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January 15, 2010

VisualXSL 2.2 released

RenderX has released VisualXSL 2.2. This release includes several important improvements:

  • Major improvements over Table Builder; it is no longer an extra window but a regular control;
  • Improved visual appearance for text blocks in Design layout;
  • Added more examples in User's Guide;
  • Improved layout of the User's Guide (PDF and CHM versions);
  • Improved navigation (modal dialogs, keyboard shortcuts, etc);

In addition, several issues that have been noted by users have been addressed including:

  • Fixed issues with moving multiple objects;
  • Fixed clipboard issues;
  • Fixed issues with Undo/Redo;
  • Fixed issues with Drag-and-Drop operations;
  • Fixed several refresh issues with Property Grid;
  • Improved navigation (modal dialogs, keyboard shortcuts, etc);
  • Fixed update issues with installer;
  • Fixed several problems with popup menus;


December 4, 2009

XEP 4.17 released

RenderX has released 4.17. This major release brings a new backend, XPS as well as other significant improvements:

  • Add <rx:media-object> to support insertion of multi-media content in PDF documents. Using this new extension available to all users, you can easily insert various multi-media objects into your PDFs, including:
    • Flash
    • AIFF
    • MPEG Audio and Video (MP3, MPEG-2, MPEG-4)
    • SMIL
  • PDF Forms has been enhanced to support inserting complete Javascript libraries and provides hooks for applying Javascript to fields.
  • PDFs as images now can be version 1.5 with xref streams.

A number of bugs have been fixed, including color bleeding of embedded PDFs, a linearization issue, an incorrect warning in tagged PDF and some positional issues with PDF Form fields.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 11.


November 10, 2009

Using RenderX XSL FO Technology
for Large Report Formatting

This paper presents concepts that can be applied to create a solution for very large report formatting. The concepts can be applied in parallel such that one can realize the creation of huge output documents with 100,000+ pages at very high performance. RenderX is about to release our newest application VDPMill. Using the concepts described in this paper, RenderX with VDPMill has reached new milestones in XSL FO formatting reaching formatting speeds greater than 250 pages/second and generating print output spool files exceeding even 500,000 pages.

Download your free PDF copy of "Using RenderX XSL FO Technology for Large Report Formatting".


September 3, 2009

RenderX Sponsoring Print09, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, Booth #6521

RenderX, the recognized leader in XML to Print Technology with over 4000 customers, will be exhibiting at Print09 at Chicago's McCormick Place, September 11-16 in Booth #6521.

We 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, and
  • PDF Forms, add-on capability to our flagship XEP Rendering engine that delivers dynamic, interactive PDF Forms.

VDPMill (formerly DocFactory), a complete solution that can generate very large batch print files - hundreds of thousands of pages in a single file - and/or simultaneously generate separate files.

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. Static and flowing documents can be mixed together into a complete XSL stylesheet project.

PDF Forms, XEP can now generate dynamic, interactive PDF Forms. There are 100s of uses for such a technology. Dynamically generated invoices can carry a PDF Form for easy reordering of products or credit card payment. Targeted Transpromo advertising in statements can be a PDF Form to upsell your related products. Surveys and applications can be populated with known information about a customer.

Come visit us at the show in Booth #6521. 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.


July 7, 2009

XEP 4.16 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.16. This release adds the ability to create PDF Forms, and also includes improvements in SVG, HTML and AFP generators:

  • PDF Forms: a new extension allows to create interactive PDF documents.
  • HTML and SVG generators have an option to produce a single zip file with each page as a separate file inside it.
  • Another option in SVG and HTML generators allows to create just a few first pages for previewing.
  • SVGZ and XEPOUT images are supported in HTML and SVG generators.
  • Arbitrary processing instructions in fo:flow or fo:static-content are not discarded and appear in roughly the same places in XEPOUT.
  • AFP generator supports native JPEG images and IMM instructions.
  • Serialization of XEPOUT events became faster.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 10.3.


April 9, 2009

XEP 4.15 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.15. This major release brings a new backend, SVG improvements and performance related features:

  • HTML backend has been added. It generates a single HTML document that includes all pages.
  • SVG patterns and gradients are supported.
  • Opacity in SVG and alpha channel in PNG are supported in PDF backend.
  • A new option - IMAGE_MEMOIZE_THRESHOLD - protects against memory leaks on instream SVG and 'data:' images.
  • Less memory is required by PostScript generator.

A number of bugs have been fixed, including PDF linearization and positioning of Arabic diacritics. XEPWin 2.2 also runs on Vista 64bit and includes a number of configuration enhancements and bug fixes.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 10.2.


March 9, 2009

RenderX Sponsoring 2009 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, March 30-April 2, 2009 in Booth #1432.

RenderX will also be the exclusive sponsor of the "Tap & Brew" Lounge located in Booth #1449. 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:

  • DocFactory, 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 DocFactory, and
  • Two new white papers about Creating PDF Forms and TransPromo applications

DocFactory, 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.

VisualXSL, a GUI-based designer for writing XSL stylesheets for use with RenderX XEP and DocFactory. 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 #1432 and stop by our "Tap & Brew" Lounge in Booth #1449 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.


