Aspose.Words for Java 18.10 Release Notes

Major Features

There are 84 improvements and fixes in this regular monthly release. The most notable are:

  • Aspose.Words for Java is FIPS compliant now. The single sentence ‘SecuritySettings.startFipsMode()’ switches current Aspose.Words thread to the FIPS mode.
  • Support Conholdate.Total for Java licensing system.
  • Compatibility within GroupDocs Total package is improved.
  • Just another Veracode Security Scan Report is fixed.
  • Java 10/11 compatibility updates caused few bugs on some old Java Runtime Environments. We managed to fix these bugs quickly.
  • Massive JavaDoc fixes.
  • Aspose.BarCode compatibility changed to a new architecture that started from v.18.8. BarCode inside AW documents is more consistent now.
  • Implemented new API to set up font fallback mechanism through XML configuration.
  • Provide option to Use a style to format text typed into the SDT control.
  • Add feature to insert Horizontal Rule into document.
  • PNG images with a corrupted file structure are not skipped now from the rendering if it is possible to read information about their size.
  • Improved rendering of abscissa labels of a DrawingML Chart if the axis contains a large number of dummy values.
  • Improved scaling of the vertical axis of DrawingML Charts if a small range is used.
  • Fixed an error causing an exception while rendering pattern-filled DrawingML shapes when pattern is not specified.
  • Fixed a rendering glitch caused by negative arcsize of rounded rectangle VML shapes.
  • Fixed a bug with rendering of the gridlines in a DrawingML Chart if the interval between tick marks is specified.
  • Fixed a bug with rendering of the second axis title in a DrawingML Chart if manual layout is set.
  • Fixed issue with paragraph above spacing for page break lines in compatibility mode.
  • Fixed rendering of hidden paragraph in TOC fields.
  • Fixed line wrapping in compatibility mode when line break follows inline shape wider that column.
  • Improved rendering of underlines, it is now based on fields of the POST table in OTF fonts.
  • Improved alignment of page relative shapes for documents created in Word 2013 and later.
  • LINQ Reporting Engine supports removal of paragraphs becoming empty after template syntax tags are removed or replaced with empty values.

