Aspose.Words for Java 17.9 Release Notes

Major Features

There are 87 improvements and fixes in this regular monthly release. The most notable are:

  • New performance fixes.
  • Caching of shading patterns for PDF output implemented. The output size of PDF documents with the repeating images (e.g. in header/footer) is now significantly reduced.
  • Improved character spacing control handling for Asian text.
  • Improved table grid calculation when a paragraph in a cell has large indents.
  • Improved text wrapping in narrow line band when there is a leading tab stop.
  • Added feature to set Placeholder Text of Structured Document Tag.
  • Added feature to support w:dirty attribute on a field.
  • Updating value of SaveDate field just by doing open/save.

Full List of Issues Covering all Changes in this Release

Key Summary Category
WORDSJAVA-1583 Symbols are changed after conversion from DOCX to PDF Bug
WORDSJAVA-1588 Some HTML data is missing in resultant DOCX Bug
WORDSJAVA-1627 Metadata Exception while saving to Pcl. Enhancement
WORDSJAVA-1641 Transparent Gradient gets dark after saving to Pcl. Enhancement
WORDSJAVA-1551 java.lang.NullPointerException is thrown while saving Docx to PDF Exception
WORDSJAVA-1602 GetStartPageIndex method of LayoutCollector throws NullPointerException Exception
WORDSJAVA-1633 DOC to PDF conversion crashes JVM Exception
WORDSJAVA-1640 JPEGImageWriter throws while saving Doc to Pcl. Exception
WORDSJAVA-1647 Skipping parts for Docx Zip optimization doesn’t work on Java. Performance
WORDSJAVA-1639 Word formatted with Outline Bold Impact Font is shifted. Regression
WORDSNET-11001 Black backgrounds appear behind OLE objects in PDF Bug
WORDSNET-11209 A blank page added in generated PDF Bug
WORDSNET-13308 /character spacing control/ Incorrect foreign language character spacing in rendered documents Bug
WORDSNET-13557 VML shape in incorrectly read from HTML Bug
WORDSNET-13741 /character spacing control/ Chinese text renders on next line in HtmlFixed Bug
WORDSNET-13743 /character spacing control/ Chinese text moves to next page after conversion from Doc to HtmlFixed Bug
WORDSNET-13750 Cell’s contents are lost after re-saving RTF Bug
WORDSNET-13963 /character spacing control/ Docx to Pdf conversion issue with Chinese text Bug
WORDSNET-14174 Color of mail merge fields is changed after conversion from Docx to Doc/Pdf Bug
WORDSNET-14508 TOC fields are corrupted during open/save RTF Bug
WORDSNET-14573 /character spacing control/ A paragraph wraps to next line in fixed page formats Bug
WORDSNET-14677 Chart is changed to image after re-saving Docx Bug
WORDSNET-14779 Html to Docx conversion issue with table’s border style Bug
WORDSNET-14898 Table Top Border missing in PDF Bug
WORDSNET-15054 Mail Merge - Numbered Bullet Points Incrementing Bug
WORDSNET-15170 /compressed punctuation + fullwidth characters/ Character spacing changes after DOCX to JPG conversion Bug
WORDSNET-15185 Long numbers are truncated in DOCX to HTML conversion Bug
WORDSNET-15261 CSS reader incorrectly processes @import rules that don’t end with a semicolon Bug
WORDSNET-15418 Move-from/move-to revisions of run properties of a paragraph are not read/written Bug
WORDSNET-15425 Docx to Odt conversion issue with GroupShape size Bug
WORDSNET-15453 Some HTML data is missing in resultant DOCX Bug
WORDSNET-15545 Incorrect text formatting in RTF to HTML conversion Bug
WORDSNET-15554 /compressed punctuation + fullwidth characters/ DOCX to PDF conversion issue with Japanese punctuation mark Bug
WORDSNET-15583 Formatting issue in DOCX with revisions to PDFA conversion Bug
WORDSNET-15597 Justified XHTML text conversion issue Bug
WORDSNET-15608 Incorrect applying fill(Picture or texture) for bevel type of angle. Bug
WORDSNET-15613 /text wrap/ Images not aligned in PDF rendition Bug
