Aspose.Words for Java 18.1 Release Notes

Major Features

There are 63 improvements and fixes in this regular monthly release. The most notable are:

  • Improved character spacing control logic.
  • Improved space shrinking for Verdana font.
  • Improved “allow handing punctuation” handling when kerning is enabled.
  • Fixed clip issue with semi-broken tables.
  • Fixed draw order of wrapped shapes in 2013 mode.
  • Fixed repeated header height problem during field update.
  • Fixed the bug causing error in page numbers in multi-page documents rendered into PostScript.
  • Proper calculation of undocumented margins in DrawingML Charts implemented.
  • Horizontal axis of Bubble Chart scaling fixed.
  • Vertical axis of 3DArea Chart scaling fixed.
  • MS Word 2016 approach for rendering of DrawingML Charts axis labels implemented; (Labels are rotated to fit the chart).
  • Fixed rendering of Legend markers for 3D-LineChart.
  • Improved rendering of composite (with multiple series) charts.
  • Chart title with ManualLayout rendering fixed.

Full List of Issues Covering all Changes in this Release

Key Summary Category
WORDSJAVA-1704 Gradient fill image is filled as solid fill in PDF Bug
WORDSJAVA-1681 Thai words are showing as squares when converted to DOC. Bug
WORDSJAVA-1680 Document.UpdateFields does not update LastSavedTime. Bug
WORDSJAVA-1634 Bullets rendering issue on Linux Bug
WORDSNET-10235 Header contents are overlapped with body contents after conversion from Docx to Pdf Bug
WORDSNET-15389 Content overlaps footer Bug
WORDSNET-15609 Right borders specified for “tr” or “tbody” elements are not applied to cell Bug
WORDSNET-15840 ReplacingArgs.Replacement returns incorrect value Bug
WORDSNET-15944 Scaling issue of charts in DOCX to PDF conversion Bug
WORDSNET-15958 Difference in values of axis in DOCX to PDF rendering Bug
WORDSNET-15991 Barcode images are missing upon RTF conversion Bug
WORDSNET-16019 DOCX to PDF conversion loses some images Bug
WORDSNET-16070 Font information garbled in RTF document Bug
WORDSNET-16117 White Paragraphs in Cells Turn Black during Saving a RTF Bug
WORDSNET-16125 Incorrect TOC page number in RTF to DOCX conversion Bug
WORDSNET-16126 Incorrect TOC page number in RTF to DOCX conversion Bug
WORDSNET-16137 System.NullReferenceException is thrown when RevisionOptions.ShowRevisionBalloons is set to true Bug
WORDSNET-16155 Repeating Section Content Control is not rendered in output PDF Bug
WORDSNET-16163 RTF to DOCX conversion issue for Footnote Words Become Superscript Bug
WORDSNET-16173 Incorrect rotation of the X-axis label text when exporting to PDF Bug
WORDSNET-16174 Legend markers for 3D-LineChart are rendered incorrectly when exporting to PDF Bug
WORDSNET-16184 Incorrect TOC page number in RTF to DOCX conversion Bug
WORDSNET-16187 Error in page number when converting to PostScript Bug
WORDSNET-16189 Range.Replace text within GroupShape does not Replace Bug
WORDSNET-16192 DOCX to HTML conversion issue with chart rendering Bug
WORDSNET-16200 OfficeMath is changed after re-saving DOCX Bug
WORDSNET-16203 AllowHangingPunctuation rule is improperly processed Bug
WORDSNET-16208 When open DOCX file, an exception occurs Bug
WORDSNET-16212 Html save as Odt - view of table is different than in Docx and in MS Word Bug
WORDSNET-16215 Document.Compare returns incorrect revisions Bug
WORDSNET-16222 Incorrect TOC page number in RTF to DOCX conversion Bug
WORDSNET-16223 Incorrect TOC page number in RTF to DOCX conversion Bug
WORDSNET-16234 FontInfoCollection.EmbedSystemFonts default value is incorrect Bug
WORDSNET-16236 Problem with ChartTitle with ManualLayout when exporting to PDF Bug
WORDSNET-16246 BorderGrid class fires assertion when renders cell borders Bug
WORDSNET-16253 Some characters are changed after conversion RTF to DOCX Bug
WORDSNET-16273 Table with image renders incorrectly while saving DOCX to PDF Bug
WORDSNET-5426 Autofit doesn’t work properly when the table has merged cells. Bug
WORDSNET-7251 ListLabel.LabelValue is incorrectly imported from HTML to Docx/Doc Bug
WORDSNET-7505 PDF rendering issue with the insertion of images Bug
WORDSNET-7859 3D shape renders incorrectly if it has relative size Bug
WORDSNET-8672 Font size of Watermark text is increased and Shape is partially displaying in PDF Bug
WORDSNET-14244 RTF to Pdf conversion issue with text-box position Enhancement
WORDSNET-15776 Empty row gets added when closing tag «/foreach» is in last row of table Enhancement
WORDSNET-16069 Incorrect ChartDataPoint Cloning Enhancement
WORDSNET-16144 Some headers/footers have height of 0 in XMLs obtained by internal layout API Enhancement
WORDSNET-16167 Rework Pdf digital signing code to be compatible with NetStandart 2.0 Enhancement
WORDSNET-16194 The length of superscripted footnote’s text is incorrect in RTF output. Enhancement
WORDSNET-16267 Shape is not rendered correctly in output PDF Enhancement
WORDSNETSTD-44 Cleen up System.Security.Cryptography.Xml. Enhancement
WORDSNETSTD-45 Removed Aspose.Xamarin.Security project. Enhancement
WORDSNET-13863 ReportingEngine.BuildReport throws System.NullReferenceException Exception
WORDSNET-15397 Application crashes on loading MHT file in Document Object Exception
WORDSNET-16143 DOCX to HTML conversion fails with “Stack empty” error message Exception
WORDSNET-16197 System.InvalidOperationException occurs when saving to PDF Exception
WORDSNET-16201 Exception is thrown when exporting to HTML Exception
WORDSNET-16209 Setting RevisionOptions.ShowRevisionBalloons to True causes System.InvalidCastException Exception
WORDSNET-16262 When DOCX is opened, FileCorruptedException occurs Exception
WORDSNET-6919 Consider adding resiliency during saving nested empty Tables Exception
WORDSNET-15801 Add feature to show/hide axis of chart Feature
WORDSNET-16042 API to get geometric position of element in Word Doc Feature
WORDSNET-16060 Add feature to get w:storeItemID of StructuredDocumentTag Feature
WORDSNET-16092 Add feature to add multiple replies to comment using Comment.AddReply Feature

