Format file baru ini merupakan Proprietary Format dari microsoft.
yang nantinya akan atau bakal menyaingi format file .pdf
XPS (XML Paper Specification) ini dikasih kode dengan nama “Metro”.
tentunya sudah kebayang akan bagaimana menggunakan dan membuat file ini (“buat yang sudah biasa bikin file .pdf”). akan tetapi untuk saat ini masih dalam pembuatannya masih menggunakan menu “save as” di dalam Office 12 milik Microsoft.
sedangkan untuk office 12 sendiri me belum pernah liat.. :D.
dan infonya.. xps ini masih belum cross platform. so.. hanya pemakai office 12 yang dapat menggunakannya. :D.
tetapi dari situsnya microsoft, license dari xps ini adalah free :). why.? see here..
diambil dari microsoft :
Microsoft plans to freely license XPS technology to encourage its use as general-purpose documents. Microsoft will grant a royalty-free copyright license to copy, display, and distribute the XML Paper Specification. Microsoft will also grant a royalty-free patent license to read, write and render XPS Documents. Execution of the licenses will be straightforward and will not require the company to sign and return the license agreement.
Q&A about XPS from Jeff Bell
Iâ€™ll take these in order, but first, a picture (from a current build of Word):
What is XPS?
XPS, or the XML Paper Specification, is Microsoftâ€™s new electronic paper format for exchanging documents in their final forms. This Office feature provides a one-way export from Office client applications to an application- and platform-independent, paginated format. More information on XPS is available on Andy Simondsâ€™ blog and at http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/.
Unlike the Office Open XML Formats, XPS does not attempt to capture the full structured richness of an Office document. As an electronic paper format, it is all about a high fidelity representation of the output only. Because of this, creation of an XPS document from Office is a one-way, export operation.
XPS is an electronic paper format built around the same Open Packaging Conventions document structure as the new Office file formats. This means a Zip container and XML content. (Brian Jones writes lots on Officeâ€™s use of the Open Packaging Conventions.) As such it plays well with other technologies like Microsoft Information Rights Management (IRM) and is open to developers to read and write, using APIs in the Windows Presentation Foundation or any other tools capable of working with XML and Zip. This openness makes XPS convenient for a range of scenarios in which it is useful to inspect or modify the contents of the â€œpaperâ€ programmatically.
How does this relate to the XPS print driver?
The Windows Digital Documents team is delivering a print driver with Windows Presentation Foundation that will enable all applications that can print to create XPS files. The support for XPS output in Office â€œ12â€ goes beyond what is typically passed to a printer, including the supporting information to enable, for example, working hyperlinks, searching, efficient representation of transparency and gradients, accessible documents, and document rights when the source document has restricted IRM rights.
So Office is supporting two electronic paper output formats?
Yes. We think choice is a good thing.
How do I view an XPS document?
With an XPS Viewer, of course. You likely donâ€™t have one of these yet, (unless you have the Windows Presentation Foundation September CTP) but Microsoft is committed to delivering viewers for Windows Vista and downlevel versions of Windows, with Windows Presentation Foundation, and directly or through partners, for a range of other platforms. Of course, if you donâ€™t like any of these viewers, the format is open and documented and you could always write your own.