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WoodWing has announced Elvis DAM version 4, the latest version of its digital asset management system. The company says the new version integrates with Content Station, the editorial management component of WoodWing's multi-channel publishing solution called Enterprise and supports Linux as well. more
SeeFile has released a new version of its digital asset management system, which provides large file transfer and online collaboration, access to media banks from standard browsers, full HTML5 capabilities, and a new user interface and features. more
Agfa Graphics has released a new version of :Apogee Media combining
digital asset management with a flexible, XML-driven, editorial workflow
platform designed for content creators working in either print or
Web-based media. The new version 6.0 introduces a graphical dashboard
with direct access to reservation areas, digital assets, page
annotation, ad placement, article editing, and many other components of
the workflow process. more
Interpublic Group (IPG) has partnered with Microsoft to designate
Microsoft's Atlas as a preferred ad-server solution. The agreement
covers IPG's North American agencies and establishes preferred pricing
agreements for Atlas enterprise technology for IPG clients. more
This is the time of year when publishers start rolling out the year-end or year-in-review articles. That's because this time of year there is little, or no, new and fresh news to publish. We're no different in thinking that it's time for some retrospection, but we thought we'd give the Way Back Machine a real work out and go back a full decade to see how far we have (or have not) come since 1999.
So, here are a few highlights from the 1999 issues of various Seybold Report newsletters. To read the full text of the materials, which we recommend, please click here.
From the December 20, 1999 issue of the Seybold Report on Publishing Systems:
Internet No Threat to Retail Books
Sales in the retail book trade have increased by just 0.5% over the last eight months, but the Internet isn't a threat to the retail book trade, according to a German official. "A mass exodus to electronic buying is not materializing," Roland Ulmer, chairman of the Stock Exchange Association of the German Retail Book Industry, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper.
Ulmer's figures indicated that 50% of Internet book orders go ultimately to conventional bookshops. More than 1,200 bookshops have their own electronic branches on the Internet.
From an October 1999 issue of the Seybold Report on Internet Publishing:
Microsoft's VP of Technology Development, Dick Brass, kicked off the week with the announcement that Microsoft is developing e-book reading software for Windows compliant with the Open e-book (OEB) 1.0 specification. Microsoft Reader will be available for Windows 95 and higher and will include ClearType, a technology for improving font resolution on LCD displays.
From the October 18, 1999 issue of the Report, here's a highlight from the Graph Expo coverage
Heidelberg and Scitex grabbed the spotlight at Graph Expo with the debuts of new products: Heidelberg's new-technology replacement for its Topaz professional scanner and Scitex's entry into desktop color proofing with a system built around a six-color, A3-format Canon BJC-8500. We'll have details in our next issue, but here is a brief recap.
Heidelberg's Nexscan F4000. To replace the Topaz, Heidelberg has
enhanced the basic Topaz technology (8,000-element Kodak CCD, A3+
format, floor-standing orientation and VariLens optical system) with an
xy scanning capability and a concept called Direct Capture Technology
(DTC). The xy technology enables scanning at full resolution (5,080
pixels per inch) anywhere within the bed. Heidelberg has chosen not to
support the stitching together of strips of data, so large originals are
scanned at lower resolutions. DCT avoids the used of mirrors and the
breaking of the light path to optimize the optics and the quality of
light. There are two models the Nexscan F4100 ($37,500) and the F4200
($43,000, which adds a 12,000-element CCD ($52,990 with software for
Scitex goes downmarket in proofing. Laying a claim to its share of
the high-quality, low-cost desktop proofing market, Scitex has put
together a package comprising a Canon BJC-8500 printer and its own
technology for color calibration, characterization and remote proofing.
Called the iProof, it will be priced at less than $10,000 to compete
with high-quality products already offered. The BJC-8500 is attractive:
1,200 x 600-dpi resolution and a 10-minute time for a two-page proof.
Scitex is looking into broader distribution options.
And, from the coverage of the 1999 On Demand show:
On Demand Showcases Digital Processes Variable data and digital printers shine
Although there were few surprises at this year's On Demand show in New
York at the Javits Center, it was a good place to view state-of-the-art
New releases at the show consisted mainly of technology updates. The
exhibition did, however, mark either the U.S. debut or the first public
showing for several products, including Barco's PrintStreamer 2, which
appeared both on its own and as part of new front ends for both Xeikon
On Demand marked the first U.S. showing for Heidelberg's Quickmaster DI
Plus, featuring speed improvements. Agfa introduced its IntelliCache
protocol, and Varis showed its incorporation of Vision's Edge's Focus
software as a GUI.
Enterprise digital asset management system developer celum and cross-media publishing solution vendor WoodWing Software have announced the two companies will collaborate in the areas of technology, sales, and marketing. The first fruit of this partnership is the integration of WoodWing's ContentStation multi-channel publishing tool with celum's Imagine digital management system. more