XPS Annotator

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XPS Annotator
Developer(s) Danang Probo Sayekti
Initial release 12 March 2009
Stable release
1.22 / 23 February 2010; 7 years ago (2010-02-23)
Written in C# (Microsoft Visual Studio Express) and XAML
Operating system Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or any later operating system
Platform Microsoft Windows / .NET Framework
Size 454 KB[1]
Available in English
Type Document Management, File viewer
License ProprietaryFreeware / Donationware[2]
Website www.xpsdev.com

XPS Annotator is a document management software program for Microsoft Windows that allows users to view, annotate, convert, sign and print XPS documents.[1][3] The software was first released on 12 March 2009 (version 1.0).[4] It was created by Danang Probo Sayekti[5] of Magelang, Indonesia.



Before version 1.2, the XPS annotator was installed using the Windows Installer, and from version 1.20 until the present version (version 1.22) it is installed using Inno Setup.[4] The .exe files generated by the Inno Setup are compressed into ZIP format. There are two kinds of files contained in the zip file, the readme.html and the installer files in the form of .exe files.

Annotating XPSs[edit]

Like PDF documents, Open XML Paper Specification (XPS) documents support the annotation feature,[6] however, the annotations features in XPS documents are still limited. XPS Annotator has the ability to add annotations to these XPS documents. These annotations can include many types of content such as typed text, handwritten notes, or Web links.

There are three options users can add: highlight annotations, text annotations and ink annotations.

  • Highlight annotations: allows user to highlight lines of text or paragraphs.
  • Text annotations and ink annotations: user can add text notes or ink notes.

Signing XPSs[edit]

XPS Annotator also support digital signatures.[7] User can digitally sign or encrypt the XPS document for security or authentication, and the supported security certificate is X.509.

Converting XPSs[edit]

XPS Annotator the capability to convert XPS documents to image files. XPS Annotator currently supports conversion of XPS documents into several popular image formats including PNG, JPEG, BMP, GIF and TIFF.[8]

Other features[edit]

  • Ability to print document with annotations.
  • Capability to add document properties.
  • Hyperlink support.[4]
  • Supports general operations such as print, save, zoom, text search, copy and paste.

Critical reception[edit]

  • CNET editors give the XPS Annotator a favorable rating.[1]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "XPS Annotator - Free software downloads and software reviews". Download.com. CNET. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "XPS Annotator License Agreement". xpsdev.com. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "XPS Annotator". xpsdev.com. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "XPS Annotator Changelog". xpsdev.com. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Danang Probo Sayekti - Software Publisher Profile". Download.com. CNET. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "XPS Team Blog - XML Paper Specification and the Open Packaging Conventions". Microsoft Developer Network blog. Microsoft Corporation. 24 February 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Download XPS Annotator 1.22". Softpedia.com. Softpedia. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "XPS Annotator Changelog - Softpedia". Softpedia.com. Softpedia. Retrieved 16 January 2010.