Archive for March, 2010

Legacy Books 3 Source Code

March 21st, 2010

Given some of the oddness that I’ve seen in Sourceforge as of late, I’ve gone ahead and packaged up the full source code to Books 3. It’s not the cleanest or most well-organized code, but there should be enough there for folks wanting to take the Books 3 code and run with it.


Codex Updates

March 20th, 2010

I wanted to post a quick note about the state of Codex development. With the announcement of the iPad, I’ve put the development of the cataloging tool on hold as I waited and saw what Apple releases with the new version of iTunes. In short, it appears that iTunes is being tweaked to handle book content as well as music and videos. Since it’s conceivable that the cataloging interface will be a lot like the rest of the application, I wanted to wait and see what that looked like before putting together functionality that Apple would simply replicate. Since everything’s ePub in this brave new world, Apple may end up doing much of the hard work that I originally planned.

I’m still moving forward with using ePub as a record medium for physical books. To encourage myself to move a bit quicker on this front, I’ve stopped using Books 3 as a means for cataloging my weekly comic book runs and the growing pile of issues will serve as a good motivator for getting the ePub creation tools out sooner rather than later.

Thank you for your continued patience and I look forward to discussing more about where Codex fits in an ePub-enabled iTunes future.

Shion is now free (as in beer)

March 20th, 2010

Effective immediately, the Shion Mac desktop client is now free and may be downloaded and used with as many devices as you desire for no cost. It’ll take me some time to release an update with the license checking disabled, so please e-mail for your free license to use until I get around to releasing a non-license-checking update.

The reason that the desktop client is going free is because I have a few new additions to the larger Shion platform that I’ll be releasing in the coming months and the business model for Shion as a whole doesn’t work well if there’s any friction for users getting started. I’ll be happy to post more details when they’re ready, but in the meantime, please enjoy using Shion on our dime.

For those of you who purchased a Shion license in the past year, I’m prepared to give you a full refund for your purchase, so please send me an e-mail if you’d like me to get that process started.

I’m very excited about the next phase in the evolution of this software, so stay tuned to this weblog for further details.