With ProView Release 1.9.0, completed in March, we have taken the unusual step of a beta release feature. We’re now supporting the inclusion of ePub format eBooks, so that readers can add titles (not secured by DRM technology) and take advantage of ProView’s superb reading environment. A bit more about that later.
The main features of this ProView release are:
- iOS7 compatibility enhancements
- Extending the Browser timeout period from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, reflecting feedback from increasing numbers of users of this platform.
- Introducing a new Quick Switch Pulldown feature to enable readers to navigate swiftly between their most recently opened eBooks or eSubs. A simple tap brings up to 6 titles within one touch access – open at the last page you were reading.
- ePub import: ePub support is now available across all ProView versions 1.9 and above that support offline reading; it is not possible to read an ePub in the ProView browser edition. ProView supports books in the ePub 2 format. ePub 3 books are not supported. Books secured with DRM technology (such as Adobe® DRM) are not supported.
More about ePub support
The initial release of this functionality is considered a “beta” release. It is impossible to test every ePub variant that exists, and instead we would like to work with customers to refine this feature. Many ePubs will convert and load smoothly to ProView but we know that some ePubs won’t initially convert. We would like to hear from customers when this occurs so that we can use those that don’t convert to resolve conversion issues. A note about the enhancement is attached.
ePub support is only available to users of ProView with a OnePass login.
Taking advantage of ePub support, for my own library, I’ve added Macbeth from Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/, the ALRC’s report into the digital economy, from http://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/copyright-report-122, and a technical book from O’Reilly. I even tried converting my own Word document to ePub using the Pages app – the process worked beautifully but I’ve got quite a bit to learn about adequately structuring a Word document to achieve a polished publishing effect.
General information about Release 1.9.0
ProView Release 1.9.0 is now available across all platforms and devices we support – iPads, Android tablets, Windows and Mac Desktops, and Web browsers. Full specifications and download instructions/links are available here: http://thomsonreuters.com/site/proview/.
The Release notes are attached.