New release of XPS Workbench (v0.2.0)
I've put a new technology preview of my XPS Workbench tool on-line. Go get it
A lot of changes since last release:
-I experimented a lot with different ui models, and settled for the familiar 'document in a seperate window' model, with the tools as floating palettes. So a heavily reworked ui, but the application really feels better now.
-Inspector: look at your xps files, the docs inside and the pages -- with thumbnails for package and docs. The core properties are shown too, if available.
-Merger: merge documents in one package - really fast, and it generates compact files.
-Extracter: already available in the previous release, but now plugged in the new ui.
-Load/Save semantics: merged docs are new, which you can or cannot save, etc...
I refreshed my main site
too, which has a support section
for small howto's, tutorials and a faq. I'm planning on adding some content the coming days.
As always: give it a spin and do not hesitate to contact
me for feedback/bugs/...
Feature comparison PDF/XPS/ODF
Found a nice matrix that compares the features of PDF, XPS and ODF on the blog of Dany Amiouny
An update on my current nixps developments:
-Implemented document merging in the nixps library.
-Packaged the nixps library as a DLL + interface headers.
-Profiled speed and memory usage, optimizations, bugfixes.
-Did a lot of thinking about the user interface of XPS Workbench + some prototyping.
-Reworking the user interface of XPS Workbench.
-Implementing 'package explorer' windows for XPS WB, this allows you to look into an xps file/package to see its documents and pages (incl. thumbnails).
-Moving XPS WB over to a MDI interface, aving fun with tools and toolbars ;-).
I expect to release a new technology preview of XPS Workbench later this month, which will include the document merging feature, and the library SDK which allows to use the library direct in your C/C++ applications.