Full List of Issues Covering all Changes in this Release 

Key Summary Category
WORDSJAVA-1856 Remove ‘#Error Cref’ warning errors from public API. Bug
WORDSJAVA-1862 Bad size of border around Barcode image. Bug
WORDSJAVA-1877 Javadoc is missing package-list file. Bug
WORDSJAVA-1884 Hebrew characters are not generating properly from rtf specified format Bug
WORDSJAVA-1885 An invalid characters encoding when saving RTF document to a string Bug
WORDSJAVA-1901 Links to internal members in public API Documentation. Bug
WORDSJAVA-1904 Generic Type is absent in public API Bug
WORDSJAVA-1663 Check Veracode Security Scan report Enhancement
WORDSJAVA-1803 Shapes (Math equation) do not render correctly Enhancement
WORDSJAVA-1893 Java documentation for GraphicsQualityOptions settings Enhancement
WORDSJAVA-1894 “Bad cref:” warning in public API due simplified see tag Enhancement
WORDSJAVA-1899 Missing javadoc for method with array in signature Enhancement
WORDSJAVA-1902 Links to .Net system members in Java’s javadoc Enhancement
WORDSJAVA-1736 FIPS compliant version of Bouncy Castle Feature
WORDSJAVA-1783 Fonts are substituted improperly Feature
WORDSJAVA-1911 Support ‘Conholdate.Total for Java’ licensing system Feature
WORDSJAVA-1916 GroupDocs Total License: resource name conflict after obfuscation Feature
WORDSJAVA-1408 Remarks section is lost in web javadoc version Regression
WORDSJAVA-1891 Document.updateFields throws java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError Regression
WORDSJAVA-1897 java.lang.IllegalStateException is thrown while loading document in OSGI Regression
WORDSNET-17033 PDF output is corrupted after some page Bug
WORDSNET-17257 Missing Text when converting RTF Bug
WORDSNET-16997 Space characters in an OfficeMath equation disappear after conversion to MathML Bug
WORDSNET-17411 Document is not rendered properly Bug
WORDSNET-17128 Word to PDF - Bookmark creation issue with style separator Bug
WORDSNET-17057 DOCX to PDF conversion issue with English and Chinese text Bug
WORDSNET-16837 Document.PageCount returns wrong value Bug
WORDSNET-17397 Add feature to insert Horizontal Rule into document Bug
WORDSNET-17201 Aspose.Words produces invalid EPUB documents if HtmlSaveOptions.Encoding is not UTF-8 or UTF-16 Bug
WORDSNET-14593 A picture at bottom right corner of first page moves inches towards left in PDF Bug
WORDSNET-17403 Incorrect rendering of X-axis labels after converting to PDF Bug
WORDSNET-17130 Converting Word to Pdf the text layout in Pdf is not correct Bug
WORDSNET-17333 Extracted Ole Object has wrong Signature and Binary values differ every time Aspose.Words code executes Bug
WORDSNET-17388 TextBox Picture are not preserved in rendered PDF Bug
WORDSNET-17413 Document.UpdateFields does not update the TOC field under Swedish culture Bug
WORDSNET-5801 Large tables flow off the side of the page when rendering Bug
WORDSNET-8175 Incorrect Table/Cell widths are exported to PDF Bug
WORDSNET-7697 Header/Footer cut off at the right side of page after conversion from Doc to Fixed file format Bug
WORDSNET-10207 Tables appear behind the Shapes in rendered PDF Bug
WORDSNET-10420 Docx to Pdf conversion issue with text indentation Bug
WORDSNET-17195 Table cell borders in an HtmlFixed document become invisible in Chrome Bug
WORDSNET-17374 List Export to HTML Default Behavior Varies Bug
WORDSNET-11126 Docx to Pdf/Doc conversion issue with table’s position Bug
WORDSNET-17330 Unable to completely remove cell spacing in RTF tables Bug
WORDSNET-17395 Table direction changed from ‘Right-to-left’ to ‘Left-to-right’ Bug
WORDSNET-14256 OutlineOptions.HeadingsOutlineLevels does not export heading levels when Html is exported to Pdf Bug
WORDSNET-16978 Fallback content of an <object> element is imported from HTML even if element’s data are available Bug
WORDSNET-17319 HTML-to-Words converter generates corrupted DOCX Bug
WORDSNET-17402 Watermark is not rendered in output PDF Bug
WORDSNET-17314 A DOCX document produced by Aspose.Words cannot be opened in MS Word Bug
WORDSNET-17370 Text in a table gets overlapped during PDF conversion Bug
WORDSNET-17463 Hyperlink is lost after conversion from DOC to DOCX Bug
WORDSNET-17131 Font is changing when convert DOC to PDF Bug
WORDSNET-17331 Underlined text is Illegible after Word to PDF Bug
WORDSNET-12372 Text underline problem in PDF Bug
WORDSNET-16783 Style.BaseStyleName not working properly Bug
WORDSNET-17069 System.NullReferenceException is thrown while inserting document loaded by “doc” tag in Foreach block Bug
WORDSNET-17261 ReportingEngine: Blank line appearing after -html input Bug
WORDSNET-17525 InsertDocument inserts a white space at the start of content when inserting at the very beginning of a paragraph Bug
WORDSNET-17479 Links to internal members in public API Documentation Enhancement
WORDSNET-17394 Strange white thick line added to the table Enhancement
WORDSNET-17399 Some metadata properties are missing after document saving Enhancement
WORDSNET-17482 Try to render PNG images with corrupted structure // DOCX to PDF - image is lost Enhancement
WORDSNET-17430 System.InvalidOperationException occurs during rendering DOC to PDF Exception
WORDSNET-17185 System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException is thrown while saving DOCX to HTML Exception
WORDSNET-17143 Transparent graphics not getting converted correctly Exception
WORDSNET-17137 Exception occurs when saving HTML to HTML Exception
WORDSNET-17189 Document.Save throws System.ArgumentNullException Exception
WORDSNET-17437 System.InvalidCastException occurs upon loading a DOC Exception
WORDSNET-8223 UpdateFields throws OutOfMemoryException Exception
WORDSNET-17236 Aspose.Words.FileCorruptedException occurs when loading a DOCM Exception
WORDSNET-17328 DocumentBuilder.InsertField throws System.InvalidOperationException Exception
WORDSNET-17114 Aspose.Words.FileCorruptedException is thrown while loading DOT Exception
WORDSNET-15965 Korean characters rendering issue when saving word doc as PDF Feature
WORDSNET-16938 The language detection of every Run object Feature
WORDSNET-16068 Rupee symbol does not render in PDF when old version of Arial font is used Feature
WORDSNET-14601 Provide option to Use a style to format text typed into the SDT control Feature
WORDSNET-17093 Add ability to remove paragraphs becoming empty after template extressions are evaluated to empty values Feature
WORDSNET-16491 Add feature to remove list item when data source is empty or null Feature
WORDSNET-16953 Remove empty paragraph when IF condition returns false in LINQ Reporting Feature
WORDSNET-17235 Add feature to remove last list number when HTML is inserted by LINQ Reporting Feature
WORDSNET-2783 WordArt rendering support (advanced features) Feature
WORDSNET-10108 Saving to PDF is very slow Performance
WORDSNET-17219 Document is corrupted after conversion from HTML to DOCX Regression

Public API and Backward Incompatible Changes

This section lists public API changes that were introduced in Aspose.Words 18.10. 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.

