A sneak peek at Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) with EPUB 3

A sneak peek at Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) with EPUB 3

I know that many of you have been eagerly waiting for the EPUB 3 support in Adobe’s RMSDK and Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). Some of you may have even added support for audio and/or video in your app by following the instructions on my previous post “Adding Audio and Video Support to your EPUB Apps”.

Datalogics is happy to announce that significant progress has been made, and we expect to see the EPUB 3 support in Adobe Reader Mobile SDK and Adobe Digital Editions by this fall. In addition to adding the EPUB 3 rendering capability, Adobe will also add the DRM support to EPUB 3 content. Those of you planning to attend BookExpo America (BEA) in New York next can stop by the Datalogics booth for the latest updates and to hopefully see a preview of this new functionality.

The EPUB 3 support in RMSDK is based on the Readium EPUB 3 technology. You can find more information from Readium’s website at http://readium.org/.

Among many features from the EPUB 3 standard that Readium supports, you will find support for fixed layout, audio and video playing, MathML and many of the scripting features in the EPUB 3 standard.

There is still a way to go before the fall release. To give you a peek at the progress, here are a couple of screenshots and two video captures of the dynamic content from ADE on Mac that has a preliminary version of EPUB 3 support, courtesy of the test files from https://code.google.com/p/epub-samples/downloads.

Fixed Layout

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 11.14.53 AM

Scripting

This shows the Javascript ability from an EPUB 3 (no audio):

MathML Support
Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 11.15.19 AM

Audio and Video playback

Example of video playback (no audio)

To find out more, please visit Datalogics and Adobe at BEA.  We know that you will have many questions.  Please let us know at rmsdk_support@datalogics.com.  We will surely keep you updated on the progress and you can expect a lot of communications from us.

4 thoughts on “A sneak peek at Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) with EPUB 3

  1. This ADE update looks nice–thanks for the preview..!

    In January, besides this support for EPUB 3 in ADE, your video had mentioned that Adobe was working on supporting journal style subscription, EDU lending, and EDU bulk fulfillment in an upcoming version of ACS..? Would you have an ETA for that update of ACS at this point?

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