Archive for the ‘ePublisher’ Category

Getting ePub output into iBooks on iPhone/iPad

Posted on: August 27th, 2010

In a recent Study Hall, someone asked how one can deploy the ePub output generated by ePublisher to an iPad.  This path has been a little unclear to me and so I promised to research and blog what I found.


Use JScript .NET instead

Posted on: August 15th, 2010

The ePublisher platform rests on top of the .NET platform.  Even though the bulk of the ePublisher processing is done with XSL, you can opt to process items with any of the .NET CLR languages rather than XSL. I published a wiki article which includes an ePublisher project that demonstrates processing content paragraphs with JScript .NET.   I am curious if the barrier to customization in ePublisher is the XSL.  Since Javascript is ubiquitous, this sample provides an alternative to XSL.

iBooks thoughts

Posted on: August 13th, 2010

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.


Building a better AutoMap

Posted on: April 27th, 2010

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.


Study Hall

Posted on: March 29th, 2010

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.

2009.4 and the missing feature

Posted on: January 8th, 2010

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.


__possible__: Google Docs in ePublisher

Posted on: November 5th, 2009

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.

Google Docs Demo

Contracts, Commitments, and … !@#$?

Posted on: August 17th, 2009

About two weeks ago, on Wednesday, August 5, I had an “unfun” conversation.  One that I and every engineer here at labored to avoid.  Our contract licensing system encountered a glitch and a customer was left in a lurch.

Where are my keys!?!



2009.2 – Confluence and Continuous Improvement

Posted on: July 22nd, 2009


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?


Just a few more to go…

Posted on: May 8th, 2009

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.