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Panpa Bulletin : May 2006
May 2006 PaNPa bULLETIN | 45 PRODUCTION Last year News Limited decided to standardise newspaper dummying software throughout the group where at least three different technologies were in use. The benefits of having common software running throughout a diverse publishing enterprise is an ideal worth striving for, but not always easy to attain. News Limited dedicated a lot of time to reviewing their pre-press needs, with a view to providing common solutions across the group, realising the savings in initial purchase price and ongoing management this approach can provide. News chose QuickLayout 2 and the Optima Management Viewer from Melbourne sys- tems developer, Advanced Pub- lishing Systems. QuickLayout was running in some News sites before the review was conduct- ed and other sites were using different solutions. APS personnel are currently installing both systems and training News personnel across the nation. Only three sites re- main and these are slotted for the near future, with the aim of completion by the end of this financial year. QuickLayout 2 was chosen by News for all its Australian sites and with it goes a powerful browser-based management viewer. The Optima Manage- ment Viewer provides anyone in the enterprise with a wealth of information on current, fu- ture and even past publications via the internet or an intranet, provided they have appropriate log-in access. It is typically used by editorial, production, sales and financial management and can be customised to provide information specific to those roles. APS are working with News personnel to continue develop- ment and are currently working on a sophisticated interactive messaging system with auto- matic notification of processes to individuals or groups. Information provided to management by the Viewer has dramatically increased the speed and quality of data avail- able, allowing management to make quicker and more in- formed decisions and has large- ly cut down on the need to print and circulate paper dummies. QuickLayout 2 was devel- oped three years ago by APS and closely followed the strengths of QuickLayout 1 -- the MS- DOS system developed in 1992 - which is still running today in a number of sites. Installation and training has been a smooth process, with a typical News site requiring three weeks from start to finish, with intense follow-up in the weeks immediately after. Apart from the News Limited sites, QuickLayout 2 is current- ly running in 22 independent publishing sites. Both products run on current Windows plat- forms. APS completing major installation across News Limited aPS training staff in Quicklayout 2 and Optima Management Viewer Lehman Communications in Colorado were facing a problem that numerous small publishers can relate to. "Our goal has been to tie four di- visions together - consisting of three daily newspapers and four weeklies and more than 100 com- mercial clients - at the same time standardising production proce- dures and quality," said IT Man- ager Suzanne Barrett. After considering all the op- tions, the company installed ProImage's NewsWay system and it has been a raging suc- cess. "We have now survived a full weekend of producing the largest papers of the week, with the smallest staffs, on our new NewsWay workflow system," said Barrett. "It works just as promised and it does so very elegantly. Within a little over one month from the start of in- stallation we have achieved the goal, while significantly reduc- ing production costs and im- proving print quality. AllLehmanCommunications' offices are along the Front Range in Colorado, where it has two print sites, one in Longmont, at the company's corporate head- quarters where Daily Times- Call, Daily Reporter-Herald and Colorado Hometown News- papers are printed. The other print site is at Cañon City where the Daily Record is printed. "Our drive was to implement CtP, which we have now suc- cessfully achieved," said Barrett. "NewsWay provides us with the foundation of our end-to-end production management sys- tem, managing multiple zoning for multiple products." NewsWay automation at Lehman Communications: At the Daily Times-Cal,l News- Way integrates the Tera GN3 editorial and Tark archive sys- tems, and the SCS Layout 8000 and ClassPag systems, gov- erning layout geometry and classified pagination informa- tion. OneVision's Asura soft- ware is used for the optimisa- tion and preflight of PDF files. NewsWay imports files from a Layout 8000 system and stitch- es together separate bitmap or PDF advertising elements and imports the editorial con- tent, based on the layout ge- ometry. Its edition planning capability includes edition tracking, soft proofing, e-mail conferencing, and annota- tion. Commercial customers may track jobs, soft proof, and approve pages over the Web. Before output, and load bal- ancing of the two Creo/Kodak Trendsetter CtP machines, NewsWay's Plate Wizard is used to create custom (2-, 4-, and 8-up) impositions or other custom plate configurations, allowing pages to be dragged into the appropriate place on the plate template for auto- matic imposition. Text burn- ing on the plate, job schedul- ing, FTP transmission, a plate editor and pasteboard are all also automatic features within NewsWay's workflow solution. Going the NewsWay