Public API and Backward Incompatible Changes

This section lists public API changes that were introduced in Aspose.Words 18.1. 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.

Enhanced Support of Single-Column Table Data Bands and Conditional Blocks for LINQ Reporting Engine

Related issues WORDSNET-13863, WORDSNET-15776, WORDSNET-16188.

The “Working with Table-Row Data Bands” and “Working with Table-Row Conditional Blocks” sections of the engine’s documentation were updated to describe the change.

Remove Obsolete Method in CompositeNode

Removed obsolete public method from CompositeNode class:

public NodeCollection getChildNodes(NodeType nodeType, boolean isDeep, boolean isLive)

Parameter “isLive” is not used anymore. Please use CompositeNode.GetChildNodes(NodeType nodeType, bool isDeep) instead.

Added the ChartAxis.Hidden Property

Related Issue: WORDSNET-15801

The following public property has been added into the ChartAxis class:

/// <summary>
/// Gets or sets a flag indicating whether this axis is hidden or not.
/// </summary>
/// <remarks>
/// Default value is false.
/// </remarks>
public boolean Hidden
    get; set;

The property allows hiding/showing and getting visibility state of an axis of a chart.

UC to create a chart and hide its Y axis

Document doc = new Document();
DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder(doc);

// Insert chart.
Shape shape = builder.insertChart(ChartType.COLUMN, 432, 252);
Chart chart = shape.getChart();

// Clear demo data.

// Fill data.
chart.getSeries().add("AW Series 1",
        new String[] { "Item 1", "Item 2", "Item 3", "Item 4", "Item 5" },
        new double[] { 1.2, 0.3, 2.1, 2.9, 4.2 });

// Hide the Y axis.
dataDir = dataDir + "HideChartAxis_out.docx";;

Added Property for Preserving Meta-Characters during Replacement

Related Issue: WORDSNET-15840

We have added public get/set property for preserving meta-characters during replacement as an option in FindReplaceOptions class

/// <summary>
/// True indicates that meta-characters beginning with "&" are preserved.
/// Default value is false.
/// </summary>
public boolean PreserveMetaCharacters

This is useful for example in replacing html text with meta-characters such as “&ldquo” and others

Sample usage

// The path to the documents directory.
String dataDir = Utils.getSharedDataDir(ReplaceTextWithField.class) + "FindAndReplace/";
String html = "<p>&ldquo;Some Text&rdquo;</p>";

// Initialize a Document.
Document doc = new Document();

// Use a document builder to add content to the document.
DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder(doc);
FindReplaceOptions findReplaceOptions = new FindReplaceOptions();
findReplaceOptions.setReplacingCallback(new FindAndInsertHtml());
doc.getRange().replace("{PLACEHOLDER}", html, findReplaceOptions);
dataDir = dataDir + "ReplaceHtmlTextWithMetaCharacters_out.doc";;
static class FindAndInsertHtml implements IReplacingCallback {
    public int replacing(ReplacingArgs e) throws Exception {
        // This is a Run node that contains either the beginning or the complete match.
        Node currentNode = e.getMatchNode();

        // create Document Buidler and insert MergeField
        DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder((Document) e.getMatchNode().getDocument());
        //Signal to the replace engine to do nothing because we have already done all what we wanted.
        return ReplaceAction.SKIP;

Added Feature to Get StoreItemID Property of StructuredDocumentTag

Related Issue: WORDSNET-16060

As per customer’s request, we have made public get property StoreItemId of class XmlMapping:

/// <summary>
/// Specifies the custom XML data identifier for the custom XML data part which
/// shall be used to evaluate the <see cref="XPath"/> expression.
/// </summary>
public String StoreItemId

More info about storeItemID property:

Sample usage:

Document doc = new Document("file.docx");
StructuredDocumentTag sdt = (StructuredDocumentTag) doc.getChild(NodeType.STRUCTURED_DOCUMENT_TAG, 0, true);
System.out.println("Id = " + sdt.getXmlMapping().getStoreItemId());