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.