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Switzerland’s Zürichsee-Zeitung-Verlagsgruppe produce 5 daily newspapers with QPS 8

Zürichsee-Zeitung-Verlagsgruppe Commits to Quark by Choosing to Upgrade to QPS 8

HAMBURG - 9/8/2009 - Quark Inc. announced today that the Zürichsee-Zeitung-Verlagsgruppe (Lake Zurich Newspaper Publishing Group ZSZ) has chosen to upgrade to Quark Publishing System® 8 (QPS 8). The ZSZ group, which publishes five daily regional newspapers, will be using the latest version of Quark’s editorial workflow system with more than 100 seats to publish 45.000 newspapers on a daily basis.

Reliable System

“We considered a number of competitive publishing solutions, but we felt that QPS offered more in terms of reliability and speed. As with any daily paper, deadlines are extremely tight and there is simply no margin for any error. We have a large team of more than 100 editorial staff and freelance correspondents who deliver approximately 100 pages of editorial content daily across a number of locations. We needed a system that could manage this complex workflow system — and most importantly, that would function without errors during the upgrade process,” said says Samuel Bachmann, Production and Technical Manager of the Zürichsee-Zeitung-Verlagsgruppe.

“We made the decision to upgrade to QPS 8 because as long-time Quark users, we are confident that it is both stable and reliable, which is hugely important in this environment. We need to be confident that everything will run smoothly and that we are going to get the paper out on time, as we have been doing five times a week for the ten past years. Having a reliable system allows us to focus on what’s most important — the editorial content of the publication,” added Bachmann.

Seamless Rapid Integration

The technical installation of QPS 8 was accomplished within a matter of minutes and the editors were completely up to speed on the new system after a mere three hours of training. Following a stress-free conversion of the entire editorial department, including external editorial staff, five other newspaper titles are currently being converted “in one go” to the new version of QPS.

Flexible Open System

"We knew that the QPS architecture was very modern and open, which means that further integration steps can be taken in the future," says Bachmann. "We plan to make connections involving editors, databases, and server host solutions — the usual requirements in the publishing business. We will now do this on a step-by-step basis."

Quark’s QPS integration offers complete freedom in terms of configuration. However, the handling of rights and access permissions, archives, and sources (i.e., the internal editorial organizational flow as well as the purely technical data workflow) must be organized down to the last detail. "It pays off in the long run,“ say Bachmann and A&F Project Manager Alex Baschnagel.

A Show of Strength for the Global Newspaper World Axel R. Paesike, Director of Professional Services and Sales for Quark in Central Europe, adds: “We are pleased to see that the long-term and intensive development of QPS and the investments in providing services and support for our partners and clients is paying off. We will do everything to continue meeting the sophisticated requirements of the Swiss showcase market in the future. This success confirms that our vision of Dynamic Publishing is the right one, and other customers can follow with confidence.”

About the Zürichsee-Zeitung-Verlagsgruppe

The Zürichsee-Zeitung-Verlagsgruppe (ZSZ) can look back on almost 160 years of proud tradition, and during recent years it has developed into a unique and strong newspaper family. The core skills of Zürichsee Presse AG focus on the publication of five daily regional newspapers. The content is prepared on a daily basis by over 100 editors and a large number of correspondents, as well as freelancers at three editorial locations. The supra-regional section is handled by the editorial team of the “Zürcher Landzeitung,” a joint editorial department of "Zürichsee-Zeitung,” “Zürcher Oberländer,” and “Zürcher Unterländer.” The newspapers are printed at the DZO printing centre in Oetwil am See.

About A&F Computersysteme AG

A&F Computersysteme AG, headquartered in Sursee in Lucerne, has for many years been a successful systems integrator for the graphics industry. Currently, over 500 publications in Switzerland and Germany are produced using A&F systems. For over 20 years, the name A&F has been a byword for trend-setting publishing with state-of-the-art systems. More information on A&F is available on the Internet at www.a-f.ch.

About Quark

Quark Inc. www.quark.com/en led the first revolution in publishing with QuarkXPress®, desktop publishing software that rapidly became the industry standard. Today, not only does QuarkXPress continue to innovate in the desktop publishing market, Quark is revolutionising publishing again. With Quark® Dynamic Publishing Solution, we are helping customers meet changing requirements and develop new revenue streams by extending the benefits of advanced technologies across the publishing process. Our dynamic publishing solution is setting a new standard in automated multi-channel publishing by combining the power of flexible layout and design with easy XML authoring and automated workflows for customised communications across print, the Web and electronic media.

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