From its foundation until now
soft Xpansion, headquartered in Bochum, Germany, is an international team of software architects, analysts, programmers, screen designers and engineers founded in 1995. Soft Xpansion’s portfolio is made up of innovative software libraries for developers, out-of-the-box products and custom development projects. We focus on PDF technology, document and database management systems as well as utilities and individual programming.
Since our founding, we have developed and published more than 250 desktop B2C software products and more than 100 individual projects in many countries worldwide.
B2B products like our PDF Xpansion SDK, server and special solutions are used in Germany, Great Britain, the USA, France, Japan, Russia, Slovenia, the Ukraine and other countries. We are also looking for publishers and distributors to expand our distribution network. More than 20 years of IT and development experience cover the whole spectrum of software releases, from initial market analysis to the finished product.
Please have a look at the Product Gallery – a history of our B2C product development.
2021: An interview with the managing director of soft Xpansion GmbH & Co.KG, Dr. Juri Stern, on the story can be found here.
The official position of soft Xpansion on the war in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has been going on for more than a month. The Russian army continues to destroy the lives of Ukrainians by committing atrocities: brutally killing innocent people, destroying infrastructure and cultural heritage, but they will never be able to destroy the unity and courage of the Ukrainian people, their desire to be free and have a happy future. At present, Ukraine is defending the world from tyranny, standing up for the values it shares with Europe and the world.
The soft Xpansion team consists of Ukrainians working in the company’s Ukrainian office. During all the difficult days of the war with Russia, some spend time on the road, taking their families to safety, some shelter people from areas of active hostilities, some help humanitarianly and financially, but the entire team of the Ukrainian office continues to work to always be in touch with our customers and partners.
We condemn the Russian government’s attack on Ukraine and support Ukraine and continue to assist the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Ukrainians affected by the war with Russia. We are sure that, like our company, many are ready to help, so we have compiled a proven list of options for financial and humanitarian assistance:
- Assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine through a charity organization: https://www.comebackalive.in.ua/
- Special account of the National Bank of Ukraine for fundraising in support of the Armed Forces of Ukraine: https://bank.gov.ua/en/news/all/natsionalniy-bank-vidkriv-spetsrahunok-dlya-zboru-koshtiv-na-potrebi-armiyi
- Special account of the National Bank of Ukraine for humanitarian aid to Ukrainians affected by Russian aggression: https://bank.gov.ua/en/news/all/natsionalniy-bank-vidkriv-rahunok-dlya-gumanitarnoyi-dopomogi-ukrayintsyam-postrajdalim-vid-rosiyskoyi-agresiyi
- Support for 7.5 million Ukrainian children: https://www.unicef.org/emergencies/conflict-ukraine-pose-immediate-threat-children
- Humanitarian aid to Ukrainians. Nova Poshta is the largest Ukrainian postal service, delivering all the goods it will bring to the main warehouse to all those in need in Ukraine. Addresses of warehouses in the USA, Great Britain, Poland, Germany, France and Italy: https://www.europeaninterest.eu/article/nova-poshta-global-starts-delivering-humanitarian-aid-to-ukraine/
Ukraine has already won for itself and for everyone who values freedom, democracy and human rights – for each of us! Glory to Ukraine!
The history of our enterprise looks back to the early 90s. The founders of soft Xpansion were pioneers in the development of multimedia software (key products: PC Mensch, PC Auto, etc.) in Europe. In 1997, the MAUS Software company was founded.MAUS Software focused on software services, which means order-based development, distribution and publishing of licenses for software publishers. The cooperation with software publishers is the basis of our present-day success: efficient software development, market-oriented product management and targeted marketing. In 2006, the company was renamed “soft Xpansion GmbH & Co. KG”. The new name emphasizes the new dual-direction strategy informing our business activities: with a few exceptions, our products were no longer developed for third parties and released under their names (white label) but instead they have been distributed under our own soft Xpansion banner. Our new distribution strategy is accompanied by a new product strategy: from now on, PDF solutions/products, developer libraries and products like software tools and utilities are our primary focus. The previous projects and product fields of soft Xpansion in a short overview: more than 60 multimedia products (educational software, infotainment, productivity), games, printing software, a wide PDF related range of products, more than 60 document management / ECM projects, security software, software for engineer’s tools, Internet software. In 2009, as a result of many successfully fulfilled document management and electronic content management projects the company, Intercomputer Global Services GmbH & Co. KG was established.
This map presents some selected clients.