Adrian Ford on XPS et cetera

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    Ecma Working Documents

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    TC46 has made available initial working drafts of the XPS standard that the committee is working on. You can download copies from the TC46 activities page on the Ecma web site; here's the link: http://www.ecma-international.org/memento/TC46-M.htm This...
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    Informative Graphics

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    Informative Graphics provides solutions for document viewing and collaboration, the Brava! product provides viewing, collaboration and redaction for various document, image and drawing formats, and week Informative Graphics released version 2 of Brava...
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    XPS at Graph Expo 2007

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    Question: What do Xerox , Konica Minolta , Quark , Screen , Global Graphics , Xitron , Software Imaging , Zoran , Pagemark Technologies , Quality Logic and XPS Review have in common? Answer: They are all listed as sponsors of the XPS Land showcase at...
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    XPS on Apple

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    I posted about NiXPS back in June when they release version 1.0 of NiXPS. They now have a beta version of NiXPS 1.5 available that includes support for viewing XPS files on Mac OS X. According to the NiXPS blog , they've developed their own native XPS...
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    XPREF Checks XPS

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    Back in 2006 I gave a presentation at the PDF-Forum , an event put together by Stephan Jaeggi and run alongside the Xplor Conference, where I spoke about the use of XPS in high-end printing (commercial printing, pre-press and related areas). One of the...
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    TC46 update

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    There was an early start for some and a late finish for others for the second TC46 meeting earlier today. The meeting included participants from (I think) 6 different time zones spanning GMT+9 to GMT-8. Those of us on the US west coast were up for a 5am...
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    While I was out last week...

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    While catching up from having been out on vacation last week, here's a few items that I'd missed... Toshiba , also one of the companies active in TC46, announced that their e-STUDIO MFPs have earned the " Certified for Windows Vista " logo and include...
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    XPS Showcase

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    The team has been busy and updated the XPS site at http://www.microsoft.com/xps I'd recommend taking a look at the showcase section — there's details on a range of software and hardware solutions (from eighteen vendors last time I looked) that support...
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    HD Photo

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    HD Photo (previously WM Photo or Windows Media Photo) is one of the image formats supported within the XML Paper Specification (XPS). The HD Photo format provides excellent compression (lossless, lossy & visually lossless) with support for rich colors...
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    Nuance OMNIPage 16

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    TMCnet has a news item detailing Nuance's latest version of OmniPage Professional, their OCR and Document Conversion application. OmniPage now supports XPS, and provides conversion of scanned documents to searchable XPS, bridging the physical and electronic...
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    A TC46 Photo

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    Following on from my last post, here's a piccy of technical committee 46 (TC46) at the initial meeting in Cambridge last week (thanks to Patrick Llewelyn-Davies and Global Graphics for allowing me to use the photo). From left to right, back to front:...
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    TC46 in Cambridge

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    The initial meeting of Ecma TC46 , the technical committee working on standardization of the XML Paper Specification format, met at Queens' College Cambridge for its initial meeting on Monday. I was there (to represent Microsoft), as were 23 other people...
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    XPS viewing in three lines

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    I was involved in a conversation this week where someone mentioned "it's just 2 lines of code", So I thought I'd go one line better and provide an example of how to leverage WPF and Visual Studio to do an XPS Viewer in 3 lines of code. To get yourself...
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    RAS Syndrome

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    I've just added a link to ' XPS Specification ' together with some other resources in the sidebar. Of course, 'XPS Specification' expands to 'XML Paper Specification Specification', hence RAS Syndrome . Possible alternatives include ' XPS format ' (but...
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    Independence & Implementations

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    Somebody pointed me to a number of news stories that ran over the weekend that assume that XPS is a Microsoft-only thing. Here’s a quote from some coverage (this one happens to be in InfoWorld ): “Currently, Microsoft has the only implementation...
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    Minor Milestone - XPS goes to Ecma

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    I’ve been working with XPS for a long time – I started back in 200N (where N is an integer quite a lot less than 5 ;-), way before I came to work for Microsoft – and today (or rather last Thursday) marks a minor milestone in the evolution of the format...
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    NiXPS

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    NiXPS is a Belgium-based company "dedicated to developing cross platform applications and technology for the XPS document format". Today they announced the release of NiXPS v1.0 that provides XPS manipulation and inspection for both Mac OS X and Windows...
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    XARA XTREME with XPS

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    Xara has announced version 3.2 of Xara Xtreme , their all-in-one graphics package, with support for XPS in the Pro version. Coincidentally, Xara are based just a couple of miles from where I used to live back in the UK.
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    Konica Minolta News

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    News from close to home: Konica Minolta UK has announced support for both Vista XPS printing and WSD ( Web Services on Devices ). Nice one!
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    News from a relative

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    The Open XML Formats used by the 2007 Microsoft Office System share a common foundation with XPS: all the formats are based on Open Packaging Conventions (OPC). OPC defines a structured way to store the content within a defined container, with relationships...
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    Not Quite a Winhec Round-up

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    I was going to do a round-up of XPS related stuff from WinHEC, but Feng had already done it so, like a true program manager, here's a couple of pointers.... XPS at WinHEC 2007 XPS Performance — with some interesting info on Zoran's XPS implementation...
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    Do you see the Silverlight?

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    Delay has a great proof-of-concept example that shows how a simple XPS viewer can be implemented in Silverlight (that'll be Silverlight 1.1 alpha). It's by no means a complete XPS implementation, but it really demonstrates the potential power of Silverlight...
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    Print Schema

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    Version 1.0 of the Print Schema Specification is now out . The Print Schema Specification describes the set of conventions for using XML to describe the capabilities of a print device and its configuration for a particular print job.
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    News, AIIM & WinHEC

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    I managed to avoid both AIIM / On Demand and WinHEC this year (although it was the travel and not the events I was trying to avoid). This means I'm rather late catching up with some of the news. I could also plead that I've been busy, but that would just...
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    INTRO...

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    Hello world. This is Adrian. I'm a program manager on the Windows documents and printing team at Microsoft. One of the areas I'm interested in is electronic paper, and specifically the XML Paper Specification (XPS) — support for which was introduced by...
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