December 12, 2008

XEP 4.14 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.14. This major release brings quite a lot of new features and enhancements:

  • An SVG backend has been added. The new backend generates a single SVG document that includes all pages.
  • XEP Intermediate Format (XEPOUT) files are supported as external vector graphics files, e.g. for fo:external-graphic (the first page is displayed).
  • A new option - IMAGE_INLINE_THRESHOLD - allows to control placement of image data inside a PostScript document: It can be included either in the document setup or in page setup section, depending on the option's value of and the number of an image's appearances in the document.
  • The number of pages generated by an fo:page-sequence may be forced to be a multiple of N by using force-page-count="xN".
  • PDF/A compliance has been improved.

XEPWin now supports input files with embedded stylesheets. XEPWin's memory management has been improved: It can use a temporary directory, saving more memory for formatting. Some bugs have been fixed in the PostScript generator. Support for page-number-citation-last in the FO namespace has been restored.

The DocBench bundle now includes oXygen XML Editor 10.


September 17, 2008

RenderX Exhibits at Oracle OpenWorld 2008

RenderX, the recognized leader in XML to print technology, will participate as an exhibitor at Oracle OpenWorld 2008 in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, West from September 21–24, 2008 in Booth #3730.

Oracle OpenWorld is the world’s largest gathering of Oracle customers, partners, developers, and technology enthusiasts. The event offers a multitude of opportunities for learning, collaborating, and connecting with experts and peers in the field of information technology.

RenderX will be demonstrating our most current technologies and solutions, including XEP - a patented, commercial grade XSL formatting engine. XEP takes input in XML, applies an XSL transformation and then formats the Formatting Objects into PDF, AFP or PostScript, the de-facto standards for standard typography.

We will also be giving attendees a sneak peak at our soon-to-be-released products, to include demonstrations of DiType, a next generation formatting engine, DocuType, a combination of DiType and MediaWiki - as well as VisualXSL, a complete forms-based application for the Financial, Health Care, and Insurance Industries.

If you would like to schedule a targeted, personal demonstration of any of our technologies, contact RenderX sales at (650) 327-1000 (online form). We would be happy to accommodate you.


August 19, 2008

XEP 4.13 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.13. Two new extensions: 'watermark' and 'transpromo'. Bug fixes in PDF/A generation and processing of background images on table elements. DocBench bundle includes oXygen XML Editor 9.3.


July 25, 2008

DiType 2.2 released

RenderX announces a release of DiType 2.2. This version introduces backend configuration options, available as server-side configuration parameters and as per-document processing instructions: linearization, compression, user privileges and passwords for PDF generator; unicode annotations, initial view and zoom controls for PostScript; and other options. Other improvements are better support for TrueType fonts and faster rendering of tables.


June 20, 2008

DiType 2.1 released

RenderX announces a release of DiType 2.1. This version introduces:

  • SVG backend for fast preview;
  • support for XML Catalogs;
  • updated style sheets for DocBook and DITA, with configured XML catalogs;
  • unicode annotations in PDF output allow non-latin characters in bookmark titles;
  • configuration options allow to limit the size of external resources, both per resource and per document.


June 20, 2008

New Product Release: DocuType

RenderX integrates DiType and MediaWiki to create DocuType, enabling you to take wiki content and convert it to PDF format for printing and publishing purposes.


May 28, 2008

DiType 2.0 Release: DiType 2.0

RenderX announces a release of DiType 2.0. This version includes a new implementation of scalability on architectures with multiple CPUs/cores, increased performance of PostScript backend, and updated fonts for a wide subrange of the Unicode code points.


April 30, 2008

New Product Trial Release: DiType 1.9 Trial

RenderX is proud to announce DiType 1.9 Trial. DiType turns manuscripts into type. Built in and for the digital age, it presents the type in PDF, PostScript and other page description languages, and accepts manuscripts in a number of popular XML markup vocabularies. The architecture of DiType is based on experience gathered during the lifetime of XEP and widely uses open technologies and protocols. The heart of DiType is XSL FO rendering engine, accompanied by input format converters and output generators.


April 29, 2008

RenderX’s Solution Creates a Complete, Generic Framework with Modifiable Form Field Elements, Based on XML Templates

Banks, utility companies, retailers, insurance, and credit card companies have an increasing need to give their clients the ability to enter specific information about their accounts in pre-configured PDF forms via the web. This can be accomplished by offering internet-based application forms that are 100% custom to the applicant. The forms can be generated using information from a few upfront questions and known information from their account. Other fields can be filled with known information and even hidden to prevent their modification.

RenderX clients have an increasing need for creating dynamic PDF forms. Producing these forms can be accomplished by using RenderX’s XEP, an original XSL FO formatting engine, combined with iText to produce dynamic, fill-able, custom forms in a high-volume, multi-threaded application. Integrating RenderX XEP and XSL FO technology with iText has resulted in a 100% generic way to generate dynamic PDF forms for everyday applications. No further programming is necessary to generate dynamic, fill-able, custom PDF forms. Click here to view "Integrating RenderX XSL FO Technology with iText for High Performance Dynamic Forms Generation" .


April 28, 2008

Use RenderX Software to Create TransPromo Variable Marketing Advertisements in Your Documents

TransPromo, also known as "statement based marketing", integrates a TRANSactional document with proactive PROMOtional marketing. TransPromo provides an opportunity to blend marketing messages with must-read transaction statements such as invoices, statements, benefit confirmations, explanations, and other notifications to influence behavior and ultimately drive business volume. Banks, utilities, retailers, and credit card companies are now incorporating highly tailored messages based on the consumer’s buying habits into transaction documents to provide promotion information relevant to their specific needs and interests.

