Metered or paywall-limited access to online and digital publications is the buzz these days, but it takes more than a pay button to make it work. Press+ is one of the platforms that got a bit of coverage lately. A platform that has had some success in the Eastern part of the EU is Piano Media. Piano Media has recently started to penetrate the Western part of the EU so it’s interesting to see what makes their offering successful.
Van Gennep, a Dutch developer of publishing systems, made a name and a reputation for itself with its editorial flat plans, which have been copied by others but never with the same feature richness. Flat plans are still an integral part of Van Gennep’s current flagship product: PublishingNOW!, but the unique feature that sets PublishingNOW! apart from everything else out there is its DAM foundation.
DAM systems are increasingly being used for publishing. That makes sense as digital publishing, such as publishing to an iPad, has more to do with digital asset management than with re-purposing printed matter. Van Gennep, who has been acquired by ADAM recently, has released PublishingNOW!, a complete publishing platform based on a Digital Asset Management (DAM) system — and it’s driven by ADAM Software’s DAM platform.
Van Gennep, a world leader in editorial planning and publishing, is entering into a global agreement with Aquafadas, the developer of tablet and mobile app publishing solutions. Van Gennep will continue to focus on editorial planning and workflow, flatplanning and magazine layout, while Aquafadas will link to the information store of Van Gennep and allow publishers to create tablet/mobile versions of their magazines with a few simple clicks.
Last week, I read a research paper on IT innovation, discussing how it can produce lasting results for the business: new markets, reduction of costs, and improving the alignment with the business strategy. Influencing the culture is the IT leaders’ first step towards in IT innovation, said Info-Tech Research Group’s paper. It is interesting to see how their findings could also apply to innovation in publishing — with potentially the same results.