AZARDI Online ePUB3 Reader Alpha Release
- Support for SMIL Audio Overlays for the first time, so you can create the read-aloud function while highlighting text as it is written
- Customization of font-family (not yet active), font-size, margins, line-height, justification, hyphenation, scrolling and paging modes with up to four visible columns, column rules and, for when you really mess it up, a nice reset to two page view
- Support of fixed-layout ePUBs; at present this is only the AZARDI system, but they are working on full support for the IDPF fixed layout specification [Editor’s note: IDPF’s fixed-layout ePUB spec is not yet final.], with support for proprietary schemes (they are also playing with Apple Fixed Layout and Kindle Fire fixed layout semi-emulators so even that content is available without the proprietary delivery frameworks).
You can run AZARDI OL on any browser, but take note of these qualifications:
Desktop Browsers. The AZARDI OL demonstration requires a standards-compliant browser with HTML5 and significant CSS-3 support. Strongly recommended: Firefox 8+, Google Chrome 16+, Safari 5.1+, Opera 11+. All Internet Explorer Browsers will work if the Google Chrome Frame plugin is installed when prompted.
Tablet Browsers. Use Scroll mode with iPad, paging does not currently work. Android browsers are erratic. The Android native browser does NOT support SVG. Some screens may not display. Android owners should install/use Mozilla Fennec for the full AZARDI OL experience.
You can see the AZARDI demo files and access AZARDI OL at the AZARDI OL Demonstration page. The demonstration books include A Christmas Carol with SMIL Audio Overlays and Siddhartha, which demonstrates presentation flexibility for different screen sizes and devices. Also note that the demonstration page includes Around the World in 28 Languages, an ePUB3 that demonstrates a wide range of alphabets and languages, including Right-to-Left.
What do you think of the latest AZARDI reader? Are you impressed by the demonstration files?