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    BlackTiger

    I've installed Office 2007 and PDF/XPS plug-in.


    So... XPS - half-done work, as usualy...


    My problem is: I CANNOT NORMALLY VIEW XPS FILES!


    Ok. I have Firefox as default browser. I have FW3.0 installed. I have XPSViewer.exe in WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\XPSViewer folder.
    Everything seems ok.


    But... XPSViewer.exe isn't actually an "exe"! When I'm trying to open freshly created xps by double-clicking on it it's opens in... Firefox! With "Save as" dialog!

    Ok. I'm trying to open using "Open With" menu option in XPSViewer. It opens in... FIREFOX! I'm trying to execute XPSViewer.exe alone - nothing has happened, it's not a normal application.

    Here is only one way to open XPS file - in... Internet Explorer! because XPSViewer actually is just a IE plug-in.

    So... Even bloody AdobeReader has COM-interface to embed pdfs into any application! Where is COM interface to view XPSes?!?!

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    ZippyV

    This sucks indeed. There is no reason for a non-html document to open in Internet Explorer. No matter if it's a Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF or XPS document. I want to open them in their own environment, not IE.

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    staceyw

    BlackTiger wrote:
    I've installed Office 2007 and PDF/XPS plug-in.


    So... XPS - half-done work, as usualy...


    My problem is: I CANNOT NORMALLY VIEW XPS FILES!


    Ok. I have Firefox as default browser. I have FW3.0 installed. I have XPSViewer.exe in WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\XPSViewer folder.
    Everything seems ok.


    But... XPSViewer.exe isn't actually an "exe"! When I'm trying to open freshly created xps by double-clicking on it it's opens in... Firefox! With "Save as" dialog!

    Ok. I'm trying to open using "Open With" menu option in XPSViewer. It opens in... FIREFOX! I'm trying to execute XPSViewer.exe alone - nothing has happened, it's not a normal application.

    Here is only one way to open XPS file - in... Internet Explorer! because XPSViewer actually is just a IE plug-in.

    So... Even bloody AdobeReader has COM-interface to embed pdfs into any application! Where is COM interface to view XPSes?!?!



    AFAICT, this is normal behavior.  If you have fx3.0 installed, it opens in the browser (mine opens in IE, you said yours opens in FF).  Is viewing in FF an issue for you?  If you don't have fx3.0,you can download and use the standalone viewer:
    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/viewxps.mspx 

    That is my understanding from reading the link.  So I am guessing that if you have fx3.0 installed the behavior is browser.  Maybe their is some reg entry you could change if you really need the standaone viewer.  I assume they will ship a VS XPS control at some point.

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    nwoolls

    The problem is you *cant* view it in Firefox. The OS tries to use Firefox to open the XPS. Then, Firefox prompts for you to Open or Save the file. If you choose Open, then rinse and repeat: Firefox prompts for you to Open or Save the file.

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    joem83

    Just associate it with IE.  What is the problem.   Does your IE not work.

    BlackTiger wrote:
    I've installed Office 2007 and PDF/XPS plug-in.


    So... XPS - half-done work, as usualy...


    My problem is: I CANNOT NORMALLY VIEW XPS FILES!


    Ok. I have Firefox as default browser. I have FW3.0 installed. I have XPSViewer.exe in WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\XPSViewer folder.
    Everything seems ok.


    But... XPSViewer.exe isn't actually an "exe"! When I'm trying to open freshly created xps by double-clicking on it it's opens in... Firefox! With "Save as" dialog!

    Ok. I'm trying to open using "Open With" menu option in XPSViewer. It opens in... FIREFOX! I'm trying to execute XPSViewer.exe alone - nothing has happened, it's not a normal application.

    Here is only one way to open XPS file - in... Internet Explorer! because XPSViewer actually is just a IE plug-in.

    So... Even bloody AdobeReader has COM-interface to embed pdfs into any application! Where is COM interface to view XPSes?!?!

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    nwoolls

    If you just associate XPS's with IE, then you lose the nice live preview in the thumbnail.

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    joem83

    I didn't have this problem on the one test machine I use to test FF.

    nwoolls wrote:
    If you just associate XPS's with IE, then you lose the nice live preview in the thumbnail.

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    jvervoorn

    Stacyw said:
    "If you don't have fx3.0,you can download and use the standalone viewer:
    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/viewxps.mspx "


    I have .net 3.0 installed and xps files were comming up slower then mollases in January at the north pole (Boy that's pretty slow). I went ahead and installed the viewer and now they come up as quick as a wink. Thanks!!!

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    Jazzynupe

    BlackTiger wrote:
    I've installed Office 2007 and PDF/XPS plug-in.


    So... XPS - half-done work, as usualy...


    My problem is: I CANNOT NORMALLY VIEW XPS FILES!


