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Texterity Improves TextCafe, Signs an Agreement for Newsletter-Conversion Service

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Texterity Improves TextCafe, Signs an Agreement for Newsletter-Conversion Service

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Texterity, Inc., an outsource provider of e-book and e-publishing services, has announced the release of TextCafe 1.2 (, an update of its automated, Web-based document-conversion service that accepts Adobe PDF, Quark XPress, and Microsoft Word files and converts them to structured XML, HTML, and Open eBook formats. The company has also announced a deal to provide an automated newsletter-conversion service for iMakeNews.

TextCafe 1.2

According to the announcement, the new version of TextCafe adds significant features to the service. TextCafe provides automated volume conversion for trade books that need to be moved into structured XML format. Version 1.2 now allows customers to convert more complex materials, including journal articles, technical documentation, and newsletters. TextCafe also supports advanced e-book output options for the automated creation of Microsoft Reader (.LIT), Rocket eBook, Gemstar SoftBook, Adobe eBook (Glassbook), and recomposed Adobe PDF for alternative print formats such as large-type books.

According to the company, TextCafe uses expert systems algorithms to discern the hierarchical structure of documents based on the visual cues available in the document. Combined with a knowledge of generic document types (novel, white paper, manual, newsletter, journal article, etc.), the result is richly tagged, pure, and valid XML that can be re-purposed.

TextCafe 1.2 includes the following features:

* Detection of multi-column material, which is recognized, marked, and re-flowed in reading order

* Tagging and automatic linking of footnotes and endnotes, with the ability to group all footnotes in a single section

* Support for extraction and reinsertion of Adobe PDF annotated tables, graphs, and line drawings as images

* Creation of two Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)--an e-book-optimized version that normalizes styles and a composition style sheet that captures all original font names, font sizes, and specific style information

* Tracking of original page numbering with anchors, enabling automated processing of indexes

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