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We’ve got a busy schedule at Bookalope: developing and improving Bookalope’s tools, speaking at conferences about modern publishing workflows and proper automation, and even publishing the occasional blog post! We’re driven by community engagement and the latest technological developments. Catch up on our latest news here!

July, August, September 2020.

We were so busy preparing a new release of Bookalope for this year’s Frankfurt Buchmesse! That release included this great new website and a detailed user manual; we expanded our content classification AI and improved the InDesign support; rebuilt and extended the metadata management; and we made great strides with building better accessible ebooks including automatic support for glossary, index, page-numbers, flattening tables, footnotes & endnotes, content generation from metadata, and multiple languages. Phew!

June 2020.

At this year’s Digital Publishing Summit we presented a talk/tutorial “Towards automating accessible ebooks” (Youtube), and we updated the Bookalope server with all the brand-new features we demoed!

April and May 2020.

We added support for accessible PDF and for ONIX3 metadata, although the most significant changes were internal improvements to how Bookalope’s AI classifies paragraphs. We’re getting ready for the big June release!

February and March 2020.

We shipped a wealth of new features, improvements, and fixes with a major version update in early March. One of the first to notice is a much flexible account signup. And: the Bookalope extension for InDesign is now available through Adobe Exchange!

January 2020.

After a well-deserved hiatus at the end of last year, we’re back in full swing. We will release a major update to the server core tools in early February, which contains heaps of improvements to the document structuring, as well as a completely overhauled design for ebooks and print.

October 2019.

We’ve published another blog post The need for intelligent tools, and are currently busy improving the document import to be more versatile around identifying the semantic structure components of a book.

September 2019.

After the whirlwind that was Digital Book World we updated the server’s billing model, and alongside heaps of improvements the extension for InDesign.

August 2019.

We have shipped the Bookalope extension for InDesign, and it’s available through Adobe Exchange. In its wake we improved some of the document import, particulalry for images.

July 2019.

More niftification of the webapp’s Structure page, and fixes and improvements to document ingestion on the server side. We also started publishing How-To posts that show how to solve various conversion problems using the Bookalope tools.

June 2019.

Our new extension for Adobe InDesign is nearly finished! Meanwhile, the latest beta version is available here as a free download.

May 2019.

Revamped the Structure page for the webapp (oh it’s so much more productive now) and further improved and expanded the generated A11y support for ebooks. And these are only two big-ticket items…

March and April 2019.

A busy couple of months: I joined a panel discussion at Ebookcraft about AI and publishing flows; added improvements to Bookalope’s cascading AI-assisted structure analysis; and Accessibility of generated ebooks is now more accurate and detailed.

February 2019.

We have deployed our new cascading AI classifiers on Beta to enable a more flexible semantic structure analysis. Watch out for more announcements!

January 2019.

Heaps of minor fixes to the server, and added our old and new Blog page again, so enjoy the reads!

December 2018.

Enabled our new Cloud Functionality to automate upgrading and fixing of invalid Ebooks. Contact us for details!

November 2018.

Joined PubU to speak about AI and publishing, and made some exciting connections.

September 2018.

We’re beta-testing importing EPUB ebooks, where Bookalope now supports automatic upgrading of ebooks in obsoleted EPUB formats.

August 2018.

Bookalope now flattens hand-drawn figures and graphics in a Word manuscript into bitmap images for final export.

May 2018.

Today we’re launching our awesomely stylish new website, including a much polished set of Bookalope tools!

April 2018.

We’re testing WYSIWYG conversion of your book: Bookalope maintains the original styling and does not structure your book’s content. It’s a simple way to convert your book, but as a result no semantic structure and Accessibility features are available.