Newcastle University Now Generates All of Its Course Brochures On Demand With ReportLab

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Newcastle University went live this week with a ReportLab publishing platform, which automatically maintains a full suite of marketing literature, powered by the exact same content which feeds their website.

“With ReportLab our online information works twice as hard for us, allowing us to deliver printable digital brochures that are always up to date.” Melissa Suddes, Senior Marketing and Publications Manager at Newcastle University

What do Newcastle University and UCL have in common? Digital brochures by ReportLab of course! ReportLab's university publication platform was originally implemented for University College London (UCL) in the Summer of 2011. UCL were feeling the unsustainability of duplicating marketing content and were struggling to keep communications consistent across all channels. ReportLab's solution allowed UCL to leverage their online assets quickly and easily across both web and print, and subsequently Newcastle University approached ReportLab to provide a similar solution.

Newcastle University used to produce every one of its 170 course brochures by hand, struggling to keep vast amounts of ever changing information up to date and consistent. ReportLab's solution takes all the information from a central source and uses intelligent templates to automatically arrange the content into PDF brochures. Every generated up-to-date brochure has the look and feel of a manually assembled document, without any of the effort, resulting in huge time savings and consistent branding across all publications.

Andy Robinson, Managing Director of ReportLab said: “It's a big step towards streamlining content management and publications in higher education, which still suffers from some huge inefficiencies in these areas. Publications should be simple extensions of the website; powered by the same content, carrying the same brand, and customised for each individual user.”

About ReportLab:
ReportLab is a small open source software house making some big changes to document workflows using Python, Django, and ReportLab's own core code. ReportLab is driven by the ideal that dynamic document publication should be as simple, flexible, and customisable as web development.
From university course brochures and hotel catalogues to high-volume financial reports, ReportLab continues to be the trusted solution for businesses that are serious about their publications. Wikipedia, Hilton Hotels, and Fidelity Investments, to name just a few, all trust ReportLab's software to deliver the rock solid PDF generation they depend on. Have a look at the extensive case-study list here: http://www.reportlab.com/casestudies/

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