Archive for the ‘ePublisher’ Category
Since the launch of ePublisher 2010.2, which included the new ePub format, I have been spending time with the iBooks app to see how I like it. That’s what I want to talk about in this article. What are my impressions, prejudices, likes, dislikes and so on.
ePublisher includes tools to create designs (Pro), stamp them out (Express), and automate builds (AutoMap). The thing is, AutoMap, as it exists today, is not always the right fit for our users. It offers more capability than some folks will ever leverage. For them, AutoMap is simply too expensive. Others make extensive use of AutoMap’s command-line capabilities to maximize their use of the product. In their eyes, AutoMap is huge bargain.
I’d like to figure out how we can better address both types of customers in the future. Doing so might mean splitting AutoMap into distinct products. Let’s see if we can define some product offerings that better fit everyone’s needs.
I will be moderating an online session named Study Hall, beginning this Wednesday, March 31 at 7pm CDT. Study Hall is an informal online session in which we will explore ePublisher related concepts and questions. Study Hall will occur the second and last Wednesday of each month. Bookmark the link above to keep track of the next Study Hall session.
Life here in the Engine Room continues on as always; a combination of brimming potential and vexing challenges. I love creating new things. I love to solve problems. Sometimes I get to do both at once. But not this time.
Here is a screen-cast of the GoogleDocs input adapter that we demoed at RoundUp 2009. A couple of caveats:
- This is not currently available and there are no definite plans for making this a part of any ePublisher release. That largely depends on user interest (your interest).
- The implementation is a demo. As such, there are aspects which will needs require further development.
- This is my first-ish screen-recording.
We’re putting a bow on our 2009.2 release and prepping it to roll out next week. ePublisher 2009.2 includes support for FrameMaker 9 and a new wiki format, Atlassian’s Confluence. We’re a bit delayed from our original ship date of 2009-06-30. This was caused first by our Q1 slip implementing our new contract licensing service. That has been going very well, though there is a bit of FUD out there which we are working to correct. The second cause for the delay involves our documentation. Hooray!
Why the heck would I be happy about a documentation delay?
We’re down to 85 key assets on 40 accounts left to review. The sales team has been plowing through the list and done a great job so far. About half the list is comprised of international accounts which may require feedback from our partners to get right.
Thank you for your feedback and patience as we complete this transition.
Seems the license server was handing out 1 day keys to all permanent license users. Not what we were going for there. The issue has been corrected and you should start seeing the designed “30 keys with 15 day updates” behavior.
Thanks to Marcus Baake and Franz-Josef Knelangen for identifying this issue.