Media Entities Announces RockMe Reader

Waltham, MA – Media Entities announces Apple iTunes approval of the RockMe reader. RockMe reader is a new platform for interactive eBooks with an unparalleled feature set. It is the first of a new class of enhanced readers, and significantly raises the standard in functional capability. It will be available for download to the iPad in mid-June.

The RockMe reader renders all types of books from basic and straightforward text and images to those requiring highly designed pages and complex layouts. It offers an intuitive user experience, image and video capability, and advanced functionality suitable for educational, legal, scientific, biblical, and corporate publishing.

CEO Dan Nigloschy enthused, “Excitement for our new reader has been outstanding; we are very pleased to be announcing the RockMe reader knowing how much the publishing market needs our platform for rendering complex material.” Dan Nigloschy continued, “We have tested the RockMe reader against very sophisticated requirements, including biblical and educational material, and based on that experience, defined the basic feature set of RockMe to meet the most challenging needs of publishers”.

Publisher-branded rich Apps with the white label RockMe platform

Equally important to the extensive feature set is the fact that publishers can now create their own branded bookstore and engaging interactive Book Apps at a much lower cost. Up to now creating high quality Apps was very costly, involving a long production cycle, and requiring highly skilled developers.

RockMe changes that equation. It is an affordable cost-effective solution capable of quickly producing beautifully designed, interactive Apps of the highest quality. It integrates familiar tools into the production process (Word and InDesign) thereby leveraging a publisher’s current investment in software and user training.

Publishers can brand their bookstores with their own design and user shopping experience.  Book buyers purchase and download book Apps from the publishers store accessed on iTunes. The RockMe platform supports encrypted content data to protect publishers intellectual property, and is ecommerce enabled for inApp purchases of books, upgrades, and additional content.

About Media Entities

Media Entities is a pioneering supplier of advanced xml publishing software used to efficiently produce digital and print media and provide a platform for digital eReaders. ME systems drive PDF for print, and electronic formats including eBooks, Apps, and web content.  Founded in 2002 to provide specialized xml transformation software to academic publishers, Media Entities quickly become a key player in a wider market for xml based publishing software.

Lloyds Lists steps into the future with XML Maestro

One of worlds oldest continuously-running journals transitions to InDesign and automates production with Media Entities

Lloyds Loading List, “The List”, is one of worlds oldest continuously-running journals, having provided weekly shipping news in London as early as 1734. Now a part of Informa Busines Publications, The List sought to move production away from a tired and flagging proprietary system to newer systems based on XML and InDesign.

For assistance and solutions, Informa turned to longtime partner Media Entities which had previously supplied XMLToolWorks for production of Informa’s pharmaceutical directories.

Media Entities proposed using XMLMaestro technology for XML handling, along with the powerful automated page engine capability of PageBuilder. Now installed, XML Maestro builds the weekly directory, complete with ads, and PageBuilder then constructs the more than 120 page directory in about one minute.

The system is driven with XML from a SQL database. This XML holds the listing information for each port and vessel as well as ads which need to be placed in proximity to the supplier or agent listings. An XML Maestro project includes templates, and style mappings, and all this data is sent to PageBuilder.

Media Entities announces “AppBuilder” InDesign Plugin for Textbook App creation

InDesign Plugin handles complex layout, multiple page types, and interactivity without coding.

Media Entities today announced the beta launch of the XMLMaestro AppBuilder module. This InDesign plug-in permits graphic designers to create complex layouts, with variable page-layout types, and running or spread-oriented text without any need for coding.

The tool permits designers to create interactive graphics, text blocks, and enhanced effects. Although the AppBuilder tool targets the hardest challenges  of K-12 textbooks, it is equally appropriate for newspapers, magazines, catalogs, and corporate publishing which incorporate complex layouts.

The ME Plug-ins permit designers to layout complex pages, incorporate many different page types, use InDesign library objects, and incorporate enhanced app features such as hotspots, videos, pictures, slideshows, etc.

There is no coding required. InDesign operators can now create apps with the same ease and productivity that they bring to their print page designs.

Fashion moves forward with innovative App from Media Entities

Boston’s Best Designer unwraps App highlighting Boston Fashion Week

The always innovative Best of Boston Designer, Jeff Lahens rocked the fashion world with more than his designs when he unveiled a ground breaking iPad App during Boston Fashion Week. While showing his fall collection Lahens introduced his newest mode for presenting style when he demonstrated Dress Code Boston App developed for him by Media Entities.

The new App features the newest styles, fashion, and fun news delivered to iPad tablets and iPhones. The App breaks new ground going where no other magazines have yet ventured. Lahens intends to update his App readers on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis with breaking news styles, and events tied closely to his Twitter and Facebook feeds essentially giving readers real time advice on what is happening in Boston fashion.

The new Dress Code Boston App is scheduled for launch and monthly production in June 2012.

AAAS picks Media Entities XMLMaestro for Digital Publishing Engine

XML workflow automates Peer Review, Print, and Digital Publishing

AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) has signed an agreement with Media Entities for developing an automated peer review and production publishing system.

The system, built using Media Entities XMLMaestro implements an xml workflow to automate production and distribution of peer review articles in PDF format. Peer review submissions in Word format are converted to XML using XMLMaestro Word-to-XML conversion.

The XML is both stored, and flowed into XMLMaestro PageBuilder, which automatically builds multipage layout files in InDesign using templates and libraries all automatically without  any operator intervention. PageBuilder then generates PDF files for Peer Review distribution.

When complete and accepted for inclusion in the weekly Science magazine the articles will integrate with the XMLMaestro production workflow system for both print and digital editons.

Using XMLMaestro accelerates production of peer review articles for distribution, with less operator interaction. The overall objectives are increased processing speed and timeliness of peer review and AAAS publishing systems. The system will result in increased speed of peer review distribution, reduced production costs, and reduced administration time.

The system is being installed over the course of this fall and winter.

MathML capability added to XMLToolworks InDesign Plug-In

Roundtrip XML capability now includes MathML for XML import and export to InDesign

Media Entities today announced the availability of XMLToolworks plug-in with MathML for InDesign. This latest product capability from industry leader Media Entities handles MathML as part of the XML import capability for its InDesign plug-in XML ToolWorks. This powerful capability accepts MathML XML input for import, and positions a Word-generated eps file correctly on the InDesign page.

When the page is complete, the xml can be re-exported. This final export step captures all the final copy and text edits which were done in InDesign into the final xml version. XMLToolworks exports the page content, the MathML, as well as any image references. XML ToolWorks can export to any DTD.