Electronic publishing system tested

Electronic publishing system tested

Displays news Electronic publishing s y s t e m tested Full-page electronic output from integrated subsystems containing all text and graphic material...

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Displays news Electronic publishing s y s t e m tested Full-page electronic output from integrated subsystems containing all text and graphic material is being demonstrated for the first time. Atex has selected Philadelphia News p ap er s Inc. (PNI) to b e the 'alpha test' site for its publication production n o de (PPN), an important new component in its total publishing environment. PNI is one of Atex's leading customers, with editorial and news layout pagination systems installed for each of two n e w s p a p e r s and a s h a re d integrated advertising system. Alpha testing, which tests the product in a nonproduction environment, was due to begin this summer. The test will demonstrate production of full-page output b y obtaining from integrated subsystems all editorial text, editorial graphics, display ads (complete with graphics), and classified ads. Alex intends to complete production testing and relbase the PPN b y 1987. The PPN is b a s e d on a combination of AT&T h a r d w a r e and AT&T and Atex software. Alex is using the AT&T 3B series computers for the PPN which will interface to its J-11 b a s e d front e n d systems. With the ability to c a r r y out 1.4M instructions p e r s econd (MIPS), the use of the AT&T com put e r gives users en h an ced database management communications capability and the ability to manipulate graphics in both black and white and colour. This capability was shown recently when b r o a d s h e e t newsp a p e r pages, complete with halftones and other graphics, w e r e transmitted b y microwave, taking only 16 s p e r p a g e - - m o r e than five times quicker than the fastest currently available laser setter could output them. Atex anticipates that the increasing use of communications locally and remotely, and the use of integrated high-resolution halftone graphics, will vastly increase the volume of


data transfer. The introduction of the PPN will control this information and improve production speeds. AT&T's information systems network (ISN) is being used to manage communications, from dial-up RS232C phone interface to high-speed dedi cat ed microwave and fibre optic links. The ISN will p r o v i d e network systems management, protocol conversion b e t w e e n unrelated systems, and high-speed switching b e t w e e n different networks. A change of network will be 'transparent' to the user, while new networks can be added to ISN simply by adding or changing a board on the A T & T computer. The ISN will monitor any such changes and automatically reconfigure itself to take account of the change without interfering with the current workflow.

LCD m o d u l e Norbain Technology has launched a 5 × 7 dot matrix LCD module with a 16 character by 1 line display format. Designated the CC-16012,B, the device can b e interfaced to either a 4 bit or 8 bit p r o c e s s o r and features a built-in display controller, a 192 pattern character g e n e r a t o r ROM and eight pattern character ge ne r at or RAM. Other integral features include an 80 x 8 bit data display RAM capable of storing up to 80 characters and an oscillation circuit. The CC-16012B is of twisted nematic positive reflective construction and adopts a 1/16 duty multiplexed display driving method. Measuring 85 nun x 41 mm × 9.50 mm, it has an effective viewing area of standard instruction functions, such as display, clear, cursor home, display and cursor on/off, character blink, and display and cursor shift.

Using the ISN, the PPN handles input and processing from alien image subsystems, and output to current digital typesetters and other imaging devices. The PPN maintains a Unix database for multiple publications within the total publishing environment. Any part of the system can b e used concurrently on different publications with all editorial, advertising and graphics being di re c te d to the appropriate database; yet, the report m a n a g e r terminal keeps the editor and/ or advertisement m a n a g e r constantly aware of the current situation on any individual publication. Using the computer's real-time clock, its colour s c r e e n highlights any p a g e that is not on schedule and the m anager can access any p a g e to identify the element that is causing the problem. A t e x Ltd, Cumbria House, Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 8HE, UK. Tel: (0625) 382304, Telex: 825187.

Optical characteristics of the display include on and off response times of typically 50 ms and 120 ms, a contrast ratio of 10 and a life expectation in excess of 50 000 hours. Norbain Technology Ltd,

Norbain House, Boulton Road, Reading, Berks R G 2 OLT, UE. Tel: (0734) 864411, Telex: 847203.

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