Folio: Publishing Technology | 08.08.06
By Marrecca Fiore
By Marrecca Fiore
Sky Publishing Launches SkyTonight.com
Sky Publishing, a New Track Media company and publisher of astronomy periodicals and books, has launched SkyTonight.com featuring astrophotography galleries, interactive hobby Q&As, polls, podcasts, trivia questions, blogs, RSS feeds, news feeds from wire sources, and equipment coverage, including new-product announcements, a telescope buyer’s guide, and a classifieds section, according to a news release.
Sky Publishing named former Sky & Telescope associate editor David Tytell as the site’s Web producer. The Web site complements Sky’s print product and seeks to serve a broader audience of stargazing enthusiasts who are not subscribers. A new area on the site called “Beyond the Printed Page” is under development and will feature an extension to magazine articles, in the form of additional content, podcasts, and videos.
Smithsonian Publishing Creates Online Publishing Group
Smithsonian Publishing has announced the creation of the Online Publishing Group. Emily Allen was named director of the division and will be responsible for content and business development for the Smithsonian Web sites Smithsonian.com, Airandspacemagazine.com, and MySmithsonian.com, all of which are launching in January 2007.
“Our new Online Publishing Group will bridge the gap between print and online, providing seamless marketing opportunities for advertisers across all properties,” said Peter Krieger, publisher of Smithsonian Magazine Publishing, in a statement, adding that it will also allow the company to reach a broader audience. The Online Publishing Group will be supported by senior producer Kelly Durkin and content manager Thea Joselow.
Worlddata Managing WebMD Masterfiles
Worldata is managing WebMD’s new Medical Professionals Lists including the Physician Masterfile and the Pharmacy Masterfile. The masterfiles contain accurate and up-to-date contact data for more than 400,000 clinically active physicians and 51,000 retail pharmacy professionals.
DALiM MiSTRAL Receives PIA/GATF 2006 Intertech Technology Award
Dalim Software has been selected by The Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation to receive the 2006 PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award for DALiM MiSTRAL, automated, premedia production technologies.
Dalim specializes in the design and development of automated professional production workflow software for prepress, print, packaging, advertising and publishing. DALiM MiSTRAL is a Web-based solution that automates and communicates the planning, staffing, scheduling and tracking of print and publishing projects. Views of project status – as color-coded icons – are available in real time, from a Web browser, as are thumbnails and PDF full views of completed content.
Aries Systems Releases Preprint Manager – Production Tracking
North Andover, Massachusetts-based Aries Systems has launched Preprint Manager – Production Tracking, a Web-based tool that enables the coordination of the manuscript “supply chain” involving geographically disparate participants such as authors, editors and off-shore vendors.
The technology allows Web-configurable workflows, tasks, and user roles; file management and control; schedule management based on individual manuscripts or by publication issue; Web-based tools for controlling, managing and optimizing the supply chain; automated quality assurance tools, such as bibliography checking and formatting; and integration with online peer review systems, as well as other features. The product costs a few thousand dollars to implement and can be used without additional software development, the company said in a news release.