vjoon Set to Unveil Unified Publishing Process

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By: E&P Staff

Based in Hamburg, Germany, vjoon is set to unveil its Unified Publishing Process (UPP) at the IFRA Expo, to be held in the same city, Oct. 4-5.

Inspired by supply-chain management solutions used in other industries, UPP is tailored for publishing and relies on version 6 of vjoon’s K4 cross-media publishing platform. The company also will present a professional publishing solution for the iPad featuring K4 and Adobe’s new Digital Magazine Solution. Additionally, vjoon will feature the K4 Distributed Enterprise System, which enables staff at remote production sites to quickly access data.

With UPP, vjoon said it took a holistic approach with UPP to create, manage and render contents for print, tablet, Web, mobile applications and future platforms. According to the company, UPP coordinates publishing workflows across diverse media with the benefits of supply-chain management in mind and focused on enabling start-to-finish process control and creating highly automated workflows throughout the production process.

UPP streamlines production and simplifies the workflow by automating complex and recurring tasks, according to vjoon CEO Andreas Schrader.

Integration of vjoon K4 and the Adobe Digital Magazine Solution enable production of content for the Apple iPad. This extension is part of the K4 package in version 6.3. “We’re concentrating on optimizing K4’s iPad capabilities for everyday publishing, which is why we’re looking at it from the holistic perspective of UPP,” Schrader said in a statement.

K4 automatically reformats pages (for instance, by transforming print formats into portrait and landscape formats suitable for the iPad); adapts styles, units of measure and the number of columns; and embeds multimedia and interactive content in InDesign. It can repurpose text and photos by embedding them repeatedly. K4’s process-driven routines also automatically generate files for mini issues and generate an entire edition from individual files, making it easy to optimize or replace picture galleries, layouts and ads. Staff can also conveniently supervise production from start to finish using K4 Overview, which shows portrait and landscape formats for review in the same stack-type view as the iPad. They can post comments and revisions for authors, layout people and other editors using digital sticky notes.

K4 Distributed Enterprise System (K4 DES) aims to save time for operation of remote production sites by enabling a remote user to work on an Adobe InDesign document provided by the on-site K4 Local Data Storage (K4 LDS) rather than a headquarters-based K4 Server. An edited InDesign file is first saved to the K4 LDS on site and then forwarded automatically to the central K4 server without consuming the local workplace computer’s resources. The central K4 Server automatically updates and synchronizes all associated InDesign files so that users at locations everywhere always access the same data.

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