XPS + Vista = Fantastic
I've been playing around with Vista and XPS files, and it does make a beautiful combo. It's subjective, of course, but look how your XPS files show up on your desktop with a default, out-of-the box, no extra software installed, Vista PC. Again coming from a Mac this is not revolutionary, but for Windows: it's a gigantic step. I think it is just beautiful...
MXDW subsetting away...
The Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW for friends) is the component that is built into Windows Vista, and available for Windows XP as a separate download
, that allows users to 'print' to an xps file from any application - it's a great tool to generate XPS files.
Yesterday I noticed that it generates XPS files with subsetted fonts. I assume the reasoning behind this is to protect copyrighted fonts. This introduces some interesting challenges when one wants to change the text in these documents: what to do when the glyph you need is not available? I can think of a few ways to work around this problem, but I'm going to analyze the spec a bit more in detail to see what's allowed ;-)
Labels: xps mxdw fonts
Stumbled on this nice take on XPS
, by a company called 'Red Titan' (cool logo, btw ;-)).