Wednesday, May 30, 2007
  Something nice to look at...

On XP and Vista, you can preview XPS files using the XPS Viewer component that you can
download for free
from Microsoft's website.
We thought it would be nice to have previews in the NiXPS application too.
It took some work, but the result is going to be very nice. Take a look at a screenshot of the current development build. We hope to deliver this as part of the upcoming NiXPS v1.0 release.
Friday, May 25, 2007
  Artwork-Systems invests in NiXPS
Artwork-Systems announced today that they invest in our company.
We have been preparing this for already a couple of months, and I'm glad that we can announce this today.
Artwork-Systems is a reputable software company developing a lot of applications for the professional color printing and pre-press market. They're also the mother company of Enfocus, a renowned software company developing PDF preflight and PDF tools in general.
I worked several years for Artwork-Systems, as software developer and technical product manager. My co-NiXPS-er Kristof started out there too years ago.
It's great news for NiXPS to have the backing of such a solid, experienced company. This holds great promise for the developments and products we have planned for the future...
Friday, May 18, 2007
  NiXPS v1.0 beta 2 released

We released a new beta of the NiXPS tool. New features include: image/font extraction, font replacement, improvements on the search and replace and an advanced tool which allows you to edit the XML of an XPS file straight form the NiXPS user interface. The later is documented on the support section of our website here.

Give it a try and let us know what you think!
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
  I'm new here...
Hi dear readers of this blog,

You have not read anything of me yet. I am actually new here. I just finished my second week of working for NiXPS, and we were busy getting that beta-2 ready to ship. You should hear about that from Nick himself soon enough, but to end this working week I thought I'd say hi here.

Nick and I go way back, since my first job, when we were both working at Artwork Systems when it was still a somewhat small company. We went seperate ways when I left AWS, but we remained in touch and went on adventures together. He became more of a friend than a colleague really, even though we kept working together on various occasions.

When he asked me to join NiXPS I was quite honoured. I did not say "yes" immediately because I had a long going contract at Agfa that I was quite happy with. Somehow Nick managed to convince me to plunge in and I am happy about taking this decision. Giving up the certitude and comfort of a long going contract gives a bit of a kick really, but I think the time was right to shake things up for me for all sorts of reasons and this was the perfect opportunity to do so!

Now, Nick and I intend to take a shot at implementing the best XPS-library out there and it is going to be a fun ride. The first two weeks have convinced me about that.

Here's to NiXPS! Cheers,

Thursday, May 03, 2007
  Tutorial: using NiXPS for adding a cover page

I've posted a tutorial on the site explaining in detail how you can use the NiXPS application to add a cover page to an XPS document.

This allows you for instance to keep the content of document separate from the cover, which can easily be drawn using another program and merged with the actual document later on.

This functionality is also available in the NiXPS library. In this form the functionality could be used as part of a workflow to provide documents with a consistent cover page (optionally a cover with some variable content).

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