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Working with XPS files

Posted By: Steve MacLellan (blk-137-86-42.eastlink.ca)
Date: Saturday, 29 January 2011, at 10:52 a.m.

XPS is based on XML and is a Microsoft format for sharing documents. I've heard it is Microsoft's answer to Adobe pdf files. There is a viewer built into the OS of Windows Vista and Windows 7.

aReader is an oepn source XPS viewer which has been developed to place emphasize on improving userís readability. Windows users, including XP, can download the aReader to view and print these files.

To create these files there is a Microsoft XPS Essentials Pack which is supported in Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

I guess if you were offering content where you wanted to have some control over the rights management of these files, it might come in handy. With it you can:

  • Use Network or .NET Passport account to restrict permissions on an XPS document

  • Selection of an account to be used when restricting permission

  • Management of RM accounts

  • Grant access to one or more users for the following:

    • Read

    • Copy

    • Print

    • Sign

    • Full Control

  • Select users from Windows Address Book

  • Provide email address to request additional permissions

  • Set an expiration date for applied permissions on XPS document

  • Visual feedback in XPS viewer when an XPS document is protected

Personally, I don't see that there is a lot of value in this software or file format. It does seem to be extremely limited. Thought I would post this in case you find it useful.

Steve MacLellan


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