Admittedly, I’m a publishing geek, so the news below got me all excited. I just love it when a company chooses a product and workflow that makes them more profitable, is forward-looking, and makes it easier to get today’s work done.
Check out Quark’s press release:
Quark Inc. announced today that Allen Press (www.allenpress.com), a leader in print and publishing services for scholarly and special-interest publishers, has chosen to integrate Quark XML Author into its publishing workflow in order to further automate its publishing processes and create competitive advantages for its publishers. Quark XML Author is an XML authoring and editing add-in to Microsoft Word that allows anyone using Microsoft Word to create or edit XML content. Allen Press, founded in 1935, serves 300 publishers and produces more than 400 publications. To manage its large volume of content with varying workflows and output requirements, Allen Press uses XML as a means to create content in a single standardized source that can be reviewed easily and published automatically to multiple types of media.
The XML schema used by Quark XML Author for Microsoft Word complies with the Journal Archiving Tag Set dictated by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The Journal Archiving Tag Set specifies the tagging and structure of content and metadata for journal articles, including research and non-research articles, letters, editorials, and book and product reviews. XML tagging regularizes the NLM’s archiving process, improves information retrieval, and optimizes print and web production of the material.
“XML Author for Microsoft Word has helped streamline our overall publishing workflows. We are more efficient internally because our skilled typesetters can focus on their specific expertise while editors and proofers can make edits throughout the review process,” said Rick Moore, Director of Content Management Services at Allen Press. “The benefits extend to our network of publishers because we can offer them shorter turnaround times. Faster time-to-publish is an important competitive advantage to our scholarly and special-interest publishers.”
Allen Press easily integrated Quark XML Author for Microsoft Word into its publishing workflow, which includes other XML infrastructure, to enable its staff to author and edit XML structured content without having to learn complex XML syntax. Because Allen Press already relied on Microsoft Word as an authoring and editing environment, it was a natural fit. With Quark XML Author, Allen Press is able to:
- Help clients comply with industry requirements for XML tagging
- Streamline external review and internal publishing processes
- Liberate technical typesetters to focus on complex jobs
- Relieve editors, writers, and proof readers from worrying about formatting so they can focus on content
- Edit a single source of content in XML and publish automatically to the Web
- Improve customer satisfaction by providing quicker time to publish
Moore continued, “We believe workflows based on XML are the best solutions for our publishing customers and we chose Quark XML Author because it eased the adoption of XML editing within our organization. With a user environment that is so familiar – Microsoft Word – it is easy for our staff to edit and correct a single source of content and publish it across all types of media according to each of our publishers’ requirements.”
Laurent Ruben, Director of Sales for Quark said, “With Quark XML Author, Allen Press was able to improve their existing publishing process by allowing copy editors and proofers to edit and make corrections to XML right from their desktop. Their single source publishing workflows based on XML help their clients publish more quickly and in compliance with important standards within their industry.”
For more information about Quark XML Author, please visit: http://dynamicpublishing.quark.com/xml_author/
Quark Inc. (www.quark.com) is a leading provider of publishing software for professional designers, small and mid-sized businesses, and large organizations in more than 160 countries. Two decades ago, Quark’s flagship product – QuarkXPress® – changed the course of traditional publishing. For more than 25 years, Quark has built on its knowledge and experience in design and publishing to provide software solutions that support collaborative workflows and automated publishing across multiple channels. Today, Quark is revolutionizing publishing again by setting new standards in XML-based publishing across print, the Web and digital media as well as by helping owners and employees of small and mid-sized businesses promote their products and services easily, professionally, and affordably. Denver-based Quark is privately held.
About Allen Press
Allen Press, Inc. plays a vital role in the dissemination of knowledge and information by partnering with organizations in the scientific, technical and medical community to promote their interests and achieve their goals. Headquartered in Lawrence, KS, Allen Press provides a comprehensive portfolio of integrated services in the broad areas of print, online, distribution and publishing services. Founded more than 75 years ago, Allen Press is a trusted partner of scholarly societies, professional associations, and corporations worldwide.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.