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Panpa Bulletin : July 2006
44 | PANPA BULLETIN July 2006 An equipment upgrade at the Renmark print- ing plant of The Murray Pioneer Pty Ltd has given the group's stable of newspapers the ability to produce eight-page sections in back-to-back colour. The independent group, which operates in South Australia's Riverland, is one of several small Australian publishers that have recently added a Tensor T-1400 series four-high tower to its Goss Community press. The improved colour capability has attracted more commercial work, as well as providing greater facilities for advertisers. The group flagship, The Murray Pioneer, which is published every Tuesday and Friday, has a circulation of 6700 copies. Other publications produced include The Mid North Broadcaster (2000), the Pinnaroo Border Times (1200), The Loxton News (2700), The River News (2800) and The Gawler Bunyip (11,500). Managing director Paul Taylor told The PANPA Bulletin that the upgrade had produced good results all round. General manager Ben Taylor said installation of the Tensor four-high tower went extremely smoothly and the whole project had been well managed. "The equipment performs above all expecta- tions and is very user friendly," he said. Repro- duction was highly satisfactory. Other publishers who have installed Tensor towers include The Courier at Mount Barker, and The Beaudesert Times at Jimboola in Queens- land. In the Jimboola upgrade, a new tower was added to the existing Tensor tower and Goss Community. The recent purchase had a one-metre web with a 630mm cut-off to print the mostly quar- terfold production. Q.I automatic colour register and cut-off controls were added to enhance colour repro- duction. Tensor, a privately-owned US manufacturer of single-width offset press equipment, claims its Tensor T-1400 tower offers a proven, ergonomi- cal design with the added benefit of retaining a consistently economical value of the lifetime of the press. The unique "bearing-in-a-bearing" eccentric design provides optimum dynamic support of the blanket cylinders, reducing print distur- bance. Stainless steel clad cylinders with unique tapered journals add stiffness for improved print and registration control and the arch geometry design allows easy access for operators. Tensor has installed more than 1700 units in more than 23 countries since its inception in 1993. Two of the most innovative developers of publish- ing software have joined forces to bring an up- to-the-minute range of programs to Australia. WoodWing has signed an agreement with Ad- vanced Publishing Systems as a system integra- tor and local dealer for the WoodWing range of products in Australia. APS will service the publishing industries in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands and will offer a full range of WoodWing products and services. The arrangement was concluded when Wood- Wing founder, CEO and President, Erik Shut and WoodWing Asia-Pacific Sales Director, Remco Koster, were in Sydney recently. WoodWing software engineers have worked with the Adobe InDesign engineering team to develop plug-ins and solutions for Adobe InDe- sign and InCopy since 1997. Through a combi- nation of publishing industry experience and a deep knowledge of the Adobe InDesign/InCopy architecture, WoodWing Software offers solu- tions, productivity tools and plug-ins that make publishing with these programs faster, easier. Meanwhile, APS has developed and markets a range of products, including the Synergy Display and Classified Booking System, Quick- Layout with The Optima Management Viewer, QuickJumpers (for InDesign and Quark), Classi- fied Pagination (for InDesign and Quark), Sub- scription and Distribution software and more. APS is Melbourne based with an office in Sydney and APS personnel regularly visit New Zealand. "APS deal with the biggest publishers in this part of the world and also have systems in many smaller regional and community newspapers, so they are a very good fit, servicing both ends of the market", said Mr Koster. "We recognise that APS have considerable expertise in publishing software and we expect this arrangement will help bring WoodWing products to the Australasian media scene." Mr Schut added; "WoodWing recognises the significance and opportunities of this region and as a first step, recently opened a regional of- fice in Malaysia. Having APS join us strengthens our presence here and indicates our commit- ment to the region." Last month, APS personnel attended a Wood- Wing training course in Kuala Lumpur and more training and technical personnel will be going to Malaysia for training. APS Sales Development Manager, Terry Flynn said he was delighted with the arrangement and looked forward to APS representing WoodWing products. "WoodWing offer some really power- ful plug-ins for InDesign and their products are equally appropriate for small and large publish- ers. It is exciting for APS to represent WoodWing here," he said. Adstream, Austral- ia's leading provider of digital advertising workflow solutions and a pioneer in the emerging field of Global Media Exchange has opened an office in Adelaide. Located in the heart of Adelaide's central business district, Ad- stream will share the premises with film pro- duction company and partner, Imagination Peter Miller, manag- ing director, Adstream said the opening of the Adelaide office demon- strated the company's strong growth-oriented focus for the region. "Adelaide is an im- portant market for us with strong advertising agency, video produc- tion, wine, food, motor vehicle, retail, tourism and public markets. A dedicated Adelaide office will help support our South Australian customers as well as our interaction with partners" Miller com- mented. Adstream enables ad- vertisers and marketers to create, manage, and instantly distribute dig- ital broadcast and print material across any geography from any of- fice workstation. As the first and only digital media exchange oper- ating on a global scale, Adstream provides seamless workflow per- formance worldwide from concept through to distribution. Adstream is strategi- cally aligned with: efi, CIP4, IDEAlliance, PPA, Ghent, DDAP and IPA. APS new agent and integrator for Woodwing Pioneering move by US press manufacturer Adstream Adelaide offce opens