Editoria – the best-of-breed open source, web-based, book production platform tool just got better!
We’re thrilled to share news of the latest release of Editoria, the book production platform built by the publishing community for the publishing community. Editoria’s lead developer Alexis Georgantas has been working hard over the past few months and, alongside some fixes, we have a few exciting new features to report. Here’s a quick look at what to expect from Editoria 1.4…
Wax 2 Integrated!
This is possibly the most important new addition. Editoria has now integrated Wax 2 – our state of the art web-based word processor. Five years ago we started building our first version of Wax. Unfortunately, the underlying third party framework didn’t mature so we switched to another framework (Prosemirror) and started again. Two years later, we have a newly improved, amazing, Wax 2. It has been quite a journey!
Wax 2 is extensible (meaning developers can easily build new functionality), amazingly configurable, amazingly responsive on small and large documents alike, incredibly stable, has an improved layout, supports all the legacy features from Wax 1 and introduces new support for Math and Tables.
We are glad to see the end of Wax 1, it was a burden maintaining it while building a complete new editor. We are so happy to present Wax 2 to you and we hope you will enjoy it! New features also coming for Wax 2 soon!
We introduced our Asset Manager concept last year as an intuitive interface for users to manage their book’s artwork. The latest update lets you organize and upload image assets for the specific book you are creating. No more time-consuming jumps from gallery to gallery; it’s all self-contained.
The UI offers multiple uploads of images, a preview functionality, and you can edit the name and alternative text of each image. Additionally, two optimized versions are created automatically (small- and medium-size) to enhance the experience of previewing an image-heavy chapter. It even saves you time when exporting to different formats (EPUB, pdf, etc.).
Warning: some geek talk ahead! We’ve overhauled Editoria to allow for Docker containers and take advantage of the flexibility and power they offer. Now we can ship, test, and deploy code at high speed for development and production setups while enjoying an additional layer of security from the Docker container’s sandbox approach. Ultimately, this work will give you even more control over your publishing workflows.
Docker containers make Editoria easier to use for both newcomers and veterans alike. It’s a simple, two-step process: 1) get the repo and 2) run docker-compose up. This is a major update to our functionality and we’re super excited by the possibilities it could open up for the community and the added potential for future scalability.
(More geek talk!) We completely overhauled the architecture of Editoria for improved stability. Essentially we have moved all the processes we can to microservices. If you are a geek you will know what we are talking about. If not, it really means that the app is ‘enterprise ready’ – easier to maintain in an enterprise production environment, scalable, fast, and stable.
Editoria 1.4 is is a major new release and there are many many other changes, the above is just some of what has been going on. If you would like to see the full list then please consult the Changelog.
We’d like to say a big thank you to Christos and Alexis for their considerable efforts to push Editoria even further to the forefront of publishing technology. And thanks to all in the Editoria community for their constant support, first-class feedback, and excellent suggestions for this latest release. It helps keep us firmly on the right path to building an editorial production process that’s laser focused on our user’s needs. We’re already looking forward to what’s coming next!
If you need more info or would like to see a demo of Editoria, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you!
Alternatively, the code is available here – https://gitlab.coko.foundation/editoria/editoria/-/tree/v1.4.8