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“Saxotech Web client gets full editorial capabilities

Saxotech is moving forward rapidly in integrating the Web into its editorial system. At America East, it demonstrated new capabilities for accessing the Web from a client station and for archiving files in PDF format. It also hinted at an ambitious plan for enhancing its system to support Web publishing.

America East marked the world premiere of SaxoPress Any-Ware, a new software module that gives users full access to all system features through a Web browser.

Without running any Saxotech software in a local computer, a client workstation can perform full SaxoPress page makeup, image processing, archiving and production management functions. The AnyWare software runs in the SaxoPress server.

The AnyWare software runs in the SaxoPress server.
The demonstration in Hershey was run over an intranet in the convention center, so the response obviously was excellent. Saxotech says, how-ever, that even with a moderate-speed Internet connection, the performance should be acceptable, since the server is producing the screen representation and transferring it to the client browser.

A key benefit of this approach is that a wide-area system can be implemented without installing any extra hardware or software at the client stations, while still enabling all personnel to have access to all system functions, including tracking of status.

Modular makeup
An editorial enhancement in the new software release enables an editor to perform modular makeup of individual articles, inclusive of headlines, photos and other elements, within a defined block. 
The editor, working with a visual representation of the layout block, arranges the elements within the area. An exact preview using Xpress is available to check the results.

Among the facilities available to the editor during the makeup process is the cropping and scaling of pictures to suit the layout. To avoid letting the operator make an unwise decision for a photo, such as to enlarge it too much for the amount of data available, the screen informs the user if there is insufficient data.

Archive PDF
Saxotech showed enhancements to its archiving and retrieval capability that are based on PDF. The system creates live PDF documents of archived pages.

A user browsing in a PDF document can click on a story or photo on a PDF page to retrieve the story or photo as an individual item. The item can then be printed, e-mailed, etc., with its formatting intact. In this process, the user has access to the archive's full search capabilities.

One application for this capability is to sell articles from the archive as single items, which appears to be the direction many newspapers are headed as they try to figure out how to sell their content.
Saxotech says this feature is in use at two of its customer sites in Denmark: Dagbladet Børsen in Copenhagen and Vendsyssel Tidende in Jutland.

Future Web directions
Saxotech has more coming in the Web area. The next software version, which doesn't have a target release date yet, will address the area of personalizing the newspaper for individual Web readers (automatically selecting certain items based on a reader's personal preferences). No details are available.

The other new development, which will be previewed at Nexpo, is the ability to produce both Web and print publications from the same system in parallel.

Called MediaBlast, this effort is being designed in conjunction with three newspapers: A-Press in Denmark, Tønsberg Blad in Norway and Kristiansstadsbladet in Sweden.

Saxotech also has integrated its photobooking and event-scheduling modules into SaxoPress, making it easier for an editor to make and track assignments.

Photo assignments can be linked to article assignments. Then, after photos are taken, they are automatically linked to their respective articles the moment they are entered into the production system. In addition, photographers and reporters get photo assignments online”.

Saxotech is incorporating a new spelling checker into its editing capabilities. The most interesting thing about it is that it can check three words at a time, which enables it to catch some items in context that wouldn't be caught with a single-word checker. For example, it would flag as an error the misuse of the names Anderson and Andersen (as in Ron Anderson, CEO of Gre-tagMacbeth, and the Andersen Consulting firm), which as single words would appear to be correct. (It also might have saved Nelson Rockefeller the embarrassment of nominating Richard E. Nixon for president in 1960, when the middle initial should have been M.).

Other notes
In other announcements, Saxotech said it is working on the integration of Adobe InDesign as its pagination engine. First demonstrations are promised by the end of the year, although we presume the Nexpo and IFRA shows are in the company's radar if the development effort proceeds rapidly enough Saxotech's move into the U.S. market has gotten on track after early difficulties in conjunction with its deal with Morris Communications. Instead of keying its initial U.S. presence on Morris, it has set up an office in Bethesda, MD, and installed its first system at the Rome (NY) Sentinel. Both are running smoothly, we were told”.

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