Unisys has unveiled the News Content Manager-Hermes 10, which is designed to allow media organizations to use one integrated platform to produce and distribute content via multiple applications and channels. Hermes 10, scheduled for release in April, includes integrated Adobe InDesign 2.0 and InCopy 2.0 software. Benefits of Unisys News Content Manager-Hermes 10 include the following. Open, standards-based technology--using SOAP and XML, Hermes 10 provides an integrated Web Services platform that can access, retrieve and store any type of information in the central production database. This information can then be edited and paginated using Hermes 10 or the Unisys integration of Adobe InDesign 2.0 and InCopy 2.0.
With Web services, the newsroom can now use extendable applications--including Adobe InDesign, InCopy, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Word and Excel, and QuarkXPress--to create content and then store it in the Hermes 10 database. Third-party integration--the Unisys open Web Services architecture integrates pagination and editing tools from Adobe Systems, a Unisys partner. Streamlined management--the workflow, edition planning, and deadline management have been enhanced in this Hermes 10 solution to provide greater flexibility to re-arrange pages within a publication on-the-fly at deadline, and to assign deadlines with warnings at the story level. New distribution channels--the product's XML underpinning lets publishers repurpose their content for new publications, multimedia products, magazines, and Web services. Efficient management--the centralized architecture allows for easier management and remote administration. For the client, there are roaming user profiles, thin clients and Web-based option. Features of the Adobe integration include: cross-platform capability using Microsoft Windows PCs or Macs with support for Windows 2000, XP, and Mac OS X; a Unisys-designed "connector" links InCopy text objects to InDesign page elements; InDesign pages and InCopy elements are tracked within the Unisys workflow and statusing; an editor using InCopy is dynamically alerted to changes in InDesign geometry; user rights and permissions apply to InDesign pages and InCopy stories to maintain security; story versions are maintained; and querying of InDesign and InCopy objects includes location, workflow status, author, object type, creator, modifier, date, and metadata.