Folio: Publishing Technology Wire | 4.03.07
CMP Debuts Internet Comedy Show
CMP Technology last week debuted its new online comedy show, The Friday ITch. The three-minute, weekly show is broadcast on CMP TV and highlights and pokes fun at topical news items touching the business technology industry.
The show is produced, written and hosted by experienced broadcast TV professionals including Jim Earl, an Emmy-winning writer formerly of The Daily Show. The Friday ITch appears across the TechWeb Network, including InformationWeek, Network Computing, Optimize, intelligententerprise.com and TechWeb.com. In addition to The Friday ITch, CMP produces other branded Internet programming including CIOs Uncensored, 3 Takes and Light Reading TV.
NetRatings Inc. Releases Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results
Internet media and market researcher, NetRatings Inc. posted 2006 fourth quarter revenues of $22 million, a 24 percent increase compared to revenues of $17.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2005. Revenues for the full-year 2006 were $81.8 million, an increase of 20 percent compared to revenues of $68 million in 2005.
The company’s net income for the fourth quarter was $99,000, up from a net loss in the fourth quarter of 2005 of $713,000. During the fourth quarter of last year, the Nielsen Co. (formerly VNU), the majority shareholder in NetRatings, said it planned to acquire the remaining publicly held, minority interest in the company. As a result, NetRatings recorded a one-time, $778,000 acquisition-related charge.
Additionally, NetRatings earned $3.3 million in pro forma EBITDA for the fourth quarter of last year, up from $779,000 in the same period a year earlier. Full-year, pro forma EBITDA last year was 10.1 million compared to a loss of $1.2 million in 2005.
E-Book Systems Introduces New FlipViewer Digital Reader
E-Book Systems Inc., creators of the Digital Flip online publishing technology, has released its FlipViewer 4.0 digital publication reader, which allows magazines, books, newspapers, catalogs and other publications to be viewed within a digital 3-D page-flipping format.
FlipViewer features an intuitive page-flipping interface that lets readers "turn" pages, rapidly, skim content and go directly to a certain page number — just like reading or browsing through a printed publication. The new technology also allows users to perform keyword searches, bookmark pages, highlight passages and add comments using a virtual notepad.
The latest version has new skins and icon sets, along with streamlined user interface, improved support for Windows Vista and on the fly decryption for DRM protected MP3 files. It also features improvements to FlipViewer Library, the system that manages the FlipBook digital publications, including an improved user interface that looks and functions similar to the user interface of popular media player applications, allowing users to create a variety of folders to organize their FlipBooks and sort publications by genre or publisher.
Wave Magazine Launches WaveLife TV’
Wave Magazine has launched "WaveLife TV," a branded, online video channel produced and programmed by Connected Media Technologies. Connected Media will populate the on-line video channel, featured on the magazine’s Web site, with original and sponsor-supplied content, as well as content from Connected Media’s NewsProNet library of broadcast news stories.
Connected Media’s branded broadband video channels, such as WaveLife TV, offer on-demand Flash-based streaming, and present premium video content along with multiple advertising and sponsorship opportunities. The WaveLife TV broadband video channel also will offer community tools that allow users to share videos and add them to their Web sites and blogs.
BusinessWeek, Spiegel Online Form Content-Sharing Partnership
BusinessWeek and German language, news Web site Spiegel Online have formed an online content-sharing partnership, which will give Spiegel’s online audience access to BusinessWeek’s content and BusinessWeek’s audience access to Spiegel’s English language content.
BusinessWeek stories are now available on the Spiegel International Channel and at Spiegel Online and Spiegel stories can be found at Businessweek.com’s Europe channel.
Stora Enso Joins EPA’s Climate Leaders Program
Paper manufacturer Stora Enso has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders Program and is pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its U.S. operations.
Climate Leaders is an industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop long-term climate change strategies. Partners set a corporate-wide greenhouse gas reduction goal and inventory their emissions to measure progress.
MEI Appoints DPCI to Distribute K4 Publishing System
Jenkintown, Pennsylvania-based Managing Editor Inc., an Adobe Systems portfolio company and a provider of software and services to the publishing industry, has appointed DPCI as its newest SoftCare K4 Publishing System distributor and reseller. New York-based DPCI will assist companies that need help integrating the K4 solution with Web content management systems.
DPCI’s clients include commercial and corporate publishers. The company combines skills in portal, content management, digital asset management, editorial workflow, and multi-channel publishing technologies to assist clients in maximizing their revenue around content.
MEI’s K4 distributor channel was launched in response to growing demand for K4, a database-driven editorial workflow system integrated with Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy, as its functionality spreads across multiple markets. The system is used by a number of magazine publishers including Conde Nast.
CMPMedica Launches SearchMedica France
CMPMedica has launched SearchMedica France, a specialized search engine developed for French doctors by CMPMedica, Convera and Le Quotidien du Médecin, a popular daily medical journal published by CMPMedica. The search engine uses a Convera platform.
SearchMedica France provides specialized access to well-respected medical Web sites, professional journals and clinical resources and enables medical professionals to search CMPMedica’s proprietary Vidal database of information on 3,500 pharmaceuticals.
Vertis Installs Flat Bed Printer at Irvine, California Facility
Baltimore-based Vertis has installed a VIRTU36 UV Flat Bed Printer in its Irvine, California, facility. The new printer will boost Vertis’ large format production capabilities and provide the highest quality printing available from flat bed printers. Benefits include time reductions and cost management, as the new press prints directly to substrates such as coroplast, metal, plex-lexan and wood up to 2.5 inches thick.
The VIRTU36 UV Flat Bed Printer technology has a competitive pricing advantage over silkscreen and patented cold curing UV system minimizes the warping that often occurs on printing materials.