So I started a while ago looking at the OpenOfficeXML specification (5000+ pages...) and, given the very low quality of the HTML export of Microsoft Word, decided to write some code to convert OOXML documents into clean HTML+CSS documents. It's far from ready but the basic architecture for my converter is now done and it already works for trivial documents. When it's ready (this is not for tomorrow, it's going to take some time...), the code will be integrated into BlueGriffon EPUB Edition and sold as an add-on to BlueGriffon.
In january 2011, Mailchimp released under a CC license37 html-based email templates that became hugely popular among newsletter authors. I am glad to report these 37 templates are now available through our One-Click Templates add-on to BlueGriffon. If you already purchased our add-on, you don't have to upgrade; just launch BlueGriffon and open the One-Click Templates Manager to see the new MailChimp Email Blueprints section with its 37 templates. /* Enjoy! */
Thanks to Jean-Pierre Reyt's heads up (and patience), I
have identified a well hidden bug in the One-Click
Templates add-on. It's related to the permissions of the
temporary directory in which the add-on downloads and
unzips a template. Weirdly, that bug did not happen in the
past. I am currently working on a fix, stay tuned.
Update:fixed, email sent to all purchasers, bluegriffon.com updated
We just released an update to our ebook editor, BlueGriffon EPUB Edition 1.6.1. Just install the new version over the previous one. If you have already purchased an earlier version of the app, your license credentials still apply and no change is needed. You should also have received by email an update to the User's Manual.
BlueGriffon is the only Wysiwyg cross-platform editor fully conformant to both EPUB2 and EPUB3.
BlueGriffon v1.6, even with a minor version number change, will in fact be quite a big change architecturally since all the floating panels of BlueGriffon become dockable. As a result, some add-ons will require an upgrade. Purchasers of older versions of the add-ons will soon receive a free upgrade offer by email. The add-ons store will also soon offer the new versions with a clear mention they strictly require BlueGriffon v >=1.6.
Localization teams of BlueGriffon, please verify your locale directory and commit or submit patches for all strings still in english. Thanks!
I have finished last night working on bug 469 implementing new resizing rules for table rows and columns. In short, it's now possible in BlueGriffon to click on the spaces between table rows and between table cells to resize the table rows and columns, just like in any other editor (finally.....). Bonus feature, if you resize columns pressing the shift key, the resulting widths will be in percents and not in pixels.
I have a free add-on for you BlueGriffon users : it's an automated accessibility checklist built by the wonderful Opquast people. I took their checklist, wrote the corresponding JS-based tests and turned the whole thing into an add-on. The add-on adds a new menu entry to the Tools menu. It works for the last focused document and it works for both Wysiswyg and Source views. Localized in english and french.
I have in front of me right now the beta 1 of BlueGriffon EPUB Edition. That beta is EPUB2-only, no EPUB3 yet. I am going to give that beta1 for tests purposes (blogging allowed, no embargo, redistribution of course forbidden) to a number of selected people in the coming days. Please don't ping me if you don't get an invite, the list of testers is already frozen.
cross-platform Windows, OS X and Linux
powered of course by Mozilla
no proprietary pivot format at all
creates *.epub, opens *.epub, edits *.pub, saves *.epub; of course including if the ebook was not created by BlueGriffon
Let me clarify one detail in case you missed it: this product will not be Open Source and will be fully commercial. The changes to the files already present in the Web editor BlueGriffon (not the EPUB one) will of course be published to fully respect the MPL but will be quite useless since almost all the magic happens in new files.
I am really glad to report that thanks to the hard work done by Enrique Estévez, Galician is now enabled by default in BlueGriffon builds. 1.5.2 users can download and use the gl langpack following these steps:
BlueGriffon 1.5 went live a few hours ago. If you purchased BlueGriffon's User's Manual, watch your inbox, a download link for the revised version is waiting for you there. Purchasers of our CSS Pro Editor, our Silver Offer and our Platinum subscribers also received a download link to the new version of the CSS Pro Editor.