If you’re producing transactional customer communications such as statements, invoices, policy notifications, or shipping documents, you probably already have some of the basic elements you need to start using TransPromo to take your marketing campaigns to the next level. TransPromo advertising in a PDF, PostScript and AFP electronic and print format can easily be injected into your application with RenderX. Click here to view "Using RenderX for TransPromo" .


April 25, 2008

XEP 4.12 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.12. Two new extensions: 'multicolumn footnotes' and 'unique footnotes'. PDF generator can produce PDF/A compliant documents. Custom meta-fields for PDF document properties may be specified. Encoding tables are not truncated if font is not subsetted. DocBench bundle includes oXygen XML Editor 9.1.


February 27, 2008

Visual-XSL (VisualXSL 1.6) Released

RenderX has released Visual-XSL (VisualXSL 1.6). Implemented the option to generate fillable PDF form for documents with PDF background (currently textboxes and checkboxes are supported).
A lot of new features are now available in the Layout Designer: snapping to grid; context menu for drag-and-drop operation; cross-hairs to know exactly where you are placing an object; displaying of X/Y cursor coordinates (in the status bar); displaying of block location and size in real world coordinates; etc. Improved support of group operations: selecting, moving and resizing was made more comfortable (using mouse). Now all fields can be rotated at the angle that is a multiple of 90 degrees. Added auto-splitting of multi-page PDF for convenient using it as a background for the multi-page form. As well as other features and improvements are implemented.
Visual-XSL (VisualXSL 1.6) trial is available for download here.


February 5, 2008

RenderX To Exhibit And Sponsor "Tap & Brew" Lounge At AI

RenderX, the recognized leader in XML to print technology, will be exhibiting at the AIIM International / Xplor Document University Global Conference and Exhibition at the Boston Convention & Exposition Center, March 3-6, 2008 in Booth #2824. RenderX will also be the exclusive sponsor of the "Tap & Brew" Lounge, located in Booth #1870, adjacent to the Internet Caf?. The lounge will feature complimentary coffee each day of the show, as well as domestic and import beer from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the first two days, March 4th and 5th.
Kevin Brown, executive vice president of sales and marketing for RenderX, will serve as course chair for the spokespeople addressing XML Forums. Craig Cooper of ChoicePoint Precision Marketing, Eric Brown of Unisys Corporation, Fred Gerson of AIG, Ken Holman of Crane Softwrights Ltd, and Ken Matson of GCom2 Solutions will be speaking on various topics of document creation and management.
Courses will include: "Introduction to XSL-FO (XSLFO)", "Introduction to XSLT and Xpath", "Getting to the XML to PDF Transformation: Leveraging XSL-FO for Document Creation and Management", "Lessons from the FFIEC CDR Project", and "XML Foundation for a Variable Data Printing System".
RenderX will also be presenting targeted demonstrations of our products. This includes demonstrations of our newest release, VisualXSL, showing complete forms-based applications for the Health Care and Insurance industries. RenderX will also be giving attendees a sneak peak at our soon-to-be released products, including:

  • DiType – our next generation formatting engine
  • DataStyler Beta – leveraging Microsoft Word as an XSL designer
  • XML Report Generator – Integrating Oracle, DataStyler and RenderX XEP for a complete business document factory delivering high performance print and on-demand documents
Come visit us at the show in Booth #2824 and stop by our "Tap & Brew" Lounge in Booth #1870 for a free coffee or beer, on us. If you would like to schedule a targeted, personal demonstration of any of our technologies, contact RenderX sales at (650) 327-1000 (online form). We would be happy to accommodate you.


December 20, 2007

XEP 4.11 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.11. XSL 1.1 fo:folio-prefix and fo:folio-suffix are supported. Initial encoding for Type 1 fonts may be specified in the configuration file. A number of PDF options, such as the initial layout and viewer preferences, are available. DocBench bundle includes oXygen XML Editor 9.0. A new multithreading example in C# added to XEPWin Integration and Connectivity Kit .


December 18, 2007

New Product Beta Release: XML Report Generator (XMLRG) 1.3.0 Beta

RenderX is pleased to introduce a new product in the online shop – XML Report Generator (XMLRG) 1.3.0 Beta.
XML Report Generator (XMLRG) is a web application that uses templates based on Microsoft Word 2003/2007 variable data merging from Oracle Database 9i/10g. The application uses RenderX XEP to produce final reports, such as purchase orders, bills, invoices, application forms, etc. in the PDF, PostScript and AFP formats.
DataStyler is used for quick templates creation based on Microsoft Word 2003/2007 for variable data embedding. It is possible to pick up data from the Oracle Database and generate high-quality reports with data merged on the fly in XML Report Generator (XMLRG).
User can select report samples interactively and integrate them to generate composite report. There is an ability to define filter conditions on the data to insert calculated fields, total fields, formatting masks and relations between different elements of XML data.
XML Report Generator (XMLRG) 1.3.0 Beta is available for download here. Also it is possible to use the XML Report Generator (XMLRG) API Beta library to design report generating applications with Oracle XML DB backend and XEP rendering functionality. It also can be integrated into the custom solution as a report generator.


