Artifex Update – July 2018 Newsletter

Artifex Update – July 2018

The first half of 2018 has kept us busy here at Artifex. We’ve released notable updates to Ghostscript and MuPDF, signed an exciting licensing deal for SmartOffice, and redesigned our product websites!

Read on for a glimpse as to what we’ve been up to.


The Artifex Software Team

What’s New @ Artifex

BlackBerry Chooses SmartOffice Technology

Artifex is pleased to announce we have signed a licensing agreement with BlackBerry to expand our SmartOffice offerings available within their security platform. As part of that agreement, Artifex is developing a desktop version of SmartOffice for BlackBerry, which is anticipated for release by year-end. In addition, use of SmartOffice technologies will be broadened to provide BlackBerry end-users with an enhanced and intuitive mobile productivity experience while eliminating the threat of corporate data breaches. More information about this agreement will be available in the near future.

Product Website Refresh

We’ve updated our product websites with a clean and simple new look. You’ll find detailed information such as new releases, documentation, source code, SDKs and other material vital to you as a developer. Head on over to our product sites and have a look!

Look for Artifex @ the Following Events

Join Artifex and over 1,000 exhibitors at MWC Americas 2018 to showcase the newest technologies and innovative products that will influence the future of the mobile industry.

Through our live demonstrations, we will show you how to get your mobile workforce up and running quickly and efficiently while ensuring the security of your enterprise document workflow.

To arrange a meeting with Artifex or would like a complimentary Exhibit Pass, please contact  Kate DeGennaro, Senior Account Representative. Artifex can be found in the App Zone, #522 in the West Hall.

Join us at PRINT 18, the best-attended annual gathering of printing and graphic communications professionals in North America! Visit us at Booth #547SH to find out what’s new with Ghostscript and MuPDF, and stay tuned for an exciting announcement from Artifex!

Be our guest at this year’s event! Click here to register for your FREE Exhibit Pass.

To arrange a meeting with Artifex, please contact  Scott Sackett, VP of Sales and Licensing. Or stop by the  Artifex Booth, #547 in the South Hall.

Technology Update

Ghostscript 9.23 Update Release

Ghostscript 9.23 is the seventeenth full release in the Ghostscript and GhostPDL 9.xx series. Customers interested in evaluating this latest Ghostscript release can do so by visiting our Ghostscript download web page. Please contact us if you are interested in a commercial license for Ghostscript.

Highlights in this release include:

Ghostscript now has a family of ‘pdfimage’ devices (pdfimage8, pdfimage24, and pdfimage32) which produce rendered output wrapped up as an image in a PDF. Additionally, there is a ‘pclm’ device which produces PCLm format output.

There is now a ColorAccuracy parameter allowing the user to decide between speed or accuracy in ICC color transforms.

JPEG Passthrough: devices which support it can now receive the ‘raw’ JPEG stream from the interpreter. The main use of this is the pdfwrite/ps2write family of devices that can now take JPEG streams from the input file(s) and write them unchanged to the output (thus avoiding additional quantization effects).

PDF transparency performance improvements

We have continued the focus on code hygiene in this release cleaning up security issues, ignored return values, and compiler warnings.

The usual round of bug fixes, compatibility changes, and incremental improvements.

MuPDF 1.13 Update Release

MuPDF 1.13 is primarily a bugfix release.

New “mutool sign” tool for showing and verifying digital signatures.

Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cyrillic, and Greek font support in mutool create.

Improvements to annotation editing API.

This release fixes CVE-2018-1000036, CVE-2018-1000037, CVE-2018-1000038, CVE-2018-1000039, and CVE-2018-1000040.

SmartOffice PDF Enhancements

We are excited to announce that the SmartOffice PDF engine has been replaced by our very own MuPDF! This overhaul provides notable PDF enhancements, including faster, sharper rendering, and paves the way for future feature enhancements including true redactions, support for form filling and digital signatures.

For sales inquiries, please contact the Artifex Software sales team:

Ghostscript & MuPDF:

Scott Sackett

Vice President Sales & Licensing

T 940.482.7985


Kate DeGennaro

Senior Account Representative

T 415.492.9861

For general inquiries, please contact Lisa Fenn.

Lisa Fenn

Marketing Manager

T 415.492.9861