Archive for the ‘ePublisher’ Category

Happy Snowman Donut Award

Posted on: February 1st, 2011

ePublisher 2010.3 shipped on January 13th, 2011.  Those of us in Development gave a big sigh of relief.  And our favorite Sales manager, Christopher Ward, presented me with the coveted “Happy Snowman Donut” Award.


TIPS & TRICKS ARCHIVE #2 – ePublisher Reports

Posted on: September 27th, 2010

ePublisher is not just about converting your content from one format to another. While automating the publishing process by separating it from the authoring process is one of our key objectives, another is helping you develop the most efficient high quality output possible. To do this we generate reports on what ePublisher is doing and the status of your documentation at every stage of the production pipeline.

Using these reports you can easily find, and correct errors, as well as continue to fine tune your process to ensure that you deliver the best content in the most efficient manner possible.


But I’m not a developer!

Posted on: September 9th, 2010

I lack objectivity when it comes to programming. I enjoy it. Programming is problem solving. It almost always includes a reasonable explanation. Programming involves building things, and fixing and refining the things that you build.


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