October 26, 2007

RenderX Silver Sponsor Of Oracle OpenWorld 2007

RenderX is a Silver Sponsor of the 2007 Oracle OpenWorld conference. RenderX will be sponsoring the "Tap & Brew" – two lounges, one in each part of Moscone Center. Each lounge will feature complimentary espresso drinks in the morning and microbrews in the afternoon. "Tap & Brew" Pubs will be located in both Moscone West (Booth #3818) and Moscone South (Booth #748) Exhibition Halls.
RenderX will also be exhibiting at Booth #3810, with targeted demonstrations of our products. This includes demonstrations of our newest release, VisualXSL, showing complete forms-based applications for the Health Care and Insurance industries. RenderX will also be giving attendees a sneak peak at our soon-to-be released products including:

  • DiType – our next generation formatting engine
  • DataStyler Beta – leveraging Microsoft Word as an XSL designer
  • XML Report Generator – Integrating Oracle, DataStyler and RenderX XEP for a complete business document factory delivering high performance print and on-demand documents
Please visit us at Oracle OpenWorld, Booth #3810. If you would like to schedule a targeted, personal demonstration of any of our technologies, contact RenderX sales at (650) 327-1000 (online form). We would be happy to accommodate you.
Many Oracle partners including Unisys, CGI, EDS, Accenture, IBM, Capgemini and Hewlett-Packard have increased their profits through an open standards approach to Oracle reporting, implementing RenderX software for their customers' XML to PDF, Postscript and AFP requirements.
Stop by and say "hi" and have a cappuccino, soda or microbrew on us. We'll be raffling off some prizes so don't forget to enter the drawings.


October 19, 2007

New Product Beta Release: Datastyler 1.3.0 Beta

RenderX is pleased to introduce a new product in the online shop – DataStyler 1.3.0 Beta. DataStyler is an application that uses Microsoft Word 2003/2007 for quick creation of templates for variable data embedding. The application utilizes RenderX XEP to produce final reports, such as purchase orders, bills, invoices, application forms, etc., in the PDF, PostScript or AFP formats.
DataStyler is created with the help of a rich client technology that features floating windows, different user views and perspectives, wizards, progress indicators, workspace layout management (save/restore), automatic updates and so on. Microsoft Word 2003/2007 is used as the environment for template layout design. It is a widespread text processor which enables a user to work with texts in the open-standard XML format. Special XML tags are used for indicating data merge points in a template.
A user can just to drag-and-drop XML data elements from the DataStyler window that shows the merged data structure onto the layout of the Microsoft Word document. A predefined table layout to embed the corresponding data elements will be generated automatically.
DataStyler 1.3.0 Beta is available for download here.
Also it is possible to use the DataStyler API Beta command line utility for data merge and reports generation. This application uses templates created with DataStyler and XML data source files to produce printable reports. It is a 100-percent Java application and can be run on both Windows and Linux/Unix platforms.


October 11, 2007

New Product Beta Release: INX2FO Plug-In 1.0 Beta

RenderX is proud to introduce a new product in the online shop – INX2FO Plug-In 1.0 Beta. This is an Adobe InDesign CS2 plug-in that greatly simplifies transformation of dynamic documents to PDF or PostScript. The technology uses a set of the RenderX INX2FO stylesheets for transformation from the InDesign INX format to XSL FO (XSLFO) and RenderX XEP/XEPWin as a formatting core for PDF or PostScript generation. The plug-in gives several additional tools to for the data source management and also simplifies the PDF or PostScript generation – the resulting file can be generated with just a few mouse click. The whole INX2FO solution (the plug-in, stylesheets, and XEP rendering engine) enables fast dynamic document development and high-speed, cost-effective document production. The INX2FO solution is the right choice for the design and production of dynamic, flowing documents such as contracts, statements, loan packages, and marketing materials in various industries such as financial and legal services, insurance, government, etc.
INX2FO Plug-In 1.0 Beta is available for download here.


September 25, 2007

New Product Release: Visual-XSL (VisualXSL 1.5)

RenderX is pleased to inform you about a new product’s availability - Visual-XSL (VisualXSL 1.5) is now released. Visual-XSL (VisualXSL 1.5) is a GUI-based application for designing XSL stylesheets primarily used as an overlay for forms. A user can create an XSL stylesheet visually, quickly, without coding or any XSL-FO (XSLFO) knowledge. With an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface, Visual-XSL (VisualXSL 1.5) does all the hard work for you. Behind the scenes, it is creating an XSL stylesheet for use with RenderX XEP/XEPWin. It is an ideal product for high-performance form-based batch printing or dynamic, on-the-fly form generation. Visual-XSL (VisualXSL 1.5) can be used to create and deliver any of the 1000s of forms used in your business, such as checks, bills, invoices, claims, applications or government forms, etc.
The stylesheet generated by Visual-XSL (VisualXSL 1.5) can be used with XEP to produce millions of forms filled with data. This high-speed output can be achieved due to the use of the absolute positioning of text blocks.
Visual-XSL (VisualXSL 1.5) trial is available for download here.


May 16, 2007

XEP 4.10 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.10. On jre 1.6 it runs up to 82% faster. Documentation has been significantly improved. The AFP backend in XEP 4.10 features support for Greek and Chinese character sets and basic support for native AFP raster fonts. XEPwin 2.1 installes jre 1.6 and includes XEP 4.10. DocBench bundle includes oXygen XML Editor 8.2. A new multithreading example added to Integration and Connectivity Kit.


April 16, 2007

RenderX Exhibits at AIIM April 16-19

RenderX will be exhibiting at the AIIM Expo held in Boston, MA, April 16-19,
2007, at the Boston Convention & Exposition Center . Business professionals
attend AIIM Expo to find the latest technologies and solutions to develop and
improve enterprise content & document management processes. Attendees of
AIIM Expo don't just come to learn what's new, but also to learn how to improve upon the systems they have in place to capture, manage, share, and store documents. RenderX will demonstrate several new products, such as a report generator for Oracle Database and a visual XSL-FO template designer, as well as a plug-in for Microsoft Word and a data-merge plug-in for Adobe InDesign. Please visit us at Booth # 2851 .


