• Andy Simonds Blog

    XPS Five Points of Light – Part 3: High Fidelity Graphics

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    One part of our goal with XPS was to ensure that documents can be viewed and printed with high quality, great fidelity and superb performance. The seeds of XPS delivering an amazing graphics experience began with the new Windows Presentation Foundation...
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    Office and XPS support

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    It is not necessarily that interesting of a story for Microsoft to talk about how we are using our own technology (duh)! But certainly when the Office team announced support for ‘save-as’ PDF in Office “12” earlier in the month, it raised speculation...
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    XPS, PDF and Adobe

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    So it is certainly an interesting news day today. For those interested in the world of PDF and XPS, you probably have already read the Wall Street Journal Article about changes we are making because of Adobe. There are also a few other articles that cover...
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    XPS and Windows Media Photo

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    Those tracking the XPS specification should have noticed that in v.75 we introduced Windows Media Photo as a supported image format in XPS (look on page 12). Windows Media Photo is a new image format in Windows, but is also supported on other platforms...
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    XPS Five Points of Light – Part 2: Trustworthy

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    Trustworthy is an integral part of a successful electronic document format. So what do I mean by that? Trust XPS? Trust Microsoft (of course!)? Trust Me? Well, our goal is that end customers can implicitly trust XPS as an electronic document format as...
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    Print Management Console in Server 2003 R2

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    Our team is shipping something very important soon - a new Print Management Console as part of Windows Server R2 . This new console gives administrators the tool they have always wanted to get control of their print environment. It has the ability to...
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    XPS Five Points of Light - Part 4: Platform for Innovation

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    Well it is a new year, and I am still two-parts away from getting my ‘5-points’ series done. In an effort to start the year with a clean slate, I’ll try and get the last two polished off quickly. Everything we are doing around XPS is about building...
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    Flickr Addiction

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    This year I have gotten more and more addicted to Flickr. Don't know how it happened. I've tried several photo sites including msn-spaces as a way to share photos, but Flickr seems to be the best. Photography is probably my #2 hobby behind golf (and when...
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    InfoTrends talk in Boston

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    Next week I am off to Boston to speak at the InfoTrends Office Document Solutions conference . Feel free to make fun of the bad picture of me on the website. The title of my talk is 'XPS Revealed'. I'm going to take an stab at really explaining some of...
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    New Windows Vista PC

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    I’ve finally purchased my ‘Vista’ PC for my home. My new PC was custom built from parts from Fry’s with the help (or should I say completely assembled why I just watched) by Britt from the D2 team (thanks Britt). It’s a smokin’ machine, pretty blue LED...
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    Seen and Noted

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    A few things to note: A very cool white-board demo you have to see. Posted on Nils van Boxsel's blog (who has a lot of interesting things up on his blog). I noticed that Adobe has announced a new project called 'Mars' . It seems to be essentially...
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    .NET Framework 3.0 is Released

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    Sort of Chapter 1 of a 3-part release of the innovation we have been working on for the last 4 or so years. Chapter 1 - .NET 3.0. Contains all of the XPS and OPC document APIs, XPS Viewer and XPS print driver and runs on Windows XP (built into Windows...
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    XML Paper Specification v1.0 RTMs!!!!!!!!

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    At 11:30 AM PST - the final version of the XML Paper Specification (v1.0) RTM'd. This is a great day and represents an incredible amount of hard work, blood-shed, tears, slaying dragons (and lawyers) by the team to get to this point. We started on this...
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    AIIM Day 3 - Final Day

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    AIIM - Final Day Like all shows, the last day is always slow. Still, we had a lot of traffic in the booth in the morning. I headed out at noon to catch my flight home, but heard that even until 3 we still had a constant flow of people in the booth...
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    XPS, open, royalty-free, cross platform...really

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    I just got back from a week in Japan . Thinking back to my trip, I am still surprised at how many times I was asked to confirm that XPS was an open format. I visited a lot of partners that are building XPS hardware or software and I found myself forgetting...
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    Short Update on XPS Printing

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    We published a white paper on writing print drivers using the XPS filter pipeline. It covers the different print paths in Vista, components of the filter pipeline and different options for writing XPS print drivers. Get it here . Also, our friends...
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    XPS 5-Points Shortcut

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    My XPS 5-points of light entries are finaly done. Here is a shortcut to all 5 to send to your friends and family. Part 1 – Open Format Part 2 - Trustworthy Part 3 – High-Fidelity Graphics Part 4 – Platform for Innovation Part 5 – Integrated...
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    We are Done!!!

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    Wooohooooo!!!! Windows Vista RTM'd today: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/default.mspx Almost 5 years of my life working on this project and we are done. I can't wait to see everyone using it. That is the reward for working so hard on something...
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    New DigSig Article

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    A new article on digital signatures is up on MSDN . Written by Andrey Shur (our all-knowing, all-seeing PM on packaging technology) it gives an overview of how the whole OPC Digital Signing Framework works. I know the Bears and Seahawks are playing this...
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    MXDW in July .NET 3.0 CTP

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    In the July CTP of .NET 3.0 (formerly WinFX) the XPS print driver (MXDW) is included in the package. This may have been missed by a lot of people because, frankly we kind of forgot to tell everyone. So, if you are using Windows XP and have been wondering...
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    Go Seahawks!

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    Needed to be said - we are on our way to the Super Bowl!
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    XPS .95 now available

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    Version .95 of the XPS spec is now available. Download it from the XPS download site . Also, go to the main XPS blog to get all the details on what is new and what is changed with this version. Specs were printed out in baby-blue this time. Last version...
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    XPS v1 is on-line

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    The final v1.0 of the XPS spec is available for download. Get it here . - Andy
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    WinHEC and Beta 2

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    It’s been a big week. WinHEC is wrapping up and we have shipped Beta 2. Beta 2 is awesome (I have been 'XP-free' for several months and love it) and it means we are really headed towards shipping. I stopped by the Beta 2 ship party today here on campus...
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    A few blogs to read...

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    I was in one of the Microsoft cafeterias earlier this week and saw a guy with a plain black t-shirt that had white lettering that simply said: "no one reads my blog". I thought it was hilarious. Once you start a blog, that clearly defines the anxiety...
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