Trinity Mirror Installs Global Graphics PDF File Creation Software
Press release from the issuing company
Cambridge, UK; December 11, 2002 — Global Graphics server-based PDF (Portable Document Format) creation software has been installed at the Trinity Mirror Group following a major project spanning six months to convert all its national newspaper output to the PDF format. Jaws PDF Server, Global Graphics’ centralized solution for creating and distributing standardized PDF files at the desktop, is being used by production staff at the Canary Wharf (London) and Glasgow sites of Trinity Mirror, publishers of over 250 titles and the UK’s largest newspaper group. Global Graphics (Nasdaq Europe: GLGR, Euronext: GLOG) is a leading developer of high performance software solutions for document creation and printing.
The software allows the production staff of the six national titles produced in London and Glasgow (the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror, The People, The Racing Post, Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail) to create PDF files from the editorial text and pictures produced by journalists together with any advertising copy. The PDF newspaper pages are then soft proofed by the quality assurance desk for authorization, and the approved PDF files are transmitted for publication and archived into the Mirror Group Newspapers library.
The installation of Jaws PDF Server and the move towards a PDF workflow has already allowed for better utilization of Trinity Mirror Group’s large Wide Area Network. PDF files are small in size and reduce network overhead because their file transfer speed across networks is increased. The driving factor in the Trinity Mirror’s move to PDF was the installation of Computer to Plate devices into Mirror Colour Print (MCP) sites at Oldham and Watford, with the Company’s Glasgow site soon to follow. PDF documents are also transmitted to Trinity Mirror sites in Birmingham, Coventry, Belfast and Derry plus contract printers in Eire, Spain, Tenerife, Majorca and Greece.
Jaws PDF Server lets network users on PCs, Macs or Unix easily create distribute, publish and archive standardized documents from their desktops. A powerful, but highly economical tool, it lets system administrators create automated PDF workflows that manage the conversion of users’ documents into PDF files and subsequent routing to downstream processes. These include enterprise-wide distribution, local/remote printing, Internet/Intranet publishing, entry into document management systems and archiving. Users can convert documents from virtually any application into the universal PDF file format. IT system administrators can design and centrally manage any number of distribution procedures according to document destinations.
Peter Raettig, Trinity Mirror’s IT operations manager comments, " We evaluated the Global Graphics product very carefully and put it through its paces before rolling it out in Canary Wharf and Central Quay (Glasgow). It gives exactly the functionality we require at a competitive price, although cost was not so much an issue as our confidence in the integrity and reliability of the product combined with the level of responsiveness from Global Graphics and support for the UNIX platform.
"Converting to PDF has given us the benefit of better utilization of our network, reduced the maintenance on our existing proprietary transmission system, and has allowed us to enable the CtP devices that we wanted to bring on stream. Control of print jobs is now at the print site itself and operators can select for themselves which publication they allocate to any given print device. With our previous workflow system the production site RIPed the pages as CCITT Group 4 Bitmaps with any calibration and print site-specific set up being done at Canary Wharf."
All newspaper output from Canary Wharf and Central Quay in Glasgow has been converted to PDF as have all documents going into major Mirror Colour Print sites at Oldham, Watford and Cardonald. Other print sites owned by the group at Birmingham, Coventry, Belfast and Derry, which are either involved in printing the national titles or sending documents for publication at Mirror Colour Print sites, were also part of the project.
"Switching to PDF also makes it easier to support business interruption", continues Raettig. "Because Jaws PDF Server generates standard rather than proprietary files, we know that if production had to be temporarily shifted to another site for whatever reason, it could be done, and, consequently, no matter what might occur at high profile sites like Canary Wharf, we will still be able to get the papers out."
PDF is rapidly becoming the preferred, standard file format for document management and distribution in a wide range of applications. It is now recognized globally as the ideal electronic format for storing and distributing documents via corporate intranets, the World Wide Web, e-mail and CD-ROM. Unlike other file formats, PDF files cannot be altered easily and their small file size greatly increases file transfer speeds, reduces Internet viewing and download times and maximizes archiving efficiency.
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