Whether you’re installing from scratch or upgrading an older version, there’s never been a better time to make the move to the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform. From everyday end-users to behind-the-scenes administrators, your entire editorial team will see an increase in efficiency and productivity.
Here are just a few of the options available in version 7:
K4 Approval Manager and K4 Web Editor ICML Advanced
The K4 Approval Manager client license is a new option that speeds the review and approval processes in your workflow, with advanced capabilities accessible in a standard web browser.
Once the license key with the desired number of K4 Approval Manager licenses is installed for the K4 system and users have the corresponding access rights configured for them, K4 Web Portal is extended by dedicated menus, commands and panels, and the K4 Approval Manager functions are enabled. K4 Approval Manager allows users to log into the K4 Web Portal (from either their task list in a Query panel or from a URL in an assignment email), and accept approval tasks for articles as well as layouts.
Approval tasks can be incorporated into layout and article workflows, with rewinds built in to automatically set back the workflow to a previous task and assign it to the user/group that is responsible for the necessary corrections. For layout changes, the corrections are always made using K4 Layout in InDesign.
A user can also accept approval tasks for InCopy articles placed in the layout, and indicate approval or rejection for each text object in the article. Additionally, the user can make changes to the text (based on responsibility and permissions) within the K4 Approval Manager preview using K4 Web Editor ICML Advanced. By selecting a text object in the layout and choosing to edit it, a K4 Web Editor ICML Advanced window opens where the text – including tables – can be revised. Clicking away from the editing window to anywhere on the layout automatically updates the layout view to reflect the change to the InCopy text. Alternatively, the user can simply not approve and not modify any text object and rewind the article back in the workflow to the applicable user/group to make the corrections in K4 Edit in InCopy.
vjoon Storage Engine
vjoon K4 7.0 offers a new configuration option that stores your binary content files in a managed file system instead of in the K4 database – with automatic snapshots taken of the data. This reduces database sizes up to 90% or more, eliminates the long backup routines, and provides high data flexibility and availability by creating restorable publication states for speedy data recovery and business continuity.
vjoon Storage Engine (SE) allows you to flexibly determine for each publication where its data is stored, and where its snapshot areas are stored. Storage and snapshot areas can be in a local file system, in a remote file system, or in the cloud. It is recommended that snapshots should be on separate hardware and/or in a separate location. You can use snapshot rules to create snapshots automatically at certain points in time – for example, for daily, weekly and monthly snapshots – and assign them to a configuration and its associated publication. In addition, you can create instant snapshots any time on demand.
There is no downtime or performance degradation as the Storage Engine functions. If there is a need to roll back to a snapshot, data restoration is prioritized by the system, with working files restored first. Using the Storage Engine, there is no need to wait for a database backup to be fully restored before users can resume working with their files.
K4 Universal Seat
When a K4 Universal Seat license is purchased, it allows a user to connect to one K4 server from any of the available K4 client application licenses – K4 Edit from InCopy, K4 Layout from InDesign, K4 Web Editor ICML, K4 Web Editor ICML Advanced, K4 Approval Manager, K4 Web Editor HTML, or K4 File Manager – depending on the access rights configured for the user. If a Universal Seat connection license is used when logging into the K4 Web Portal, K4 Web Editor ICML Standard/Advanced and K4 Approval Manager automatically include access to K4 File Manager and K4 Web Editor HTML.
K4 Universal Seats can be purchased as additions to expand client functionality in the system, and/or existing K4 client licenses can be upgraded to K4 Universal Seats.
More software and services available with a vjoon K4 version 7 upgrade:
- K4 Integration with Single Sign On (SSO)
- K4 Integration with Twixl Publisher
- MEI Project Planning, Oversight and Administration
- Upgrade Installation and K4 Admin Training
- On Premise Storage Engine Installation and Asset Transfer
- K4 Workflow Reconfiguration and Validation
- End User Training for K4 Upgrade
- Rollout Supervision After K4 Upgrade
- Integrating K4 Publishing System with Amazon Cloud Services
- AWS Cloud Configuration Consultation
- Storage Engine Installation, Amazon S3 Integration and Asset Transfer
- Amazon EC2 Installation/Configuration with S3 Integration and Asset Transfer