March 15, 2007

The new version of INX2FO stylesheets released for free download

The new version of XSLT stylesheets designed for converting Adobe InDesign Interchange (INX) format to XSL FO (XSLFO) is now available. RenderX has implemented support for the geometrical shapes and shapes transformation operations (such as rotation, scaling, skewing, and motion). Also image processing is greatly improved and transformation operations are now available (such as rotation, scaling, skewing and motion). Multiple text, color support, table of contents processing and other enhancements are also included in the new version of the stylesheets.
The RenderX INX2FO stylesheets can be downloaded here .


February 27, 2007

The new version of WordML2FO stylesheets released for free download

RenderX has released the new version of WordML2FO stylesheets for converting WordML documents to XSL FO (XSLFO).
WordML2FO has been improved by RenderX to provide customization for bookmark generation and better processing of table cells borders, paragraph text color set as "auto", TOC generation. Also there were fixed processing of documents saved with "Track and changes" option switched on. Stylesheets to provide different XSL translators compatibility were improved.
WordML2FO package contains the collection of samples to demonstrate the capabilities of the conversion and user documentation to help users perform the conversion.
WordML2FO stylesheets can be downloaded for free here .


January 15, 2007

XEP 4.9 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.9. Major achievements are in AFP backend.
The AFP backend in XEP 4.9 provides multilingual support, a number of new types of Barcodes with BC:OCA or G:OCA , wider range of SVG primitives and WordArt graphics, other improvements and bug fixes. The user interface in XEP Assistant has been improved. XEPwin 2.0 has also been updated and now it includes XEP 4.9.


November 28, 2006

XEP 4.8 released

RenderX has released XEP 4.8. Major achievements are in AFP backend.
XEP 4.8 provides support in AFP backend for barcodes with BC:OCA, partial support for SVG with G:OCA, highlight color and bullets.

DocBench distribution includes oXygen 8.

A number of other improvements and bug fixes, including relaxed limitation for strip/tile tags in TIFF processing, default 'xHeight' in Type1 fonts.

XEPwin 2.0 has also been updated and now it includes XEP 4.8.


November 27, 2006

The new version of WordML2FO stylesheets released for free download

RenderX has released the new version of WordML2FO stylesheets for converting WordML documents into XSL FO (XSLFO).
WordML2FO has been improved by RenderX for processing of section breaks, "Styles and Formatting" in WordML files created in localized version of the Microsoft Word, lists labels and items, alternative fonts name, properties of nested tables, barcodes support for AFP-standard BC:OCA encoding and partial Microsoft Word 2007 support (tested with Microsoft Word 2007 Beta 2).
During the year RenderX has been strongly developing the WordML2FO to extend its abilities. Major achievements are in Word graphics support (starting with basic shapes up to complex ones like Block Arrows, Stars and Banners, Callouts etc) and barcodes support. RenderX has improved the wide set of formatting elements processing like sections, headers and footers, tables, lists, processing of XML elements specified by custom XML scheme and others.
WordML2FO package contains the collection of samples to demonstrate the capabilities of the conversion and user documentation to help users do the conversion.
WordML2FO stylesheets can be downloaded for free here.


November 24, 2006

The new version of INX2FO stylesheets released for free download

The new version of XSLT stylesheets designed for converting Adobe InDesign Interchange (INX) format to XSL FO (XSLFO) is now available. RenderX has improved these stylesheets for text indents processing and support of tint (for shapes borders and background).
The RenderX INX2FO package includes improved stylesheets for performing the transformation, as well as updated user documentation and a set of samples.
The RenderX INX2FO stylesheets can be downloaded here.


November 15, 2006

GOA/Xplor 2007 Exhibition and Conference

Graphics of the Americas, the second largest U.S.-based annual international graphic communications exhibition and Xplor International debuts the XML/PDF exhibit pavilion, February 28 through March 4, 2007 in Miami Beach, Florida. In addition, the pavilion will be offering topic-specific conference curricula and vendor tutorials. As part of these curricula and vendor tutorials, Kevin Brown was selected to run the XML Forum: Document Production for Implementers and XML Forum: Document Production for Decision Makers.

Speakers will consist of Management and Technical personnel from AIG, Choicepoint Precision Marketing, Crane Software, Elan GMK, foActive LLC, Industrial Medium, Innodata-Isogen, RenderX, Lehman Brothers, and PostNexus.


November 14, 2006

The 3rd Annual Gilbane Conference on Content Technologies Boston

The Gilbane Conference on Content Management has asked Kevin Brown to speak at its Automated Publishing track scheduled on Wednesday, November 29, 2006. This is Kevin’s second speaking engagement at the Gilbane Conference. This year’s conference will be focusing on the broad range of content technologies available for enterprise applications, including technologies like content management and enterprise search.


September 8, 2006

XEP 4.7 released, with some support for XSL 1.1 and improvements in AFP backend

RenderX has released XEP 4.7. The new version supports some XSL 1.1 features in FO namespace and includes major improvements in AFP backend. XEP 4.7 supports XSL 1.1 change-bars, bookmarks, indexes, fo:page-number-citation-last and page-position="only". These features are now supported in FO namespace, with some limitations.

