The New Zealand Herald's adoption of a new Windows NT-based publishing system will give it access to a host of new features - including the use of Adobe's InDesign application and components offering Internet ad booking and auction services.
The Herald announced yesterday that it was scrapping the Atex Deadline and EdPage system installed with some difficulty in 1994. It will be replaced with the Australian-developed Cybergraphic editorial system, which was acquired in June by the Canadian company Geac.
The deal may have been confirmed at the Pantech exhibition in Christchurch this week, where Cybergraphic has been showing off its Genera database publishing system. The company promises "genuine interdepartmental integration" with the product.
Among the Genera components presented at Pantech were Cyber$ell, an ad management system incorporating contract management and Internet order entry tools; CyberBid, an Internet auction system; and various layout and pagination tools.
Cybergraphic also supplies the Matrix suite of circulation and subscription products, and tools from the Software Construction Company which it says "revolutionise" digital asset management.
The move to such an integrated architecture will have major implications for the Herald's future - and possibly that of other Wilson and Horton assets.
The Herald uses Lotus Notes, but only for email and not knowledge management or Web publishing. W&H's online division has bridged that gap between the Herald's print publishing systems and its Web sites with a bespoke Cold Fusion-based system, a process that has not been without its hitches. In one early hiccup, the NetClassifieds Internet service displayed death notices under 'Desperate and Dateless'.