Bringing printed publications to the Web
PDF2WEB helps publishers in bringing their content developed for print magazines or dailies cost effectively to the web.
The on-line presentation of printed publications is a tedious, expensive, manual-labor intensive experience. Furthermore, the print and on-line editorial systems are many times independent from each other and are difficult to interface, and the semantically correct on-line publication of the PDFs produced by the print workflow is challenging. This is especially true for the vast amount of valuable content that has never been published on-line before.
On-line indexing, taxonomy and searching of content will open the avenue of added-value channels for already created print content (e.g.: historical, community knowledge bases, including pay per view and advertising-based utilization).
PDF2WEB is an application that processes the PDFs created by the print workflow and with the least possible amount of manual intervention prepares the articles for on-line publication by extracting and automatically converting to the proper format the text, images, frames, and attributes (title, subtitle, lead, authors, image titles, rights, etc.) of the article. The application is the missing link between the print and on-line editorial systems (can interface to any system through XML transfer or special interfaces). By increasing efficiency and eliminating most of the manual editing mistakes the system dramatically enhances the cost effectiveness of transferring print publications to the web.
We can also deliver the complete on-line publishing system. The solution can be further augmented with advanced WYSIWYG on-line layout tools and a module that shows a small preview of the print page and allows the user to display the article text/images by navigating on this preview. Additional customizations are also possible according to the particular needs of the Editorial Team, to make sure that the overall automation is as complete as possible.
Ringier Hungary cooperated closely with us in the design and development of the solution. Special emphasis was given to a clean, simple, easy to comprehend and overview user interface, to making the application very efficient and fast to use both with mouse and keyboard and to providing visual feedback for user actions. With an optimized work flow path, it is possible to create an article with as little as four-five mouse clicks or keyboard actions. This resulted in marked improvement in article publication throughput, letting the operators spent more time on creative processes.