[Desktop_printing] Microsoft XPS specification

Craig Bradney cbradney at zip.com.au
Fri Apr 21 08:01:02 PDT 2006


On Friday 21 April 2006 16:37, Andreas Vox wrote:
> Hin-Tak wrote:
> > --- Kurt Pfeifle <k1pfeifle at gmx.net> wrote:
> >
> > <snipped>
> >
> > > I never tried it before, but you made me now do it: indeed,
> > > Inkscape does also import CUPS' testprint.ps file, preserves objects
> > > and makes them editable. Possibly the import is even faster than how
> > > Scribus does it  :-)
> >
> > ...
> >
> > According to scribus's doc:
> > http://docs.scribus.net/index.php?lang=en&page=toolbox6
> >
> > it looks as if scribus also uses pstoedit for import, so the speed
> > should be similiar if not identical!
>
> No, Scribus uses a similar approach but not the same code as pstoedit.
>
> The idea is to redefine basic PS operators to write their arguments and
> the
> current graphics state to a temporary file and then interpret that file.
>
> We don't recommend using Scribus as a PS or PDF editing tool because
> it doesn't handle all aspects that well; maybe pstoedit is more
> sophisticated
> in those areas. Especially bitmap import isn't finished and currently
> all
> text is converted to vector paths. The current internals of Scribus
> make editing
> thousands of vector paths very slow and resource intensive.

Err.. we do recommend it for PS/EPS, however it comes with the acceptance of 
the issues with text and embedded images. The PS/EPS importer generally does 
a very good job. PDF is another story.

Craig



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