[xsl] ANN: RenderX announces first release of VisualXSL

Subject: [xsl] ANN: RenderX announces first release of VisualXSL
From: "Kevin Brown" <kevin@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 13:41:54 -0700
RenderX is pleased to announce the initial release of VisualXSL.

VisualXSL is a graphical-based application for designing XSL style sheets
primarily used as an overlay for forms. With an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop
interface, VisualXSL does all the hard work for you. Behind the scenes, it
is creating an XSL style sheet for use with RenderX XEP/XEPWin. It is an
ideal product for creating XSLs for high-performance form-based print or
even dynamic, on-the-fly form overlay. 

VisualXSL allows you to import a PDF or image as a background source. This
could be a form or such things as standard letterhead. It does not matter
where or what tool is used to create the form, as long as it is an image
supported by XEP/XEPWin (including a PDF generated in another tool). The
user can associate a representative data structure in XML with this
background and then drag and drop data directly with the VisualXSL layout
designer to generate the XSL for positioning the information.

VisualXSL generates a specific XSL style sheet to render the overlay. It
supports print on pre-printed forms (no background) or insertion of the
background image into the output document. With the use of the XEP/XEPWin
rendering engine to process the resulting XSL, you can have a complete
solution for high speed generation of PDF and PostScript documents and

VisualXSL supports many forms-based elements including dynamic text, check
marks, dynamic images, and barcodes. It also has wizards for easily creating
address labels and mixing static text with dynamic content into paragraph
blocks. All elements can be easily placed onto the page layout with their
location precisely controlled. 

Textual content can be styled using Windows-based wizards which allow the
user to define font face, size, style, color, weight and foreground color.
You can also determine whole text box formatting properties including
horizontal and vertical alignment. 

Every data field has properties that can be set to determine rendering under
certain conditions. This allows for conditional formatting - including and
excluding content as well as other logic operations. Logic can be based on
element existence, element content as well as the element attributes. 

Almost all XPath expressions are created automatically when dragging and
dropping XML nodes to the layout designer. You can also create or edit them
manually. The application validates all XPath expressions and offers to
modify an incorrect expression.

For more information, visit our website announcement
(http://www.renderx.com/tools/visualxsl.html) and download a trial version.
There is also a companion web site with additional technical materials and
demos at www.visualxsl.com.

Kevin Brown
RenderX, inc.

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