In our first Hub page, we briefly introduced ourselves (MobFarm) and our hot new iOS SDK download, FastPdfKit. Think of it as your tool-shed for our PDF-reader, FastPdf+. FastPdf+ is the best and fastest PDF reader to be found on Apple’s mobile platforms, including Apple’s own iBooks and QuickLook. We also touched upon some of the features that you can build and use in your own customizable app.
In short, FastPdfKit allows you to build your own PDF reader and printer for use in your app. It has a static library with sample code and a PDF parser, works within the iOS framework, and so makes your apps compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It also acts as a file viewer for those platforms.
On this Hub page we will quickly mention some of the rich multimedia capabilities of FastPdfKit. Videos, sound tracks, songs, animations, interactivity, and even HTML5 are now easily within your reach because FastPdfKit is built to handle large files. Always think Large Files when you think of FastPdfKit.
That’s how our approach differs from Apple’s. We’ve taken a problem and turned it into an opportunity — an opportunity to integrate fast multimedia capabilities into your customized PDF reader.
Talking about multimedia means talking about accessing it and testing it. That’s where another solution of ours comes in: FastPdfKit Reader, our app that lets you use any standard RSS feed to access PDFs; get our updated FastPdfKit guides and documentation; and to let you easily try out FastPdfKit in a real app. FastPdfKit Reader includes the latest 3.0 static library with a new rendering engine and multimedia support. Whenever you want it, you can just clone its whole repository from github to test it in your apps.
How is FastPdfKit unique?
Take a look at Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite, or Woodwing. As you know, these are platforms built to provide designers and media marketers with comprehensive, interactive cross-platform publishing capabilities. And as you also know, their products are geared to the high-end market, not independent freelancers. Also, being proprietary, they don’t provide the programming latitude for the creation of customized interfaces and interactivity functions. The result is a document that can only be accessed by their own readers.
But FastPdfKit takes the opposite approach. Its interface is fully open and customizable. It can handle any standard PDF — it reads them without converting them. That means that our own reader, FastPdf+, can display any PDF on any iOS device. And what that means is that you can replicate any iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch multimedia experience created with any of the high end suites.
That’s right — FastPdfKit adds multimedia overlays to your PDFs. Lots of overlays. The result is the look and feel of a professionally produced interactive reading experience, complete with search, zoom, cross-platform performance (the three iDevices that comprise iOS) and small file size. And no need to adapt your existing publications.