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Daily Dose - More XML Graphics Components from Apache

07.11.2010
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The weekend release of Apache XML Graphics Commons 1.4 arrives with more reusable components.  This release adds an option to generate smaller PostScript files and adds support for AdobeStardardCyrillic encoding.  1.4 also contains support for RefinedImageFlavor, TexturePaint support for PSGraphics2D, improvements to the XMP framework, and optimization for PostScript state handling in (E)PSDocumentGraphics2D.  Components of the XML Graphics Commons are used in projects such as Apache Batik and FOP.

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