Dutch publisher Weekbladpers boldly goes where no publisher has gone before
Weekbladpers brought seven publications to the iPad in just a couple of weeks, making almost all of its titles available on the tablet.
As one of the first publishers worldwide to do this, the team also took advantage of the Web-based conversion service "pdftotablet" for a number of its titles.
ZAANDAM, The Netherlands (January 31, 2011) – WoodWing Software, an innovation leader in the fields of cross-media publishing solutions and tablet publishing, announced today that the Dutch publisher Weekbladpers made seven of its publications available on the iPad using WoodWing´s Digital Magazine Tools. The range of publications includes Vrij Nederland, Men´s Health, Opzij, J/M voor Ouders, Runner´s World, Hollands Diep, and Yoga Magazine. Psychologie Magazine and Happinez will become available on the iPad this spring.
The Dutch news weekly Vrij Nederland, published since 1940, is specifically designed for the iPad. The other publications are available on the device initially as PDF-based iPad editions created with the online conversion service "pdftotablet" (www.pdftotablet.com), provided by The Saints, one of WoodWing’s technology partners. In combination with a free add-on for WoodWing´s iPad Reader App, the service enables publishers to quickly convert existing PDF files of their publications into digital magazines, which can then be distributed using WoodWing´s Reader App. The PDF-based iPad publications currently support text and image zooming, and will soon be enhanced with additional features.
“Our solution for the conversion of PDFs into digital magazines integrates smoothly with WoodWing´s tablet-publishing solution and existing workflows,” said Andre Valkenburg, Managing Director of The Saints. “What we like specifically is the flexibility offered by WoodWing to customize the apps, create connections to subscription systems, and more. We are pleased that we were able to support Weekbladpers with our know-how and our service to bring such a large number of publications to the iPad at one time.”
Karin van Gilst, Director at Weekbladpers, said, “The iPad combines the best of two worlds: the quality content of our magazines and the reader-attractive features of the iPad as a new and innovative media platform.“
Combination of native and PDF-based iPad pages
“The conversion of existing PDF files into digital magazines is a very quick and efficient way to bring printed publications to the iPad,” said Jeroen Sonnemans, Managing Director of WoodWing Europe. “Our tablet-publishing solution, in combination with the conversion solution developed by The Saints, enables publishers to combine native iPad pages created with our Digital Magazine Tools with PDF pages of existing printed publications.”
The apps were created by The Saints with the support of Graphit, a Gold Authorized Solution Partner of WoodWing in The Netherlands. Graphit has also optimized the PDF creation process at Weekbladpers and executed the implementation and training of the WoodWing tablet publishing solution. Sybrand Vochteloo, Managing Director of Graphit, said, “This has been a project exploring the new boundaries of publishing and an example of a creative cooperation between a lot of different people and partners, with an impressive result that we are proud of.”
About The Saints
The Saints is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has been in mobile software development since 2005. The company has created several leading and unique products and services for its clients. Development is done on all mobile software platforms and since early this year, also on the iPad and Android tablets. As one of Europe's leading mobile application developers, The Saints offers mobile and tablet development with a strong focus on creating relevance for publishers, festivals, retailers and major brands. The Saints also brought in its experience and creativity to the development of the app of the Dutch soccer magazine Voetbal International, also published by the Weekbladpers group. More information about The Saints can be found at www.the-saints.nl.
For 25 years, Graphit (located in Krommenie, The Netherlands) has been a leading Dutch IT company in the field of graphic arts workflows, specializing in implementing standard and customized solutions and training people. We also offer a wide range of hardware and software products. Graphit has an expert team of consultants, system engineers and teachers. The unique combination of industry-specific expertise, efficient implementation, excellent support locally or remotely, and a wide product range makes Graphit the ideal partner. Graphit provides project management, consulting, training, services, SLA agreements, hardware and software. Graphit is also a reseller of WoodWing, Adobe, Gradual (Enfocus) and Elvis, Digital Asset Management. More information can be found at www.graphit.nl.
WoodWing Software, with 90 employees, was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in The Netherlands. WoodWing creates the most progressive solutions available on the market for the production of print, online and tablet publications. Rapid growth worldwide and success across the full spectrum of small to large publishers demonstrate that WoodWing markets the best tools for the best price. WoodWing's customers include renowned magazine, newspaper and book publishers, as well as communication agencies and corporate customers. WoodWing Software is located in Zaandam, The Netherlands, and has regional sales companies for Europe, the USA, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Customers are served through select partners. More information is available on the Web at www.woodwing.com. WoodWing is on Twitter at twitter.com/woodwingsofttwitter.com/woodwingsoft.
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