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  • Wix team: The most used piece of software at Microsoft (and it's open source!)

    Sorry I don't have anything to say about the content yet. Going to watch it later after we went out to the city (Queensday in Holland).

    Until then: I posted after stupid
  • Robert Fripp - Behind the scenes at Windows Vista recording session

    You're probably just jealous that he's more famous and has accomplished a lot and people are prepared to pay him for that.

    But indeed, the sounds must be really good so they are not turned off. As long as they do not influence startup and logoff time and can be be set on a loudness level that is independent of whatever is the loudness level you used the last time Smiley Like turning on the pc at midnight while the girlfriend is sleeping, and not knowing she listened to loud music in the afternoon Tongue Out

    My 2cts
  • Windows Vista Tattoo

    Skip to the end, she colored it in.
  • Windows Vista Tattoo

    Beer28 wrote:
    what happens if you like some other operating system better in the future?(like oh say.... well, I better not)
    I see alot of painful laser treatments in your future.

    Perhaps that's why you don't have a tattoo? Tongue Out
  • Tim Sneath - Inside Windows Vista Printing

    Although the spool file reduction would more benefit vector graphics applications I've also got curious about the Windows Media image compression file format from reading the XPS spec. I wonder what the compression/quality factors are and if it will also become pitched as a gif/jpg replacement just like png.
  • Tim Sneath - Inside Windows Vista Printing

    I think you confuse two things:
    One thing is the ability to print a document. This is something that PDF also has, not allowing printing. With XPS you can allow only certain people to print.

    Second is the ability to send an encrypted job to the printer. The printer should then show a dialog prompting the user to authenticate. This is something that is currently implemented by many printer manufacturers, and is done in the printer driver.

    My guess is that the first scenario is handled by the XPS viewer.
    The second scenario should be handled by the printer, as with XPS encryption/authentication isn't a driver feature anymore.

    My 2 cts
    Good luck with your application. If I were you I would contact several printer manufacturers and ask if they could support your use case.

  • Tim Sneath - Inside Windows Vista Printing

    The printer would need a new interpreter for XPS.
    However, the print path in Vista should also have optimized conversions to Postscript/PCL, probably in the GDI to EMF conversion area, so you should get better print-out. I wonder however if this will be a Vista-only feature for older drivers... (they are backporting the new print-path to XP/2003, but also these optimalisations?)

    Vista would ship XPS drivers out of the box for printers that are going to be released/updated around the time of Vista release, but that's up to the printer manufacturer. In the corporate market customers generally update the printer drivers with the latest ones from the manufacturer. In the consumer market it helps to have a printer working out-of-the-box. Depending on the consumer's technical skills they could still decide to update to the ones from the manufacturer CD/website/windows update.

    There are restrictions on the size of the drivers you may inbox in Windows, and you need to share source code, so that Microsoft can also compile your driver against the latest driver development kit at any time and do regression tests.


  • Tim Sneath - Inside Windows Vista Printing

    Metro was the codename of XPS print path.

    As a developer you would need to support 'Avalon' XAML.
    As a printer driver developer you would either 'enhance' your existing printer driver with the XML based DeviceCapabilities and PrintTicket API's, or build a XAML printer driver from the ground up.
  • Tim Sneath - Inside Windows Vista Printing

     With the filter pipeline in XPS drivers however it would become simpler to do this for any application from inside the driver.

    Reversing page order is something the application has to do at the moment.

    However, the downside from reversing page order in the driver is that the printer doesn't receive anything until the last page has been spooled.

    A better (mechanical) solution is a smarter design of the output tray.


    Ps. Nice to see the people we met at DevCon. Special thanks go to John for showing us the way to the Irish pub in Seattle Smiley
  • Dave Luebbert - The mentor from early days on Word for Mac team

    Only proof that there are plenty of other men who like to wear pink shirts Smiley