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Panpa Bulletin : February 2007
PANPA Bulletin February 2007 NEWS 12 Atex has won the contract to supply the new editorial content manage- ment solution for Associated News- papers (ANL) Limited in London. The Atex solution will be used to produce the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard, Metro and the new free after- noon publication LondonLite as well as as- sociated regional editions and magazines. It will also be used to manage content for ANL's websites. In a major departure from Quark QPS for pagination, the new ANL solution will use Adobe InDesign and InCopy, which will ini- tially be used in conjunction with the Lotus Notes text editor already used for several ANL titles. Other modules to be implement- ed include Atex Web Client, Page Tracker and Web Builder software. Workfow, allowing content to be shared across the group’s print and new media titles, will be managed by Atex relational content management database software. The solution will provide a centralised content repository and manage data for all ANL publications. In order to achieve integration, Atex will also be providing interfaces to MediaPlan- ner, Agfa page transmission, and Picdar Picture Desk systems. ANL’s chief information offcer Ian Cohen said the company began looking for a replacement for its 15-year-old Quark Publishing System in 2005. “The core requirements were that the system was based on an off-the-shelf pagi- nation tool that provided improved edito- rial fexibility, creation of ‘smart data’ for content re-purposing, and ability to deliver more products as required,” he said. “As a large Adobe Photoshop and Il- lustrator customer, an early decision was made to replace QuarkXPress with Adobe InDesign as the core makeup solution. “ANL formed a cross-functional Steering Group to drive the selection process that included key representatives from all main titles and, after reviewing 10 potential solu- tions through a structured assessment proc- ess, short-listed two suppliers. Both compa- nies were asked to provide an evaluation system for three-months. Based on this pilot, the Group selected Atex primarily due to its native support of InDesign, the clean look and feel of the user interface, and its per- formance in several ‘real life’ test scenarios. “Atex met all the criteria set out in the original project brief, including having suffcient resources to accommodate an implementation the size of ANL – the solution is standards-based and offers a stable archi- tecture to enable our future strategies.” Switzerland-based ABB has installed its integrated MPS PlateWorkfow system at the 156-year-old Richmond Times- Dispatch in Virginia. The newspaper, which runs three Mitsubishi presses at its Hanover printing plant has upgrade from CtF (computer to flm) to CtP (computer to plate) production and turned to ABB for its MPS PlateWorkfow software an automated workfow solution . “The integration of our pre-press production workfow with our press automation solutions has enabled Richmond Times-Dispatch to overcome some special challenges,” said ABB’s Wolf- gang Felber. “For example, it has greatly simplifed the use of double-out productions – two completely different products being produced at the same time on the same press. It also means that the ink zone values calculated from the page data can be transferred automatically for presetting the press. “Other benefts include substantially improved quality control and fewer systems to support.” He said the MPS PlateWorkfow software is installed at the editorial offces in Richmond as well as at the print centre . The Richmond systems handle page workfow taking output from the editorial systems before RIPping, page pairing and transmission of separations to the print centre. At the print center, MPS Production, the ABB press management system used to control production of the three presses, provides product planning and plate imposition information back to MPS Plate- Workfow. This then handles the entire plate making process including plate barcoding as well as managing and load-balancing two Agfa CtP devices. Atex wins ANL ABB improves 156-year-old paper The number of daily newspapers pub- lished globally has exceeded 10,000 for the frst time, according to the World Association of Newspapers (WAN). Circulation is also growing – up nearly 10 per cent over the last fve years and 2.36% in 2005, with new titles being launched at a remarkable rate, says the Paris-based organisation . More than 450 million copies are sold daily, while distribution of free dailies more than doubled in the last fve years. In a commentary on the updated data it has just released, WAN says that even in Europe and North America, where negative assumptions about the industry are wide- spread, both circulation and the number of new titles have increased. “What we are seeing completely contradicts the conventional wisdom that newspapers are in terminal decline,” said Timothy Balding, CEO of the association. “Newspapers are doing far better than commonly believed. “In fact, the fgures confrm that the industry is healthy and vigorous and is suc- cessfully dealing with increasing competi- tion from other media. “The fashion of predicting the death of newspapers should be exposed for what it is – nothing more than a fashion, based on common assumptions that are belied by the facts.” Release of WAN’s latest data coincides, paradoxically, with an announcement by the two largest North American producers of newsprint, Abitibi and Bowater, that they have merged, creating the world’s largest newsprint manufacturing organisation. Savings are expected to total about US $250 million. Both companies have been experienc- ing extensive downtime and have been shutting down machines in an ongoing effort to match supply with declining demand. Neither company is active in the Australian and New Zealand markets, which is dominated by the Norwegian paper maker, Norske Skog. Consolidation of newsprint supplies in the developed world has been endemic for the past 20 years, but the latest move is the largest by far and may herald further consolidation elsewhere. Newsprint usage in the Pacifc region continues to be high. An industry expert told the PANPA Bulletin that a major consequence of the continu- ing decline in the North American newsprint consumption had been the fnal arrest of the rising prices that had characterised the market for the past four years. “The combination of the recent fall in the benchmark North American price and the higher exchange rate could well result in a lowering of the Australian contract price in mid-year,” he said. Newspapers pass 10,000 mark
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