SOPHIE 2redefines the notion of a book to include rich media, reader feedback & conversation within a networked environment.WATCH THE SOPHIE VIDEOIntroduction to Sophie

Sophie @ NAJS
Sophie Users
Sophie has been enhanced and rebuilt in Java. Sophie now features HTML5 export. Find user documentation, sample books and tutorials, and download the new Sophie. Sophie runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux. The latest version is Sophie 2.1, released October 21, 2011.

  • Sophie Author allows users to create complex networked multimedia documents without specialized training.
  • Sophie Reader allows readers to read Sophie books in a browser without downloading a separate application.
  • Comment frames allow easily constructed spaces for discussion inside of books.
  • Browser frames allow embedding fully functional web browsers in book pages.
  • Sophie can export content to HTML, bringing the interactive multimedia to web browsers, iPad and Android devices.
  • Sophie creates digital libraries that can be used in Sophie iPad app.
  • Easy to use embedded books: Sophie books can open inside other Sophie books.
  • Frame-based timelines present an easy way to create animations.
  • Sophie Server allows uploading, managing, and downloading books on a server.
  • Sophie Server allows simultaneous collaborative creation of books.

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Sophie Developers
Learn more about developing with Sophie 2.0. Download source and find the project overview, developer documentation, and issue log.
News and Announcements

Sophie 2.1 features HTML5 export. This allows you to easily export and share your interactive rich multimedia content to the users on any device - computers, tablets and smartphones. All your readers need now is a modern web browser!

Sophie Workshops: The IML, with generous support from the Mellon Foundation, continues to host free, hands-on Sophie tutorials, featuring not only a guided tour of the book-building process, but tips on the preparation of audio and video files for use in a project, and instruction on how to export an e-book for reading in a browser or on an iPad. Upcoming workshops will take place on these dates:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 11:00 a.m.
IML Blue Lab, Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 11:00 a.m.
IML Blue Lab, Los Angeles, CA

Please contact David Lopez with questions, to RSVP, or to arrange for web-based tutorials: dlopez (at)

Sophie was recently represented at the Los Angeles Festival of Books at the University of Southern California as part of a panel discussion "Reading and Writing in the Digital Age," moderated by Holly Willis, and featuring Erik Loyer and Mark Marino.

A paper titled "Sophie 2.0 and HTML5: DIY Publishing to Mobile Devices" describing Sophie's development goals was recently accepted for the 15th International Conference on Electronic Publishing, June 22-24, 2011, in Istanbul, Turkey. Written jointly by members of Astea Solutions and the IML, the paper argues for the need for closer collaborations between software developers and users, and explains the process for output to mobile devices through Sophie.

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Recent Sophie Workshops & Presentations:
  • Amherst College: Dan Visel led workshops for students and faculty in the use of Sophie for visual analysis.
  • Occidental College: Sophie was presented to a large online audience in a collaborative event dedicated to digital scholarship sponsored by NITLE and Occidental College on November 12, 2010.
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    Sophie 2.0 was recently featured as one of ten projects destined to impact next generation arts journalism by the National Summit on Arts Journalism, presented by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more on the National Arts Journalism Program site.