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FT. WAYNE NEWSPAPERS TO AUTOMATE NEWSPAPER OPERATIONS WITH TRIPLE-I FRONT END

 FT. WAYNE NEWSPAPERS TO AUTOMATE NEWSPAPER OPERATIONS
 WITH TRIPLE-I FRONT END
 CULVER CITY, Calif., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Ft. Wayne Newspapers, a joint operating agency which publishes two daily papers in Indiana's second largest city, has purchased a TECS/2 Editorial and Classified front-end software system from Information International Inc. (triple-I) (NASDAQ: IINT).
 The purchase features licenses for 95 TECS/2 Composition Editor workstations, including three wire service stations, 14 licenses for triple-I's new EDITOR'S Page Planner; and 24 for TECS/2 Classified Ad Sales.
 Ft. Wayne Newspapers publishes The Journal-Gazette, which is locally owned and dates from 1863, and The News-Sentinel, which is owned by Knight-Ridder and founded in 1833. The combined daily circulation of the two papers is 118,000, and the Sunday Journal-Gazette has a Sunday circulation of 138,000.
 According to Dawn Bonfiglio, Ft. Wayne Newspapers' Information Systems Manager, the need for investment in production assets was driven partly by the obsolescence of existing systems. "We wanted the capability to be more assertive in our marketing and customer service," she explained. "We were looking for flexibility, a system that would be able to expand to meet editorial requirements and that would interface with our current systems."
 The current systems included "Prep Stat," a program developed by the News-Sentinel for processing high school sports data, and an interface to the VU-TEXT library system. The Journal-Gazette, on the other hand, had a special interest in remote communications capability with its regional and Washington news bureaus and convenient access to archival material. Also, each newspaper needed its separate editorial network as well as access to a common classified network. And, everyone wanted user-definable formats and tables.
 Ft. Wayne Newspapers' officials selected triple-I following an 18-month evaluation of available front-end systems and after talking with numerous triple-I customers and seeing triple-I's TECS/2 editorial and classified front-ends in operation at several customer sites, including The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, Fla. The superior flexibility of triple-I's TECS/2 Classified was seen as important in providing a wider product sales capability.
 Including triple-I's EDITOR's Page Planner as part of the installation, Ft. Wayne executives found the system "very pleasing," according to Bonfiglio, lauding its PC-base and its "expanded capability for page design, fast response and the ability to eliminate manual format writing." EDITOR's Page Planner enables editors to make quick and easy layout revisions, modify page column and section grids for newspaper, tabloid or magazine layout design, change unit measure for page rulers and simplify repetitive tasks.
 EDITOR's Page Planner generates story boxes automatically, with color-coded layout geometry for copy, headlines, captions, bylines, credit lines, ads, line art, halftones and rules. In addition, a story budget menu provides status information on works-in-progress, completed copy and column-inch requirements.
 Two Ad-Stack Monitor packages, part of triple-I's Ad Manager integrated production management system, will interface with EDITOR's Page Planner. AD-Stack Monitor works in conjunction with an automated ad layout system to associate completed news pages with the ads intended for those pages and then schedules ads/or pages for full-page recording.
 Triple-I's TECS/2 Editorial software will run on Ft. Wayne's new standard PC hardware platforms by Dell. Designed for text entry, composition and file management, TECS/2 follows a distributed database architecture and operates on a high-speed token-ring network. Because the design minimizes disk access and data transfer bottlenecks, TECS/2 is ideal for the deadline-intensive environment of a news daily, enabling editors to incorporate late-breaking stories and sports scores. Bonfiglio cited TECS/2's fast response, performance, operational ease and low maintenance in selecting the system.
 Included in Ft. Wayne's TECS/2 Classified system will be 20 triple-I Composition PREVIEW licenses. This TECS/2 feature provides a representative on-screen graphics preview of body copy as it will appear when typeset. By using the same setwidths as the typesetter, TECS/2 Composition PREVIEW displays text proportionally spaced. Users can review form and content via several zoom modes, then return to normal editing.
 Journal-Gazette executives also chose TECS/2's Publication Archive option, an on-line, full-text library retrieval software package. It provides immediate access to historical editorial material. Published files are automatically indexed by every word and stored on the Archive master station. A librarian may optionally augment the text file by adding non-published search words in a "notes" mode prior to indexing. Library search requests (by Boolean logic) and file retrieval is provided for all editorial users. Through the TECS/2 Foreign System Interface, this functionality and the ability to receive copies of selected historical files is now available to Atex, CSI, DEC and SII editorial sites.
 Installation at Ft. Wayne Newspapers is set for three phases, beginning this month through June 1992.
 Information International Inc. designs, manufactures, markets and services computer-based systems that automate prepress production in newspaper, magazine, technical, financial and catalog publishing.
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 /CONTACT: Cher Meyer of Information International, 310-390-8611/
 (IINT) CO: Information International Inc. ST: California, Indiana IN: CPR PUB SU:


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