vjoon K4

Manage Digital Content. Smart and Easy.

Integrate and Manage 3rd-Party-Solutions

Enhance your possibilities with smart automations and efficient integrations.

vjoon K4 can be modified and extended using the Web Services API. This offers flexible and comprehensive access to the application server and vjoon K4 business logic, allowing the system to be easily integrated with other systems.

Our publishing platform also allows predefined automations, such as import and export, automated PDF output, reconfiguring page formats for digital editions, automated content upload, or the execution of custom scripts running as an automated task on Adobe InDesign Server.

In vjoon K4, object rules are used to match data from external sources – e.g. page planning systems. An External Task Dispatcher (K4 XTD)  submits vjoon K4 objects to connected third-party systems for further processing, and retrieves the results fully automatically. This is a tremendous time-saver when tasking external applications such as translation memory systems to provide text or image processing tools to analyze or edit pictures.

Export Content. Automatically.

Any kind of data can be exported from the content of the vjoon K4 database with the K4 XML Exporter. The result can be saved at a share point, sent by mail or FTPed to a distant server. Even custom service tools can be launched after the export to further process the data.

The export process can be triggered using an automated task as part of the vjoon K4 server architecture automatically by the workflow or manually by a user. In addition, this module is available as an external Java application which allows you to export with query mode executed via Terminal.

Highlights:

  • Automated export of content for WordPress, drupal or other Web CMS as well as archive systems
  • Media-independent export of data via XML
  • Extract meta data information or tagged articles
  • XSLT transformation using build-in Saxon engine or another XSLT engine
  • Copy, mail or FTP the result to a required destination
  • Configured optionally as manual or fully automated tasks
  • Also available as an external application managed by a scheduler

Import Content. Automatically.

K4 Drop Folders automates the import of files into vjoon K4 by scanning one or more hot-folders to integrate third-party-systems without using the vjoon API. This module makes it so much easier to import articles, for example, from a Web CMS or Word documents.

This straightforward yet efficient way of connecting a Web CMS to vjoon K4 affords users some very convenient options. They can automatically port articles that were drafted in programs such as WordPress and Drupal to vjoon K4, add styles as they see fit, and edit content that much faster.

Highlights:

  • Automated import of Articles, Adobe InDesign documents, pictures, Microsoft Excel files or any other file via hot-folders.
  • Create any number of dedicated hot-folders to source files from different external systems (e.g. DAM, Ad Management).
  • Convert text-based file formats such as .doc, .docx and .txt into HTML or ICML on the fly during the upload.
  • Make use of integrated customizable wrappers to structure and format e.g. Web CMS content for print workflows automatically.
  • Import files with or without starting a workflow. If you don’t start an object’s workflow, you may attach it to an existing K4 Collection.
  • Import as file and job ticket, job ticket only or file only.
  • Add XMP metadata information to any of the folder or file job tickets.
  • Use K4 Drop Folders to automate your entire picture workflow.

Mobile Content for Twixl Publisher

Using vjoon K4 to produce high-quality content for tablets or smartphones, you benefit from a professional, highly automated system environment. Your agile team collaborates process oriented, every content is managed centrally and will be published at the touch of a button onto any mobile device. vjoon K4 offers the option to integrate with Twixl Publisher.

Highlights:

  • Collaborate efficiently by integrating several team members (e.g. project managers, editors, designers, video specialists) and benefit from working in parallel on the same article.
  • Manage all your rich content in a professional system
  • Send all content including metadata to the distribution platform fully automated and in the background at the touch of a button.
  • Update articles immediately to publish breaking news
  • Benefit from professional font management by using the optional integration with Extensis Universal Type Server (UTS)
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Task 3rd-Party Systems

K4 XTD (External Task Dispatcher) obtains tremendous time-savings by tasking 3rd-parties, like translation memory systems or Image processing tools to edit texts or images in the background, fully automated and in parallel to the editorial workflow.

If a new file version is returned from a 3rd-party system, it is saved as a new version of the object in vjoon K4, including any changes of meta data information.

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Efficient Print Jobs

The optional integration with MadeToPrint automates print jobs, generates PDF, Postscript or EPS files. It allows a manual or task-driven fully-automated output of layouts and articles from vjoon K4. This module speeds up your entire output process and makes it much more efficient.

You can make use of pre-configured naming conventions, launch the automated task manually or fully automated within the workflow, and execute print jobs via Adobe InDesign desktop application or InDesign Server.

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Compare Versions

The optional integration with MadeToCompare allows you to compare versions of any article you want. This can be any two older versions of the article, or you can compare the current version with an older version of an article. In this case, you can access the article content and you can change the current version if necessary.

You get a quick overview over all changes and you are able to remove or keep changes in your current document.

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Font Management

The right fonts are crucial to rendering documents correctly; the wrong fonts can wreak havoc on a design. Quality is a key issue for enterprises and publishers alike, and time and costs are of equal concern.

Automated publishing processes involving many fonts are far more reliable and efficient with the benefit of the integrated Extensis® Universal Type Server® (UTS). When a layout is opened in vjoon K4, the InDesign file is scanned for FontSense™ information. If the InDesign server is up and running, precisely these fonts are automatically selected in the Universal Type Server via Extensis Font Link™. An alert is given if any font use exceeds licensing.

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Distributed Sites

Companies that operate remote production sites achieve tremendous time savings when they use the K4 DES (Distributed Enterprise System). If a user at a location far from headquarters wants to work on a layout for example, the file is provided by the on-site K4 LDS (Local Data Storage) rather than the remote K4 Server at the company’s headquarter.

Layout files including all placed objects (for example pictures, videos, etc.) or any other file (e.g. Photoshop, Word or videos) open as quickly as the local network can deliver them, which is far faster than retrieving a file from the remote central server.

This benefit works both ways: The edited file is first saved to the K4 LDS on site and then forwarded automatically to the central K4 Server without consuming the local workplace computer’s resources.The central K4 Server automatically updates and synchronizes all associated files so that users at distributed locations everywhere always access the same data.

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Manage User Accounts

vjoon K4 supports the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) for implementing access to information administered by directory services. This information is used for managing user accounts in vjoon K4, and can optionally be used for user authentication. Basically, you have two ways to configure directory services within vjoon K4. 

You can administer settings centrally in your K4 Server Admin and assign them to the publications you want as a preset – or, you can configure the settings you want to use for each publication individually.

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