XPS Format

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

  • What’s XPS?
  • Why would I want to use XPS?
  • Isn’t Windows already doing this?
  • How does this relate to the Save as PDF feature?
  • How do I view an XPS document?
  • I’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 Microsoft’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 Simonds’ 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.

    Why ?

    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 Office’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 “paper” 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 “12” 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 don’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 don’t like any of these viewers, the format is open and documented and you could always write your own.

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    1. Yang jadi masalah adalah ketika anda membuka XPS Dokumen tapi default browser anda bukanlah Internet Explorer karena browser lain seperti Firefox, Chrome, Safari ataupun Opera belum mendukung format XPS.

      Untuk informasi kalau XPS Viewer punya Microsoft dihosting oleh Internet Explorer, dan supaya anda bisa membuka XPS Dokumen IE harus menjadi default browser anda (untuk Win7 Microsoft sudah buat yang standalone XPS Viewer).

      Permasalahan di atas bisa diatasi dengan menginstall XPS Viewer yang berdiri sendiri (Standalone XPS Viewer). Microsoft juga mengeluarkan XPS Viewer EP yang tidak bergantung terhadap IE akan tetapi banyak fiture yang dihilangkan seperti Digital Signature dll.

      Anda bisa mencoba XPS Annotator (buatan orang Indonesia). XPS Annotator adalah XPS Viewer yang berdiri sendiri (tidak tergantung pada Internet Explorer).

      Dengan XPS Annotator anda bisa memberi catatan, komentar dan highlight terhadap XPS Dokumen, mendukung Digital Signature, pemberi dokumen properti untuk XPS Dokumen dan adanya sidebar seperti pada Adobe Reader.

      Anda bisa mendapatkan XPS Annotator gratis di: http://download.cnet.com/XPS-Annotator/3000-10743_4-10912169.html atau http://www.danetsoft.co.cc/?q=blog-xadesc

      Dengan menginstall XPS Annotator anda akan tau bagaimana kalau XPS Viewer buatan Microsoft bila disandingkan dengan XPS Viewer buatan orang Indonesia

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