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Content Planner

NEWSCYCLE Solutions' Content Planner is a key component that can be added to the Newscycle Content solution to optimize and automate the print page workflow.

Newscycle Content Planner enables the newsroom to work more efficiently by planning content, moving and zoning content on pages directly from Content Planner - without opening the pages in InDesign.

Content Planner makes it easy to share content between different publications - simply by dragging and dropping content between pages.


Prerequisite for Content Planner

Newscycle Content Planner is applicable with Newscycle Content version 7.3 or newer. InDesign Server (CS 5.5, CS6 or CC) must be installed to update previews. To get the best cost-benefit out of your investment in Content Planner we recommend using Lite Editor and Layout Geometries.

What does it do?

With Content Planner, the newsroom does not have to wait for a page designer to do routine production tasks such as assigning stories to pages, making minor adjustments to layouts, and sharing content between publications. All of these tasks can be done from the Newscycle Content Workbench.

  • Better visibility into your page production
  • Change the design of linked layout geometries
  • Create new articles
  • Open articles
  • Change status level of elements on the page
  • Assign resources
  • Link pictures to captions by simply dragging and dropping them to the page

When working with multiple titles or zones that share content, you can now drag and drop content between the different titles without having to open InDesign.

When is it used?

Before productions:

  • Visual way to plan editorial content for (multiple) print channels
  • Adds flexibility to the planning process with the ability to make changes in the designs of layout geometries
  • Assign resources to planned stories

During production:

  • Monitor production progress by visually tracking the color status for articles, pictures and ads on the pages
  • Open articles directly from the page to easily edit an article
  • Drag & drop pictures on captions on the page
  • Change layout geometry or design if your story has evolved and needs a new “look”
  • Move content if necessary to a different spot on the page or to another page either in the same or a different publication

After production:

  • Share editorial content (individual articles, parts of pages or entire pages) for multiple print zones/channels with drag and drop
  • The articles created are zoned/channel copies and can be easily localized and edited to fit the zoned publication. Example: change the headline and/or link a different picture to the story with drag/drop.

Content Planner (CP) is a powerful add-on to Newscycle Content. It allows newsrooms to automate the print production process, which reduces manual labor and the use of InDesign. This can result in reduced Adobe license costs.

Other benefits

Design/Production “ownership” in larger media houses with multiple titles and a centralized approach to pagination, often the local news desks complain that they have lost “feeling” with their own product. When combining layout driven production with Content Planner, “design power” can be given back to the local newsroom without having to install local pagination tools or risking design consistency. A page can now be assembled by using the layout geometry building blocks combined with the flexibility to change or move them a bit in the content planner tool – all within the design rules created by your centralized page design specialists.

Content sharing has never been easier – Common Pages & Content Planner

When Content Planner is combined with our “Common Pages” feature, you are able to share full pages from a master page to one or more child pages in different print zones/channels. Common pages are planned in the dummy system and the master/child pages are created automatically in Newscycle Content afterwards. While you work on the master page, the child pages are locked and cannot be edited. When the master page is done, its content will be “distributed” automatically to the child pages. The system will in this process create zoned/channel copies of the content which can simply be output or edited independently, allowing for localization of the channel copies as necessary.