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About Us – The Company soft Xpansion

From its foundation until now

Soft Xpansionsoft 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:

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 SoftwareMAUS 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.

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About Us – The Company soft Xpansion 13. March 2012