French Magazines Select vjoon K2

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AD HOC Graphic successfully installed K2 systems at "Alternatives Economiques", "Le Journal de la Vendée" and "Puteaux Infos"

vjoon today announced three new K2 software installations in France: renowned anti-globalization publishing house "Alternatives Economiques", regional magazine "Le Journal de la Vendée", and "Puteaux Infos", the local magazine issued by the city of Puteaux. vjoon's French integration partner, AD HOC Graphic, located in Paris helps these three publishers to streamline their production processes using vjoon K2, the smaller version of the popular vjoon K4 Publishing System. This database publishing solution for smaller workgroups allows Adobe InDesign and InCopy users to work on layouts and articles simultaneously, streamlining their workflow through individual job assignments.

"Alternatives Economiques" is a monthly magazine informing its readers about developments in worldwide and domestic economy and society. The alternative publishing house has been using vjoon K2 since June 2008, also managing its other publications and special editions such as "Alternatives Internationales", "L'Economie Politique", "Santé et Travail" and "Les Chiffres de l'Economie" with the system. For an optimal use of the publishing platform, K2 is running on two systems - with about eight different publications - to connect the editorial teams in Paris with designers in Dijon, for a total production team of about 17 people.

Reacting to last-minute changes
Famous for its beaches at the Atlantic Ocean, the French Department Vendée has also chosen to switch the production of its bi-weekly magazine "Le Journal de la Vendée" to vjoon K2. Its publisher, the administrative "conseil general" lays the editorial focus on news and stories of the region Vendée, one of the editorial highlights being the "Vendée Globe Challenge" sailing race around the world. "After a short time to get familiar with K2, the editors soon started to save much time and to gain a great flexibility to react to last-minute editorial changes," says Ludovic Robet, Chief Editor of "Le Journal de la Vendée". "All together, the system has allowed us to improve the security in the production process, and the control and approval steps are now well organized, as the files are all stored in the database. Stories do not get lost on a file server anymore. Moreover, any editor has the opportunity to make his story shorter or longer by himself whenever needed, through remote work if necessary, which is also a very interesting feature."

Having worked for the weekly regional press prior to his position as Chief Editor, Robet initiated the selection of a professional publishing system. The goal was to optimize the production of its team with vjoon K2, which is perfectly suited for all kinds of collaborative work between designers and editors. After a few days of training, production of "Le Journal de la Vendée" went live with K2 for regular issues as well as special editions for the 2009 "Vendée Globe Challenge".

Enjoying permanent overview
AD HOC Graphic also recently installed K2 at "Puteaux Infos", a monthly local magazine produced by editors and designers in the city of Puteaux, a suburban area in Paris, which is internationally known for its business district La Défense. The first issue of "Puteaux Infos" produced with K2 was out in April 2009. Along with the integration of vjoon K2, the team switched its layout tool from QuarkXPress to Adobe InDesign and its editing tool from MS Word to Adobe InCopy. Now, 12 new users enjoy the smooth and secure way to work with permanent overview on the publishing process - possible through K2 Overview. From now on, one by one, other publications switch to an Adobe InDesign/InCopy and K2 based production. Puteaux is the first French municipality to choose Adobe InDesign and K2 for its publications.

These recent installations at new French sites raise the total amount of vjoon systems in the country, all installed by AD HOC Graphic, who also managed all the pre-installation surveying and training.
About vjoon
vjoon (formerly SoftCare), founded in 1990, is the worldwide leading developer of workflow solutions based on Adobe Creative Suite. The German company, located in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, has evolved its most popular product, K4, from an editorial system to a publishing platform that can handle as many media channels as requested. It combines efficient methods of working with proven time and cost advantages for magazine, newspaper, book and corporate publishers. vjoon's smaller solution, K2, provides an excellent base product for people entering the world of professional publishing.

K4 is already successfully in use with installations ranging from ten to more than 1,000 users. Publications using K4 include ADACmotorwelt, BusinessWeek, Cosmopolitan, DIE ZEIT, Focus, GQ, Le Point, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Us Weekly, and Vogue; corporate publishers include ABB, Akzo Nobel, BASF, Beiersdorf, Credit Suisse, KircherBurkhardt, Square and Publicis. K2 and K4 both support Mac OS X and Windows clients in mixed environments as well as all established server platforms. In order to guarantee high-quality system support at a local level, vjoon is working with a worldwide network of qualified integration partners for K4. Find out more at http://www.vjoon.com.

About AD HOC Graphic
Well known in France for its expertise in solutions dedicated to the press and the publishing industry, AD HOC Graphic was founded in 1995 and today offers several skills to a wide variety of customers: editorial solutions, page-planning systems, and news or asset management, as well as productivity, communications and pre-press tools for all media companies. Being member of the Folio Groupe, the French resellers pool for prepress and printing solutions, AD HOC Graphic holds direct contact to leaders in the publishing sector. AD HOC Graphic sucessfully implemented and supports vjoon systems K4 and K2 at "Le Point", "Armée de l'Air" and "Square" (graphic studio, with customers such as Bledina Danone, Adidas Salomon, L'Oréal and Sanofi) just to name a few. An authorized distributor of the K4 and K2 Publishing Systems, AD HOC Graphic owes its success to the quality of its very close technical and commercial partnerships with the most innovative companies on this market, among which vjoon is the best example. Find more information at: http://www.ad-hoc-graphic.com.

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