XPS Essentials Pack available for download

This is a bit older news now, but still, it’s pretty awesome. The XPS Essentials Pack is now available for download from http://www.microsoft.com/xps/. Among other things installing it on XP gets you an XPS viewer & the Microsoft XPS Document Writer, a print queue that allows you to convert any document you can print into…

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Print Schema 1.0 Specification is available

We’ve released the final version of Print Schema, and it can be downloaded from here: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/printschema.mspx Thanks everyone for the great feedback. Ben


PrintTicket Providers, CreateDC and CreateCompatibleDC

When developing PrintTicket support in the configuration module of a filter-pipeline driver, you should be aware that your driver’s PrintTicket code paths will be called within the SplWoW64.exe process when converting GDI content to XPS from 32-bit applications running under 64-bit Vista. As a result, this article applies to the implementation of PrintTicket provider methods within the…

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Print Schema 0.95 is available for download

The Print Schema 0.95 specification is finally live & ready for review: http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/printschema.mspx As mentioned in my previous post, we’re not trying to change anything with this version of the documentation, but we do clarify a lot of things, and there’s a lot more detail. So now, we’d love to get your feedback. If you…


Print Schema Documentation Refresh

I just wanted to give everyone a quick heads up: We’ve had a lot of feedback that it would be helpful to have a standalone document covering the Print Schema in a format comparable to what we’ve released for XPS. Well, we’ve been working hard at it and should have something to share very soon….


How do I get a PrintTicket

 It just came to my attention today that there’s not really a good piece of text out there that answers this question, so here’s a go at it: A PrintTicket is, in some sense, just a bag of settings. Acquiring a PrintTicket requires you to supply the data that you want to have in the…

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