XPS in real life print
XPS has the potential to become a fantastic delivery format for print.
If XPS generation capabilities become more and more mainstream, it presents itself as a very good alternative as delivery format for (low-end) print.
The format currently has a few advantages in favor:
-An XPS contains resources like images and fonts, so the receiver is able to reproduce the document exactly like it is intended
-Generating an XPS is as easy as doing a local print, this is a very accessible interface for people to generate a file for delivery.
With the expected rise in usage of Vista, and the with more and more devices coming to the market who can handle XPS natively, a few extra advantages will appear:
-Asking your print customer for an XPS file become a 'no brainer', as the chances are very high that the customer will have all the software installed to generate such an XPS file.
-With devices handling XPS natively, a conversion to a format the hardware understands will not be necessary, which means a higher fidelity print work flow from start to finish.
This is an evolution that is taking place, and to test various scenario's in real life, we are using the services of a local printing company called Vango Printing
. This is very valuable to us, as it helps us develop solutions that can be used in real life. We try various scenario's, and are able to run jobs through their digital press.
We are currenly working on a VDP scenario with them, when we have finished it, I'm going to tell more about it.