Articles tagged with: XPS News
Guest contributor, Nick De Roeck, has written a very detailed article over at 4xPDF on the topic of XPS and how it fits into the world of electronic documents (and also, quite a bit about how it stacks up against PDF).
We are living in economic turbulent times, and everybody is into Web 2.0 (2.5?), social networking, new cloud services and rich Internet application platforms and yet I want to talk about something so relatively low tech as an electronic document format. More specifically about an electronic document format with the boring …
The evolution of the XPS format continues. With the release of Windows Vista users were able to view XPS documents in a viewer that was hosted within Internet Explorer 7. A separate independent viewer was also available for download as part of the XPS Essentials Pack (supported on XP and Vista), however, this independent viewer did not include support for features like digital signatures. It felt like a somewhat sloppy introduction to the XPS format that reflected the formats infancy. It was certainly an experimental beginning.
The good news for those …
IS XPS catching on? NiXPS think so, but I’m still a little skeptical. There might be a lot of printer manufacturers adding XPS drivers, but who’s to say that they aren’t simply doing that to make Microsoft happy. On the other hand, Microsoft do seem to have more of a long-term view/goal with XPS, so perhaps we’ll see some more things (and by things I mean evidence of people actually using it) happening over the next couple of years.
The next version of Windows — which coincidentally actually looks pretty good — will include new Win32 API’s for XPS developers. The new API’s will be:
XPS API provides creation, manipulation, reading, writing and other services for XPS documents and print streams
OPC API provides creation, manipulation, reading, writing and other services for Open Packaging Conventions-based file formats, including XPS, OOXML and an increasing number of industrial strength third party file formats
XPS Print API provides a new entry point for applications to benefit from the enhanced XPS Print Path, irrespective of whether the final output …
XPS Associates offer an application called C-XPS Render which helps you to test the quality and accuracy of XPS renderers, RIPs, viewers, converters and printing systems. Some potential uses (as advertised on their website) are:
Use a single test page to check rendered, displayed, converted or printed XPS output.
Conduct benchmark tests to compare the quality and accuracy of competitive XPS products.
Easily identify missing or incorrectly positioned objects on a page.
Test the accuracy of your XPS conversion software to PDF or raster image formats.
XPS Review includes additional information about this product, and …
Software Imaging have released a new XPS viewer as a free download. The viewer uses Software Imaging’s own PrintMagicXPS technology to render the XPS documents, which differs from other XPS viewers because it is developed in C++ native code, and therefore has no dependency on .Net or managed code.
High quality rasterizer which leverages Software Imaging’s PrintMagicXPS technology
Full compliance with the XPS 1.0 specification
Easy to use and view your XPS documents
Priority given to the rendering of the first page of a multiple page XPS document
Multi-threaded application for improved performance on multi-core systems
Developed in …
September 17, 2008 — Nuance Communications today announced that it has “…added robust support for the XML Paper Specification, XPS, which enables document sharing and archiving with Windows Vista.” to OmniPage Capture SDK 16.
Read full press release here.
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A new blog post from NiXPS, XPS Variable Data example with the NiXPS SDK, details how NiXPS SDK can be used to combine an XPS template and data pulled from a database.
This process is called variable data processing and saves you time and money when you need to fill out the same template (e.g. an Invoice form) multiple times — with every occurrence using changing data.
From XPS Variable Data example with the NiXPS SDK:
The reason I say that XPS really shines here, is for a few reasons:
It is very easy (and free) to …
In a recent blog series by NiXPS listed 9 business benefits of XPS:
Benefit #1: XPS is ideal for sharing and publishing
Benefit #2: XPS is truly ‘what you see is what you get’
Benefit #3: XPS is a reliable format for the future
Benefit #4: XPS is safe
Benefit #5: XPS is easy
Benefit #6: XPS is efficient
Benefit #7: XPS is a natural extension of .NET and WPF
Benefit #8: XPS saves you money
Benefit #9: XPS leverages your investment in Windows
Those benefits sound nice enough, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and from …
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We’re always interested to hear about new developments in digital documents whether they be online, offline, xps, flash, pdf, or in fact, anything at all — even a notepad text file, if you’ve got a cool way of using it.
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