Folio: Publishing Technology Wire | 10.17.06
GCN’s BG2GO 7.0 Now Imports Graphics, In-Line Ads
GCN Publishing has announced that bg2go 7.0 can now export graphics and in-line ads as well as formatted text. bg2go is a Web-based directory management platform that allows advertisers to securely update their directory listings and purchase enhancements.
The new version of bg2go, 7.0 allows customers to upload a single logo, be it a press-ready, high-resolution graphic, and the software will resize and re-format the image for optimum presentation in both the print and online versions of the directory. It also includes a built-in Pre-Flite Manager that compares uploaded images with publication-specific criteria for image size and resolution. The Pre-Flite Manager will dynamically analyze the images and indicate whether each is ready for print, or needs to be re-submitted by the advertiser.
The data can be held for editorial proofing or made live immediately on the publication’s Web site. Unlike Web-only directory platforms, all of bg2go’s directory data, including text, enhancements and now logos and product photos, can be dynamically formatted and exported to Quark or InDesign for print directory production.
Time Inc. Approves Continental Web Press’ Use of DALiM DIALOGUE
Dalim Software has announced that Continental Web Press has received approval from Time Inc. to use DALiM DiALOGUE’s monitor-based proofing as a basis for all its press proofs.
CWP is a high-quality, heatset web offset printer with sales of more than $75 million a year. Time Inc., one of CWP’s customers, has had an initiative in place to completely move to monitor-based proofs by 2007, but is currently ahead of schedule. To be proactive, CWP decided to get into virtual proofing with DALiM DiALOGUE, a monitor-based, proofing system. With DALiM DiALOGUE, publishers can view color-accurate virtual proofs, including color simulations of the paper stock on which jobs will be printed.
DALiM DiALOGUE is working on three of CWP’s presses. At both plants, DALiM DiALOGUE is installed in the prepress department to check incoming files as part of the workflow. At the moment, two presses in Kentucky have dual 30" Apple Cinema Displays running on an Apple Macintosh G5- almost a full imposition view-for press checks. CWP has also installed a unit inside a portable light booth to move between different presses in Illinois. As the technology is accepted for more applications, CWP expects to purchase more systems, Dalim said in the news release.
Accela Communications Releases New Series With AT&T and HP as Sponsors
Accela Communications Inc. has secured AT&T and Hewlett Packard as premier sponsors of a new on-demand video series called INNOVATE, the company said in a statement. The video series will be syndicated through the IT Video Network, a collection of top information technology Web sites including InfoWorld, ITworld.com, Network World and a range of TechTarget sites. INNOVATE sponsors receive a variety of benefits including brand association with each of the sites in the network, pre-roll video advertising, direct messaging and lead generation.
Featuring technology journalist Paul Gillin as host, INNOVATE is a 15 minute video journal that taps into the creative energy of the information technology industry by spotlighting people, companies and organizations that are inventing the future. The journals are produced and delivered through the AccelaCast inBanner platform. The first two INNOVATE episodes focus on business continuity planning and blade server technology. To view:
Episode 1: Blade Servers, click here.
Episode 2: Business Continuity, click here.
BusinessWeek Launches Audio Edition
BusinessWeek has launched the BusinessWeek Audio Edition, which will feature all stories from each weekly edition of BusinessWeek magazine, as well as select online content from BusinessWeek.com. It will be available to subscribers in MP3 format and delivered by podcast and/or on-demand download.
The audio offering, partners BusinessWeek’s business news and analysis and the Infoble news production platform to provide the magazine’s customers with a compelling new service.
For the first four weeks of the Audio Edition, all BusinessWeek readers can download MP3s for free thanks to a sponsorship by Oracle Corp., a San Francisco-based database management systems and software company. After an annual subscription (51 issues) will be priced at $29.97 annually, but current subscribers can get the service for just $9.97 a year. A four-week, free trial subscription is available here.
Really Strategies Inc. Launches RSuite CMS
Really Strategies Inc. has introduced its new RSuite CMS, a content management system for publishers. RSuite CMS is a flexible content management system that leverages the power of MarkLogic Server XML management and search capabilities.
With RSuite CMS, content can be organized into browsable and searchable folders, assemblies, documents, and other objects. Version control of the XML content and check in and check out capabilities allow the user to manage complex XML at the level they want. With an open and scalable architecture, RSuite CMS can easily integrate other content tools and applications and allows for future expansion as the publishing environment changes.
Emap Signs Search deal with InfoSpace
FHM publisher, Emap has signed a search deal to run InfoSpace’s Web search technology across 14 of its Web sites.
The agreement, which includes sites such as Empireonline.com and FHM.com, will allow Emap’s Web users to query all of the major search engines in one click with InfoSpace’s metasearch technology, according to a news release from the company.
"Emap visitors will be able to search the whole of the web from within our sites, thereby greatly enhancing user experience," said Dan Cotton, head of Internet at Emap, in a statement. "By enabling users to quickly see and find what they need, we expect to see increased visitor satisfaction and loyalty."
Adobe Printing Partners Demonstrating Integration of Adobe PDF Print Engine into Printing Systems
Adobe announced that major OEM printing partners will be demonstrating the integration of Adobe PDF Print Engine into printing systems at Adobe’s booth and partner booths at Graph Expo, which continues today and Wednesday in Chicago. First introduced in April 2006, Adobe PDF Print Engine — a comprehensive design-to-print solution that leverages Adobe PDF and JDF to deliver control, consistency and efficiency throughout the entire print workflow — powers products from the print industry’s biggest names, including Agfa Graphics, Dainippon Screen, FUJIFILM Electronic Imaging, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Kodak Graphic Communications Group, and RIPit.ll showcasing products using this key print technology.
Adobe also has introduced version 1.1 of Adobe PDF Print Engine. The new version leverages common PDF technology across the Adobe Creative Suite and Acrobat to allow creative and print professionals to efficiently create, collaborate on, and automate the output of Adobe PDF files. New features include support for Mac OS X, PDF 1.7, PDF layer-management and enhanced color management.