|Original author(s)||Michael Day|
|Developer(s)||YesLogic Pty Ltd|
|Initial release||April 2003|
|Stable release||8.1 / July 2012|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD|
Prince is a proprietary software program that converts XML and HTML documents into PDF files by applying Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). It is developed by YesLogic, a small company based in Melbourne, Australia.
In April 2003, Prince 1.0 was released, with basic support for XHTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), and arbitrary XML. This first version was a command-line program that supported Microsoft Windows and Linux; there was no graphical user interface for Windows yet.
In subsequent releases, CSS support was steadily extended until it was comparable with web browsers such as Opera and Mozilla Firefox. As of January 2007, Prince surpassed common web browsers in support for paged media, CSS selectors, and generated content, including advanced facilities such as language-dependent hyphenation dictionaries. It has also been expanded to support additional platforms—the latest offering include packages for the Apple Mac, Freebsd, and Solaris platforms.
The latest release of Prince is Prince 8.1, released in June 2012.
Prince was developed using the Mercury functional logic programming language.
- CSSToXSLFO a Public Domain Java utility which can convert an XML document, together with a CSS2 style sheet, into an XSL-FO document, which can then be converted into PDF, PostScript, etc. with an XSL-FO-processor.
- Prince 5.1 Passes Acid2 Web Standards Project announcement, December 10, 2005
- PrinceXML Is Extremely Impressive Ryan Tomayko, February 3, 2008
- Steward, Sid. PDF Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools. O'Reilly. ISBN 0-596-00655-1.
- Fitzgerald, Michael. XML Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools. O'Reilly. ISBN 0-596-00711-6.
- Interview with Michael Day of Prince XML by Olimpiu Metiu, Page 33, Published at: June 28, 2010, Rails Magazine
- Prince XML: Generating High Quality PDFs from HTML + CSS, 15 Nov 2007, GoogleTechTalks, YouTube Video
- Michael Day: I am the founder of YesLogic and the designer of Prince, software for getting web content onto paper.
- Prince 6 alpha release
- Prince release notes