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Panpa Bulletin : March 2006
March 2006 PaNPa bUlletiN | 45 the Graphic Arts Services Association of Australia's (GASAA) latest survey of wages paid to creative and print personnel shows a steady rise over 12 months for designers, platemakers and most digital printers. Wages paid to prepress Mac operators, conventional offset printers and finishers re- mained relatively steady over the same period. From nearly 300 valid responses, most employers indicated that they employed the majority of their designers, Mac operators, proofers, platemakers, digital and 4 colour printers in the range of $650-800 per week. Print offsiders/finishers and gen- eral office staff were mainly paid under $650 per week. Receiving $800-$1000 per week on average were most five or more colour printers, production managers, sales reps/managers and office managers. The GASAA study, sponsored by Sage Creative Placements pro- vides both average and median weekly wages paid to adult pro- duction and administrative em- ployees across 16 categories. The study also looks at the percentage number of employees being paid in bands from under $650 a week through to over $1,500 a week. The study also examines the extent to which mid-week and weekend shifts are run and the average number of overtime hours worked. 31 percent of re- spondents ran regular mid-week afternoon shifts, while 12 percent ran night shifts (finishing after 1pm) on a regular basis. 29 per- cent of companies replying to the survey worked regular Saturday shifts with 15 percent also run- ning rostered shifts on Sunday. The study examined the loadings paid for the various shifts. In respect to respondents' confidence levels, 36 percent ex- pect to hire production staff over the next 12 months. 58 percent of respondents believe sales will rise in the coming period, with slightly less saying business costs will also rise. Very few people replying to the study expect to shed staff or that sales and cost will fall in 2006. GASAA's annual survey is free to members and costs $120 for non-members. For more details go to www.gasaa.asn.au or call 1300 131 767. gaSaa study shows wage movement at ifra, we recommend that reporters carry camera phones. designers, platemakers and digital printers are the winners in the latest gaSSa wage study. When New Zealand based Country-Wide Publications Ltd was looking for a software system to simplify management of their publications, they went with the AdFactory system. AdFactory is designed Jonge Helden in Holland and comprises of AdOrder, AdFlow, AdOnline and AdForce. Installation began in August 2005, with New Zealand com- pany NP Solutions joining forces with staff from Jonge Helden to complete the installation, the first in Australasia. Eight AdOrder workstations now allow advertising staff to book both display and classified advertising., while Five AdFlow Mac workstations, running OSX, manage the production of display ads, tracking ads in production and all the elements associated with the various ads. AdOnline allows advertisers to log onto the system and book their own ads, classified or dis- play, over the Internet. Once the user verifies the ad, a PDF is cre- ated and entered into the AdFlow system, ready for layout. AdForce is the electronic lay- out mechanism and is tightly in- tegrated with AdFlow, to such an extent that the moment ads are completed and approved, links are automatically updated to Ad- Force. When an edition is closed for booking, AdForce automatically places ads on the page. AdForce lays out Run of Paper (ROP) ads, taking in account conflicts be- tween specified advertisers or coupons. Prior to the introduction of Ad- Force some Country-Wide pub- lications were taking about 10 man-hours to draw up a layout. AdForce will produce the layout and reserve the space within In- Design in less than an hour on average. As a result of the new program, production staff have moved from Freehand to Indesign CS. And it's not just advertising and production who have benefited from this move to more produc- tive software. EMS2000 has been installed on five workstations in the editorial department. EMS2000 plug-ins to InDesign CS2. Reporters and edi- tors are now writing, editing and storing their stories within the EMS database. EMS Archive has also been installed to track past stories as the archive builds. The InDesign plug-in pulls the PC written stories from the EMS2000 database and places them on InDesign pages con- structed on Macintoshes in pro- duction. Editing of the stories in InDesign is permitted and the revised copy is written back to the EMS database so archived stories reflect exactly what was published. By working with Jonge Helden, NP Solutions were able to de- velop an integrated system that has completely revolutionised the way Country-Wide Publications are putting together their publica- tions. Country-Wide goes electronic cci adding to software CCI Europe is putting the final touches on some innovations to their editorial and advertising software. The innovations are the result of CCI Europe working with news organizations to create new products and services CCI AdDesk Sales, version 2.5, includes new handling of multi- ple media, such as classified ads, ROP ads, inserts and Internet ads. They have also developed an integrated accounts receivable module, which will enable news- papers and clients to work more efficiently. CCI WebOrderEntry is a new option, which enables cli- ents to book, view, renew, cancel or modify their orders online. On the editorial side, CCI News- Gate will be extended to include print production and pagination. Page layout and desing can either be done with CCI LayoutChamp or Adobe InDesign/InCopy or both. Essentially, this means that CCI NewsGate can be purchased as one complete editorial system including print production and pagination.