Doug Mahugh - Office Interoperability

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Open XML diff tools

    When learning about Open XML or developing Open XML solutions, it's very common to find yourself wondering "what's the difference between these two documents?" For example, you may see something in a document that you'd like to recreate programmatically, so you want to know what markup would be required. Or perhaps you've modified a document manually (using Word, say) and you want to know what markup changes were caused by your edits. In those situations, a diff utility can save a lot of time...
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    Open XML Power Tools

    Hot on the heels of the release of Version 1 of the Open XML SDK earlier this week, Eric White has posted information about a cool project that is built with the SDK: the Open XML Power Tools project. the Open XML Power Tools are a set of PowerShell cmdlets that can be used to automate various document management tasks. Each cmdlet does one thing, such as removing metadata or adding a chart or digital signature, and the cmdlets can be strung together in PowerShell scripts. This enables creation...
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    Open XML SDK Version 1 released

    Version 1 of the Open XML SDK is now available for free download from MSDN. Here are the links: Open XML Formats SDK download link: Open XML Formats SDK documentation: MSDN Forum: Open XML Format SDK: What's New in the Open XML Format SDK 1.0: Changes in...
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    Open XML SDK session at TechEd

    This afternoon at TechEd, Zeyad Rajabi demonstrated some of the ways developers can use the Open XML SDK to read and write Open XML documents. He started with the basics, such as how to create a hello-world document ( as shown on MSDN ), then progressed to real-world scenarios such as a web site for creating customized sales contracts. That demo ( attached ) builds on the template that Tristan Davis created in his post on the Word team blog that first described how content controls work. One...
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    TechEd Orlando

    If you're at TechEd in Orlando this week, come on by the Open XML booth to get a copy of the recently updated Open XML developer poster (thanks Erika!). I'll be here for TechEd/Developer and TechEd/IT Pro, so hope to see you here. What's new with the Open XML SDK. Tomorrow at 1:00, Zeyad Rajabi will be doing a session on the Open XML SDK, showing off some of the new functionality that will be available in the next CTP (which will be released any day now) as well as a few other things coming in...
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    Office support for document format standards

    If you're an Office 2007 user, the image above probably looks pretty familiar. But look close, and you'll see some Save-As options you've not seen before here: OpenDocument, and (unless you have the existing add-in ) PDF & XPS . This is a screen shot of a pre-release copy of SP2 (Service Pack 2) for the 2007 Microsoft Office System, showing the new document format standards that we'll be supporting starting with SP2. We've made an announcement of this and several related things today, and...
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    Open XML links for 05-19-2008

    Open XML can help you skip school. I've covered in the past how ISVs, corporate developers, information workers, and public-sector decision makers can benefit from Open XML standardization, but my colleague Pranav Wagh has addressed a hitherto-ignored segment of the market with his " Open XML for primary school goers ." On a more serious note, Pranav has posted some useful content recently on how to create a PPTX with the packaging API , and then how to merge selected slides into a PPTX . Interop...
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    DAISY translator released

    I was traveling on Tuesday/Wednesday this week and wasn't around when the news came out, but the DAISY translator plugin for Word and an update to the DAISY Pipeline were announced on Wednesday. Here are a few places to learn more about how it works and how it's being used ... BLOGS: Reed Shaffner: Save as DAISY is Launched and Publishing Gray Knowlton: DAISY Translator Released! Oliver Bell: OpenXML/DaisyXML Translator Now Available Sheri McLeish (Forrester): Microsoft Unchains...
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    OpenOffice 3.0 beta can read docx/xslx/pptx formats

    The beta code for OpenOffice 3.0 has been released, and it includes Open XML read support: Behind the scenes, 3.0 will support the upcoming OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.2 standard, and is capable of opening files created with MS-Office 2007 or MS-Office 2008 for Mac OS X (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc.). This is in addition to read and write support for the MS-Office binary file formats (.doc, .xls, .ppt, etc.). Full text of the announcement:
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    Open XML links for 05-05-2008

    Library of Congress's standards activity. The Library of Congress has posted an overview of the work they've been doing to support the development of key open standards for digital content, including Office Open XML and PDF/A. I had the pleasure of working with LOC's Caroline Arms during the ISO/IEC standards process for Open XML, and she is a thorough and meticulous editor who continues to be one of the driving forces in the work of TC45. As the LOC announcement says regarding the Office Open XML...
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