An alternative to PDF
What is this thing called XPS Document Writer in the printer settings on
my Vista computer ?
Answer : Like Adobe's Portable Document Format ( PDF ),
Microsoft's XML Paper Specification ( XPS ) aims to be a digital
replacement for paper. To see them, you need to have a viewer program
like Adobe Reader or Microsoft's XPS Viewer on your computer.
Both PDF and XPS files retain the text, fonts and layout of the
original document and let the document's recipient see the page just as
you intended it to be seen. ( Microsoft has lots of additional
information on its XPS technology at
The XPS Document Writer lets you create an XPS file from a Windows
program that looks just as it does on your screen. and like a PDF, you
can e-mail it to other people.
When you go to print, just select the Microsoft XPS ocument Writer
option in the box, click the print button and then give the new .xps
file a name when prompted.
( Full instructions are at
Mac users can create PDF documents in a similar way by selecting the
"Save as PDF" option in the Mac OS X print dialogue box.