Cool app: diffopc
Reading the msdn xps forum, I stumbled upon a very cool app for those who are messing around with xps files: diffopc
With that tool you can diff two 'opc' documents, as xps follows this opc spec, it can be used to diff xps docs.
I tried it, and it generates a nice html report with the differences in the file listing, and it even generates separate html pages with diffs in case the part is not binary.
If you are programming xps applications, this is a helpful tool. Very nice!
Information ruling the nation
Just a small not to say that I'm working on getting more information out of the xps. There's quite a bit of meta data that can be extracted from an xps. For now I'm going to make the 'core properties' available in the app.
Regarding the app: I'm glad quite a few people already downloaded the XPS Workbench demo. Do not hesitate to send me your feedback via email@example.com
Thunderbirds are go.
As promised: I have released a technology preview of my xps workbench tool; you can download the it here
I have released a version for Windows
, which I've tested with Windows XP. It should also work with Windows Server 2003.
You can also grab the build for MacOSX
, which is MacOSX 10.4 only for the moment.
It is a universal binary, so it works at native speed on both PowerPC and Intel based Macs.
Give it a spin and keep me posted (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
p.s. If you are wondering how to get hold on xps files to test ;-): you can generate these with Office 2007 beta, and with Vista. You can also download sample files
from the Microsoft site.