5 for Android, PSPDFKit required that developers specify a Maven download password when integrating PSPDFKit using Maven and Gradle. This was somewhat inconvenient, especially when using our hybrid wrappers. Starting with 6.5, you can now integrate PSPDFKit without needing to specify any Maven credentials. The change is backward compatible, and it doesn’t require any alteration to existing Maven integrations. Check out our Getting Started guide for the updated integration instructions.
Our entire set of example apps is now hosted on GitHub! Head over to our examples and clone them or download them directly to your computer as a ZIP file. Among others, you can also find the sources of PSPDFKit for Android Catalog and our Simple Example app.
As always, this is just a sneak peek at the enhancements we added to this release of our Android PDF Library. To see a complete list of changes, check out the PSPDFKit 6.5 for Android changelog.