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    XPS Editor?

    Windows (7) comes with an XPS document creator and viewer but not an editor. I have Office 2010 and it won't open and edit an XPS file. I've looked online for an XPS editor and can find nothing. Apparently, Microsoft came up with this format then lost interest in it.

    Anyone ever run across an editor?
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    Graham,

    Why would you want to do that anyway?

    According to this How-To-Geek article, which I found very informative.

    Once regarded as a possible “PDF killer,” the XPS file format now lives on in Windows seemingly out of sheer inertia. The average person should stay away from XPS files and use PDF files instead.
    Personally, I couldn't agree more.

    If you're still set on this course here's a MS Article on the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Why would you want to do that anyway?
    Personally, I don't. But I have a client who does and I told them I would ask. Neither of us is holding our breath.

    BTW, MS is still shipping the driver with Win10, so one could reasonably expect by now that there would be something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsmith-plm
    Personally, I don't. But I have a client who does and I told them I would ask. Neither of us is holding our breath.

    BTW, MS is still shipping the driver with Win10, so one could reasonably expect by now that there would be something.
    I agree with RG. I saw a few XPS files initially but can't remember the last time I saw one recently. (Reminds me of the Willem Dafoe character in the film 'The Fault in Our Stars' - "They were a failed experiment in mutation." <sic> )

    Unfortunately your customer appears to have bought into a 'wishful' product now discarded by MS (shades of Zune, Silverlight, 'Clippy', 'Agents', Windows 8, etc.).

    (Windows 10 still includes support for 8.3 filenames. That doesn't mean that anyone has used them for years nor that anyone could reasonably expect by now that they were needed IMO.)

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    Friends don't let friends use outdated programs.

    Convince them to move up to something more 'middle of the road'.

    If they don't want to invest in MS Office, there is always "Open Office".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Corbett View Post
    Unfortunately your customer appears to have bought into a 'wishful' product now discarded by MS (shades of Zune, Silverlight, 'Clippy', 'Agents', Windows 8, etc.).
    Actually, what happened is the customer happened to discover this driver and got curious and tried it. I told them that I didn't think there was much if any support for it, but that's I'd take an hour to look around. Now that I know for sure there's nothing of interest here, we can move on.

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    See if Editing an XPS document is of any help. If you can use it to extract the document you ought to encourage the customer to immediately convert it to some other format.
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    Fortunately they didnt use it for more than a test.
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    I got curious about the subject so opened a .wps [Works] document in LibreOffice 5.2 Writer, chose File, Print and the Microsoft XPS Document Writer. Writer saved the resultant .oxps file in Documents and double-clicking it got the XPS Viewer to convert to .xps format and opened it for reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWho
    Friends don't let friends use outdated programs.

    If they don't want to invest in MS Office, there is always "Open Office".
    Which OpenOffice are you advising? Oracle OpenOffice is outdated, having closed and been donated to the Apache Foundation in May 2011. It very much looks like the dormant Apache OpenOffice project may also be closing.

    Why you should ditch OpenOffice and use the free LibreOffice suite (Aug 28, 2015)

    Currently, the most recent version of LibreOffice is LibreOffice 5.0, a major update released in early August 2015. Heck, LibreOffice announced a new 5.0.1 update yesterday.

    The most recent version of Apache OpenOffice is 4.1.1, a minor update released on August 21, 2014. LibreOffice has released several major versions with significant improvements in the last year, while OpenOffice has released nothing.
    Free Microsoft Office replacement OpenOffice could shut down (Sep 5, 2016)

    Apache OpenOffice volunteer Vice-President: What Would OpenOffice Retirement Involve? (01 Sep 2016)

    As a result I suggest LibreOffice may be a better alternative Office suite. Version 5.2.1 was released yesterday - September 7, 2016

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