Windows Presentation Foundation also introduced the Xml Paper Specification (XPS): Microsoft’s counterpart to Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Where you need the Adobe Reader application to view PDF files, you will also need a viewer to see XPS documents.
This is where the XPS Essentials Pack comes in. You can download it here. Once installed it will give you:
- XPS Document Writer
- Metadata and thumbnail handlers
- Rich-preview provider
- Search and index filters
- XPSDrv print driver components
These components let you create, view, preview, search, index and organize your XPS documents. You should check out the XPS Viewer EP application, which is a pretty nice WPF application. In thumbnail view it will show all pages in a grid. When you hover over one of the thumbnails it will enlarge to the foreground in an animated fashion. The direct neighbors will also come up a bit, giving a bubbling like effect.
If you happened to install the Beta 2 version you will find that de-installing the beta is not possible by running the setup again or by visiting Add/Remove Programs in your control panel.
Instead you should run the following command from the command line:
msiexec /uninstall XPSEP.msi
This will allow you to install XPS Essentials Pack 1.0 without problems after that.
Side note: as you can see in the picture above, the XPS Document Writer still has some problems with PowerPoint and the Frutiger 57Cn font of Class-A.