Anygraaf Software Aids Dailies’ Redesigns, New Workflows

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By: E&P Staff

All Media Publishing solutions from Helsinki-based Anygraaf provided efficiencies and content-sharing tools for recently completed redesigns and newsroom workflow reorganizations at Finnish regional dailies Karjalainen, Keskisuomalainen and Savon Sanomat.

Each enhanced its Anygraaf Doris32 content management and publishing production system with Anygraaf’s Automated Content and Design Controller, as well as the Job and Shift assignment planning tools. Karjalainen also implemented Anygraaf’s AProfit ad system and ePlanner Web site management system.

Workflow and edition management was reorganized with Anygraaf content and design management software. New processes allow editors to choose from predefined article and page layouts and assign stories to layouts early in production. The Automated Content and Design Controller helps speed page production and enforce common layout principles, providing quicker, easier page changes and libraries that aid in editorial planning. Procedures now allow for less time planning each day’s paper and afford more time to focus on content quality. Assignment planning and staff management through Job and Shift help editors manage budgets and staff schedules so as to better plan coverage and content sharing.

The common goal for the restructuring project was to ease and strengthen the exchange of information within publications. Each switched from QuarkXpress to Adobe InDesign for page layout, redesigned its layout and reorganized workflow.

Each publication could maintain its identity yet centralize production and material management, according to Savon Sanomat Project Coordinator Riitta Raatikainen.

Automated Content and Design Controller moves page design from InDesign or Xpress to Anygraaf’s Planner edition-management system, allowing editors to plan page layouts visually, assign and fit stories and quickly adjust whole layouts as news changes. Once a page is completed and opened, content automatically flows to its assigned space.

The ePlanner integrates with Doris32 to automatically build and maintain a publication’s Web site with a write-once, publish-many workflow. It offers a visual interface through which Web pages are defined and planned and content is automatically extracted from the Doris32 system for formatting and placement. The ePlanner also offers tools for article and freestanding comment forums, polls, galleries, archive searches, blogs and multimedia presentations.

Job and Shift offer assignment management and shift scheduling using an integrated set of tools, allowing managers to consolidate news budgeting, staff availability and long-term planning to a common device.

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