NewsEngin Goes Live with Tablet-friendly Editorial Content-management Software

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NewsEngin has gone live with an enhanced version of its editorial content management software that provides full functionality to tablet devices, NewsEngin announced today.

NewsEngin has gone live with an enhanced version of its editorial content management software that provides full functionality to tablet devices, NewsEngin announced today.

This new version of NewsEngin’s newspaper software means that reporters, editors and producers are able to use any device –- from anywhere -– to write, edit and distribute their content. NewsEngin’s software now provides full functionality to users with iPads, Android tablets and the Kindle Fire.

NewsEngin is rolling out the new version as a free upgrade to all of its existing customers, whose ranks have grown in recent years to include hundreds of print and digital publications built by thousands of journalists.

More than one dozen sites, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Santa Fe New Mexican, are using the new tablet-compatible software for daily editorial production.

NewsEngin also has upgraded its wire-capture and distribution software to take full advantage of tablet devices.

“We’re bringing a new level of mobility to journalism,” said George Landau, a former journalist who launched NewsEngin in 1996. “For publications that use our cloud-based service, the newsroom can become a truly virtual entity whose journalists do their work around the clock from wherever they need to be.”

From an iPad or Android tablet, journalists using NewsEngin software can:

  • Assign, write and edit stories
  • Exert full control over digital publication of stories and related assets
  • Review up-to-the-minute page proofs for print editions
  • Write print headlines to fit
  • Capture photos or videos and attach them to stories or photo assignments
  • Collaborate with peers using integrated instant messaging
  • Review and publish wire stories and photos

NewsEngin’s developers spent more than a year rebuilding the user interface of its popular browser-based system in order to refine the experience for mouse-wielding desktop users and extend the full feature set to touch-based devices.

“We made no compromises in this release, and frankly we’re proud of what we’ve done,” Landau said. “All of the refinements we’ve made are available to desktop and mobile users alike.”

Regardless of the user’s device, the new app’s capabilities and basic interface are the same, eliminating any learning curve for users who want to work on a mix of devices throughout the day. The software is built on the principle of responsive design, automatically adjusting the user interface to suit the device on which it’s running.

The new software uses HTML5 to run on most desktop and mobile web browsers, including the latest versions of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Amazon Silk.

About NewsEngin:

NewsEngin combines end-user newspaper software and cloud-based services to drive the mission-critical journalistic and publishing processes of print and digital news organizations. That combination of software and services is called NewsEngin Ampere.

Ampere streamlines the creation and publication of high-value content with minimal on-site investment in IT. At the core of the NewsEngin Ampere system is GPS, a platform-neutral content-management system (CMS) designed to help journalists create, manage and repurpose all types of content. Sometimes referred to as “newspaper software” or an “editorial front-end,” GPS helps organizations adapt quickly to the changing nature of news coverage and distribution.

GPS intelligently routes and packages all content eligible for digital publication and allows all newspapers, websites and broadcast properties in a company to track and share content. A story can be written once in the NewsEngin system and published to multiple publishing platforms with no additional work.

Stories and text elements are written directly in GPS, using a full-featured word processor that requires no plugins. GPS features a powerful, intuitive plugin for Adobe InDesign (for OSX and Windows). The NewsEngin plugin provides full integration with the editorial database and with a newsroom’s ad-layout software.

NewsEngin uses Amazon Web Services to provide high-performance cloud services with unparalleled resilience, availability, data security and affordability.

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