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Future of Reading
● Sophie
– we believe will transform the way we go
about reading and writing in screen-
based environmen...
Future of Reading
● History of toolkits at Voyager (Bob Stein)
– TK3
– TK4 became Sophie
Future of Reading
● Project
– Open Source (MIT)
– Initially funded by the Mellon Foundation
– 5 Developers
– 2 Designers
–...
Future of Reading
● Project
– Open Source (MIT)
– Initially funded by the Mellon Foundation
– 5 Developers
– 2 Designers
–...
Future of Reading
● User Interface
– 80/20 rule
– No keys modifiers
– One mouse click away
– Maximizing screen real estate...
Future of Reading
● Architecture
– Relatively small architectural core
Sophie Common Core Architecture
– UI based on
Sophi...
Future of Reading
● Core Architecture
– Separation of form and content
templates and content trees
– Resource Manager
– St...
Future of Reading
● Buzzword Fest
– cTwip = 1/127 twip
twip = 1/20 pt = 1/1440 in = 1/7200) mm
integer conversion to metri...
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  1. 1. Future of Reading ● Sophie – we believe will transform the way we go about reading and writing in screen- based environments. The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it. (Karl Marx, “Theses on Feuerbach,” no. 11)
  2. 2. Future of Reading ● History of toolkits at Voyager (Bob Stein) – TK3 – TK4 became Sophie
  3. 3. Future of Reading ● Project – Open Source (MIT) – Initially funded by the Mellon Foundation – 5 Developers – 2 Designers – 1 Visionary
  4. 4. Future of Reading ● Project – Open Source (MIT) – Initially funded by the Mellon Foundation – 5 Developers – 2 Designers – 1 Visionary – Soft release planned for Sept 15th 2006 – Sophieproject.org – dev.sopieproject.org
  5. 5. Future of Reading ● User Interface – 80/20 rule – No keys modifiers – One mouse click away – Maximizing screen real estate – Minimum mouse travel (halos and huds) – No modal dialogs (well, almost)
  6. 6. Future of Reading ● Architecture – Relatively small architectural core Sophie Common Core Architecture – UI based on Sophie Application Architecture – Every (UI) function is part of a so-called extension (feature creep)
  7. 7. Future of Reading ● Core Architecture – Separation of form and content templates and content trees – Resource Manager – Styles – Spines – Timelines – Markers – Triggers
  8. 8. Future of Reading ● Buzzword Fest – cTwip = 1/127 twip twip = 1/20 pt = 1/1440 in = 1/7200) mm integer conversion to metric and imperial – Rome, Freetype – XUL, CSS – XML storage, everything is versioned – system clipboard – Quicktime – file locations – portable packaging

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