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Software News   Software News : Polybios 1.0 released
   posted by softwarefailure on 13-May-2018 18:14:18 (2209 reads)

Airsoft Softwair, the hardest working men in code business, are proud to present a massive new plugin release for Hollywood: Polybios - Making History in PDF. This plugin can be used to create and view PDF documents from Hollywood scripts and will thus make all PDF dreams come true for Hollywood users. Polybios has been five years in the making and is now finally ready for release exclusively for Hollywood 7.1.

Here are just some of Polybios' impressive features:

- over 200 functions for creating and viewing PDF documents
- support for all graphics primitives
- full Unicode support
- fonts can be embedded inside PDF documents
- images and Hollywood brushes can be embedded inside PDF documents
- password-protected PDFs can be opened and created
- support for PDF encryption and compression
- files can be attached to PDF documents
- annotations can be added to PDF documents
- support for RGB, CMYK and gray color spaces
- transition effects can be embedded inside PDF documents
- hypertext links can be embedded inside PDF documents
- table of contents generation is supported
- inbuilt PDF viewer is based on the famous fast and powerful PDF engine used in a very popular browser by a very well-known American Internet company and is thus very compatible and complete
- PDF pages can be exported as Hollywood brushes
- PDF pages can be accessed as vector brushes allowing for lossless scaling, rotation, and transformation
- Polybios comes with over 150 pages of documentation to get you started quickly
- over 25 ready-to-run examples are included in the Polybios distribution

And the best of all: Polybios is provided free of charge for all existing Hollywood users. Thus, please consider buying Hollywood to show your support for our massive development efforts.

The plugin is now available for download from the official Hollywood portal. Thanks to Hollywood's cross-platform plugin system versions for AmigaOS3 (m68k, m881), AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, WarpOS, AROS (x86), Linux (ppc, arm, x86, x64), Mac OS (ppc, x86, x64), Windows (x86, x64) and Android (arm, arm64) are provided.

Made possible only by Airsoft Softwair, forever the hardest working men in code business.
    

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Re: Polybios 1.0 released
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I'm speachless. Amazing.


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Impressive.

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Great, as usual!


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The example scripts constains a PDFViewer program.
This is a simple example of how to display multiple pages PDF documents.
Tested on some documents and it seems that anything PDF related on OS4 that we can see before cannot reach this quality (maybe true for the other Amiga systems too).

It is MUCH faster, really MUCH faster and more compatible than AmiPDF, or qpdfView.

Based on this Hollywood Plugin somebody can write a full featured PDF viewer many times faster than any other implementation we have today. And somebody will do this, I am sure on this.

It is really advance the useabilty of this platform!

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Impressive indeed

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Is it faster than VPDF too ? At least till now VPDF was the fastest one


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Andreas may I suggest the next plug in? Amiga OS

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neat, I just had a thought with a few teaks to it interface Hollywood designer could be turned into a desktop publishing app. :)


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Andreas may I suggest the next plug in? Amiga OS

I would be happy to have the browser engine plugin of that very popular browser!

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neat, I just had a thought with a few teaks to it interface Hollywood designer could be turned into a desktop publishing app. :)

Yeah, this would be sweet. It would be a huge job to write a totally new PDF/DTP editing program from scratch, even with this cool plugin.


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@kas1e:

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Is it faster than VPDF too ? At least till now VPDF was the fastest one

Just tested a quite large PDF file and it seems to be faster, however it can make wrong assumptions comparing a simple example program to a more feature rich one.

Other important thing that it is more accurate even than VPDF.

Some description:
- left VPDF 1.1 don't show images on this page.
- rigth Hollywood Polybios based PDF viewer shows the same page.

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Hooo, this is really great!
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My biggest problem with PDF on Amiga is "fill-in" PDF forms. Does the Hollywood PDF viewer allow typing into PDF forms?


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As far as I can see currently no.

You can create PDF documents with several type of objects in it and can get PDF pages as bitmap or vector graphics.

But I think not pointless to support the author!

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thanks Andreas !


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Well done!

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@Softwarefailure

Great work as usual Andreas!

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Quote:
Some description:
- left VPDF 1.1 don't show images on this page.


You are using a very old outdated version of VPDF I see. The latest version is 1.4 and the speed has increased and also the render engine quality. The both might be using the same engine (just guessing now, ie. Poppler)

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That's pretty cool !


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@Develin
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You are using a very old outdated version of VPDF I see. The latest version is 1.4 and the speed has increased and also the render engine quality. The both might be using the same engine (just guessing now, ie. Poppler)


Are you referring for the MOS VPDF?

Polybios PDF viewer based on PDFium (hence the funny reference to the "very popular browser by a very well-known American Internet company").
:)

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@Lazi

Orginal VPDF is from MorphOS yes, but the source is available since the release of MorphOS 3.10 so it should build easy since it's allready ported once at least.

Regarding PDFIum, I havn't tried that. I normaly don't want a browser handling my PDF documents so =)

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I must say this all sounds pretty darn good, but I'm still wondering, why does does it sound like a multiple BIOS you'd stick on a ROM?

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Lazi 
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@Develin

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Regarding PDFIum, I havn't tried that. I normaly don't want a browser handling my PDF documents so =)


Oh, some misunderstation is here. What browser? Polybios using the PDF viewer engine PDFium. The PDF page rendering engine itself is utilised by Hollywood.
The browser is mentioned only because it is the same engine that Chrome used to display PDF files.

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