Magazine article Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management

Scitex Thinks P.Ink Is Workflow Control Answer

Magazine article Folio: the Magazine for Magazine Management

Scitex Thinks P.Ink Is Workflow Control Answer

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The omnipresence of desktop publishing bespeaks the need for increasingly sophisticated ways to handle digital data. Workflow management systems-combinations of software intended to enhance a magazine team's internal communication and Me sharing-may be the solution.

One such setup is the P.Ink Press Publishing System. Based in Hamburg, Germany since 1987, the company ceded control and partial ownership to Scitex Corp. Ltd. in early 1994; by 1996, Scitex will own P.Ink in full. Since the initial transaction, Scitex has been boning up on the system's intricacies, and in june began promoting it within the United States as both a newspaper and magazine publishing solution.

P.Ink is certainly not alone in this market. Its best known competitor is the Quark Publishing System (QPS), introduced in 1992 by Denver-based Quark, Inc. (see FOLIO:, August 15, 1993, page 21). Others include Press2Go from Atex Publishing Systems and Workflow Administrator from North Atlantic Publishing Systems, Inc.

What all do (and herein lies the beauty of workflow management) is track documents as they go through the editorial production cycle-from writer to initial edit, back to writer, to copy edit, to the art department and so on-while allowing communication among the various departments. All also allow multiple users to work on documents simultaneously, usually by dividing pages into sections and assigning read-only-values to parts in use. Scitex's Macintosh-based Power Mac-native system has some powerful offerings beyond these basic features. P.Ink's database,. for example, holds an unlimited number of files and supports around 600 users, compared to QPS's 10,000 file, 150-user capacity. Still, for all but the largest publications, P.Ink's power and flexibility may not outweigh its heavy price tag.

The P.Ink system revolves around the Production Database, a Standard Query Language (SQL) storage unit. …

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