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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Typefi was awarded the 2017 Sunshine Coast Business Award for Technology at a gala dinner at Novotel Twin Waters Resort on 18 November.
The awards program recognises the achievements of businesses in the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland, Australia, where Typefi’s head office has been based since the company’s founding in 2001.
With competition in the Technology category becoming increasingly tough over the last few years, the team was thrilled to be honoured with the win!
Typefi features in a new range of resources developed by Sunshine Coast Council to encourage local businesses to consider exporting products and services internationally.
The resources include a short video encouraging businesses to apply for the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, and two e-books—Sunshine Coast Export Showcase 2017–2018, and Sunshine Coast Export Intelligence Guide 2017–2018.
The winners of the 2017 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards were announced at a gala awards ceremony in Brisbane on Thursday, 19 October 2017.
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) officially announced the publication of the STS (Standards Tag Suite)—an XML tag suite for the publication of standards—on 9 October 2017.
To celebrate the release of the new standard, Typefi and Inera will host a weekly webinar series on how you can best leverage STS, starting on 30 October 2017.
Are you heading to the Frankfurt Book Fair? Find us at Stand J85 in Exhibition Hall 4.2 (STM and Academic Publishing/Education)!
Learn how you can save us much as 80% in production time and costs—and easily expand your product offerings across multiple platforms—by automating aspects of your publishing production process with Typefi.