LINQ Reporting Engine Supports Removal of Paragraphs becoming Empty after Template Syntax Tags are Removed or Replaced with Empty Values

Issues WORDSNET-17093, WORDSNET-17235, WORDSNET-17261, WORDSNET-16491 and WORDSNET-16953 have now been fixed.

The following new member added to the ReportBuildOptions enum:

/// <summary>
/// Specifies that the engine should remove paragraphs becoming empty after template syntax tags are
/// removed or replaced with empty values.
/// </summary>

When the option is applied to ReportingEngine.Options, the engine additionally removes paragraphs becoming empty after template syntax tags are removed or replaced with empty values as shown in the following examples.

Example 1

Template document


Result document without ReportBuildOptions.RemoveEmptyParagraphs applied


Result document with ReportBuildOptions.RemoveEmptyParagraphs applied


Example 2

Template document

<<if [false]>>
Text to be removed

Result document without ReportBuildOptions.RemoveEmptyParagraphs applied


Result document with ReportBuildOptions.RemoveEmptyParagraphs applied


Example 3

Template document

<<foreach [in persons]>>

Result document without ReportBuildOptions.RemoveEmptyParagraphs applied

John Doe
Jane Doe
John Smith

Result document with ReportBuildOptions.RemoveEmptyParagraphs applied

John Doe
Jane Doe
John Smith

NodeRendererBase.BoundsInPoints Property Made Public

NodeRendererBase.BoundsInPoints property made public:

/// <summary>
/// Gets the actual bounds of the shape in points.
/// </summary>
/// <remarks>
/// This property returns the actual (as rendered on the page) bounding box of the shape.
/// The bounds takes into account shape rotation (if any).
/// </remarks>
public RectangleF BoundsInPoints

This property is added for convenience in addition to SizeInPoints property and GetBoundsInPixels() method.

Added API for Font Fallback Settings

We have added new API to set up font fallback mechanism. The font fallback mechanism is described in documentation.

public class FontSettings
    /// <summary>
    /// Settings related to font fallback mechanism.
    /// </summary>
    public FontFallbackSettings FallbackSettings
        get { return mFallbackSettings; }
/// <summary>
/// Specifies font fallback mechanism settings.
/// </summary>
/// <remarks>
/// By default fallback settings are initialized with predefined settings which mimics the Microsoft Word fallback.
/// </remarks>
public class FontFallbackSettings
	/// <summary>
	/// Loads font fallback settings from XML file.
	/// </summary>
	/// <param name="fileName">Input file name.</param>
	public void load(String fileName);
	/// <summary>
	/// Loads fallback settings from XML stream.
	/// </summary>
	/// <param name="stream">Input stream.</param>
	public void Load(Stream stream);
	/// <summary>
	/// Loads predefined fallback settings which mimics the Microsoft Word fallback and uses Microsoft office fonts.
	/// </summary>
	public void loadMsOfficeFallbackSettings();
	/// <summary>
	/// Saves the current fallback settings to stream.
	/// </summary>
	/// <param name="outputStream">Output stream.</param>
	public void save(Stream outputStream);
	/// <summary>
	/// Saves the current fallback settings to file.
	/// </summary>
	/// <param name="fileName">Output file name.</param>
	public void save(string fileName);
	/// <summary>
	/// Automatically builds the fallback settings by scanning available fonts.
	/// </summary>
	/// <remarks>
	/// This method may produce non-optimal fallback settings. Fonts are checked by <a href="">
	/// Unicode Character Range</a> fields and not by the actual glyphs presence. Also Unicode ranges are checked individually
	/// and many ranges related to single language/script may use different fallback fonts.
	/// </remarks>
	public void BuildAutomatic();

Here is sample XML file which describes the format.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<FontFallbackSettings xmlns="Aspose.Words">
		<!-- Fallback table consists of the rules. Each rule defines the fallback fonts which Aspose.Words should use for specified Unicode ranges and base fonts. Rules are checked one by one and the first applicable fallback font is used. If none of the rules are applicable then ".notdef" glyph (missing glyph) from the base font will be used. -->
		<!-- This rule defines that "Vijaya" fallback font should be used for "U+0B80..U+0BFF Tamil" Unicode block. -->
        <Rule Ranges="0B80-0BFF" FallbackFonts="Vijaya"/>
		<!-- This rule defines that "Segoe UI Emoji" and "Segoe UI Symbol" fallback fonts should be used for "U+1F300..U+1F5FF Miscellaneous Symbols and Pictographs", "U+1F600..U+1F64F Emoticons" Unicode blocks. If "Segoe UI Emoji" font does not contains the glyph for the requested Unicode code point then "Segoe UI Symbol" will be checked. -->
		<Rule Ranges="1F300-1F64F" FallbackFonts="Segoe UI Emoji, Segoe UI Symbol"/>
		<!-- This rule defines that "Arial" fallback font should be used for "U+2000..U+206F General Punctuation", "U+2070..U+209F Superscripts and Subscripts" Unicode blocks and specific "U+20B9 INDIAN RUPEE SIGN" code point. -->
		<Rule Ranges="2000-206F, 2070-209F, 20B9" FallbackFonts="Arial">
		<!-- These rules defines that for "U+3040..U+309F Hiragana" Unicode block "MS Gothic" fallback font should be used if base font is "Times New Roman" and "MS Mincho" fallback font for all other base fonts. -->
        <Rule Ranges="3040-309F" FallbackFonts="MS Gothic" BaseFonts="Times New Roman"/>
		<Rule Ranges="3040-309F" FallbackFonts="MS Mincho"/>
		<!-- This rule defines that "Arial Unicode MS" fallback font should be used if applicable fallback font was not found by previous rules. -->
		<Rule FallbackFonts="Arial Unicode MS"/>

Option to Use a Style to Format Text Typed into the SDT Control Provided

WORDSNET-14601 has now been resolved.

A new property has been added to the StructuredDocumentTag class:

/// <summary>
/// Gets or sets the style applied to this SDT.
/// </summary>
public Style Style

It can also be accessed via the string property “StyleName” like that what Font, ParagraphFormat and Table have.

/// <summary>
/// Gets or sets the name of the table style applied to this SDT.
/// </summary>
public String StyleName


Only Linked and Character styles can be applied to an SDT. An InvalidOperationException (“Cannot apply this style to the SDT”) is thrown when a style that exists but is not Linked or Character style is being applied.

UC1. Setting a style to an SDT.
StructuredDocumentTag sdt = (StructuredDocumentTag)doc.getChild(NodeType.STRUCTURED_DOCUMENT_TAG, 0, true);
Style style = doc.getStyles().getByStyleIdentifier(StyleIdentifier.QUOTE);
UC 1.1. Setting a style to an SDT via StyleName.
StructuredDocumentTag sdt = ...
UC 1.2 Removing defined style.

To remove the applied style the default Style should be applied.

StructuredDocumentTag sdt = ...
sdt.setStyleName("Default Paragraph Font");
UC 2. Getting applied to sdt control style.

Note. When a linked style is applied to an sdt a paragraph style is returned.

StructuredDocumentTag sdt = ...
Style style = sdt.getStyle(); //paragraph style name will be returned if it's linked with a character style
UC 2.1 Getting applied to sdt control style via accessing StyleName.
StructuredDocumentTag sdt = ...
String styleName = sdt.getStyleName(); //paragraph style name will be returned if it's linked with a character style
UC 2.2 Accessing style that is not defined.
StructuredDocumentTag sdt = ...
//... style was not defined before
Style style = sdt.getStyle();
//style should be "Default Paragraph Font"

Feature to Copy All Styles from Template

WORDSNET-16783 has now been resolved.

Following methods were added:

public void Document.CopyStylesFromTemplate(string template)
public void Document.CopyStylesFromTemplate(Document template)

Methods copies all styles from template trying to preserve style hierarchy for base and linked styles.


string templateFileName = "template file name";
Document target = new Document("target document file name");

DocumentBuilder.InsertField Throws System.InvalidOperationException

WORDSNET-17328 has now been resolved.

A customer requested the ability to insert untyped/empty fields ({}) just like MS Word allows doing so. By the moment AW threw System.InvalidOperationException when attempting to insert FieldType.FieldNone (which was the way the customer tried to insert an untyped field):

Document doc = new Document();
DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder(doc);
builder.insertField(FieldType.FIELD_NONE, false);

Since mimicking MS Word is one of our primary goals, we have supported inserting untyped fields. This is resulted in making the FieldUnknown class public because DocumentBuilder returns its instance. It existed prior to that, but used to be internal.

/// <summary>
/// Implements an unknown or unrecognized field.
/// </summary>
public class FieldUnknown : Field

Use case:

DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder();
FieldUnknown field = (FieldUnknown)builder.insertField(FieldType.FIELD_NONE, false);

Added Public Property AllowCellSpacing

WORDSNET-17330 has now been resolved.

New public property AllowCellSpacing was added into the Table class:

/// <summary>
/// Gets or sets the "Allow spacing between cells" option.
/// </summary>
public boolean AllowCellSpacing

This property enables to control spacing between cells. Setting this property to false will completely remove spacing between cells


// Remove spacing between cells

Added Feature to Insert Horizontal Rule into Document

WORDSNET-17397 has now been resolved.

The builder.InsertHorizontalRule() method was added to the DocumentBuilder class:

/// <summary>
/// Inserts a horizontal rule shape into the document.
/// </summary>
public void InsertHorizontalRule()

This adds a horizontal rule to a document without using builder.InsertHtml("<hr>") method.

Use case: