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July 15, 2014

XEP 4.23 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.23. This major release brings new extensions and improvements:

  • Improvements in Section 508 accessibility:
    • New RenderX extensions:
      • Associated header cell IDs (@rx:header-idref in <fo:table-cell> elements), which allows for better control of reading order.
  • Relaxed requirements for certain types of non-standard-compliant PDF files (incorrect end-of-file markers).
  • Relaxed requirements for certain types of JPEG images with incorrect EXIF data (zero IFD entries).

A number of bugs have been fixed, including patterns, image clipping in case of a gradient with opacity, and scientific notation in SVG, as well as a number of minor bugs.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 16.


August 28, 2013

VisualXSL 2.4.5 released

RenderX has released VisualXSL VisualXSL 2.4.5. The full list of improvements is below:

  • Table Editor now features:
    • Cell spanning and conditional rows;
    • Row and column reordering;
    • Convenient insertion of rows and columns and multi-selection.
  • Reusable/referable blocks and Sections, including those in table cells;
  • Conditional Sections and Choose blocks;
  • Search in source XML;
  • Added property fields for:
    • keep-with-* fields;
    • Individual borders for blocks;
  • Multiple bug-fixes in the Table Editor and Paragraph Editor and improved multi-selection.


August 8, 2013

XEP 4.22 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.22. This major release brings new output features and significant improvements:

  • New RenderX extensions for external PDF injection:
    • @rx:insert-document (in <fo:page-sequence>): insertion of a complete external PDF as a whole;
    • @rx:pdf-page (in <fo:external-graphic>): insertion of a specific page of a PDF image;
  • Improvements in Section 508 accessibility features:
    • Added processing of background images.

A number of bugs have been fixed, including re-ordering of gradients and gradients with opacity on paths in SVG.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 15.


October 25, 2012

XEP 4.21 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.21. This major release brings new output features and significant improvements:

  • Extended support of Section 508 accessibility features via new RenderX extensions:
    • @rx:pdf-structure-type: allows to override structure types for accessible PDF documents;
    • @rx:alt-description, @rx:actual-text, and @rx:abbreviation: alternative descriptions for accessible PDF documents;
    • @rx:pdf-artifact-type and @rx:pdf-artifact-subtype: control type and subtype of PDF artifacts.
  • Improvements in the UAX #9 bidi algorithm.
  • Improved diagnostics when XEPOUT crashes.

A number of bugs have been fixed, including relaxed image PDF requirements to avoid "Unexpected end of ZLIB input stream" failures, re-encoding of fonts in PostScript, multiple color profiles in PDF/A, incorrect number of color components in PDF/A and PDF/X, incorrect @text-align=inside/outside behavior in RTL scripts, patterns in PostScript, and stack overflow error during the generation of linearized PDF.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 14.1.


July 23, 2012

XEP 4.20 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.20. This major release brings new output features and significant improvements:

  • The installers for both Java and Windows versions of XEP have been updated.
  • XEP (Java) installer provides an option to download, install and configure GNU FreeFonts - an excellent collection covering a wide range of languages and symbols.
  • Multicolumn footnote balancing algorithm is now more customizable.

A number of bugs have been fixed, including relaxed TIFF requirements to avoid failures, correct dimensions for images in XEPOUT, handling of unmatched change bars, corrections for bidi-neutral symbols, @initially-selected attribute for radio-buttons in PDF forms, and improvements in PostScript output, such as combining crop marks and text decoration bug, invalid headers on colored bookmarks, and collapsing custom comments.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 14.0.


June 8, 2012

RenderX Introduces CloudFormatting Services

RenderX announced today the initial release of the CloudFormatting services for creating documents on the fly through simple web-based interfaces. The solution allows any customer to leverage the power of dynamic PDF reporting for their solutions with little to no programming. The service receives XML content from any application, dynamically formats that content through the customer's design templates including text, tables, images, and barcodes to produce PDFs that can be dynamically streamed back to the application or sent directly to the web browser.

RenderX has been piloting the concept with several customers to tune performance over the past several months. “With zero downtime, MSO is delivering on-demand statistics for the more than 2,000,000 requests over the past six months. The performance on this new software is truly remarkable”, said Del Ruiz, Executive Director of MSO. MSO is the leader in managing and delivering official USA gymnastics scores to the general public, with over 110,000 athletes and professionals covering about 3,500 competitions per year. Len Schultz, partner at WineQuest, used RenderX’s CloudFormatter service for dynamic creation of wine menus for leading restaurant and hotel chains throughout the country. “RenderX put together a great solution for us giving our 700+ restaurant and hotel locations the ability to create and print in-house perfectly formatted, perfectly spelled, and perfectly organized wine menus on the fly. Over 6,000 menus (with very complex formatting rules) have been reliably generated in real time over the past six months.”

RenderX will provide drop-in code in various languages such as C#, Java or JavaScript so that anyone can use the service for formatting documents. Users can pick from a selection of pre-built templates or design their own using RenderX’s VisualXSL template designer. Submittals to the service can be through SOAP or REST services, returning PDFs dynamically in a stream for presentment in the web browser or for storage on the local disk. Since the process runs 100% in memory on the Cloud, no information from any process is ever stored on RenderX’s Cloud.

A version of the system which stamps created pages with a small marketing message is free for anyone to use, with unstamped versions of the service priced per volume. The CloudFormatter client can be downloaded for free from the CloudFormatter page.


June 7, 2012

RenderX Sponsoring 2012 info360 / ON DEMAND Conference & Expo, New York, NY

RenderX, the recognized leader in XML to Print Technology with over 4000 customers, will be exhibiting at the info360 / ON DEMAND Conference & Expo, June 12 - 14, 2012, in Booth #845 at the Javits Center, New York, NY.

RenderX will also be the exclusive sponsor of the "Tap & Brew" Lounge located in Booth #745. The lounge will feature complimentary coffee each day of the show as well as domestic and premium beer.

For your design, publishing and printing needs, RenderX will present targeted demonstrations of our industry-leading products. These include our newest releases:

  • CloudFormatter Service, a RenderX Cloud-based service that receives XML content from any application via SOAP or REST, dynamically formats that content through the customer's design templates including text, tables, images, and barcodes to produce PDFs that can be dynamically streamed back to the application or sent directly to the web browser.
  • Creating PDF Forms, a RenderX solution that creates a complete, generic framework with modifiable form field elements, based on XML templates.
  • PDF RichMedia, for including dynamic and interactive applications such as Macromedia Flash within PDF output.
  • VDPMill, a complete solution with very high performance rendering of both large print files as well as singular large reports.
  • VisualXSL, a GUI-based designer for writing eXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) stylesheets for use with RenderX XEP and VDPMill.

Come visit us at the show in Booth #845 and stop by our "Tap & Brew" Lounge in Booth #745 for a coffee or beer, on us.

If you would like to schedule a targeted, personal demonstration of any of our technologies, contact RenderX sales at +1.650.327-1000 (sales@renderx.com). We would be happy to accommodate you.


October 11, 2011

New Product Release: DB2XML

RenderX is pleased to inform you about a new product's availability – DB2XML is now released.

DB2XML is an excellent product for those who need simple, yet very high-performance solution for transforming data from relational databases (such as Oracle Database, Microsoft SQL Server, or MySQL) and CSV (Comma Separated Values) files to XML. It maps data to certain XML nodes and attributes. DB2XML has a powerful and easy-to use graphical user interface (GUI) to specify data sources, define mapping rules, and generate XML files.

DB2XML can be seamlessly integrated with other RenderX products, such as VDPMill and VisualXSL. DB2XML can be used as a standalone product as well.

DB2XML is currently free for download from the download section.


September 7, 2011

RenderX Sponsoring DOCUMENT Strategy Forum, Crowne Plaza O'Hare, Chicago, IL, Booth #108

RenderX, the recognized leader in XML to Print Technology with over 4000 customers, is the Opening Night Reception Sponsor of DOCUMENT Strategy Forum and will be exhibiting at Chicago's McCormick Place, November 1-3, 2011, in Booth #108.

