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Subject: [ANN] Apache FOP 0.95beta Released

The Apache XML Graphics team is pleased to announce the immediate
availability of Apache FOP version 0.95beta.

FOP (Formatting Objects Processor) is a print formatter driven by XSL
Formatting Objects [1] and an output independent formatter. It is a Java
application that reads a formatting object tree and renders the
resulting pages to a specified output. Output formats currently
supported include PDF, PS, PCL, AFP, Print and PNG.

This beta release will be available for testing for some time, before
a stable release is made. Feedback is welcome, and we would like to
encourage as many people as possible to try it out and report bugs and
issues on the fop-users mailing list [2]. The most important changes
introduced by this release are:
- many bug fixes and improvements in tables, better support for keeps
  and breaks, new features: conditional borders and background on
  columns and header/footer/body;
- better image handling thanks to the new image loading framework
  provided by the Apache XML Graphics Commons dependency;
- improvements and bugfixes for font handling and font
- performance improvements and memory optimizations for the property
  handling in the FO tree.

Please note that support for Java 1.3 has been dropped. Only one type of
binaries is provided now, that will run on 1.4+ JREs.

Other important release notes are available at

For a more complete list of changes, please visit

For download information, see the following page:

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/xsl11/
[2] http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/maillist.html#fop-user

On behalf of the XML Graphics team,
Vincent Hennebert

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