The Apache XML Graphics team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Apache FOP Version 1.1rc1 , the first candidate for an upcoming stable 1.1 release.
Apache FOP (Formatting Objects Processor)  is an output independent print formatter driven by XSL Formatting Objects (XSL-FO) . FOP is a Java application that reads a formatting object tree and renders the resulting pages to a specified output format, of which a variety of formats are supported. Apache FOP is published under the Apache License v2.0. This candidate release will be available for testing for at least one month, after which a stable release is occur. 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  or fop-dev  mailing lists (as appropriate). This release fixes a number of bugs and provides important performance improvements. In addition the following significant functional enhancements are provided: - Adds support for complex scripts (e.g. Arabic, Indic, etc), aka the "complex text path". - Adds possibility to embed TrueType fonts in the PostScript output. - Adds possibility to reduce the file size of accessible PDF outputs by using Object Streams (a PDF 1.5 feature). - Adds support for 128bit PDF encryption. For release notes see . Source and binary distributions can be downloaded from an ASF Mirror at . Further download information is available at .  http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/1.1rc1/index.html  http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop  http://www.w3.org/TR/xsl11/  http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/mail.html#fop-users  http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/mail.html#fop-dev  http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/1.1rc1/releaseNotes_1.1rc1.html  http://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/xmlgraphics/fop  http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/download.html On behalf of the XML Graphics team, Glenn Adams