As our guest, you are entitled to receive a 20% discount to attend the conference (save up to $300) or receive a Free pass to attend the exhibits. In addition, if you register for the Platinum Conference Package you are eligible to receive one free night (a $200 value) stay at the Crowne Plaza O'Hare. Please see the linked PDF flyer for details.

Come visit us at the show in Booth #108. If you would like to schedule a targeted, personal demonstration of any of our technologies, contact RenderX sales at +1 (650) 327-1000 (sales@renderx.com). We would be happy to accommodate you.


June 27, 2011

VDPMill 4.0 Altova MapForce Edition released

RenderX has integrated Altova MapForce 2011 with VDPMill 4.0. VDPMill 4.0 MapForce Edition includes:

  • VDPMill package includes Altova MapForce distributive:
    • No license key is needed to use Altova MapForce 30-day trial
  • VDPMill installer runs MapForce installer upon exit, if chosen by user
  • Altova MapForce is pre-configured as an XML generator (custom CLI driver included)

Download free trial of VDPMill Altova MapForce Edition:

Email:

Feel free to ask your questions regarding this bundle by contacting us via online form or at +1 (650) 327-1000.


June 17, 2011

VisualXSL 2.4.4 released

RenderX has released VisualXSL 2.4.4. This is a recommended bugfix version. It resolves compatibility problems related to different versions of XEPWin installed on target machine.


June 2, 2011

VDPMill 4.0 released

RenderX has released VDPMill 4.0. This major release includes XML generators support in VDPMill Ticket/Interactive applications. A command-line driver for MapForce, pre-configured as XML generator, is available for download here. The full list of improvements is below:

  • Embedded EnMasse 2.3 bug-fixing release
  • XEP 4.19 compatibility
  • Full error messages in VDPMill Interactive GUI application


May 27, 2011

High-performance database reporting: Altova MapForce + RenderX VisualXSL + RenderX VDPMill

RenderX has successfully tested Altova MapForce 2011 in a database reporting workflow which also included RenderX VisualXSL and VDPMill:

  • Use Altova MapForce to develop database-to-XML mapping for your data.
  • Design reports in VisualXSL - a graphical XML report editor.
  • Run VDPMill to generate reports.

The short description and instructions how you can use these products is available here.

We believe that this workflow can be successfully used in all industries where customers are billed or statements are delivered on a periodic basis, such as banking, investment, utilities, telecommunications, etc.


May 20, 2011

DocBookPublishing.com launched

RenderX has launched DocBookPublishing.com, a new web service for DocBook formatting. This first release allows to submit documents either using web interface or using the REST API. The full list of features is below:

  • DocBook 5.0 documents support
  • Images support
  • Modular documents support with XInclude or external parsed entities
  • DocBook XSL customization
  • PDF settings customization
  • REST API


March 5, 2011

XEP 4.19 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.19. This major release brings new extensions, output features and improvements:

  • RichMedia extension: interactive Flash applications in PDF, with flashvars and embeddable resources
  • PDF comments extension: sticky notes and file attachments
  • Overprinting control in PDF and Postscript
  • Extended XSL 1.1 scaling features: @allowed-width-scale, @allowed-height-scale and the values "scale-up-to-fit" and "scale-down-to-fit" of @content-width and @content-height
  • Styling for bookmark titles
  • All existing support for XSL 1.1 has been refactored from XSLT into Java code for higher performance and lower memory requirements
  • XForms option for XHTML output generator
  • XPS output producer supports SVG images

Other improvements include support for EXIF data in JPEG images, interlaced PNG images with alpha channel, refactoring and bugfixes in Thai processing.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 12.1.


March 1, 2011

RenderX Sponsoring 2011 info360 AIIM Exposition + Conference, Washington D.C.

RenderX, the recognized leader in XML to Print Technology with over 4000 customers, will be exhibiting at the info360 AIIM Exposition + Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, March 22 - 24, 2011 in Booth #1820.

