Sophie 2.0

The case

Astea, in partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) of Los Angeles, designed and developed Sophie 2.0 and, more recently, Sophie 2.1 for iPad and Android. Financial support was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City.

Sophie is an advanced suite of open source tools for the electronic authoring, reading, and publishing of rich media documents in networked environments. The tool is based on Sophie 1.0, the brainchild of well-known multimedia pioneer Bob Stein, and HotAsTea, an electronic publishing platform developed by Astea.

The product

Sophie Author allows users to create complex networked multimedia documents without specialized training. The Sophie Reader allows users to read Sophie books in a browser without downloading a separate application. Comment frames allow easily constructed spaces for discussions inside of books. Browser frames allow for the embedding of fully functional web browsers into book pages. Sophie can export content to HTML, bringing interactive multimedia to web browsers, iPad, and Android devices.


Sophie 2.0 was developed in Java and runs on the Linux, Macintosh, and Windows operating systems. Sophie 2.1 provides Sophie users with the ability to export Sophie content to iPad and Android devices.


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  • ios
  • linux
  • apple
  • windows
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