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Our Superficial Review of Surface: It Works with Tizra!

The new Microsoft Surface tablet was on the doorstep at Tizra HQ this morning, and we took a little time to run it through some basic tests.  Overall, our feeling was in line with the reviews: Nice hardware, and potentially attractive for those looking for a more mobile way to use MS Office.  Still a ways to go on software, though.

We tried the Windows RT version of Internet Explorer 10 on a few Tizra sites, and overall they worked as expected, though interactions with the new reading interface we've just developed (more on this soon) were sluggish.  Part of it may be incompatibility with some underlying scripts, which will be tuned as IE 10 becomes more of a factor.  Part of it was probably just our unfamiliarity with new Metro interface.

So for now, our minds are open on Surface as a device, but more importantly, we're thrilled to see another major player striving mightily to develop better ways for users to interact with the great content our customers deliver through Tiz…

Tizra Gets Logical

As those who regularly commute between the worlds of print and digital are painfully aware, important things are often lost in translation.  For example, digital people tend to think in terms of "physical" page numbers (the ones you see in your text editor as a document scrolls by on screen), whereas print people tend to think in terms of "logical" page numbers (Roman numerals for introduction and other front matter, Arabic for the rest, like you see in books).

For many of our customers, this hasn't been a problem, in part because we make it so easy for users to deep link directly to specific pages using standard URLs.

But for others, it can cause real confusion. Think of teachers assigning reading to their classes using multiple pagination schemes.

Now Tizra's added the ability for publishers to have it both ways: every page is linkable as always, but logical page numbering is also supported. That means when the teacher says "go to page viii in your te…

Tizra is at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair

Tizra is in Germany!  On Tuesday, October 9th, we are at the Tools of Change Frankfurt Conference.

For the rest of the week -- Wednesday, October 10th through Sunday, October 14th -- you can find us at the Frankfurt Book Fair, at the American Collective Stand - Hall 8.0 S949.

If you are also in Frankfurt, we'd love to connect!  Please email or call us at +1 401-400-2989 and we'll happily set up some time.

Hope to see you there.