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Winners! Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2018

Typefi has once again been recognised for its contribution to Queensland’s economy, winning the 2018 Premier of Queensland’s Export Award for Small Business and being named as a finalist in the Digital Technologies category.

Shanna Bignell, Ben Hauser and Michael Cousins holding up Typefi's 2018 Premier of Queensland's Export Awards trophy, an engraved glass shard.
Shanna Bignell, Ben Hauser and Michael Cousins with Typefi’s trophy for the 2018 Premier of Queensland’s Export Award for Small Business.

Typefi has been exporting since 2007, and 90% of its customers are based overseas, with exports accounting for 92% of revenue in the 2017–18 financial year.

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Typefi launches Enabling Accessible Publishing at Frankfurt

Typefi CEO Chandi Perera officially announced the launch of Enabling Accessible Publishing—a Typefi initiative that will help to make information more accessible to all—at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Wednesday, 10 October 2018.

The Enabling Accessible Publishing program will provide free Typefi software and services to not-for-profit, volunteer-driven organisations that are producing content in accessible formats for people living with visual, auditory, physical, or cognitive disabilities.

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Typefi in the running for two Queensland Export Awards

Typefi in the running for two Queensland Export Awards

Finalists in the 2018 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards were announced on 13 September 2018, with Typefi in contention for two categories this year—Digital Technologies and Small Business.

“We’re very honoured to have been named as finalists in the Queensland Export Awards for the third year running,” said Chandi Perera, Typefi CEO.

“It’s validating to know that the judging panel is looking at what Typefi is doing and seeing that it’s effective, and that we are making a positive difference in Australia and around the world.”

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Formatting the unformattable in InDesign

Peter Kahrel
Scripting Engineer, Typefi

In a Typefi workflow, if you want some text to automatically appear in a certain format in InDesign, you can apply that formatting as a local override or with a character style in your Word document, or encode it in an XML file.

This method of text formatting can’t be used in Typefi fields, because the composition engine doesn’t see that content. Typefi field content can contain only plain text: no formatting is possible.

However, this limitation can be overcome by including some rudimentary, HTML-like text tags in the field content and one or more GREP styles in the InDesign paragraph styles applied to the fields.

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Overcoming the challenges of accessible publishing

Guy van der Kolk
Senior Solutions Consultant, Typefi

Almost five years ago, I learned about my first major project as a fresh Typefi employee: I was to implement a multilingual, multi-format accessible workflow at a specialised agency of the United Nations. No pressure!

Fortunately, I am multilingual, and had a lot of experience with multiple formats, but I had no idea what this accessibility thing was all about.

Needless to say, the learning curve was high. However, I did not have to go at it alone: colleagues had done some of this work before, and the internet is a veritable treasure trove of information.

Now, after five years of helping Typefi customers successfully implement accessible publishing workflows, I have learnt a thing or two about accessible publishing challenges—and how to overcome them—that I would like to share with you.

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Nuggets of Word wisdom (Part 1)

Guy van der Kolk
Senior Solutions Consultant, Typefi

There is absolutely no doubt that Microsoft Word is the most-used word processing application on the planet, especially in corporate environments.

Even though I can’t back that statement up with some relevant statistical data or a beautiful infographic, I can definitely back it up with 20 years of experience dealing with the publishing industry!

However, the fact that something is the most-used application doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is adept at using it. As with all things, we humble users are often pressed for time and use software the way we were taught—if we were lucky enough to have received formal training.

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Typefi shortlisted for international accessible publishing award

Typefi shortlisted for international accessible publishing award

In February 2018, Typefi was shortlisted for an Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award—an achievement of which our team is extremely proud!

These annual awards, part of The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, recognise outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of digital publications for persons who are print disabled.

Two awards are presented each year, one to a publisher and one for a project initiative. Typefi was a finalist for the initiative award, alongside DAISY Forum of India, Dolphin Computer Access in the UK, and Fundação Dorina Nowill para Cegos in Brazil.

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Machine learning—what language should I use?

Ben Hauser
VP Engineering, Typefi

Choosing a programming language for a project is an important decision with significant consequences. The most appropriate language can slash the time and effort required to solve a particular problem.

The original Typefi Engine was written in the programming language Java. It turns out this was actually a terrible decision, as Java has no direct access to the InDesign Object Model. We got around this at the time by writing a C++ InDesign plugin to expose an API for the Java program to use.

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Building a successful export business

Chandi Perera
CEO, Typefi

Typefi won the Australian Export Award for Small Business in November 2016. Since then, I have been asked many times to speak about our experiences in building a successful export business. Below are some factors I believe have impacted on our export success.

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Typefitter and AutoFit for CC 2018

Typefi is happy to announce that Typefitter 4.0.3 and AutoFit 8.4 are now available, and support the October 2017 release of InDesign CC (v13.x).

Both plug-ins also have a refreshed user interface with updated icons for high-resolution (HiDPI) or Retina displays, and improvements to the Spanish localisation.

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