WORDSNET-15621 Text Replacement issue with RTL text Bug
WORDSNET-15639 Incorrect applying texture (hardware rendering). Bug
WORDSNET-15650 When DOC is saved as PDF, in Arabic language 500 becomes 050 Bug
WORDSNET-15651 StructuredDocumentTag.FullDate is not updating Bug
WORDSNET-15663 Assertions in CellMetrics Bug
WORDSNET-15674 The number of pages increases when saved into odt ott formats Bug
WORDSNET-15687 List number format is not rendered correctly in output PDF Bug
WORDSNET-15689 Aspose.Words throws exception at Windows XP where mscorlib.dll v2.0.50727.42 is installed Bug
WORDSNET-15701 Heading bookmarks are not created after conversion from DOCX to PDF. Bug
WORDSNET-15705 Tables count issue in RTF Bug
WORDSNET-15707 /character spacing control/ DOCX to PDF conversion issue with position of Chinese text Bug
WORDSNET-15710 Formatting issue in DOCX to SVG conversion Bug
WORDSNET-15718 Table of contents are broken Bug
WORDSNET-15729 RTF to DOC conversion loses cell background colors Bug
WORDSNET-15732 DOCX is corrupted when it is re-saved Bug
WORDSNET-15743 Hebrew text is reversed in output PDF Bug
WORDSNET-15753 Converting a landscape RTF document to PDF produces the corrupted output. Bug
WORDSNET-15763 Hidden border of table is visible after saving RTF to DOC and PDF Bug
WORDSNET-15778 Document.UpdateFields throws System.NullReferenceException Bug
WORDSNET-15780 Inconsistent results from JoinRunsWithSameFormatting Bug
WORDSNET-15781 Inconsistent results from JoinRunsWithSameFormatting Bug
WORDSNET-2711 Text becomes bold after open/save the document. Bug
WORDSNET-3136 Table is moved to the next page during rendering. Bug
WORDSNET-4006 Part of invisible content becomes visible upon rendering Bug
WORDSNET-7194 SmartArt (DrawingML) graphic is not preserved during DOCX to DOC conversion Bug
WORDSNET-8786 Table render incorrectly after conversion from Docx to Pdf Bug
WORDSNET-8878 An EMF image is rendered completely black in PDF Bug
WORDSNET-9136 Docx to Pdf conversion issue with EMF metafile Bug
WORDSNET-9142 /table grid/ Table column widths are calculated incorrectly during rendering Bug
WORDSNET-9516 /character spacing control/ The line is incorrectly wrapped when punctuation compressing is enabled Bug
WORDSNET-15220 Show Placeholder text after removal of SDT runs Enhancement
WORDSNET-15372 Preserve NUMPAGES fields during HTML round-trip Enhancement
WORDSNET-15627 Table layout issue in DOCX to PDF Enhancement
WORDSNET-13896 Exception is thrown when loading HTML Exception
WORDSNET-15346 /structure builder/ System.NullReferenceException is thrown while saving Docx to PDF Exception
WORDSNET-15713 DOC is not loading into API throws FileCorruptedException Exception
WORDSNET-15715 Aspose.Words throws FileCorruptedException upon loading DOC file Exception
WORDSNET-15716 Aspose.Words throws FileCorruptedException upon loading a DOC file Exception
WORDSNET-15799 UpdateFields() throws IndexOutOfRange Exception with null chart value Exception
WORDSNET-15803 System.IndexOutOfRangeException is thrown while converting DOCX to PDF Exception
WORDSNET-14533 Add feature to set Placeholder Text of Structured Document Tag Feature
WORDSNET-15686 Add feature to support w:dirty attribute on field Feature
WORDSNET-6956 Charts are lost after open/save ODT document (triaged) Feature
WORDSNET-7912 Consider updating value of SaveDate field just by doing open/save Feature
WORDSNET-15162 Print() first call taking more time than subsequent calls Performance
WORDSNET-15605 Document.UpdateFields method causes System.OutOfMemoryException Performance
WORDSNET-15224 Aspose.Words.FileCorruptedException is thrown while loading HTML Regression
WORDSNET-15783 Document.UpdateFields does not update the formula field Regression
WORDSNET-15815 Document.Compare throws System.NullReferenceException Regression

