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kicker Magazine opts for vjoon K4

Friday, February 11, 2011

Press release from the issuing company

SNAP Innovation deploys the 400th vjoon K4 system, delivering it to Germany's most revered sports magazine.

From now on, kicker-sportmagazin will be produced using vjoon K4. The magazine's publisher, Nuremberg-based Olympia-Verlag, tasked vjoon's integration partner SNAP Innovation to deliver and install the Cross-Media Publishing Platform. The first iPad edition of kicker has already been created using vjoon K4 and the integrated Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS). Called "Abenteuer Fußball" (Soccer Adventure), this special edition of kicker is available now in the iTunes store, much to fans' delight.

"The exceedingly complex production conditions at kicker-sportmagazin necessitate great flexibility in configuring the different production processes. With vjoon and SNAP, we have competent partners with considerable experience on our side. What's more, we are building on a future industry standard with the Adobe DPS," notes Alexander Maintok, IT manager at Olympia-Verlag.

The system's integration with Adobe DPS is one of many benefits that vjoon K4 brings to the publishing process. Match results, reports, and statistics are captured and updated in the kicker database. These data are imported automatically to vjoon K4 via an integration developed jointly by Olympia-Verlag and SNAP, and then constantly updated on the pages in production.

"Olympia-Verlag had initially rented vjoon K4 for four months to test extensively the Cross-Media Publishing Platform for the production of kicker. We are delighted that the publishing house has now opted to use the system throughout the company," says Paul Hörbelt of SNAP Innovation. "With vjoon K4, Olympia-Verlag now has a stable and scalable production system that handles all the prevailing channels," notes vjoon CEO Andreas Schrader. "Of course, the integration with Adobe DPS also plays an important role - after all, the automated processes save time and cut costs when producing tablet apps. We are very thrilled that our 400th installed system has gone to such a distinguished customer."


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