'PAGEMAJIK - Publishing Workflow Management System
 
 
 
 

Publishing made simple

A Publishing Workflow Management System that takes care of your publishing needs, and gives you complete control at every step.

 
 
 
 
 
Tomorrow's Publishing. Today.

PageMajik is a revolutionary Publishing Workflow Productivity tool that lassoes together all the individual steps of the publishing process and stitches them into a seamless product suite to make your life easier.

It is a great way to bring together your author, designer, proofreader and editor – even if they were sitting miles apart from one another – and effortlessly integrate their contributions into a book of the finest quality at the press of a button.

PageMajik has been uniquely designed with an in-built Content Management System that facilitates storage, retrieval and reuse of data at any given time. The CMS has been customized to suit publishing workflows, with version control features and user access control.

ONE SOLUTION. MANY BENEFITS. Whether you are a publisher, a designer, or an author, PageMajik has something for you.

For publishers

  • One place where all assets (content, images, metadata) are maintained and are easily accessible
  • A bird’s eye view of progress – real-time
  • Zero concerns regarding use of correct version of files
  • As much as 30–50% reduction in time and cost savings is not unheard of
  • Easy to deploy, transition, and onboard users
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For Designers

  • All handovers are managed within the system
  • Automated identification of document structure
  • Automated page flow into InDesign
  • Simultaneous output to multiple formats
  • WYCIWYG workflow can be used for quality check
  • Workflow-driven, sans redundant tasks.
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For Your Author

  • A simple, pre-defined template to write into
  • Formatting tasks are taken care of by the system
  • Validation of supplied images against Publisher’s guidelines
  • WYCIWYG editor to review and comment on proofs
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FEATURES TO KEEP YOU AHEAD

PageMajik is a publishing workflow management system that takes the rigour out of publishing and keeps you in control of the entire publishing process.

How does that happen?

Comprehensive cloud back-up, user-friendly digital archiving and retrieval on demand, language rules, pattern recognition, automatic data tagging - PageMajik has it all. Take a look at the features listed below.

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1. PRODUCT SUITE

The PageMajik product suite handles functions from authoring and normalization of existing content to typesetting and reviewing/revising proofs. It also comes with a built-in content management system and provides all the advantages a CMS can bring to the table.

2. VERSION CONTROL

Users of the system have access to the latest version of a file at any given time, thereby increasing accuracy and auditability of the content. The most accurate version can be shared and distributed between users, ensuring that everyone is aware of project, product and asset status.

3. SIMPLICITY

PageMajik is browser-based and easy-to-use. It is also easy-to-deploy and simplifies your tasks.

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4. AMAZON'S WEB SERVER

PageMajik is hosted on Amazon and complies with web standards. It can be integrated with existing systems within your environment as long as they allow an API.

5. COMPREHENSIVE

The main focus has been on streamlining complex workflows and making everyday publishing tasks infinitely more productive. Besides authoring, normalization, typesetting and review/revision, PageMajik also performs the following tasks, thus making its offering

  • Identifies the hierarchy within a document and normalizes content automatically.
  • Identifies inconsistencies and anomalies during a review of content.
  • Identifies inconsistencies in usages and forms of words (hyphenations, allowed prefixes, precise usages) using pattern-based rules.
  • Identifies grammatical inconsistencies using built-in English language rules.
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EMBRACING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND RECLAIMING CONTROL

Ten years ago, with Amazon’s entrance into the E-reader market, publishers were forced to examine their centuries old way of doing business and look for dramatic ways to improve efficiency and keep up with a market they didn’t recognize anymore. By creating ebooks and digital learning solutions, reaching readers through social media and other non-traditional methods, and making content available to everyone through open access and subscription forms, publishers have found ways to adapt to the current digital world. But, one aspect of technology has often given publishers pause—automation. Most aspects of the publishing process from acquiring books to sales to rights management continue to be managed by humans. As sales decline, publishers must acquire more and more books, publish more and more content, and sell more and more rights, so how can humans possibly keep up with the workflow? Whether it’s a fear of job losses or a lack of connection to the content, publishers continue to be slow to adopt methods of automation. Today, with artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning being able to take over some key redundancies in the publishing process, it would help to improve efficiency and direct the attention of the team more directly on the content rather than the process as this would open up more opportunities to increase revenue. Machine learning is being readily used in most industries these days. From chat bots acting as customer service on shopping, healthcare, and travel websites to Netflix and Spotify recommending movies and music based on previous selections, machine learning is allowing industries to become more and more sophisticated in the way they understand their markets and connect directly to them. For publishers, these systems can be taught to manage some of the time-consuming tasks that have traditionally fallen to humans throughout the publishing value chain, thus freeing up those humans to focus on more high-level work that only they can do. Machine learning will help publishers understand what trends exist in the marketplace, free up time to acquire, edit, and design that content, and reach out to key audiences for these books and journals. Machine learning will allow publishers to revolutionize the way they do business and take better control of their bottom line in the future.
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LET MACHINES DO THE BIG DATA HEAVY LIFTING