XEP 4.7 also includes major improvements in AFP backend: support for FORMDEFs, 'dashed' and 'dotted' line styles, shading patterns and image caching.

XEPwin 2.0 has also been updated and now it includes XEP 4.7.


August 10, 2006

INX2FO stylesheets released for free download

RenderX has expanded the development tools for creating XSL FO (XSLFO) through the development of a set of stylesheets for transformation of Adobe InDesign Interchange (INX) format to XSL FO (XSLFO).
Adobe InDesign CS2 allows to save documents in XML based format INX. XSL FO (XSLFO) is an XML markup language for document formatting. XSL FO (XSLFO) is part of XSL, a set of W3C technologies designed for the transformation and formatting of XML data.
The RenderX INX2FO package includes stylesheets for performing the transformation, as well as user documentation and a set of samples. For the initial release, INX2FO supports most of the important document structures like tables, paragraphs, and images.
The RenderX INX2FO stylesheets can be downloaded here. This is another free tool offered to the community by RenderX. With this download, you will receive a collection of stylesheets for converting Adobe InDesign INX documents to XSL FO (XSLFO). INX2FO stylesheets package also includes some application notes and several sample documents that demonstrate the capabilities of the conversion.


May 26, 2006

XEP 4.6 released, includes AFP output generation

RenderX has released XEP 4.6, a new version of its XSL processor and accompanying tools. The new version introduces AFP output generation - XEP can now output documents in AFP format. New features include:

  • AFP backend (requires a special license)
  • Line-breaking algorithm conforms to the Unicode Standard Annex #14
  • New implementation of XSL 1.1 change bars

XEP 4.6 has built-in support for generating AFP documents. AFP support is available through a special license. AFP is an architecture for high volume transaction output supported by various vendors of printing equipments like IBM, Kodak, and Xerox.


May 23, 2006

RenderX is pleased to announce new support for generating AFP documents

RenderX is pleased to announce new support for generating AFP documents. The new XEP AFP generator is available with a special license. AFP is an architecture standard for high volume transaction output supported by such vendors of printing equipment like IBM, Kodak, Xerox and others.

AFP has built-in support for text and raster graphic output, vector graphic, vector and raster fonts and many other features. XEP AFP generator generates documents which are MODCA-P streams that contain PTOCA objects and IOCA objects. XEP AFP generator can also generate an additional stream that can contain raster images as IOCA objects.


May 3, 2006

XEPwin 2.0 and WinSuite Kit released, work with .NET
Framework 2.0

RenderX has released XEPwin 2.0 and WinSuite Kit. The new versions are intended for .NET Framework 2.0.XEPwin 2.0 distribution includes the most recent builds of XEP 4.5 and WordprocessingML To XSL FO (XSLFO) Converter. MSI installer will download and install required components: .NET Framework 2.0 and J2SE 1.4.2, if they are not yet installed in the system. Users do not need to download anything separately.

WinSuite Kit includes a new version of XEP.dll for use with .NET Framework 2.0.

License keys issued for version 1.2 of XEPwin and WinSuite Kit are valid for updates to 2.0 versions.


March 21, 2006

The new version of WordML2FO stylesheets released for free download

RenderX has released the new improved version of WordML2FO, a collection of XSLT stylesheets designed for converting WordprocessingML documents into XSL FO (XSLFO) documents (examples are included into the WordML2FO package).
Microsoft Word 2003 can save documents in WordprocessingML by representing edited constructs in XML syntax.
XSL-FO is an XML markup language for document formatting. XSL-FO is part of XSL, a set of W3C technologies designed for the transformation and formatting of XML data.
WordML2FO includes a generic stylesheet designed for performing this conversion, as well as an extension stylesheet that makes use of RenderX extensions such as flow-sections, document properties and bookmarks.
In this new version you will find several improvements such as generation of barcodes, support of .png images, capability to disallow breaking table rows at page breaks, support for character filled tabs, use of XSLT "plug-ins", some introductory support for WordArt (several basic shapes) and for smart-tags, and many other improvements.
WordML2FO stylesheets can be downloaded for free here.
With this download, you will receive a collection of stylesheets for converting Microsoft WordprocessingML to XSL FO (XSLFO). WordML2FO stylesheets package also includes some application notes and several sample documents that demonstrate the capabilities of the conversion.


January 18, 2006

RenderX Exhibits at AIIM May 15-18

RenderX will be exhibiting at the AIIM Expo in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center May 15-18, 2006. Business professionals attend AIIM Expo to find the latest technologies and solutions to develop and improve enterprise content & document management processes. Attendees of AIIM Expo don't just come to learn what's new, but also to learn how to improve upon the systems they have in place to capture, manage, share, and store documents.


January 16, 2006

XML 2005 Conference Proceedings Posted to Public

Idealliance and RenderX have published the final proceedings from The XML 2005 Conference. The proceedings and slides are available on the conference website. The proceedings themselves represent an excellent demonstration of RenderX software.Authors contributed XML content for their papers and RenderX software was used to produce HTML, PDF and SVG versions of each document. The entire process is automated, including the production of all indexes and organization of the website.


January 5, 2006

XEP 4.5 released, includes support for Thai

RenderX has released XEP 4.5, a new version of its XSL processor and accompanying tools. The new version introduces Thai support - XEP can now render documents written in Thai, performing proper word breaking and glyph composition. This feature requires SUN JDK 1.4+, but XEP will still run with earlier versions. Other improvements include better heuristics for side floats placement, refinements in marker retrieval algorithms, and resolution of fine conformance issues. More information on XEP can be found on the product page.