    Ok. I have Firefox as default browser. I have FW3.0 installed. I have XPSViewer.exe in WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\XPSViewer folder.
    Everything seems ok.


    But... XPSViewer.exe isn't actually an "exe"! When I'm trying to open freshly created xps by double-clicking on it it's opens in... Firefox! With "Save as" dialog!

    Ok. I'm trying to open using "Open With" menu option in XPSViewer. It opens in... FIREFOX! I'm trying to execute XPSViewer.exe alone - nothing has happened, it's not a normal application.

    Here is only one way to open XPS file - in... Internet Explorer! because XPSViewer actually is just a IE plug-in.

    So... Even bloody AdobeReader has COM-interface to embed pdfs into any application! Where is COM interface to view XPSes?!?!



    Well I see several problems why they had to stop at an ActiveX control for viewing. XPS is the default print format in Vista so XPS is always there.  But remember when office was going to create PDFs and XPS by default, remember all that? Well I see why a native viewer is not in the OS by default. FireFox does not support ActiveX so therefore until a plugin is written for it, you can't view it in Firefox. But anyone is able to use the specs to create one.

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    xemi

    Same thing happened to me.

    try to download Microsoft XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack from this link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4A7B8983-7BE1-4740-BC9C-D377A8F2D6EB&displaylang=en

    after intall you will be able to see any XPS file. with any problem. Smiley

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    xemi

    without* Tongue Out

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    austegard

    Install the IETab extension from http://ietab.mozdev.org/
    Add a filter for xps extensions or modify the mht filter to read:
    /^file:\/\/\/.*\.(mht|mhtml|xps)$/

    Presto - XPS docs open in an IE tab within Firefox.

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    BlackTiger

    xemi wrote:
    

    Same thing happened to me.

    try to download Microsoft XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack from this link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=4A7B8983-7BE1-4740-BC9C-D377A8F2D6EB&displaylang=en

    after intall you will be able to see any XPS file. with any problem.



    I have Vista. This pack is incompatible with Vista.

    I've just developed small app to open XPS in WebBrowser control and associated "xps" with my app. Not a big deal, but semi-baked features are boring.
    BTW, XPSViewer in Vista isn't quite normal ActiveX (actually it's "not executable executable"), and it's not available as COM component, or has another name.

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    turrican

    staceyw said:
    BlackTiger wrote:
    I've installed Office 2007 and PDF/XPS plug-in.


    So... XPS - half-done work, as usualy...


    My problem is: I CANNOT NORMALLY VIEW XPS FILES!


    Ok. I have Firefox as default browser. I have FW3.0 installed. I have XPSViewer.exe in WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\XPSViewer folder.
    Everything seems ok.


    But... XPSViewer.exe isn't actually an "exe"! When I'm trying to open freshly created xps by double-clicking on it it's opens in... Firefox! With "Save as" dialog!

    Ok. I'm trying to open using "Open With" menu option in XPSViewer. It opens in... FIREFOX! I'm trying to execute XPSViewer.exe alone - nothing has happened, it's not a normal application.

    Here is only one way to open XPS file - in... Internet Explorer! because XPSViewer actually is just a IE plug-in.

    So... Even bloody AdobeReader has COM-interface to embed pdfs into any application! Where is COM interface to view XPSes?!?!



    AFAICT, this is normal behavior.  If you have fx3.0 installed, it opens in the browser (mine opens in IE, you said yours opens in FF).  Is viewing in FF an issue for you?  If you don't have fx3.0,you can download and use the standalone viewer:
    http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/viewxps.mspx 

    That is my understanding from reading the link.  So I am guessing that if you have fx3.0 installed the behavior is browser.  Maybe their is some reg entry you could change if you really need the standaone viewer.  I assume they will ship a VS XPS control at some point.

    "AFAICT"?

    That is a really odd shortcut, how long before we barely make sense to each other?

    I mean,

    TIAROS, HLBWBMSTEO?

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    Meshuggah

    turrican said:
    staceyw said:
    *snip*

    "AFAICT"?

    That is a really odd shortcut, how long before we barely make sense to each other?

    I mean,

    TIAROS, HLBWBMSTEO?

    Ok, so this is a really old post, but the problem still exists in 2009! what the hell? As annoying as it is, there is a MUCH simpler work around. Open IE first then drag the xps file into the browser. BINGO! it displays the info you need to see. Thanks for listenting.

    Mesh

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    intelman

    As ranty as the first post is, XPS viewing is annoying. It should be a separate application or something. I guess I am thankful that PDF is much more popular. Though adobe reader isn't that great either.

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    Sven Groot

    intelman said:

    As ranty as the first post is, XPS viewing is annoying. It should be a separate application or something. I guess I am thankful that PDF is much more popular. Though adobe reader isn't that great either.

    In Windows 7 it's a separate application.

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