Solutions Showcase: Better, Faster Magazine Production
Features: An IT hub for multidepartment publishing operations designed to provide editors, art directors, sales managers, production managers and printers the ability to independently produce an issue, while working within a common software environment on a centralized file. Notable features include advanced sharing capabilities that enable information and images to be shared between Proteus and programs such as Excel, InDesign and QuarkXpress; and the ability to track costs such as ink and paper to ensure that projects stay within budget. Comes in four different versions.
Publishers who have used the solution: DuPont Publishing, Bonnier, Metropolis Group UK, Reader's Digest Canada, Great Lakes Publishing
Pricing: Starts at $3,000.
Contact: 800-875-7117, www.EFI.com
Managing Editor Inc.
Product: ALS for Magazines
Features: Complete ad-layout system allows production staff to create ads in the runsheet or import ads from a front-end business system, plan issues with tools for ad-to-editorial ratio and cost calculations, and autoflow and/or drag and drop ads from directly onto issue pages. An integrated search feature makes it easy to find specific ads and prior issue plans, and manage ads for different zones and editions. ALS is designed to automatically keep track of conflicts, manage forms and inserts, and support user-definable conflict rules to manage competitive adjacencies. Transfers flat plans electronically to QuarkXPress or Adobe InDesign editorial pages.
Publishers who have used the solution: Gannett Pacific Group, PC World, LA Magazine, New York Times Magazine, Washingtonian, TimeOut Chicago, Science, Travel Weekly
Contact: 800-638-1214; www.ManEd.com
The Media Services Group
Product: Production Workflow
Features: A fully integrated extension of the MSGL's ÉLAN Ad software suite, it includes material management and process flow capabilities. Users can track critical production information such as size, shape, color, special positioning and disposition of ad materials in real time. User-defined fields are designed to give flexibility in managing the unique trafficking information required by each publication. Data entry screens allow interaction by different departments. Users can define the unique steps needed to produce each publication, including setting up mileposts and status indicators to identify work performed as well as work yet to be done to close an issue. At any time, you can see how each issue is coming along and "drill down" to the specific details of each ad.
Publishers who have used the solution: Source Interlink, Penton Media, Time Out, Canon, Morris Communications, Transcontinental Media, Rogers Publications, and The Economist
Pricing: Not provided.
Contact: 800-234-4674, www.MSGL.com