Express-Expansion Group to Adopt Quark Publishing System 7
Political weekly L'Express to upgrade to Quark Publishing System 7 to realize new benefits in its editorial workflow system
PARIS - 1/10/2008 -
The Express-Expansion Group has announced that the
editorial team at the weekly magazine L’Express is currently testing Quark
Publishing System® (QPS®) 7, the latest version of Quark’s editorial workflow
system, with the intention of adopting it permanently in the next few months.
Founded in 1953, the magazine started using QuarkXPress layout software in
the early days of desktop publishing. To maintain consistency and ensure the
publishing process was both well run and secure, in 1998 the Express Group
adopted Quark Publishing System. Since its original implementation of QPS, the
Express-Expansion Group has adopted regular updates of QPS. L’Express and
Styles, its magazine supplement, are created using QPS 3.6.
QPS 7: A
Given the confidence the Express-Expansion Group had in the
original publishing system, they decided to test QPS 7, which has been
re-engineered and re-architected to offer its users a new level of freedom in
the way they approach their work.
"It’s an evolution, not to mention a
revolution because [QPS 7] is just what we’ve been waiting for", explained
Thierry Bérard, IT director for the Express-Expansion Group. "Thanks to the
system’s open architecture, it’s at last possible to have an interface between
QPS 7 and other systems." In fact, the Group is looking to use Journal Designer,
a Dataplan solution, for managing thumbnails with QPS 7 [in order] to have a
global application that can manage production flows that include page layouts,
thumbnails, and follow up. The Dataplan tool is due to be used either with
QuarkXPress for all the other publications equipped with Quark[XPress] 7 or as
an automatic interface with QPS 7 for L’Express."
QPS 7: Technological
and Operational Benefits
QPS 7 affords its users a host of new benefits.
"First, it’s a great time saver because of the automation", Bérard said. "We can
incorporate [existing systems] into its open architecture, in particular
integrating it easily with the Dataplan interface", Bérard added. He also
emphasised the stability of this new platform for users who are working with
QuarkXPress 7 on Mac Intel machines. "The combination of Mac Intel, OS X, QPS 7,
QuarkXPress 7 and Dataplan is a huge ‘value add’ for the Express-Expansion Group
in terms of technological and operational benefits", Bérard said.
magazine’s numerous contributors also appreciate the flexibility of the new
system, citing its enhanced layer and transparency management, the redesigned
user interface, and the fact that content providers can work on the layout
through a simple client or a Web browser.
"Today, L’Express employs about
120 people, and QPS 7 is the solution for the secure management of all our
workflows", concluded Bérard.
"The challenge of L’Express magazine, and
of its supplement, Styles, was to keep an editorial workflow as close as
possible to the one the customer has used for several years while providing new
opportunities in the publishing process", explained Gildas Duval, Quark sales
manager for Southern Europe. "Opportunities include cross-media publishing, a
collaborative workflow, and easy integration with page planning, ad booking, and
other systems. QPS 7 offers all of these benefits, based on an open, flexible
architecture and an intuitive Web interface."
The Express-Expansion Group produces 20
publications - magazines and internal newsletters - as well as numerous special
issues. The Group also organizes forums and trade fairs. Its online activities
include eight Web sites with free or subscriber services that offer advertising
opportunities. It also produces approximately 100 practical guides every year in
a variety of fields, including training, professions, recruitment, management,
and asset management.
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