EPUB News and Articles for Developers
CircularFLO, the ebook generation software from Circular Software Limited has recently been updated to version 7 and includes some exciting new features. In particular, the ability to automatically convert books into fixed layout EPUB 3 with "read-aloud" text highlighting. Circular Software has joined forces with Spanish technology company Sinkronigo to enable their tools to create automatic timestamping for audio synchronisation.
IDPF will hold a face-to-face meeting of the EPUB Working Group to kick-off EPUB 3.1 development on October 8 and 9th (morning) at the Google NYC campus. Bookending this meeting to complete an "EPUB Week NYC" will be Readium member and contributor meetings on October 7, and a bootcamp for new Readium developers on October 9th (afternoon), both at NYPL.
For further information and registration details see:
EPUBZone is pleased to report that EpubCheck 4.0.0 is now available for download: github.com/IDPF/epubcheck/releases/tag/v4.0.0.
This is a stable release introducing conformance checking of EPUB Publications against the following specifications:
IDPF have announced that the new EDUPUB Profile for EPUB, a semantically-enhanced profile of EPUB 3 for e-textbooks and other learning content, is now available for a 30 day public review. Member and public comments on the draft specification are solicited through August 28, 2015 and IDPF members are invited to submit comments via the IDPF EPUB Working Group mailing list
Publiwide, a technology startup based in Switzerland, has recently launched an online software application to edit, enhance and enrich your EPUB 3 eBooks. Their new EPUB 3 Plus cloud-based software offers the ability to manage both reflow and fixed-layout eBooks with a simple interface to manage and edit content.
EPUBZone can report that Apple's latest version of iBooks Author 2.3 now includes new EPUB templates. These new templates allow content to be exported to EPUB 3 to create media-rich, reflowable ebooks which can be viewed in any ebook reader that supports EPUB 3.
Apple lists the following capabilities for the latest version of iBooks Author: