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    Enabling XPS in Windows Server 2008

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    Windows Server 2008 provides support for XPS viewing, but it's not enabled by default — after all, only the stuff you need for a particular role should be enabled on a server, right?. Here's a step-by-step guide for how to turn on XPS... Step 1...
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    Generating XPS Automagically

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    I got a mail overnight asking about ways to automatically generate XPS from applications, specifically asking for a way to enable existing applications that don't have knowledge of XPS to generate XPS content. The Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW)...
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    Visual Studio and XPS files

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    If you work with XPS files a lot you might find this tool useful. Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for the Office System Power Tools v1.0.0.0 (got to love that name ;-) adds lots of stuff including the ability to open and edit XPS (and other OPC) files within...
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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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    New XPS Features in Windows 7

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    We’ve been busy. Last week at PDC we unveiled Windows 7 and provided developers with a first look at the bits. This week at WinHEC we’re providing further details about Windows 7 for the hardware community. The big Windows 7 news for XPS is that we’ve...
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    More XPS Editing

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    I mentioned OneVision when they announced XPS support in Solvero and Asura last December ; but I'd overlooked that Nick & Kristof from NiXPS had also released NiXPS Edit . Fortunately, they've posted an update for NiXPS View, NiXPS Edit and their...
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    16 bits and more printing on Windows

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    I’ve been hearing recently about 16-bit printing and how, apparently, you can’t do it on Windows (for example on this thread ). 16-bit (and more, but we’ll get to that in a moment) print support was added in Windows Vista and Windows...
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    Printing Green with XPS

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    My email signature varies, but typically it looks something like this: Don't need to print this? If you need simple, secure, electronic paper then try XPS . It's my take on the more common urge to 'please consider the environment before printing...
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    DOCX to XPS

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    A question that crops up fairly frequently on an internal list is the best way to convert docx to xps. Word is obviously a great tool for that (take a look at Document.ExportAsFixedFormat in the Word Object Model Reference), but it's not always suited...
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    Printing, fonts and stuff of a related nature

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    I had an interesting discussion earlier this week with Howie Fenton, a writer for GraphicArts online and also a consultant for NAPL . Howie was interested in XPS and the new Print Path but was also concerned about reports of problems when printing to...
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    Okular XPS

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    Okular, the document viewer included in KDE, has reached version 0.7 . I liked this bit from the random ordered list of features and improvements... "XPS backend: various loading and rendering improvements, should be much more usable now"
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    FirstFloor Silverlight Document Viewer for XPS

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    Koen Zwikstra has announced a document toolkit for Silverlight that provides client-side viewing of XPS using Silverlight (2 & 3).  A preview is also available, you can find it hosted for evaluation purposes at http://firstfloorsoftware.com/liveapps...
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    XPS on Linux

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    KDE 4.0 (see announcement ) now includes the Okular document viewer which, according to the documentation , has support for XPS. Cool. Looks like I need to make some time to update my Linux box (and just when I was starting to think about switching it...
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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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    Final Draft of OpenXPS

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    After 20 months of hard work, 8 face-to-face meetings (in Japan, Europe and the USA), numerous conference calls and a load of email, TC46, the technical committee working on the standardization of XPS, has published the final draft of the OpenXPS specification...
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    MXDW and Image Content

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    A question was asked recently on an internal list about why the image content in XPS files generated by MXDW (that's the Microsoft XPS Document Writer) can differ — sometimes images are stored as JPEGs and other times as PNGs (and, although not asked...
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    Office Service Pack 2 with XPS

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    Office service pack 2 is now available – you can read the details pretty much anywhere but a good place to start is the Inside Office blog which has links to the official announcement, blog articles, technical and support information and, yes, the download...
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    Autodesk: AutoCAD, DWFx and XPS

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    Yesterday, Autodesk announced the next release of AutoCAD, AutoCAD 2009, as part of a family of products. Shaan Hurley has called out some of the highlights from AutoCAD 2009 Product Manager Doug Cochran, including support for XPS-based DWFx files and...
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    gDoc Fusion

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    Global Graphics have released gDoc Fusion and gDoc Creator that provide conversion and editing functionality for working with various file formats, including PDF, XPS and Word OOXML. Details on their site .
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    WPF <> XPS

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    A favorite question I get asked is “When will [insert some application name] be ported to WPF?” WPF is a fantastic technology and there’s lots of interesting stuff happening on top of the WPF platform, but I’m wondering why people are asking me about...
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    Where is isXPS?

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    MSDN provides details of isXPS, a tool that tests conformance of files with XPS and OPC. You can find details of isXPS on MSDN , but where is the tool itself? isXPS is included as part of the Windows SDK . Once installed you'll find it at: <Program...
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    Printing Is Easier with Easy Print

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    Printing hasn't always been the easiest thing to configure and manage in Terminal Services. As Greg Shields puts it "printing and printer drivers have long been the bane of Terminal Services administrators. The pain of keeping the right drivers on...
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    XPS at WinHEC

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    There’s loads of great stuff on the agenda for WinHEC (how I wish I was going back down to LA…) but two things I wanted to highlight:   XPS Rasterization and XPSDrv Performance in Windows 7 - CON-C650 This chalk-talk begins with a brief architectural...
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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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    Data-binding XPS with WPF

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    Mark Nijhof on using WPF data binding to create XPS documents from templates.
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