Major Software Conversion for KRT’s Infographics

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By: E&P Staff

Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services will post its infographics in Adobe Illustrator CS2 starting July 5, 2006. KRT currently uses Macromedia FreeHand 9 software.

“We recognize this will be a big change for many of our clients, as well as for us, and the long lead time before the changeover is meant to ease the transition,” said Wes Albers, director of KRT Graphics.

The infographics will also be available in PDF format for clients who want to view and publish the files without using drawing software.

KRT said “Adobe’s pending purchase of Macromedia, the popularity of Illustrator in international markets and among non-newspaper publishers, and the compatibility of Illustrator with other Adobe products commonly used in the publishing world — PhotoShop, InDesign, Acrobat, etc. — were all contributing factors in the decision.”

The 32,000-plus KRT graphics archive will not be converted to Illustrator. Customers will be able to edit archive graphics in either FreeHand or Illustrator, as they do today. “Moving forward, the archive will become an Illustrator archive as we post new files and remove outdated files,” said Albers.

Illustrator CS2 is available in Macintosh and PC versions, noted KRT, which is marketed by Tribune Media Services.

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