Five Freedom Papers Adopt NewsWay Workflow

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By: E&P Staff

ProImage, based in Princeton, N.J., will supply its NewsWay workflow to five Freedom Communications Inc. newspapers.

NewsWay provides page planning, page and plate tracking of page elements, soft proofing, page pairing and load balancing of RIPs where text and furniture such as vision-bender marks and gray bars are burned onto plates, and load balancing of digital platesetters.

The News-Herald, in Panama City, Fla., installed NewsWay Lite two months ago, allowing editorial and production staffers to track the progress of pages on their desktop browsers. NewsWay’s Plate Wizard provides the ability to create the custom plate configurations for the company’s commercial work. The system also sets direct printing and fan-out settings for its Goss Cosmo press.

Similar systems have been installed at the Daily Press, in Victorville, Calif., and Lima (Ohio) News. At all three sites, NewsWay will drive KPG Newsetter thermal platesetters and Nela equipment.

Citing the system’s flexibility, Freedom Purchasing Director Gary Blakeley said it is easy to learn and allows each site to set up complex workflows as it chooses.

Next month, a full NewsWay system will be installed on servers at Freedom’s Mesa (Ariz.) Tribune. The Tribune and Sun City’s Daily News-Sun, which already share a Digital Technology International prepress system, will share the NewsWay workflow. Sun City will be able to route products it creates over existing T1 lines to Mesa, where they will be RIPed. In addition to balancing loads on the Harlequin RIPs and providing error messages generated by the RIPs, the system will permit pages RIPed in Mesa to be soft proofed and approved in Sun City before plate output on Sun City’s yet-to-be installed KPG Newsetter.

NewsWay will take PostScript pages from the DTI system and data to allow it to automatically create edition plans. Pages will be soft proofed in Mesa and routed to a color proof printer. Once approved, they will be paired automatically, with text and furniture burned, and routed to one of two KPG thermal platesetters. NewsWay also will distill the PostScript-to-PDF files and forward them for storage in an Olive archiving system.

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