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SAXoTECH features content management


SAXoTECH, which is based in Denmark but has opened an office in the U.S., is one of the more interesting newspaper system suppliers. Since arriving in the market more than five years ago, it has progressed at a tremendous rate and built a substantial user base. Its initial systems ran only on the Macintosh, but today the product is fully cross-platform, supporting the Mac and NT. SAXoTECH also has moved from a nondatabase approach to a full implementation of Oracle software.

However, where SAXoTECH stands out most is in the completeness of its editorial and content management software, which is as extensive as any offering in this market we have seen. It includes an integrated archival capability and sophisticated text, image and wire service handling.

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  stands out most is in
  the completeness of its
  editorial and content
  management software...
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SAXoTECH´s own image-processing capabilities are integrated into the editorial application to allow editors to handle images without the need for Photoshop. For handling sophisticated image-processing functions, Photoshop can be used, but for basic tasks in handling wire picture input and manipulation, the SAXoImage Processor with PhotoRace software appears to be well designed. It can be accessed from within the SAXoPRESS editorial software or directly from within Xpress.

What we like especially about the system is its handling of text. Like most systems these days, Word can be used as the text editor. However as an alternative, the SAXoText application serves as a dedicated, high-speed, newspaper-oriented, text-handling system. It provides tools for database access, composition and integrated formatting with links into Xpress. From a user standpoint, Word and SAXoText look very similar.

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Part of SAXoTECH´s strenght is its diverse handling of text, including the archival system with its advanced search facility. Note the way searches of various types of information are set up separately.
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Web access.
For the future, we believe SAXoTECH will become better known for the way it addresses Web access, which will be done through a module called @ccess. This is a SAXoTECH application written in Java for use within a Web browser. At present it runs only within Microsoft Explorer 4.0. It uses Java JDK 1.1, Visual Café and Db Anywhere middleware. The software includes full support for article and picture functions, which means that a reporter or anyone with the required privileges can access the full functionality of a SAXoPRESS system from any location.

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We would call SAXoTECH´s  @ccess
one of the highlights of NEXPO
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The initial implementation will have the following items:

  • A combined article and wire service module.
  • An article editor.
  • A combined picture and wire service module.
  • A log-in and preference module.
  • Planned for the future are a search module for articles, images, etc., and a page module.

This is perhaps the most advanced Web access module we have seen from any newspaper system supplier. Having identical functionality over the Internet as from a standard workstation is a key to future systems. We envisage a SAXoPRESS system in the near future being fully Java enabled for all functions except full pagination, enabling a true distributed publishing environment.
We would call SAXoTECH´s  Access one of the highlights of NEXPO.
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  ...the most advanced
  Web access module
  we have seen from
  any newspaper
  system supplier
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SAXoTECH´s Access
This new program uses a standard Internet browser to enable reporters or anyone with authorization to access any facilities of the SAXoPRESS system. It appears to be the most advanced Web access system from a newspaper system supplier.
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