The Datalogics Cycling Club 2014 season wrap-up

Switching gears here (ooh, sorry) and moving off-topic: bicycling season is coming to close – this year the Datalogics Cycling Club rode under new colors:

DL Cycling Club Jersey 2014
DL Cycling Club Jersey 2014

The 2014 design is inspired by the Chicago “El” elevated train map, and utilizes artwork originating from local design company Transit Tees (I’m currently digging their Loop Stripe Coffee Mug). Many of us take the El into work (we’re near the Washington/Wells stop – it’d be on the jersey back, pretty much smack dab in the middle) so we’re intimately familiar with the train map.

Here are a few other pictures, and we’ve also included a few photos of last year’s jersey, worn by some of our technology partners:

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We had a great season, added a few more members, and are looking forward to next year!

What do you think about this year’s jersey? Let us know in the comments.

October Book Club – Spooky Stories

FrankensteinHappy October, and welcome to Spooky Stories month with the Datalogics Book Club!! This month we’re featuring all things bone-chilling and strange. H.P. Lovecraft, one of our featured authors, is quoted as saying, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” Our book selections this month explore these fears and unknown terrors with a full cast of vampires, headless horsemen, creatures from the eldritch depths, mad scientists, and eternally beating hearts. We asked Book Club members to vote on which book they’d rather read this month, with the competition being “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley against Bram Stocker’s “Dracula.” It was close but “Frankenstein” was the winner!

The creation of the story of Frankenstein is as legendary as the creation of the monster itself. During the summer of 1816, an 18-year-old Mary Godwin vacationed with a group of writer friends in Lake Geneva, Switzerland. These friends included her future husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron. They spent their time sitting around a fire reading German ghost stories and, in age-old tradition, Byron proposed that they “each write a ghost story.” The famous tale of the scientist Victor Frankenstein and his obsessive drive to reanimate dead tissue and create new life basically began as a teenager’s campfire ghost story.

“Frankenstein,” (full title: “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus”) was originally published in three volumes on January 1, 1818. It gained success and popularity in the following years and the first condensed “popular” edition was published on October 31, 1831. The DL Book Club will meet to discuss our thoughts on the nature of the monster, the morals of a god-playing scientist, and the influence of Frankenstein’s monster in popular culture. It will be an excellent lead-in to Halloween!

Datalogics and Merriam-Webster team up to add dictionary support in Android eReaders

AndroidDefinitionGratefulWe’ve had customers asking about dictionary support in DL Reader and for their custom RMSDK-based apps for years. We began addressing this early in 2014 when we added dictionary support to iOS DL Reader. This was relatively easy for iOS, where Apple has dictionary support built into the platform. But Android has no such support, leaving this as an exercise to the app developer.

We’re pleased to announce that Datalogics is partnering with Merriam-Webster to enable dictionary lookup for English words using Merriam-Wesbster’s online API. This is enabled in our flagship DL Reader for Android V4.0, which is now available on Google Play and Amazon’s appstore. Our DL Reader licensees can chose to license the online API or switch to dictionary database, for offline dictionary support, from Merriam-Webster that can be bundled with their private Android Reader.

The full story can be read in our press release.

Join Datalogics at the Frankfurt Book Fair – Hall 8 E13

Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 Back of BoothDatalogics will be at the Frankfurt Book Fair again this year. We’re looking forward to connecting with our current eBook and Adobe Reader Mobile SDK (RMSDK) customers as well as meeting new customers who are searching for an independent full-featured system to use for eBook delivery.

If you’re looking for a good reason to stop in and see us, here are a few:

  • The latest release of DL Reader, our platform for you to build your reading system from, on iOS and Android. The latest release includes synchronization of content across devices, including notes and bookmarks
  • Adobe’s RMSDK 11, including support for EPUB3. We recently blogged about that with details
  • New business models supported by RMSDK 11 and Adobe Content Server, including school, bulk fulfillment and subscription models, covered in that same blog post

We look forward to seeing you soon.