Customising the ICEpdf Viewer Programmatically

I recently started using the excellent ICEpdf library to display PDFs in a Java application. And as invariably happens with most libraries, I wanted to do something that is just not documented anywhere yet. πŸ™‚ Or at least anywhere that I can find…

But lets first look at the available documentation:

I am using the Viewer, creating the panel as per the first link above. But I want to configure which buttons are visible on the toolbar at run time, according to user settings persisted in a database. This rules out the option of using the config file route. And hence I needed to find a way to change the configuration programmatically.

So I debugged into the source code, and I found out that there is indeed an easy way. πŸ™‚

SwingController controller = new SwingController();
PropertiesManager propertiesManager = new PropertiesManager(
System.getProperties(), new Properties(),
PropertiesManager.PROPERTY_SHOW_UTILITY_SAVE, false);
SwingViewBuilder factory =
new SwingViewBuilder(controller, propertiesManager);
JPanel viewerComponentPanel = factory.buildViewerPanel();

2 thoughts on “Customising the ICEpdf Viewer Programmatically”

  1. Hi Hermien, I spent a lot of time trying soulve this feature. Thanks for your work.
    In my case I needed change parameter “null” in line 3 to controller.getMessageBundle().

    • I came across the same thing a few days ago, after writing the original post. That message bundle is used to look up the message that is displayed to the user when first creating a folder in the user’s home directory. So that should indeed preferably not be null.

      I updated the code in the post accordingly. Thanks for the feedback! πŸ™‚

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