Keeping Pace with ePublisher

Posted on: February 5th, 2010

Back a few weeks ago, I wrote “2009.4 and the missing feature“.  Customers gave that post some great feedback. People seemed to understand our goals for end-of-year releases.  It made sense to them that we dedicate time in our annual release cycle to focus solely upon stability.As validating as it was to receive that feedback, […]

Focus, Focus, Focus

Posted on: January 27th, 2010

It never fails.  We ship the quarterly ePublisher release and the challenge begins anew: What are we going to ship THIS quarter? Marketing is analyzing, Sales is requesting, and Support is demanding.  And on the other side of those groups are our customers.  Some, we will delight. Others will curse our names, shocked to find […]

Building New Stuff

Posted on: January 19th, 2010

One of the things that is challenging for me as a developer is staying on target with regard to ePublisher development when there are so many glittery web-technologies to play with. For example, I have have long yearned for a true AutoMap server which would allow for the Administration of ePublisher/AutmoMap configuration and execution over […]

Bugs and Car Talk Syndrome

Posted on: January 15th, 2010

Bugs!  Isn’t that a great topic to blog about?  Well, maybe not.  Still, I wanted to talk about this subject because we’ve been missing out on an opportunity to learn from each other, make people happy, and improve ePublisher.  There is one catch.  Making this change happen requires a partnership between and you.

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 […]


Posted on: October 20th, 2009

I had meant to blog about coming to RoundUp last week…and then I didn’t.  So, for those of us who are here anyway, wow!  What a good conference.  In the interests of disclosure I will good ahead and let you know that I’m going to gush a little.  Yesterday gets my vote for the all-time […]

ePublisher Feed Reader

Posted on: October 7th, 2009

Shortly after the release of 2009.2, and after some cooperative discussion here on ways that we might improve ePublisher moving forward, I started work on a Feed Reader for the ePublisher Start Page.  This isn’t that ground-breaking as a Feed Reader seems to be fairly commonplace on a start or splash page.  The first iteration […]

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!?! Gulp!

2009.2 – Confluence and Continuous Improvement

Posted on: July 22nd, 2009

Whew!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.  […]