February 13, 2014 Last Updated 7:12 am

Kobo-owned Aquafadas unveils new Cloud Authoring system

New digital publishing solution automates PDF file conversion & distribution to mobile devices

This morning the Kobo-owned digital publishing company Aquafadas unveiled its new cloud-based authoring system. The system allows publishers to convert PDF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF files into apps, ePUBs and Web Reader files.

Aqua-cloud-graphic“With the massive print-to-digital undertaking happening in the publishing industry, there is an urgent need for a digital publishing solution that automates tedious file conversions as well as simplifies the distribution processes. This is the essence of Aquafadas Cloud Authoring,” said Thomas Ribreau, technical director at Aquafadas.

The Aquafadas Cloud Authoring system is browser based, allowing the production person to produce digital files without the need of a design tool such as InDesign or Quark (though if one is uploading a PDF or other image file that file could obviously have been created using a design software package).

“With Aquafadas Cloud Authoring, you can quickly and easily repurpose your existing content into an app or eBook regardless of your digital publishing technical knowledge. No additional resources or training needed. Aquafadas Cloud Authoring is the perfect solution for monetizing your existing content with high-quality results,” Ribreau said.

The new system costs $130 per file export. Aquafadas will be demonstrating the Cloud Authoring platform at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which runs from February 24-27.

Based in Montpellier, France, Aquafadas was acquired by the Toronto eReader company Kobo in October of 2012. Kobo itself is owned by Japanese eCommerce company Rakuten.

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