updated 05:15 pm EDT, Thu September 28, 2006
SoftCare to debut K4 5.7
SoftCare today announced plans to introduce SoftCare K4 5.7 at this year's IfraExpo in Amsterdam, an update to its editorial system based on Adobe InDesign due to ship in the fourth quarter of 2006. The latest revision of K4 connects to the DC5 asset management system by Digital Collections and MegaGrove by Poundhill Software, while K4 Web Editor 2.0 -- in connection with SoftCare K4 -- enable users to write directly into a Web browser with a preview by Adobe InDesign Server. Softcare is also introducing its new K2 publishing solution to the public, which is an editorial system designed for small workgroups based on the same basic technical principals as SoftCare K4 (pricing and system requirements were unavailable).
The DC5 asset management system includes all of the components for the organization, research, classification, and further processing of images, graphics, and audio as well as video information within a central database. MetaGrove extends the meta data functionality of SoftCare K4 with the XMP standard (Extensible Metadata Platform). Users can display hierarchical meta data fields within K4 and manage them in accordance to each other.
SoftCare also offers a new search function that allows users to select whether they want to use flexible pre-defined inquiries, or to search for documents using text.
K4 Web Editor 2.0 -- which the company is also presenting at the IfraExpo -- is a tool suitable for including freelance staff that deliver contributions and provide easy access for proofreaders as well as editors-in-chief who want to monitor article progress while on-the-go.