Folio: Publishing Technology Wire | 3.13.07
Quark 7 Update Offers Support for Windows Vista
Quark plans to post a free, downloadable update online within 30 days that will enable existing QuarkXPress 7 customers to run on Windows Vista. "Customers will benefit from the combined user interface enhancements of both products such as the ability to drag and drop images from the Windows Photo Gallery directly into QuarkXPress 7," said Terry Welty, Quark senior vice president of corporate marketing, in a statement.
The update also will allow Windows Vista users to take advantage of Quark 7’s other features, such as picture effects and composition zones, said Welty. In a statement, Quark said QuarkAlliance developers are also testing its XTensions software for Quark 7 on Windows Vista, as are some of its partners, including Extensis, which released a Windows Vista compatible version of its font management solution, Suitcase in February.
Primedia’s Automotive.com to Offer Gas Price Finder Free of Charge to News Sites
Automotive.com plans to offer its Gas Price Finder-widget free to local news and information sites, according to a statement from its parent company Primedia. Josh Speyer, CEO of Primedia Automotive Digital, said the gas finder has received a lot of traffic on the Web site and the company felt it would make a good addition to local news sites as well.
Webmasters and bloggers can download the widget, which is branded under the Autmototive.com moniker and provides a draw to help drivers find the best gas prices, www.automotive.com/gas-prices/feeds.html. Among its features is an extensive search tool that helps locate stations by zip code or on a state-wide, county-wide, or city-wide basis. The site also offers the Fuel Finder, which presents the latest national average price per gallon.
Digital Publisher EDGE Publications Launches Miami and Fort Lauderdale Portals
EDGE Publications, a digital publisher of gay and lesbian news and entertainment, has launched its seventh and eighth online publications targeting Miami and Fort Lauderdale. EDGEmiami.com and EDGEftlauderdale.com each deliver eight major channels of information to its readers including, daily news, business, weather, entertainment, health, style, sports and travel. Additional channels provide coverage of nightlife, shopping, lodging, dining, plus a local business directory and calendar of events.
Onstream Media Signs Webcasting Agreement with National Press Club
OnStream Media has signed an agreement with the National Press Club to install a state-of-the-art, on-site encoding center within NPC’s Broadcast Operations Center that will be fully integrated with Onstream’s Visual Webcaster platform. The enhancement will allow the Washington D.C.-based press club video and audio webcasting services for its more than 2,000 annual events.
The OnStream platform will provide the press club with multiple streaming formats and delivery speeds, offering features such as registration, delivery of PowerPoint, Q&A, audience polling, archived delivery and downloadable documents. The new encoding center will eliminate the need for satellite or fiber optic transmission facilities to access one of Onstream Media’s corporate encoding centers in Florida, New York or San Francisco.
Cenveo Completes Purchase of Cadmus Communications
Stamford, Connecticut-based Cenveo Inc. has completed its $430 million acquisition of Cadmus Communications. Cenveo entered into an agreement to acquire Richmond, Virginia-based Cadmus, the fifth largest printer in North America and a global provider of specialty packaging services, in December following its two failed attempts to acquire Banta Corp. Banta was ultimately purchased by R.R. Donnelley & Sons.
Cenveo’s purchase of Cadmus includes the assumption of its debt, which is about $192 million, according to recent Cadmus’ financial statements. Cadmus has annual revenues of more than $450 million. Cenveo is a printer of envelopes, labels, packaging and business documents.
January Web Audience Up 10 Percent Over Last Year
ComScore Networks reports that 747 million people age 15 and older used the Internet worldwide in January 2007, a 10 percent increase over January 2006. Internet audiences in India, the Russian Federation and China increased the most in 2006, growing 33, 21 and 20 percent, respectively. China now represents the second-largest Internet population in the world, with 86.8 million users, after the U.S., which rose 2 percent year-over-year to 153.4 million users age 15 or older in January 2007.
ABM Looking for Friends … on MySpace
American Business Media has entered the hip and trendy world of MySpace and is looking for some friends, according to the March 12 edition of ABM’s E-News. The page, found here, touts the association’s mission and seeks the friendship of full-time students with an interest in b-to-b media. It also offers advice on how to obtain an internship. ABM currently has 29 friends, including the city of New York, more than a dozen college students, and Rupert Murdoch, whose company News Corp. owns MySpace.