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SoftCare to Preview Version 5.6 of K4 Publishing System

New version is faster and more efficient thanks to an integrated editorial workflow (October 06, 2005)

At IfraExpo, October 17th to 20th in Leipzig, Germany, SoftCare will present a preview of K4 Publishing System version 5.6 at stand number 2H805. The new version of the editorial system based on Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy is expected to ship around the end of the year. As Adobe's pilot partner for InDesign Server, SoftCare will use it to transfer standard processes from individual workstations to accelerate the overall workflow. The new K4 Web-Editor enables users to write to fit directly in a standard Web browser with a WYSIWYG preview, allowing a more flexible integration of staff members into the workflow.

Adobe's new InDesign Server introduces high-performance automation software. With the integration of InDesign Server into K4, SoftCare will further streamline standardized processes such as creating page previews for production control to increase production speed.

With the new K4 Web-Editor, it will be possible for the first time to edit multi-component articles and write to fit in a Web browser. For years, InDesign and InCopy have had full access from remote locations. Now, publishers can also offer low-cost access to selected users without having to install and maintain software on off-site client machines. Thus, K4 Web-Editor is especially suited to grant access to freelancers or other external staff that need only occasional access, or to proof-readers or editors-in-chief that want to monitor article progress every now and again while they are on the road.

"At SoftCare, we continually improve comfort and efficiency in K4 for our customers," says Andreas Schrader, Managing Director at SoftCare. "With K4 version 5.6, publishing houses, creative agencies and enterprises can work faster and more efficiently without having to compromise on production security or flexibility. The new features will further improve the powerful integration capabilities of K4."

Another exciting new feature in K4 version 5.6 will be a new standardized interface for easy import of images from an asset management system. With this integration, IPTC information can be transferred as meta data into K4. Standard connections to FotoStation from FotoWare and Visono MAM are already available.

About K4 Publishing System
The award-winning K4 Publishing System enables efficient and secure publishing workflows built around Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy. With its multilevel security controls and robust customization options, K4 supports a transparent and fast production workflow for individual workgroups or entire publishing enterprises. K4 is the only magazine publishing system based on Adobe InDesign that offers consistent support for multi-component articles, remote locations and multi-language publications throughout the system. One of the hallmarks of K4 is its advanced connectivity, enabling other systems such as asset management or automated prepress to be linked to it. K4 has been successfully implemented at magazine, newspaper and book publishing sites ranging in size from 10 to more than 250 users.

About SoftCare
SoftCare was founded in 1990 and is a leading developer of workflow solutions for the publishing industry, helping magazine and newspaper publishers work more efficiently. SoftCare's flagship product is the award-winning K4 Publishing System, the first editorial system for professional publishing workflows based on Adobe InDesign and InCopy. SoftCare teams up with trained K4 System Integrators throughout the world to ensure high-quality service and support for the system. More than 90 customers worldwide use K4 to streamline their production process, including Condé Nast and Metro Newspapers, USA, Gruner + Jahr Wirtschaftspresse and Hubert Burda Media, Germany, and Zehnder, Switzerland.

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