SofCare K4 Installed at Malaysia’s New Straits Times Press

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By: E&P Staff

Malaysia’s largest newspaper publishing house, New Straits Times Press Berhad, will publish three daily magazine sections of its newspapers using the K4 Publishing System from SoftCare, Boenningstedt, Germany.

The publishing house announced that the layout production of its popular tabloids, News Straits Times and Harian Metro, as well as the Berita Harian newspaper are almost fully converted to Adobe InDesign and SoftCare K4. The publications reach more than 2.6 million readers daily. Papyrus Media, SoftCare’s K4 integrator for Malaysia, is implementing the software.

New Straits Times Press bought 70 K4 seats, selecting the system for the few training sessions required and easy integration with an existing IT infrastructure, according to SoftCare Business Development Director Birgit Rosenthal.

As more staffers used Adobe InDesign, organizing their work became difficult, but K4 “allows us to manage all InDesign documents in a central database,” New Straits Time Press IT chief Abdul Rahman Hashim said in a statement. “At the same time,” he continued, “the documents are available to editors without access to InDesign and can be proof-read by freelancers outside New Straits Times Press via the K4 Web Editor. The K4 XML Exporter makes it especially easy to export layouts and repurpose them for the Internet or for the magazines’ archives.”

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