NewsEngin Inc.

Smart tools for news people

NewsEngin GPS is a platform-neutral content-management system designed to better create, manage and repurpose all types of content. GPS now provides full functionality to users with iPads, Android tablets and the Kindle Fire.

GPS intelligently routes and packages all content eligible for digital publication and allows all newspapers, Web sites and broadcast properties in a company to track and share content.

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GPS runs on tablet devices and on any browser. GPS also is built on open standards. That gives GPS the most flexibility, the greatest extensibility and the best return on investment.

GPS allows a news organization to collect, organize, categorize and repurpose all information that flows into a newsroom -- including press-releases and wire stories, as well as staff-generated content and external Web sites, blogs and RSS feeds.

Stories and text elements are written directly in GPS, using a full-featured word processor that requires no browser plugins. GPS provides full versioning and tracking of every change, in addition to robust record locking that can automatically notify users when a requested element becomes available for editing.  The granular locking mechanism allows multiple users to simultaneously edit different parts of an assignment, such as body text, headlines, cutlines and metadata.

GPS provides full functionality to tablet devices. This creates a true virtual newsroom whose journalists can do their work around the clock from wherever they need to be. From an iPad or Android tablet, journalists using NewsEngin software can:

  • Assign, write and edit stories.
  • Exert full control over digital publication of stories and related assets.
  • Post text and photos from any story to Twitter and Facebook using shared newsroom accounts.
  • Review up-to-the-minute page proofs for print editions.
  • Write print headlines to fit.
  • Capture photos or videos and attach them to stories or photo assignments.
  • Collaborate with peers using integrated instant messaging.
  • Maintain personal and shared contact lists.
  • Review and publish wire stories and photos. 

When basic information about an assignment (whether it is a story, a Web element or a multimedia file) is entered into GPS, this information forms the basis for a cross-site content planning and sharing system, and it also automatically maintains individual newsroom’s planning budgets. Staff members quickly can package together a range of associated content elements. Web and print staffs independently can move elements through the workflow.

GPS provides easy management of photos, audio and video files that are associated with an assignment. Files can be attached directly to any assignment for automatic transfer to a central server, from which they can be automatically replicated elsewhere within the newsroom or enterprise. GPS automatically recognizes the file types of attachments, and for photos it generates multiple thumbnails and extracts all available metadata from JPEG headers.

A GPS license includes other industry-leading applications from NewsEngin: A module to capture, organize and view wire stories; an embedded instant-messaging system designed for newsroom use; and an intuitive tool to automatically categorize content and to use those categories to track and route that content.

GPS includes a full-featured, intuitive plugin for Adobe InDesign (Windows and OSX, from the newest release of CC back to CS4).

NewsEngin incorporated AJAX technology into GPS to give it the stability, responsiveness and security of a workstation client, without the corresponding software footprint or administrative overhead. Users are warned before closing GPS windows that contain unsaved changes, and it includes an autosave feature that prevents a user from losing his or her work, even in the event of a browser or system crash.

On the back end, GPS can deliver edited stories to a Web-publishing platform, to pagination software or to the systems of other properties that have requested them via the content-sharing system. In addition, GPS accurately will categorize all text content and pass the stories and categorization data to a Web CMS for publication on the Internet. Categorization data could be used to automatically route Web content to the correct areas of the site (although editors will be able to disable or override this automatic routing).

GPS can receive stories in any structured format -- XML, HTML, ANPA, IPTC -- over virtually any transmission protocol, including serial, FTP, NNTP, HTTP or TCP/IP socket. Stories can be captured and delivered in a variety of content packages at the rate of 40-50 stories a second. GPS can deliver stories in any text-based format using FTP, NFS, e-mail or TCP/IP socket.

GPS is built on the LAMP architecture (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP). This open-standards platform offers the best combination of stability, cost and flexibility. The software also features a configurable interface that allows an organization to mold the software to its local needs, normally without any scripting or coding.