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From Simon Pepping <spepp...@leverkruid.eu>
Subject The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache FOP Version 1.0
Date Wed, 21 Jul 2010 17:39:47 GMT
Redesigned, Stable Version of Pioneering XSL Formatting Objects
Processor Rounds Out Apache XML Software Stack

FOREST HILL, Md., July 21 -- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) -
the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 150
Open Source projects and initiatives - today announced the Version 1.0
release of Apache FOP, the Open Source XSL Formatting Objects

An Apache project since 1999, FOP is one of the industry's first print
formatters driven by W3C-standard XSL Formatting Objects created to
display, convert, and print to formats such as PDF, PostScript, SVG,
RTF, and XML. In addition, FOP is among the most commonly-used
output-independent formatters.

The Apache FOP code base has grown over the past decade under the
guidance of a Project Management Committee (PMC) who oversee its
day-to-day activities and community development.

"FOP v.1.0 provides a good subset of the W3C XSL-FO 1.0/1.1
specification. Its stable, 1.0 designation provides added recognition
as the productive tool it has been for years," said Jeremias Marki,
member of the Apache XML Graphics Project Management Committee. "Its
redesign and improved features in the layout engine makes it an even
better experience for the many developers and users who produce
millions of pages each year."

Apache FOP is in use at Accenture, Airbus, Australia Post, BNP
Paribas, Capgemini, Credit Suisse, CSC, Denic, European Patent Office,
FedEx, Ford, HP, IBM, IntelliData, Marriot International, Morgan
Stanley, Polaris, Siemens, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual
Property, Tecra, US Army, US House of Representatives, and Wyona,
among many others. In addition, FOP is the default implementation
bundled in XML editors such as XSLfast, Oxygen, and XMLSpy.

"Thunderhead relies on open standards, and FOP is at the heart of our
innovative NOW platform. We are proud to have been able to play a part
in its development," said Glen Manchester, CEO of Thunderhead. "As
long-time supporters of FOP, our congratulations go to the whole FOP
team at Apache on reaching the Version 1.0 milestone."

The release of FOP v.1.0 completes a free XML software stack,
comprising: Apache Xerces, Apache Xalan, and Apache FOP. The ability
to insert graphics into one's print output is possible using Apache
Batik. The Apache XML stack makes transforming and formatting XML data
(for example DocBook XML) a viable option for individual and start-up
users without business cash flow.

"Some 'overnight successes' take ten years or more," said James
Governor, Analyst and Founder of RedMonk. "Apache FOP seems to be one
of them."

"The training wheels are long gone," said Apache XML Graphics PMC
Chair Simon Pepping. "FOP's popularity is undisputed; FOP is used from
an individual developer's pet project to large-scale document
production. FOP is not yet 'feature complete', and work on it is
continuing. We hope this important step forward will motivate skilled
developers to jump in and help us make Apache FOP even better."


FOP v.1.0 is released under the Apache Software License
v2.0. Downloads, documentation, and related resources are available at

Simon Pepping
home page: http://www.leverkruid.eu

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