The rise of technology has provided publishers with access, for the first-time, to detailed information about trends in the marketplace and the changing needs of their customers. Being able to study and understand consumer interests as they happen is vitally important to publishers in order for them to continue to remain an essential player in the marketplace. Unfortunately, as many companies lament, the sheer volume of data coming in makes it nearly impossible for human analysts to evaluate properly on both large-scale and granular levels. In order to better understand and respond to the results of this information dump, publishers must rely on an automated system that can analyze the data and provide insights that better inform human decisions on what type of content to publish, how and when to publish, and even where to release this content. The best way of handling the analysis of this information is through machine learning software, made famous by IBM’s Watson. How machine learning works is the software is provided with a model or set of functions desired by the creator and, as the software performs that set of functions, it learns from the data it is analyzing how to better perfect the model.
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PAGEMAJIK USES AI TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY

The rise of digital publishing and a reader’s demand for the most up-to-date content has forced publishers to greatly speed up their time to market. For a publishing process that has, until now, been reliant predominantly on manpower, that speed can only be increased so much. This means lost opportunities, an inability to compete in the marketplace, and a continued struggle to meet reader needs. In my previous blog post “Let the Machines Do the Heavy Big Data Lifting,” I outlined how machine learning can greatly aid the publishing industry in a number of aspects of the process from submission to content discovery. What I want to focus on today is how machine learning can help within the publishing house—from analyzing content that is being submitted for publication, to large-form editing for grammar, tone, and content, to formatting the content for easier final publication readiness—and allow publishers to be better able to compete in this time-sensitive news and research cycle. This is the work that we are doing with our new product suite, PageMajik. Based on our experience in the publishing industry, our team has developed a suite of products for each member of the publishing team to help remove those work slow-downs. Our goal is to help eliminate some of the redundant and time-consuming tasks throughout the publishing process by automating significant portions with machine learning. The publishers that we are currently working with have noted that their efficiency has improved, on average, by 40%. PageMajik does this through optimizing and organizing existing content and resources while adapting to a publisher’s existing systems and workflow. There is no additional training needed, and PageMajik allows for everyone on the team to receive updates on where the content is in the process, eliminating project management stress as well. Whether publishing original content or updating and optimizing backlist content, PageMajik allows publishers to focus on high-level content and design that only humans can do while the system corrects any grammar, style, formatting issues in a matter of moments. By automating these portions, publishers can concentrate on the more valuable aspects of publishing rather than be bogged down in systems.

PAGEMAJIK MADE SIMPLE

It’s easy to use, easy to install. And it’s easy to find the answers to the questions you might have about PageMajik.

Click on a topic on which you might have a question for us. Chances are, you will find the answers right below.

