admin, September 2nd, 2009
In addition to home automation, Audacious Software has a variety of initiatives underway for creating new software applications. One particular area that I am interested in is figuring out how to bridge the worlds of electronic and traditional reading. This work began in 2003 with the creation of Books for Mac OS X and has continued to the present in my exploration of modern cataloging software (desktop & online) as well as the new class of dedicated reading devices like Amazon’s Kindle and Sony’s Reader.
I’m calling Books’ successor Codex and this software will focus upon building interfaces and services around the EPUB electronic book format. I’m still some time away from releasing any reading or editing tools, but work is quietly underway. However, in the meantime, I would like to release a part of the system that I’m calling Codex Plugins. This is a small plugin pack that you can install to both index EPUB files with Spotlight (including the contents of the book) and generate cover image previews suitable for use by Quick Look. The Spotlight plugins work with Mac OS X 10.4 and later, while the Quick Look plugins work with Mac OS X 10.5 and later.
While I do not have any documentation or other web content available for Codex at the moment, you can download the plugins and begin using them today. Simply open the downloaded disk image and click the installer package within to get started.
This plugin set is still a beta release and I know that they currently do not extract all the potential metadata and covers out of all EPUB files. I am working on improving this, and if you would like to help, please e-mail me any problem files that I can use to improve the plugins and test against.
I’m very excited to be bringing my Books-related efforts under the Audacious Software banner and I hope that this small bit of code is useful for you. If you have any comments or suggestions, please post them in the comments below.