Public API and Backward Incompatble Changes

This section lists public API changes that were introduced in Aspose.Words 17.9. It includes not only new and obsoleted public methods, but also a description of any changes in the behavior behind the scenes in Aspose.Words which may affect existing code. Any behavior introduced that could be seen as a regression and modifies existing behavior is especially important and is documented here.

Added LoadOptions.UpdateDirtyFields, Field.IsDirty and FieldChar.IsDirty Properties

WORDSNET-15686 has been resolved. While working on WORDSNET-15686, we have added three public properties related to the dirty (stale) state of the fields and controlling whether such fields should be updated: 


/// <summary>
/// Specifies whether to update the fields with the <c>dirty</c> attribute.
/// </summary>
public boolean getUpdateDirtyFields()
public void setUpdateDirtyFields(boolean value)


/// <summary>
/// Gets or sets whether the current result of the field is no longer correct (stale) due to other modifications made to the document.
/// </summary>
public boolean isDirty()
public void    isDirty(boolean value)


/// <summary>
/// Gets or sets whether the current result of the field is no longer correct (stale) due to other modifications
/// made to the document.
/// </summary>
public boolean isDirty()
public void    isDirty(boolean value)

When LoadOptions.UpdateDirtyFields == true, all fields having Field.IsDirty == true or FieldChar.IsDirty == true are updated on document load.

Added OdtSaveOptions.MeasureUnit Property

WORDSNET-15425 has been resolved. Public property added to OdtSaveOptions class:

/// <summary>
/// Allows to specify units of measure to apply to document content.
/// The default value is <see cref="OdtSaveMeasureUnit.Centimeters"/>
/// </summary>
/// <remarks>
/// Open Office uses centimeters when specifying lengths, widths and other measurable formatting and&nbsp;
/// content properties in documents whereas MS Office uses inches.
public int getMeasureUnit()
public void setMeasureUnit(int value)

Use case:

Document doc = new Document(dataDir + "Document.doc");
OdtSaveOptions saveOptions = new OdtSaveOptions();
saveOptions.setMeasureUnit(OdtSaveMeasureUnit.INCHES); + "MeasureUnit_out.odt", saveOptions);

Added Public Method StructuredDocumentTag.Clear

Ability to clear contents of a content control with displaying a placeholder is implemented.

/// <summary>
/// Clears contents of this structured document tag and displays a placeholder if it is defined.
/// </summary>
public void clear()

It is not possible to clear contents of a content control if it has revisions. Also, the method does nothing for row-level content controls that have more than one cell (limitation of MS Word). If a content control has no placeholder, five spaces are inserted like in MS Word (except repeating sections, repeating section items, groups, checkboxes, citations). If a content control is mapped to custom XML, the referenced XML node is cleared.

Example of use:

Document doc = new Document(myDir + "document1.docx");
StructuredDocumentTag sdt = (StructuredDocumentTag) doc.getChild(NodeType.STRUCTURED_DOCUMENT_TAG, 0, true);
sdt.clear(); + "document1.docx");

Added Public Property List.IsRestartAtEachSection.

Related issue: WORDSNET-15054

Public property added to the List class to support backward compatibility upon Mail Merge, please see WORDSNET-15054.

/// <summary>
/// Specifies whether list should be restarted at each section.
/// Default value is <b>false</b>.
/// </summary>
/// <remarks>
/// <p>This option is supported only in RTF, DOC and DOCX document formats.</p>
/// <p>This option will be written to DOCX only if <see cref="OoxmlCompliance"/> is higher then <see cref="OoxmlComplianceCore.Ecma376"/>.</p>
/// </remarks>
public boolean isRestartAtEachSection()
public void isRestartAtEachSection(boolean value)

Use case:

Document doc = new Document();
com.aspose.words.List list = doc.getLists().get(0);

// Set true to specify that the list has to be restarted at each section.
DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder(doc);
for (int i = 1; i < 45; i++) {
    builder.writeln(String.format("List Item " + i));

    // Insert section break.
    if (i == 15)

// IsRestartAtEachSection will be written only if compliance is higher then OoxmlComplianceCore.Ecma376
OoxmlSaveOptions options = new OoxmlSaveOptions();
doc.Save("out.docx", options);

Here is the code snippet for backward compatibility upon Mail Merge:

Dictionary<List, bool> lists = new Dictionary<List, bool>();
foreach (List list in document.Lists)
	lists[list] = list.IsRestartAtEachSection;
foreach (KeyValuePair<List, bool> pair in lists)
	pair.Key.IsRestartAtEachSection = pair.Value

Added SaveOptions.UpdateLastSavedTimeProperty Property

Reference: WORDSNET-7912

While working on WORDSNET-7912, we have added the SaveOptions.UpdateLastSavedTimeProperty property that controls whether to update the corresponding built-in document property on document save.

/// <summary>
/// Gets or sets a value determining whether the <see cref="BuiltInDocumentProperties.LastSavedTime" /> property is updated before saving.
/// </summary>
public boolean getUpdateLastSavedTimeProperty()
public void    setUpdateLastSavedTimeProperty(boolean value)
Document doc = new Document(myDir + "Document.doc");
OoxmlSaveOptions options = new OoxmlSaveOptions();

// Save the document to disk."output.doc", options);