[Scribus] Postscript files

Howard R. Hansen hrh1818
Tue Apr 10 16:58:08 CEST 2007

Craig Bradney wrote:
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> Subject: Re: [Scribus] Postscript files
>> From: avox <avox at arcor.de>
>> To: scribus at nashi.altmuehlnet.de
>> Date: 10-04-2007 1:47
>> hovergo wrote:
>>> This may be off topic.
>>> My computer parts supplier is adamant that  new laser printers are non
>>> postscript, rather they use a new file format developed by Microsoft.
>> Microsoft starting FUD again, eh?
>>> As I am in the market for a new laser low to mid range printer, I use
>>> Linux
>>> exclusively and Scribus easily exports to eps and ps, I am a little
>>> concerned. I find with scribus, jpegs lose a lot in resolution
>>> when
>>> printed and don't now why.
>>> Can someone offer some advice of tell me if postscript \ eps will
> continue
>>> as a
>>> standard.
>> Your rumour supplier was probably talking about XPS which comes with
> Windows
>> Vista.
>> I'm not aware if Microsoft plans an update of older Windows systems to
> also
>> use XPS
>> (pretty unlikely, IMHO), so it would not be very wise for a printer
>> manufacturer to go
>> that way.
>> Anyway, current printer languages are either Postscript, PDF or some
>> manufacturer
>> standard, eg. HP's PCL or Epsons Esc/P. Linux gets pretty good support
> from
>> printer manafacturers recently (notably HP and Canon/Ricoh), so I wouldn't
>> fear 
>> you can't use them anymore.
>> Artifex already produces an XPS version of ghostscript, so even if there
>> will be XPS 
>> printers, the situation is not as bad as with the old GDI printers.
> perhaps GDI is exactly what he meant. its not uncommon
> Craig
I am more inclined to believe Andreas was right when he said the vendor 
was probably talking about XPS.   The following section extracted from a 
Wikipedia article leads me in that direction.

  XML Paper Specification

       From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The *XML Paper Specification* (XPS), formerly codenamed "Metro", is a 
document storage and viewing specification developed by Microsoft 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft>. The specification itself 
describes the formats and rules for distributing, archiving, rendering, 
and processing XPS documents. Most notably, the markup language for XPS 
is a subset of XAML 
for Windows Presentation Foundation 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Presentation_Foundation>, so that 
the methods used for rendering Windows applications can be used for 

XPS is viewed as a potential competitor to Adobe 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe>'s portable document format 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_document_format> (PDF), due to 
its ease of use, ubiquity in future Windows OSes, and a smaller download 
in current OSes.^[1] 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML_Paper_Specification#_note-0> PDF 
includes dynamic capabilities, and will not be replaced by XPS when such 
capabilities are needed.

Microsoft has indicated that devices aiming at /Premium/ level of 
/Windows Logo/ conformance certificate will be required to have XPS 
drivers for printing by June 1, 2007.^[2] 

XPS is shipped with Microsoft's Windows Vista 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista> and has the support of 
office printing system companies^[/citation needed/] 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citing_sources> such as Canon 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_Inc.>, Epson 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epson>, Hewlett-Packard 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hewlett-Packard>, Ricoh 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricoh> and Xerox 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerox> and software and hardware companies 
such as Software Imaging,^[3] 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML_Paper_Specification#_note-2> , 
Pagemark Technology,^[4] 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML_Paper_Specification#_note-3> , 
Informative Graphics^[5] 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML_Paper_Specification#_note-4> , 
NiXPS^[6] <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML_Paper_Specification#_note-5> 
and Zoran.^[7] 

^See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XML_Paper_Specification for the full 


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