New Daily Newspaper Launches in Indonesia with WoodWing's Smart Connection Enterprise

2007-02-27 17:24 1263

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Feb. 27 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- One of the largest publishers in Southeast Asia has selected WoodWing Software's industry-leading Smart Connection Enterprise solution for its new daily newspaper, as well as its existing weekly and monthly magazines.

Kontan, part of the Kompas Gramedia Group, has been the leading Indonesian-language monthly and weekly financial magazine for years. On February 26, 2007, a new daily newspaper was launched, also called Kontan, using Smart Connection Enterprise as its editorial system. The new newspaper contains business, investments and lifestyle news targeting the upwardly mobile financial executive. The circulation will be between 70,000 and 100,000 copies per day.

The Kompas Gramedia Group, Indonesia's leading publishing group, publishes other popular titles, such as Kompas, Warta Kota, Bola, and around 100 national and regional newspaper and magazine titles.

"We are very pleased that Kontan has chosen WoodWing's Smart Connection Enterprise after having done extensive research into the best solution for both their existing magazines as well as their newly launched daily newspaper," said Remco Koster, Managing Director of WoodWing Asia Pacific. "Kontan is also the first customer in the Asia Pacific region that uses our recently launched Smart Hyphen and Smart Speller for the Indonesian language, guaranteeing accurate hyphenation and justification as well as greatly reducing spelling errors."

Officials at Kontan said the decision to install Smart Connection Enterprise was an easy one.

"It was clear to us that Smart Connection Enterprise is the solution for the future because of its complete functionality, open architecture, and usage of the latest technologies, such as Adobe InDesign Server, enabling us to subedit and copyfit via the Web," said Yopie Hidayat, Managing Director and Managing Editor of Kontan. "We were equally impressed by the amazing speed of implementation, which made it possible to get our new daily newspaper off the ground so quickly, while at the same time moving the existing magazines to the new system as well."

Serious Technology, the WoodWing partner for Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, is handling the entire project management, including training and installation. Serioustec's professionals trained the Kontan staff on the use of InDesign and InCopy, as well as Smart Connection Enterprise.

"I am very impressed and pleased with John Fong and the other Serioustec project members who have done an excellent job with this project," Koster said. "They set up the magazines in a very short time, while setting up and testing the brand new newspaper and its complex workflow processes at the same time. Everything took only two months from start to finish - several magazines and the brand new newspaper - and everything is running very smoothly."

"Smart Connection Enterprise offers a host of benefits to any newspaper and magazine operation, and that will certainly be the case with Kontan," Koster added. "Their newspaper workflow will be highly efficient right from the start, which will help make the new newspaper a success. At the same time, the workflows of the existing magazines have been streamlined for efficiency and improved design quality."

About WoodWing

WoodWing Software specializes in software solutions for the publishing industry. WoodWing excels in innovative and flexible editorial solutions that help efficiently produce print and online publications. The company's flagship product, Smart Connection Enterprise, differs from traditional editorial solutions because it has been engineered from the ground up, utilizing the latest technologies offered by the Internet age. Newspaper experience that goes back more than 20 years, combined with the latest technologies, has led to a powerful editorial system with a core based on XML and open technology. WoodWing has offices in The Netherlands, Malaysia and the United States. Customers are served through select partners, and in the U.S. through WoodWing USA.

For more information, please contact:

Remco Koster

WoodWing Asia Pacific


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