Tacoma Implements Unisys Content System

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By: E&P Staff

Unisys Corp. of Blue Bell, Pa., signed an agreement to supply its News Content Manager-Hermes 10, using Adobe InDesign and InCopy, to The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash.

The 128,511-circulation McClatchy newspaper sought more control and flexibility over news content and page layout, as well as extensive zoning capabilities. Unisys installed its software at McClatchy’s Sacramento Bee, Fresno Bee and Modesto Bee (all in California) in 1999.

Besides its Unisys technology and workflow management, Hermes 10 integrates InDesign CS and InCopy CS page layout and editorial software and WoodWing’s SmartConnection Pro plug-in. The selection of Hermes 10 also reconized the system’s scalability.

News Tribune Senior Sport Editor Dale Phelps told Unisys that integration of the Adobe software “made a big difference for us,” along with the system’s workflow tools, database and potential access via Web-based tools.

Replacing SII and QPS systems and powered by a cluster of Sun Microsystems servers, the 135-seat Hermes installation also includes News Gathering Manager for wire services and remote communications. The agreement also calls for Unisys to provide a range of integration and support services and backup, testing and development capabilities. Already under way, implementation is expected to be completed within nine months.

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