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Richard Pipe
Auckland, New Zealand
The Infogrid Pacific blog has moved to
Interests: relaxing, metadata, being bossy, new publishing paradigms, movies with happy ends, online reading
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This is a courtesy pre-release announcement for our blog and Twitter followers. The AZARDI Interactive Engine is about to be launched for free use in any ePub 3 or publisher static website. You may have seen it's capabilities with EPUB3 UNLEASHED, and other demonstration books. We have created hundreds of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2012 at Digital Publishing
A small series of articles on using fonts in ePub3 has been published on the APEX@IGP information site. Topics covered are CSS-3 font properties, font sub-setting, using OTF font-features, plus some interesting resources and font presentation pages. There is a font file size and browser compatability warning as well. Here... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2012 at Digital Publishing
As we evaluate the development priorities for new AZARDI features we always get caught between ePub3 spec features and useful user features. Except for Fixed Layout which is on the anvil at the moment, there are not a lot of compelling market driven reasons at present to pursue ePub3 obscurities... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at Digital Publishing
OK. So we are (happily) "out of a closet". HBG's David Cramer gave a presentation at BEA 2012 in which IGP:Digital Publisher was mentioned. IGP:Digital Publisher has been used for the comprehensive production of a wide range of best sellers by HBG over the last few years; in multiple print... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2012 at Digital Publishing
AZARDI 11 has been released. This is a major feature upgrade. It can be downloaded from AZARDI 11 has significant changes in the reading interface and now matches AZARDI Cloud Reader (aka AZARDI Online). It supports SMIL Audio overlays in ePub3. There is a demonstration SMIL audio ePub3 on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2012 at Digital Publishing
One thing I have noticed on my various blogs is that people looking for digital content answers in 2012 get articles from 2010 and earlier in their search result. These are often dated information. Blogs are wonderful and a rich source of information. The reason I bother to blog is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2012 at Digital Publishing
The IDPF announced the Fixed Layout specification on the 15th March 2012. Here it is 17th March 2012 and we are able to have the first IDPF sample fixed layout ePub3 books up for viewing on AZARDI Online. It was relatively straight-forward to map the IDPF specification to the AZARDI... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2012 at Digital Publishing
EPUB3 UNLEASHED is now available for viewing in AZARDI Online. This release includes MathJax to make MathML available on all browsers and platforms. Fixed layout becomes platform neutral when delivered from AZARDI Online. All of the interactive goodness in EPUB3 UNLEASHED is easily accessed directly from your favourite standards-compatible browser.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2012 at Digital Publishing
Infogrid Pacific is pleased to announce the Alpha release of AZARDI Online. A demonstration is available at AZARDI OL, like its sibling AZARDI Desktop, is an ePub reader supporting ePub 2, ePub 3 and when appropriate specific HTML5 packages. AZARDI OL is the first Reader in the AZARDI family... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2012 at Digital Publishing
There is a lot of excited and analytic commentary floating around about the Apple iBook Author thing. My friend and argument partner Mark from Axis 12 in London said we should have a press release: "When asked if he thought the recent release of ibook author threatened the viability of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2012 at Digital Publishing
An update has been released for AZARDI. This is a small feature upgrade and bugfix release. The full version is available from the AZARDI site. If you have AZARDI 7 or 8 installed this will update automatically next time you open the reader. We have also included a 64bit deb... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Digital Publishing
We have posted some ePub samples on the AZARDI resource page to enable publishers to possibly understand and evaluate the various transition issues when making decisions about when to move to ePub 3, and how. The samples include four Gutenberg books processed as ePub2, ePub3+2 (transitional) and ePub3 directly out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Digital Publishing
AZARDI 8 is now available at This is the first release with auto updating. Mac and Linux will silently update. For those with AZARDI 7, Windows 7 may ask for permission and show an unsigned/unknown publisher box. This is a relatively low-key upgrade. We have a lot more features... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at Digital Publishing
The current fascination with Javascript and CSS, the encapsulated formats of PDF and ePub, and other distractions, blinds many to the value and need of consistent, reliable, highly controlled XHTML and the serious foundation business strategy needed for digital content ownership... regardless of content genre. I read a laughable comment... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2011 at Digital Publishing
Reader devices for ePub have had a strong English orientation. This has been addressed with ePub 3, but of course it needs to be easier. This test book has 28 languages from around the world including alphabet, script, logograph and all the other "too hard" languages. It is available from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2011 at Digital Publishing
We uploaded an informational demonstration book to the AZARDI download location today. EPUB3 UNLEASHED is a highly interactive ePub3. The book is pure HTML5, CSS3, SVG, MathML and Javascript. AZARDI is designed for the controlled channel delivery of interactive content. It is optimized for specialist vertical channel content rather than... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2011 at Digital Publishing
AZARDI 7 was released today (21 Nov 2011). This version has a number of bug-fixes and feature updates. the ePub3 support has been improved and most significantly the AZARDI Interactive Engine has been updated and included. For more information and to download AZARDI 7 go to AZARDI is strictly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Digital Publishing
As a short diversion from the magnificence of XHTML for publisher content series, we are just a very short time away from releasing AZARDI 2011, our new version of the digital content reader first launched in 2009. AZARDI 2011 is ePub, and HTML5 ready. It is sort of ePub3+ ready... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at Digital Publishing
The IGP:FoundationXHTML series continues. I am skipping F3-Inline content here and moving straight to F4 Headings. The reason for this is that Inline or phrasing content is big, scary, detailed and consists of many, many parts that move in many directions for any coherent XML strategy. Inline content encourages oxymorons... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2011 at Digital Publishing
This post continues the FX series and deals primarily with paragraphs that are in the primary IGP:FoundationXHTML (FX) galley-rw flow. It also provides a list of standard descriptive paragraphs that can be found in the primary content flow, or may be found in inserted block structures. At the risk of... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at Digital Publishing
Central to any XML strategy is the root element. Because IGP:FoundationXHTML (FX) is very concerned about format generation, reuse, remixing and future value it does not use a document genre as the root element, instead it uses a content flow container. FX uses <div class="galley-rw"> as the primary content container.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at Digital Publishing
This post continues the discussion on using XHTML for a high-value publisher digital content strategy and how we use IGP:FoundationXHTML (FX) to create valuable, sustainable, digital content strategies for publishers. The previous post outlined the FX content classification scheme used to control the XML grammar and tagging patterns for various... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2011 at Digital Publishing
Critical to any XML strategy is control of the tagging vocabularies and how and where they are used. IGP:FoundationXHTML (FX) is strictly classified more or less in consonance with the primary XHTML content type deconstruction; but is refined to address publishing specific structures as well as boring ol' web structures.... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2011 at Digital Publishing
This blog assumes you are interested in using XHTML and CSS as your core digital content long-term XML strategy. If not, stop reading. It is long and detailed. Before getting into the details of an XHTML strategy for valuable publisher content in later blogs, here I review the relative strengths... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2011 at Digital Publishing
Here is a sneak preview of the alpha version of IGP:Typography in the Browser (TIB) extension for IGP:Digital Publisher. It shows the main setup and tracking features. Our first attempt at browser typography has been pretty limp because we were always trying to treat the primary XML editing tool as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Digital Publishing