Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Triple-I Sells, Settles and Merges

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Triple-I Sells, Settles and Merges

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INFORMATION INTERNATIONAL Inc. is out of the front-end system business, having concluded an agreement by which Publishing Partners International, Manchester, N.H., acquire software and marketing rights to triple I's TECS/2 editorial and classified advertising systems.

Triple-I's three-person TECS/2 support staff, now based in Boston, joins PPI's 12 support staffers. PPI said it has "assumed all existing support contracts and will offer upgrades and product enhancements for TECS/2 users." Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Triple-I senior vice president Harry Dahl said that by offering its own front-end systems, his firm was discouraging other front-end systems vendors from recommending triple-I output systems, which have become the focus of the company's business.

Originally TECS/2 by Morris, the system developed by Augusta-based Morris Communications for its own newspapers and sold to others, was among the first PC-based front ends. Purchased primarily by small and mid-sized papers, TECS/2 also was installed at Jacksonville's 200,000-circulation Florida Times-Union.

Among U.S. dailies, the current edition of the Editor & Publisher International Year Book lists 18 newspapers in 15 cities using TECS/2, including several with both editorial and classified systems.

About a half-dozen foreign newspapers also are customers, according to a PPI spokeswoman.

Retaining responsibility for most of its original users, Morris licensed Los Angeles-based triple-I to market the product in the 1980s.

Later, following a legal squabble between the two firms, triple-I acquired full rights to the product, which includes wire capture.

A relatively new vendor, PPI picked up marketing rights to the Whirlwind 90 system when DuPont Printing & Publishing began shedding its newspaper product line in the early 90s.

The product was a Windows-based upgrade of an older Hastech-developed system that DuPont inherited when it and Fuji acquired Crosfield Electronics. PPI founders were among the original system's creators.

They have since fashioned the new Windows-based Advertising Management System, which integrates all order entry, production and financial applications with off-the-shelf Windows programs for classified, classified display and retail advertising.

TECS/2 may provide the basis for a PPI editorial system, and PPI can supply the TECS/2 customer base with a PC-based ad system upgrade.

Earlier, triple-I and ECRM Trust announced they had arrived at terms to settle counts related to product disparagement claims by triple-I in its lawsuit against ECRM. …

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