  • 1. Do I need expert help to get PageMajik working for me?
  • PageMajik is absolutely easy to use and requires no expert help in its day-to-day use. However, for your convenience, we will offer you expert assistance to ensure that PageMajik is up and running at your end. Our services to you on this front include creating user profiles and sharing credentials, and also assisting you with your first few projects, should you need it. In addition, PageMajik’s online Help function is always present as part of your system to offer you instant assistance, whenever you need it.
  • 2. Do you have a ‘Try before you Buy’ program?
  • We will be delighted to provide you with a first-hand feel of PageMajik. All you need to do is provide us with sample files. Using this, we can set up a trial site for a restricted timeframe for you to explore the system’s functions and features.
  • 3. Okay, I’ve chosen PageMajik. But how does it benefit me as a user?
  • If you are providing composition and project management services to a publisher, what is sure to interest you is PageMajik’s ability to: - pour content into a template and provide galleys - update changes made during review using an XHTML file back into the application file, and - be a cost-effective solution for content management. If you are a publisher, PageMajik can also offer you incredible value as a content repository and by offering you a bird’s eye view of all your publications. You can port your content into the system and have the flexibility of allowing your suppliers to work in the same space so that everyone is sharing one version of the content at all times.
  • 1. How long does it take to finish the installation from the date of order acceptance?
  • PageMajik can be installed in your system almost immediately after your order has been processed. The actual installation time is just around six hours. This excludes the time taken to transfer your live projects to the system during the transition.
  • 2. And how much time does it take to transfer these projects?
  • That depends on the number of projects you wish to move to PageMajik.
  • 3. How many hours of training is required to operate PageMajik? Will training/support be provided by UI Tech?
  • PageMajik has been designed in such a way that it is easy to use and takes very little time to familiarize. To make your transition to PageMajik smooth and comfortable, we offer two to three formal training sessions to help you get the best out of this unique online publishing system. After you go live, you can reach out to our Help Desk for any real-time support or for any further assistance.
  • 1. Do I need to invest in new computer hardware to get PageMajik running?
  • One of the striking features of PageMajik is its simplicity in design. While it is exhaustive and robust in its features, it does not require any additional hardware. PageMajik is hosted on AWS (Amazon Web Server) and can be accessed using a web browser. What you need to have at your end are licenses for Adobe InDesign and MS Word (2010 or later) for performing file-related tasks.
  • 2. Are there any hidden costs that I should be aware of when ordering PageMajik? For instance, would you charge me additional charges for customization with a new installation?
  • There are absolutely no hidden costs with PageMajik. Customization charges will depend on the nature and complexity of your request. Should you require such services, the costs for the same will be intimated to you on request.
  • 1. What is the expected data availability and do I need to back-up data at regular intervals?
  • All your files will be saved on Amazon cloud, so you can be assured of 100% data integrity and backup at all times.
  • 2. Do you have a comprehensive disaster recovery plan?
  • With PageMajik, you don’t need to have any concerns regarding lost files or data. PageMajik is hosted on AWS. So, in the case of an eventuality, you are assured of a secure data back-up and recovery system.
  • 3. Does PageMajik meet critical security and compliance requirements?
  • Absolutely! PageMajik meets all the security protocols of data integrity which have been tested.
  • 1. Will PageMajik work both on Mac and PC?
  • Yes, PageMajik is ideally suited to work on both Mac and Windows environments.
  • 2. What are the current known bugs in PageMajik?
  • We are proud to announce that PageMajik is currently bug-free.
  • 3. Can PageMajik exchange data with other similar industry standard systems?
  • This is possible if the systems you are referring to provide an API (application program interface) call. A certain degree of customization can help facilitate exchange of information with PageMajik.
  • 1. What version of Adobe InDesign do I need to use PageMajik?
  • You will need Adobe InDesign CS6 or later for PageMajik to run in your system. This is to enable you to make the best use of PageMajik’s functionalities to generate and update proofs. If you are using PageMajik to store InDesign files, any version of InDesign can be uploaded.
  • 2. What versions of Microsoft Word is supported by PageMajik?
  • We recommend MS Word 2010 or later versions for PageMajik.
  • 3. Which browser would you recommend as the ideal choice for PageMajik?
  • Google Chrome would be our first choice of browser for PageMajik.
  • 4. How will an internal quality check verify the revised proof PDF of PageMajik’s WYCIWYG workflow?
  • PageMajik stores versions, and these are accessible to users. Your QC person can check PageMajik’s updated (revised) PDF against the (previous) XHTML version, with the ‘track changes’ feature. The two files can be opened in WYCIWYG and the tracked changes visible in the XHTML window can be checked against the PDF. Please note that a click on the PDF will not bring up the appropriate location in the XHTML as in this case the two files are not synchronized versions.
  • 1. Will there be a problem if an XML workflow based on a specific DTD is being followed throughout?
  • Absolutely not. What’s more, the XML will be preserved.
  • 2. Can XML files be uploaded as ‘Manuscript’ in case of an XML workflow?
  • Sure, XML files can be uploaded into the Manuscript folder. And if you have your own way of converting the XML into InDesign, your next step would be to upload the InDesign files into the ‘InDesign’ folder.
  • 3. If we use an XML workflow, would edits made to the XHTML file update the background XML when the changes are taken into InDesign?
  • PageMajik will mimic InDesign’s behavior when changes are made to InDesign files and there is XML in the background. The content changes will automatically be reflected in the background XML.
  • 4. If we work in an XML workflow, would changes to the XHTML be reflected in the background XML of InDesign?
  • No, the changes will not be reflected in the XML.
  • 1. If I notice any bugs during the engagement period, will UI Tech fix them? If yes, what will be the turnaround time?
  • You can be assured that we will be with you right through the initial months, as you transition from your current mode of operation onto PageMajik. For the first three months, we will provide 100% support, both online and on-call, for any bug or transition issues. For future upgrade availability, a Technical Information Letter will be sent to the designated contact person, as per our records.
  • 2. What are the hours of Support at your helpdesk?
  • At UI Tech, we are available round the clock to address any of your support requirements. Our
    24-hour support team can be accessed both by email and phone. The TAT (turnaround time) for any email concern is four hours.
  • 1. Is PageMajik sold as a perpetual license or as a subscription license?
  • You can choose to invest in PageMajik either as a perpetual license-based model or on a subscription model, depending on your need.
  • 2. Can you demonstrate successful similar deployments of PageMajik?
  • Our client list includes names like KLI and Springer who have used PageMajik to their advantage. We can provide case studies of such successful implementation based on request.
  • 3. Do you offer multi-tenancy?
  • We should be in a position to offer multi-tenancy very shortly. Our Server/Online version is currently in Beta testing stage.
  • 1. You talk of PageMajik being future-proofed? Can you explain?
  • Of late, the publishing industry has been witnessing a ‘digital divide’. And to make sure that we - and you - are on the right side of it, we have already begun addressing this issue with PageMajik. For starters, we have incorporated greater automation of processes to reduce human intervention and error percentage.
  • 2. How much time would it take to chan ge my tagging structure for my files to work within PageMajik?
  • Zero, because you do not need to do this at all! PageMajik can be customized to accept your files and you can continue to use the identifiers that you are familiar with.

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