January 1, 2005

RenderX Exhibits at Xplor to Showcase PDF, Postscript and AFP Output

RenderX will be exhibiting at the Graphics of the Americas/Xplor International conference in Miami Beach, Florida February 3-5. We invite you to visit us at our booth #609 and see our industry-leading XML to Print technology in a series of demonstrations. RenderX will be introducing XEP version 4.5 and demonstrating output capabilities in PDF, Postscript and AFP. RenderX is also hosting and will be featured in several speaking slots during the XMLForum that are specifically focused on using XML in Print.


July 28, 2005

RenderX Diamond Sponsor of XML 2005

RenderX along with Sun Microsystems is sponsoring the Idealliance XML 2005 Conference in Atlanta November 14-18. Make plans to come visit us and see our industry-leading XML to PDF technology in a series of demonstrations.


July 18, 2005

Simplify XSL FO (XSLFO) with Stylus Studio and RenderX XEP!

Now you can simplify single source publishing from XML to PDF, PostScript and other advanced document formats with integrated support for the RenderX XEP XSL:FO processor in Stylus Studio. Use the industry-leading RenderX XEP processor in place of the Apache FOP to edit, troubleshoot and preview advanced XML to PDF transformations using XSL:FO directly from within Stylus Studio. A new tutorial explains how to configure the two products, read about it on page containing description of using Stylus Studio with RenderX XEP.


June 15, 2005

RenderX Announces Availability of Free Personal Edition

To show its dedication to the XSL FO (XSLFO) community, RenderX is pleased to offer a free, non-expiring "Personal Edition" of RenderX software. The Personal Edition is licensed to individuals who wish to produce PDF and Postscript for non-commercial applications. It is perfect for creating W3C standards, other industry standards and specifications, open source documentation, blog postings and any other non-commercial application. The Personal Edition is functionally equivalent to RenderX's full software, with the exception of a small stamp applied to pages at the very bottom margin. Fill out the download form and we will e-mail your license key immediately.


June 14, 2005

XEP 4.4 Released, Improvements in Section 508 and Change Bars

RenderX has released verison 4.4 of the XEP Engine, the major new features of this release are support for generating PDF which complies to Section 508 in the trial version of the software and added support for implementing Change Bars within nested lists and tables. More information on XEP can be found on the product page.


April 15, 2005

XEP 4.3 Released, Adds Section 508 and Table Footers

RenderX has released verison 4.3 of the XEP Engine, the major new features of this release are support for generating PDF which complies to Section 508 and added support for repeatable XSL FO (XSLFO) table footers. Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. RenderX government and commericial customers can now create PDFs with logical reading order, alternate descriptions for images and setting an overall document language. This new release also supports repeatable table footers and honors 'table-omit-footer-at-break'. More information on XEP can be found on the product page.


March 19, 2005

Enmasse 1.5 Released, Adds SOAP Interface Capability

RenderX released a new version of EnMasse, our high-performance formatting server for XML documents. This version adds a SOAP interface to EnMasse, allowing users to format documents directly from a user application. The EnMasse Soap server accepts source XSL FO (XSLFO) or XML documents and sends back the formatted document via the same connection to the user. It can easily be intergrated to any application that supports SOAP. More information on EnMasse can be found on the product page


March 5, 2005

MarkLogic to host Webinar to feature RenderX

XML is a better way to handle content… but what's the best way to handle all that XML? Get the answer in a live web event, where you'll find out how an XML content server can give you more value from your enterprise content while speeding document print production wth RenderX software to lower the costs of business. Please make plans to attend this educational web seminar, Unlocking the Value of Enterprise Content: We'll Hand You the Keys, on Tuesday, March 22. It will feature live demonstrations of MarkLogic, the industry's leading XML content server, integrated with RenderX's industry leading print technology and other best-of-breed XML software. Don't miss this opportunity, register now!


February 10, 2005

Microsoft Publishes MSDN Technical Article

John Durant featured a spot on his weblog about a recent article for MSDN co-authored by RenderX engineers and Mark Iverson, Microsoft's programmability writer. As John points out, WordprocessingML from Microsoft is hot-hot-hot! We think so too John, "Rock on"! The article, Transforming Word Documents into the XSL-FO Format demonstrates publicly available stylesheets from Microsoft and RenderX that can be used to convert Word 2003 documents into XSL FO (XSLFO). There is some additional information about this technology in our free tools section.


February 10, 2005

RenderX Announces Release of XEPWin Desktop and Server

RenderX announces the initial release of XEPWin Desktop and Server. RenderX has responded to our customers demands for tools better suited for deployment on the Windows platform. The result is XEPWin, a .NET service that surrounds XEP Engine. XEPWin delivers all the functionality of our flagship product and exposes new .NET interfaces for interacting with the core engine. This initial release also includes several Windows applications to ease productivity on that platform, including a new Windows GUI and ActiXEP — a hot folder application. More information on XEPWin is available from the product page.


February 5, 2005

XEP 4.2 Released

RenderX has released version 4.2 of the XEP Engine. Among other features, this release includes an extension for change bars, support for varying levels of PDF/X conformance including PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3, embedding ICC profiles into documents, and support for z-index on fixed containers. As always, customers can easily upgrade their existing copies by visiting our download page, uploading their license key and accessing all new updates.