RenderX will also be the exclusive sponsor of the "Tap & Brew" Lounge located in Booth #1109. The lounge will feature complimentary coffee each day of the show as well as domestic and premium beer.

For your design, publishing and printing needs, RenderX will present targeted demonstrations of our industry-leading products. These include our newest releases:

  • PDF RichMedia, for including dynamic and interactive applications such as Macromedia Flash within PDF output,

  • VDPMill, a complete solution with very high performance rendering of both large print files as well as singular large reports,

  • VisualXSL, a GUI-based designer for writing eXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) stylesheets for use with RenderX XEP and VDPMill.

Creating PDF Forms, a RenderX solution that creates a complete, generic framework with modifiable form field elements, based on XML templates.

TransPromo applications, using RenderX software to create TransPromo, also known as "statement-based marketing", variable marketing advertisements in your documents.

Come visit us at the show in Booth #1820 and stop by our "Tap & Brew" Lounge in Booth #1109 for a coffee or beer, on us.

If you would like to schedule a targeted, personal demonstration of any of our technologies, contact RenderX sales at +1.650.327-1000 (sales@renderx.com). We would be happy to accommodate you.


February 22, 2011

VisualXSL 2.4.2 released

RenderX has released VisualXSL 2.4.2. This version resolves several problems:

  • Tables no longer have borders by default
  • Performance problems that may occur when loading and processing large documents with flow layout
  • Custom TranslateProject is now based on a template which body is a separate file rather than hard-coded
  • Fixed an issue with missing visual styles of checkboxes and radio buttons if they are used as Form fields


December 8, 2010

VisualXSL 2.4 released

RenderX has released VisualXSL 2.4. This release includes support for Mvp.Xml EXSLT.NET module, support of document() XSLT function and bug fixes. The full list of improvements is below:

  • Support for Mvp.Xml EXSLT.NET module (http://mvp-xml.sourceforge.net/exslt/), providing with EXSLT support  
  • Support of document() XSLT function  
  • UI-related and logic problems fixes  


October 19, 2010

VDPMill 3.4 released

RenderX has released VDPMill 3.4. This major release includes a GUI application for full job control, lots of usability improvements and bug fixes. The full list of improvements is below:

  • Job Monitor GUI application with the full control of jobs
  • Job priority support in Job Manager
  • Built-in installer of the latest EnMasse
  • Usability improvements in GUI applications:
    • Applying tickets directly from VDPMill Ticket Application
    • Save/Save As support in VDPMill Ticket/Interactive Applications
    • More informative messages on errors and parameter value validation
    • More flexible GUI layouts to display elements correctly on small screens
  • Outstanding bug fixes


September 27, 2010

XEPWin 3.0 released

RenderX has released XEPWin 3.0. This major release comes with support for multiple rendering threads. A multi-threaded server environment enables better utilization of computational resources in multi-core processors. XEPWin 3.0 also supports .NET Framework 4. The Windows service configuration and XEPWin API also have been significantly improved. The full list of improvements is below:

  • Support for multiple rendering threads
  • Improved Windows service configuration
  • .NET Framework 4 support
  • Improved error reporting and logging
  • Enhancements in the API with complete backward compatibility
  • Improvements in the installation process
  • All outstanding bug fixes


September 8, 2010

EnMasse 2.3 released

RenderX has released EnMasse 2.3. This release comes with platform-independent and Windows specific distributions. The platform-independent version is the direct successor of the previous EnMasse supplemented with command-line installer and configuration script. The Windows version is a new Windows package with graphical installer, configuration editor and Windows service. The full list of improvements are:

  • Distutils based command-line installer (platform-independent version)
  • Post-install configuration tool (platform-independent version)
  • Improved startup scripts for EnMasse and CLISER engines
  • Graphical installer (Windows version)
  • Configuration editor with support of validation (Windows version)
  • Winmasse Windows service (Windows version)


August 25, 2010

VDPMill 3.3 released

RenderX has released VDPMill 3.3. This major release includes the following:

  • Job Manager to queue jobs and process them sequentially
  • XML-RPC interface to Job Manager (server application, client libraries)
  • Control Panel Application to run/stop/configure XML-RPC Server and EnMasse, and for job monitoring
  • VDPMill Ticket light-weight application to create VDPMill Job Tickets using an user-friendly interface
  • Sequence numbering plugin for page numbering using several criteria
  • Improved error handling on post-split XSLT
  • More informative messages in VDPMill Interactive Application


June 3, 2010

VDPMill 3.2 released

RenderX has released VDPMill 3.2. This major release comes with XML job ticket support as the main format for GUI application project files, customized post-processing (OMR, Transpromo) support for separated/joined output. API samples and documentation have been updated and some bugs fixed and minor improvements made. These include:

  • Sorting of the list of the input files by name/location/size/date modified
  • Processing log auto-scrolling
  • RenderX multi-product license key supported
  • AFP files generation improvements (resource file support)
  • Fixed bugs:
    • splitting options validation
    • configuration validation/loading
    • joined output file locking


May 4, 2010

VisualXSL 2.3.1 released

RenderX has released VisualXSL 2.3.1. This is a recommended bugfix release that includes several issues resolved, including:

  • Fixed severe problems with JavaScript for radiobuttons and action buttons in PDF forms;
  • Further improvements and bugfixes over Undo;
  • Fixed a display problem after changing frame orientation under certain conditions;
  • Fixed a problem of Z-Order property when multiple blocks are selected;
  • Fixed an issue with incorrectly relocated Table and Address frames;
  • Fixed an exception if browser preview window is no longer accessible under certain conditions;
  • Fixed several issues with multiple inlines within paragraphs;


May 1, 2010

VDPMill 3.1 released

RenderX has released VDPMill 3.1. This major release brings OMR and Transpromo support as well as other significant improvements:

  • The API now has a common plug-in interface for adding post-processing extensions;
  • Introduced OMR support;
  • Introduced Transpromo Support;
  • Added support for XEPOUT as input;
  • Generated output files list is available after pause/resume;
  • Support for adding local EnMasse configuration file from the control panel
  • Improved display of available output formats;
  • Fixed several problems, including saving splitter output options;


April 16, 2010

VisualXSL 2.3 released

RenderX has released VisualXSL 2.3. This major release brings new fillable PDF forms with JavaScript capability, new output formats. Here’s the complete list:

  • Significant improvements over fillable PDF Forms. Now they are built with RenderX XEP and support most features from XEP, including fields, submit buttons, checkboxes, radiobuttons, and more;
  • Added feature of editing JavaScript event handlers for PDF Forms, associated with controls, pages, and documents;
  • Added support for different output formats, depending on those available in XEP license;
  • Major improvements over Paragraph editor (modifying and deleting fields, formatting and aligning the inlines);
  • Address Blocks are now can be edited like normal paragraphs and have custom layout and additional fields within;
  • Improved Page Numbering widgets;
  • Improved moving frames with mouse and keyboard (Ctrl and Alt handling);
  • New samples and workflows in User Reference;

Also, several problems have been resolved including:

  • Fixed several problems with Table builder that prevented toolbar buttons working correctly;
  • Improved new and rotated items layout on a dynamic flow;
  • Temporary folder leakage (lost files) eliminated;
  • Several bugfixes with clipboard operations (Copy and Paste);
  • Fixed issues with traces on the layout;
  • Fixed critical error during Undo operation with paragraph and address blocks;
  • Fixed layout problems for very small frames;
  • Fixed an issue that prevented opening older versions of *.vxl files, and source files having CDATA elements;
  • Fixed problems with alignment, content deletion, and scaling within the paragraph editor;
  • Fixed several issues related to background image rendering;
  • Fixed a problem when tooltips remained on screen after the application was deactivated;
  • Improved logic of Inherit and Auto length values;
  • Fixed problems with incorrect image height in dynamic layout;
  • Minor bugfixes and code improvements;


April 2, 2010

RenderX Sponsoring 2010 AIIM/On Demand Exposition + Conference, Pennsylvania Conv

RenderX, the recognized leader in XML to Print Technology with over 4000 customers, will be exhibiting at the AIIM Exposition + Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, April 20 - 22, 2010 in Booth #1709.

