Microsoft XPS vs. Adobe PDF: Can Goliath Topple the E-Paper Paradigm? Lyra Imaging Symposium Asks if New Killer app is Ready for Prime Time

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The 2006 Lyra Imaging Symposium, to be held January 23–25, 2006, at the Rancho Las Palmas Marriott Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA (http://www.lyra.com/symposium), will offer a revealing look at the research and development already underway in the imaging industry to integrate Microsoft’s challenge to Adobe Acrobat PDF—the XML Paper Specification (XPS). Register online at http://www.lyra.com/symposium or by calling 1-617-454-2612.

Can a new application take over Adobe Acrobat PDF’s dominant and pervasive role in computing? The 2006 Lyra Imaging Symposium’s (http://www.lyra.com/symposium) innovative Microsoft XPS session will offer a revealing look at the research and development already underway in the imaging industry to integrate Microsoft’s XML Paper Specification (XPS). This session will provide key information on XPS that is useful for imaging industry leaders and product developers eager to learn about this specification. The Symposium will be held January 23–25, 2006, at the Rancho Las Palmas Marriott Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA.

Charles LeCompte, president of Lyra Research, explains, “The Microsoft XPS segment was a must-have for the 2006 Symposium. The release of the XPS standard may very well become one of the major milestones of PC-based imaging history. All documents will be able to print to XPS without an intermediary file converter such as Acrobat PDF. XPS aims to integrate that functionality in all Windows applications, not just high-end, professional applications as with PDF. But, the long-term impact remains to be seen. Historically, Microsoft’s forays into new territories have been slow from the gate—take, for example, the early clunky versions of Windows and Internet Explorer. Adobe Acrobat’s strong head start in the industry and its near ubiquity coupled with very sophisticated, evolved tools for workflow management and cross-platform portability demand that XPS comes out strong to be considered more than a PDF-light variation.”

The 2006 Lyra Imaging Symposium’s coverage of Microsoft XPS includes “XPS versus Acrobat: Goliath Challenges the ePaper Paradigm,” a systematic assessment of XPS’s capabilities and the competitive landscape by Tony Harris, chief technology officer at Software Imaging.

In addition, Harris will moderate a Microsoft XPS industry panel featuring speakers from across the imaging industry, including:

· Kevin Andresen, Product Manager, Print Languages and Drivers, Zoran Corporation

· Rick Brown, Group Product Manager, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Systems

· Adrian Ford, Chief Technology Officer, Global Graphics Software

· Vicki Milton, Technical Product Planner, Windows Digital Documents Platform and Solutions, Microsoft Corporation

· Jim Sommer, Senior Programmer, Monotype Imaging

· Jim Zuber, Chief Technology Officer, QualityLogic

This engaging panel discussion will focus on the implications of XPS for everything from print languages to the existing Acrobat PDF standard and on the role that XPS plays in Vista, Microsoft’s new version of Windows. Other key questions that will be examined include the following:

· What are imaging software companies doing to integrate XPS?

· What are the challenges and opportunities as PDF is complemented by XPS?

· Will the functionality of each format appeal to different audiences?

· What customer requirements must be reconciled with parallel development strategies?

· What are the implications of effectively rolling out XPS-supported tools in software/hardware vendor relationships?

How to Register for the Symposium

To attend the 2006 Lyra Imaging Symposium on January 23–25, 2006, at the Rancho Las Palmas Marriott Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA, you may register online at http://www.lyra.com/symposium, or call 1-617-454-2612 to register by phone. The registration fee is $1,595 and includes two full days of conference sessions, a presentation binder, networking breaks, meals, receptions, exhibitor showcase access, dedicated meeting spaces for networking, and a choice of complimentary recreational activities including a golf tournament, a tennis round-robin mixer, and a mini-golf outing.

Sponsors

Sponsors of the 2006 Imaging Symposium include Global Graphics, Mohawk Paper, Monotype Imaging, Xerox, Sigmatel, Software Imaging, Zoran, and 3M Electronics.

Press Access

Members of the press are welcome to attend some or all of the conference sessions at no charge. To secure your press pass, please contact André Rebelo at 1-617-454-2658.

About Lyra Research

Founded in 1991, Lyra Research is recognized worldwide as the leading provider of market, product, and technology information and analysis focused on the imaging industry. Lyra Research provides targeted information on printers and copiers, digital photography, and imaging supplies to more than 2,000 clients in more than 40 countries. Lyra's portfolio of services includes leading industry newsletters, special market reports, advisory services, conferences, Webcasts, and custom consulting.

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Andre Rebelo

Marketing Manager

Lyra Research, Inc.

1-617-454-2658

arebelo (at) lyra (dot) com

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