SaxoTech Snags Second Sale to Gannett

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By: E&P Staff

Tampa-based SaxoTech Inc. announced its newsroom system’s selection by one U.S. daily and start-up at another, as well as a major sale in its original market.

Following installation SaxoTech Editorial at the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times, which went live on the new system three months ago, another Gannett’s daily, the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, selected SaxoTech Editorial as its new print publishing platform, which will replace an older QuarkXPress-based system from SII.

According to SaxoTech, since the Register Star’s Web site already runs on SaxoTech Online as part of Gannett’s systemwide adoption of the SaxoTech online publishing platform, the paper will benefit quickly from integration of the editorial and online solutions.

George J. Foster Co., publisher of New Hampshire and southern Maine newspapers, has gone live with SaxoTech Editorial. The system upgrades an existing investment in SaxoTech technology and will streamline interactions among staff.

The family-owned company took two weeklies, two dailies, and a combined Sunday paper live within a seven-day period in what Publisher Robert H. Foster called “a very smooth transition.” In addition to its New Hampshire dailies, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Dover, and The Citizen, in Laconia, the company publishes weeklies in Rochester and Portsmouth, N.H., and Sanford and York, Maine, as well as the tourism magazine Best Read Guide of New Hampshire. It also owns two direct-mail operations.

The 70-seat implementation is expected to help reporters, photographers, and editors across all publications collaborate more effectively, according to SaxoTech. Administration Vice President Patrice D. Foster said the news department looks to develop “one news organization” characterized by sharing and collaboration among its newspapers.

To extend the functionality of its updated editorial platform, the company also implemented the SaxoTech Archive, PDF Maker, XML Exporter, Image Processing, and Tansa Text Proofing add-on modules.

Originating in Aalborg, Denmark, and selling systems throughout Scandinavia, SaxoTech will install a 158-seat editorial system at Oslo-based Dagbladet, Norway’s third largest daily newspaper, where it replace a CCI system.

Besides writing, editing, pagination, and output management, Dagbladet will rely on SaxoTech planning tools to organize and manage production of its newspaper products.

The system’s flexibility, Dagbladet chief editor Thor Gjermund Eriksen said in a statement, will “allow us to launch new products on short notice and thereby strengthen our editorial competitiveness.” Dagbladet in 1990 was the country’s first newspaper to publish a Sunday edition in more than 70 years. Five years later it also was the first major Norwegian paper with its own Web site. And since then past Dagbladet successfully put Magasinet in its Saturday edition, where it reaches more than a quarter of Norway’s adults.

Late last year, SaxoTech reported its first sale in Iceland, where Frett media group signed a contract for a complete editorial system. A subsidiary of telecommunications company OgFjarskipti, Frett publishes the national newspapers Frettabladid and Dagbladid Visir and the weekly magazine Birta.

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