RenderX will also be the exclusive sponsor of the "Tap & Brew" Lounge located in Booth #1543. The lounge will feature complimentary coffee each day of the show as well as domestic and premium beer.

For your design, publishing and printing needs, RenderX will present targeted demonstrations of our industry-leading products. These include our newest releases:

  • VDPMill, a complete solution with very high performance rendering of both large print files as well as singular large reports,

  • VisualXSL, a GUI-based designer for writing eXtensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) stylesheets for use with RenderX XEP and VDPMill.

VDPMill, a complete solution that can generate very large batch print files - hundreds of thousands of pages in a single file. Through the use of a multi-threaded formatting grid for documents, the components of this print file can be formatted simultaneously to meet any performance demands. VDPMill supports output in any RenderX XEP format including PDF, PostScript, AFP, XPS, PPML, SVG and HTML.

VisualXSL, a GUI-based designer for writing XSL stylesheets for use with RenderX XEP and VDPMill. The product supports creating static overlay forms and flowing documents with variable page layouts based on position such as first, any, last and only. In fact, static and flowing documents can be mixed together into a complete XSL stylesheet project.

Creating PDF Forms, a RenderX solution that creates a complete, generic framework with modifiable form field elements, based on XML templates.

TransPromo applications, using RenderX software to create TransPromo, also known as "statement-based marketing", variable marketing advertisements in your documents.

Come visit us at the show in Booth #1709 and stop by our "Tap & Brew" Lounge in Booth #1543 for a coffee or beer, on us.

If you would like to schedule a targeted, personal demonstration of any of our technologies, contact RenderX sales at +1.650.327-1000 (sales@renderx.com). We would be happy to accommodate you.

 


April 1, 2010

XEP 4.18 released

RenderX has released 4.18. This major release brings a new backend, PPML as well as other significant improvements:

  • Additional support for document-level Javascript in PDF output, including such events as:
    • Document open, close
    • Object blur, focus, mousedown, mouseup, mouseenter, mouseexit
    • Document willclose, willsave, willprint, didprint
  • The XPS generator has been enhanced to support bookmarks
  • Multimedia objects in PDF are enhanced to support additional player controls (like play-mode, volume, duration) as well as being able to insert a poster file for the object in the PDF

A number of bugs have been fixed, including accented characters in some Type 1 fonts, word spacing in XHTML output, correct interpretation of stop-color in SVG gradients and proper positioning of diacritic marks in Thai vowel structure.


March 31, 2010

VDPMill 3.0 released

RenderX has released VDPMill 3.0. This major release brings a fully redesigned product containing significant improvements:

  • Simultaneous generation of joined and separated output files;
  • Added XML Process Instructions (PI) support to control chunk document generation joining;
  • Introduced sophisticated error recovery for reliable request processing;
  • Added GUI Control Panel to start/stop EnMasse

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News

July 15, 2014
XEP 4.23 released

Improved Sec. 508 accessibility:
new RenderX extensions;
relaxed input requirements; several bugfixes in SVG;
DocBench: oXygen Editor 16
More news...


August 28, 2013
VisualXSL 2.4.5 released

Cell spanning, conditional rows. Reusable/referable blocks. Conditional and Choose blocks. New property fields, improved UI.
More news...


August 8, 2013
XEP 4.22 released

External PDF injection:
entire document, specific page;
improved Sec. 508 accessibility;
bugfixes in SVG gradients;
DocBench: oXygen Editor 15
More news...


October 25, 2012
XEP 4.21 released

Extended Sec. 508 accessibility,
improvements in bidi algorithm,
XEPOUT diagnostics, bugfixes,
DocBench: oXygen Editor 14.1
More news...


July 23, 2012
XEP 4.20 released

New Java and Windows installers,
multicolumn footnote balancing,
GNU FreeFonts, bugfixes,
DocBench: oXygen XML Editor 14
More news...


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