ATIA: Good news for Math support in several products
ATIA was last week and there were many exciting announcements that were made there. The three that that I want to highlight involve new math support in products. DAISY is the common theme for all of the products.
The first product is a public beta release of Microsoft's "Save as DAISY" V2 add-on for Word... or at least it was supposed to be public. Microsoft announced it at ATIA and V2 was on the ATIA conference CD. However, as of today, Microsoft has yet to post it on sourceforge, so link in the previous sentence may not point to a page with download instructions for V2. V2 is a big step forward in making DAISY book production easy. V1 has the ability to save a Word document as a DAISY XML file. V2 allows you to save the document as a full DAISY book. Unlike V1, V2 works with MathType and Equation Editor equations.
To support production with math content, you will need the second product I want to highlight: MathDaisy, our newest product. MathDaisy handles the details of transforming the MathML in the DTBook into what is required for a full DAISY book. Take a look at the MathDaisy product page for more information about MathDaisy. Like "Save as DAISY", MathDaisy is in the beta phase. If you would like to join the beta program for MathDaisy, sign up for it by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The third product I want to highlight is Dolphin's EasyReader 4.01. This is a an advanced DAISY player that knows about MathML. It uses some of the same technology used in MathDaisy to convert the MathML to speech.
Between the three announcements, you can create a DAISY book with math in it and play it back. My guess is that the two products that are in beta will move to being a final release by the time of CSUN. I'll be giving a talk there and Design Science will have a booth in the Mattiott (#330). Please stop by and chat if you will be at CSUN. If you won't be at CSUN, visit this blog -- I'll be reporting on any math releated news that is announced at CSUN.