ProQuest Launches PressDisplay 3.0

Sep 19, 2006


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ProQuest Information and Learning, a distributor of NewspaperDirect products to libraries in North America, has launched PressDisplay 3.0. The latest version of PressDisplay adds features and functionality--including cross-searching of the entire archive of titles--to the collection of more than 300 titles in the online newspaper collection.

Version 3.0 offers the following new features: Multi-title Searching, where users can search across all titles and the entire 60-day rolling archive; Front-Page News, the front page of the interface offers categories such as Top News, Business, Sports, and the World in Pictures; Full-page printing for all titles, so users can print page images, in addition to the text article-level printing already available in SmartNavigation titles. SmartNavigation is NewspaperDirect's method of displaying newspapers in an interactive format; Article Rank measures the interest or popularity of an article, which is determined by the length of time readers spend on that specific article and by the overall attention the article received from all users. Article Rank is continually updated to reflect current reading preferences as determined by PressDisplay readers; Related Articles are listed with SmartNavigation articles, so users can read additional articles on similar topics; Sound Integration, where readers can listen to an audio version of an article, while simultaneously reading other newspapers or articles or using other applications. Readers choose the article they wish to listen to, select the speaker icon, and hear it in Windows Media Player. In many cases, when using the language translation tool readers can listen to articles in the language they have chosen; Language Translation of Articles, where Smart Navigation titles allow users to translate articles into numerous languages; Library Administration Tool was designed to allow library staff to control the content that appears on the front page of PressDisplay 3.0 through the use of the new library administration tool. Administrators also can pull usage reports from this tool; My Newspapers, so that library staff can customize a page to display the newspapers their patrons use most; RSS feeds for SmartNavigation titles; and Personal Blogging. The service also provides a 60-day backfile and the ability to perform keyword searches across all titles and the entire archive.

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