Popular editorial publishing solution now offers browser-based
access, user-friendly enhancements and increased flexibility through
Hamburg, January 24, 2007 – Version 5.7 of publishing solution
SoftCare K4 is now available. The new release of the high-performance
editorial system includes several comprehensive enhancements that can
help publishers boost productivity using Adobe InDesign and InCopy.
Among these features are a new scripting interface for automating
customer-specific processes, and the optional K4 Web Editor 2.0,
which allows users to write and edit articles to fit in a Web browser
and offers more flexibility in including the staff in the work
A major improvement in Version 5.7 enables functions specific to the
AppleScript or Visual Basic), improving speed and productivity by
allowing users to automate certain tasks within the editorial
workflow. “We concentrate our development on creating an open
editorial system that can be integrated and adjusted quickly in order
to suit the customer’s processes without any problems. The new
scripting functionality underlines this approach. SoftCare K4 can
therefore noticeably increase comfort and efficiency of our users”,
says Andreas Schrader, Managing Director of SoftCare.
K4 Web Editor and Other User-friendly Improvements
K4 Web Editor 2.0 lets users write, edit and copyfit Adobe InCopy
articles in K4 from any computer with nothing more than a Web browser
and an Internet connection. Articles checked out with K4 Web Editor
are locked in the database; check-in from Web Editor unlocks the file
and updates the database. With enhanced security mechanisms, high
scalability and detailed functionalities, the K4 Web Editor 2.0
perfectly fits into the K4 environment. Accurate representations of
K4 articles, complete with styling, font mapping and layout geometry,
are generated by Adobe InDesign Server and made available via a
password-protected browser interface. It also allows users to work
offline for even more flexibility in the production process.
Other improvements designed to increase user comfort with SoftCare K4
include the new easy query mode which allows quick searching for
document names, and improved accessibility with larger fonts in the
job lists. Easy query mode allows users to search for objects without
defining a query, simply by searching for object name, issue, section
or status, or a combination of these properties. The easy query mode
can be used to search for layouts, articles, pictures, advertisements
and other K4 objects. All results are updated automatically.
SoftCare K4 version 5.7 is available from K4 System Integrators
worldwide. Customers using K4 version 5.0 or higher with valid
maintenance agreements are eligible for a free upgrade. The K4 Web
Editor is available for purchase as an option for K4 5.6 and 5.7
installations. K4 supports Mac OS X and Windows clients in
mixed-platform environments. The server software is available for Mac
OS X, Windows, Sun Solaris and Linux.
SoftCare was founded in 1990 and is a leading developer of workflow
solutions for the publishing industry, helping magazine, newspaper
and book publishers work more efficiently. The efficient, integrated
publishing solution SoftCare K4 combines efficient working process
with verifiable time and cost benefits for users and is now regarded
as a standard product within the industry. The SoftCare K2 workgroup
system provides an excellent base product for people entering the
world of professional publishing. The system is ideal for small
workgroups that want to combine creative know-how with efficient
processes. Simple and secure use as well as flexibility and stability
represent decisive benefits for the user. SoftCare K4 has been
successfully implemented at sites ranging from 10 to more than 1,000
users. Both solutions support Mac OS X and Windows clients in
mixed-platform environments, as well as all current server platforms.
SoftCare teams up with trained System Integrators to ensure
high-quality service and support for the system on a local level.
Additional information can be found at (http://www.softcare.de).