Folio: Publishing Technology Wire | 1.23.07
ABM Asks Members for Help on Web Site Redesign
American Business Media is redesigning its Web site and is asking members for their input. The business publishing association included a survey in this week’s e-mail newsletter, asking members to weigh in on how the site can be made more helpful and easier to navigate. For more, click here.
Mountain Graphics Acquires Johnson Printing
Mountain Graphics, a Denver-based, commercial sheetfed printing company, has acquired Johnson Printing, a Boulder, Colorado-based printer of magazines, guides, books, catalogs and other products for publishers, associations, technology firms and educational institutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Johnson Printing services will be merged into those of Mountain Graphics, but will continue to do business under the Johnson name. Mountain Graphics acquired Kaufmann Printing in 2005. The company produces brochures, pamphlets and other marketing literature for a variety of businesses and agencies in Colorado, including several Fortune 500 companies.
Accela Communications Releases Redesigned AccelaCast v4.0
Accela Communications has released a newly redesigned AccelaCast v4.0 with a highly flexible layout and embedding capabilities to further support integration of video and rich media within corporate Web sites.
The focus of the latest release is to help companies integrate video and rich media into their Web sites and other channels to more fully engage customers and prospects online. The program can be embedded into any number of Web pages or delivered into standard banner ads by adding a few lines of code.
The program’s new streamlined design also reduces the amount of real estate needed by the user interface, maximizes space available for video and rich media content and can be delivered in any size to easily integrate with the host container page. For more information, click here.
Transcontinental Media Launches New Business Publication with Full Digital Edition
Transcontinental Media of Sackville, New Brunswick is launching a regional business publication called eNBusiness. The publication will be available in both print and digital editions. The digital edition will use the services of Advanced Publishing Corp. and will have interactive and full search capabilities.
Advertisers will be able to increase their brand exposure in the digital edition by providing live links from their ads to their home pages and to direct customer contact through clickable e-mail links. Free subscriptions of the digital edition are available http://enbusiness.advancedpublishing.com.
IntroNetworks Releases New Hosted Application System
IntroNetworks, a developer of professional online communities, has released introNetwork System, a new search function that will increase the speed and capabilities of introNetwork’s Visual Matching Engine.
The new release expands introNetworks’ social-networking and online community platform, which powers professional communities across the technology, media, and knowledge management industries. Features of the system include interactive profile creation, matching and searching capabilities between any entity, patent-pending visualization and community communication tools, community discussion forums, global and personal calendar functionality, spam-free introMail and e-mail notifications, document, photo and video file sharing, a micro-targeted messaging platform and a revenue-generating advertising engine, and phenomenal community reporting. The introNetworks System is used in three different applications called eventNet, memberNet and talentNet, each of which is a hosted application that can be created and launched within hours.
Stora Enso Says Profits Will Be Up in Fourth Quarter, Ratifies Contract with United Steel Workers
Paper company, Stora Enso says its 2006 fourth-quarter operating profit will be up by $120 million due to the sale of some shares and tax settlements. The company will release its fourth-quarter and full-year operating results February 7. The company experienced a 14 percent drop in net profits in the third quarter of last year.
The Helsinki-based company said the increase in operating profit stems from a $39 million gain from resolved tax disputes, a $43 million gain from the sale of shares in a Finnish shipping company and a $39 million decrease in employee pension payments.
In related news, the company says it has ratified a contract with the union that represents 1,400 employees at its Biron, Stevens Point, Whiting and Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin plants. The five-year agreement, made after 22 months of negotiations, positions Stora Enso to become a much tougher competitor in a challenging business environment, the company said in a news release.
The five-year agreement calls for wage increases of 9 percent over the life of the contract, a $3,000 ratification bonus per member, secures healthcare benefits for both active and retired employees, greater profit sharing payouts up to $1,000 per quarter and ensures that no active employee will lose permanent employment as a result of contracting, work restructuring or work competitiveness provisions of the agreement. Negotiations continue between the company and its three other unions.