The last quarter of the year was an interesting time for observers of the German newspaper market. Mid November, the publisher of the highly respected daily Frankfurter Rundschau filed for insolvency. Four weeks later, the publishing house Axel Springer launched the paywall for Die Welt – with a reach of 862,000 readers one of the leading daily newspapers in Europe.
The Japanese newspaper industry is famous for having some of the largest dailies in the world. One of the largest, Mainichi Shimbun, with a daily circulation of four million, has been a WoodWing customer since adopting WoodWing Enterprise-based digital publishing workflow in early 2010 for the award winning photo news journal iPad app, photoJ. Based on the success of the photoJ project, Mainichi launched the daily digital newspaper TAP-i in May of 2012, immediately rising to the top rank of iPad and iPhone Newsstand apps in Japan.
At the recent JANPS Japanese Newspaper Production Show held in Tokyo, WoodWing was well represented by Gold Partner Visual Processing Japan (VPJ). At the VPJ booth throughout the three days of the event, Mr. Masaaki Kasuya, General Manager of Mainichi Newspaper's New Media Division and leader of both the photoJ and TAP-i projects, presented his findings from the past twenty-six months of rapid advancements.
Working for a technology company, and being surrounded by a marketplace that is full of technology developers and vendors asking for ones attention, it’s easy to to forget that technology is not the ultimate goal, it’s there to help you reach a goal - the creation of quality publications.
As a consultant for WoodWing I am involved in judging incoming feature requests before they are actually added to our feature database for implementation by development.
We always look for the actual business case behind the request. Did the sender overlook an existing feature? Is there a different way of using the system to support the business case? Could the system be configured differently to realize the requirement? Or is the business case so specific that it cannot be turned into a generic feature request?
Valid feature requests will be scheduled for a roadmap release by product management. But, as you’ll understand, it can take a while before the feature ends up in the product, and often customers need it today.
So, why wait for a next release? Why not do it yourself? WoodWing’s products are well-known for their flexibility and extensibility.
After 10+ years at Adobe Systems doing evangelism for InDesign and InCopy, and then another 3 years with another Adobe developer partner, it's an honor to join the WoodWing team as an evangelist for the excellent solutions being developed here. I had the opportunity to show off Content Station and tablet publishing tools at IFRA, and I'm very positively impressed with the opportunities presented by the Elvis DAM...both on its own, and also as integrated with Enterprise or other solutions.