BOSTON (Gilbane Conference for Content Management) - December 1, 2004 - Quark Inc. announced today the release of Quark Content Manager (QCM) 3, the most recent release of its software application suite that provides powerful enterprise solutions for managing workflows from the desktop to the printed page or Web site. Compatibility with Mac OS X, compatibility with QuarkXPress 6, and workflow management enhancements are some of the key improvements in QCM 3.
"Quark Content Manager demonstrates our expertise in publishing and enterprise content management - not just for the newspaper and magazine industries, but also for advertising agencies, catalogers, and corporate marketing communications groups," explained Mohan Dhandapani, director of Quark enterprise product development. "Quark Content Manager 3 provides tools that are unrivalled in the industry and is built with powerful database technologies, open standards, and a distributed architecture. It integrates and unites the efforts of business partners, vendors, and outside agencies so that managing a global brand is no longer a daunting task."
"Using Quark Content Manager, we have been able to increase productivity 300% with fewer staff," adds Gay Gaddis, owner of The Think Tank (T3), an Austin-based marketing firm that produces a catalog for a Fortune 100 client that has a circulation of 12 million each month and up to 44 versions per cycle. "Quark Content Manager has transformed the way we work. The system helps us give clients significantly more for their dollar through time savings and increased productivity. We can now locate an entire catalog’s images in the time it used to take us to locate the images for a single spread."
Quark Content Manager 3 is ideally suited to the challenges confronting organizations that invest a considerable amount of time and money in publishing to print, Web, or both. "Quark Content Manager provides media-independent publishing and allows users to publish to print and the Web while sharing and repurposing content across media types. With Quark Content Manager, we provide a solid foundation to integrate those workflows, centrally manage corporate assets and brand identity, and automate conversion and repurposing tasks," explained Thomas Allen, Quark senior product marketing manager for enterprise solutions. "Quark Content Manager 3 offers companies a comprehensive array of tools for managing workflow from concept to final output. It provides content management tools so that users can quickly locate, deploy, or repurpose assets for print or Web. It also makes it easy for users to update images and text quickly, giving companies the ability to manage their content to ensure brand consistency and quality control."
Several customers were early adopters of Quark Content Manager 3 and are already taking advantage of the new features and support for Mac OS X and QuarkXPress 6. Demco - a leading U.S. equipment supplier to teachers, schools, and libraries - is one such company. "Upgrading to Quark Content Manager 3 has been our smoothest software upgrade transition to date, for any of the packages we use. Quark’s project team was responsive to our needs, offering advice and timely fixes to our problems and keeping us on schedule in order to meet our short upgrade window." said Amy Hutchinson, Creative Services Manager at Demo. "We've managed testing and implementation of a major upgrade to not only QuarkXPress and Quark Content Manager, but our operating system and several other design software packages in just under a month. Quark’s on-site involvement, personal service, collaborative communication skills and organization have contributed greatly to the success of this project."
"The new, more intuitive, features in Quark Content Manager 3 have allowed us to introduce additional efficiencies into our web and print production processes. It has given us more of the tools we need to manage our assets and brands, and fully integrate our workflows across channels, departments and companies."
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