December 20, 2004

TechRepublic publishes article on RenderX XEP

TechRepublic, a CNET Networks publication and a leader in providing information and tools for IT decision support and professional advice by job function, published an article focusing on RenderX XEP and its potential use throughout the growing database reporting and personalized correspondence markets. Full text of the article "Use the flexibility of XEP to render and publish XML presentations" is available on the TechRepublic web site.


November 17, 2004

Strategic Alliance with SchemaSoft

SchemaSoft and RenderX, Inc. today announced a strategic alliance that will focus on producing a best-in-class print engine based on XML and non-XML input data, and high quality print output in various formats. The joint solution from SchemaSoft and RenderX provides a system that enables organizations to process source documents, graphics or images of various formats using XSL FO (Extensible Stylesheet Language Formatting Objects), an open standard, and produce high quality print output.


November 17, 2004

EnMasse 1.3 Released

RenderX releases a new version of RenderX EnMasse, a server for high-performance formatting of XML documents. The new release includes XSL transformation on XEP nodes; examples of integrating EnMasse into Java Server Pages, ASP.NET environments, batch scripts for Microsoft operating systems; rewritten user's guide and installation instructions featuring case studies and detailed explanations.


October 25, 2004

Docbench Released

RenderX Docbench, a complete solution for documentation authors and stylesheets designers based on <oXygen/> XML editor and RenderX XEP, is available for purchase and downloading from RenderX on-line store. Software components included into the package are tuned to work together, and provide a complete authoring environment which allows users to author books, articles, leaflets, forms, and to format it for both on-screen and paged media.


October 8, 2004

Newest Version of XEP, Additional Software

RenderX announces release of a new line of publishing solutions. The solutions are based on the new version of RenderX XEP, Version 4, with many more features and performance improvements. Built on the foundation of XEP are "EnMasse", a scalable server for parallel processing of high volumes of formatting tasks and "Docbench", a complete authoring environment.


September 13, 2004

Mathsoft™ Integrates RenderX Software to Maximize Value of Customers' Quantitative Engineering Information through PDF Publishing and Archiving

RenderX XEP Software Dynamically Converts Engineering Calculations, Methods and Values into High-Fidelity Electronic Document Format

RenderX, Inc. announced that Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc., the only provider of complete Calculation Management solutions, has selected RenderX's XEP solution to produce high-volume print capability of quantitative engineering information.
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July 7, 2004

RenderX Announces .NET Version of Flagship Product and Initial Implementation for Major Insurance Company

New Product Targets .NET Platform with Identical XSL Formatting Capabilities as RenderX's Java Version

RenderX, Inc. announced the availability of XEP.NET - an advanced XSL formatter component for the .NET environment. Germany-based ITERGO Informationstechnologie was an early adopter of the XEP.NET product. Using RenderX software, ITERGO developed an internet-based insurance application to support agents for the second largest German primary insurance company.
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July 6, 2004

Dow Jones Newsletter about RenderX

The DowJones Newsletter, covering the topic "Contending with content", discusses all the software components emerging to create, store, manage and repurpose content in corporate America. RenderX gets a prominent mention for our technology, with corporate leaders like Charles Schwab and Dun & Bradstreet implementing RenderX XEP for their needs.


January 13, 2004

RenderX and Assentis Technologies Establish Strategic Alliance to Provide Best-in-Class XML Business Documents Solution

RenderX XEP to be Bundled with Assentis Software to Deliver Next Generation XML to PDF and XML to Postscript Technology

RenderX, Inc. and Assentis Technologies AG, a market leader in personalized, XML-based business documents solutions, today announced their agreement to enter into a strategic alliance. This new partnership will deliver enhanced products and services to their joint customers worldwide. The combined solution creates the only comprehensive tool for high-quality design of XSL for dynamic documents.
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December 22, 2003

RenderX Announces Strategic Alliance with X-Hive Corporation to Streamline XML Document Management and Publishing

New Partnership Enables Support for Creating Sophisticated Documents from XML Content Using X-Hive/Docato and RenderX XEP

RenderX, Inc. and X-Hive Corporation, a leading provider of native XML databases, today announced that they have established a strategic initiative focused on best-in-class technology to deliver the industry's most comprehensive solution for the management of XML content and high quality print output of that content. The joint solution that RenderX and X-Hive provides is the only system that enables organizations to shift from SGML content to XML structures. To date, standard products have not fulfilled these complex needs.Under terms of the agreement, X-Hive will embed RenderX XEP software into their Docato software.
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November 17, 2003

RenderX Chosen by Sebis Direct to Deliver High Quality Output of XML Content

Leading XML Software Provider Implements Solution to Enable Advanced Commercial Document Printing Capability

RenderX, Inc. announced that Sebis Direct, Inc., a leading provider of data driven direct mail and electronic mail production solutions, has standardized on RenderX's flagship XEP Rendering Engine as its software tool of choice for creating dynamic commercial document packages for its customers. The application has been optimized to allow Sebis' non-technical users to produce complex XML documents like personalized insurance certificates, letters, and audit applications from merged databases.
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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
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August 28, 2013
VisualXSL 2.4.5 released

Cell spanning, conditional rows. Reusable/referable blocks. Conditional and Choose blocks. New property fields, improved UI.
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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
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October 25, 2012
XEP 4.21 released

Extended Sec. 508 accessibility,
improvements in bidi algorithm,
XEPOUT diagnostics, bugfixes,
DocBench: oXygen Editor 14.1
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July 23, 2012
XEP 4.20 released

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