FAQ

Do I physically need to be in the newsroom to use GN4?

No not at all. Thanks to the Service-Oriented architecture, you can launch from anywhere. Additionally, the responsive design GNi4 client is an HTML5-based client that can literally run anywehere. On Windows, on Macs, on tablets, even Chromebooks.

I like the newsroom management and content management of GN4, but I already have an investment in a Web CMS. Can I still use GN4?

Yes you can. GN4 can be used to to author, edit and generally manage content, then deliver to a 3rd party Web CMS for publishing to the web. Furthermore, you will be surprised by the level of integration we can deliver, providing the Web CMS offers some essential web service calls. We have customers that use packages such as Zope or Drupal and have high levels of integration. However, the best level of integration is of course achieved when you use GNWeb as the Web CMS.

My newsroom staff wants one system for print and web, does GN4 offer that?

Yes it does. Many systems will claim an integrated environment, but users will typically see two different editing tools, one for the generic content and one for content that has been sent to the Web CMS. In contrast, when GN4 and GNWeb are combined, the two function as ONE system, with ONE user interface. Edits required on the web content can be done in the same editing environment as you would use for editing print content. This not only saves time in training and implementation, it makes users more efficient.

What file formats can GN4 handle?

GN4 can handle data files in a variety of formats: JPEG, TIFF, GIF, EPS pictures; PDF documents; AVI, MPEG videos; MP3, WAV audio, Office documents, XML or simple text files and more.GN4 supports file formats and objects that have not even been created or thought of, yet. With our schema based system, it's as simple as adding a new object type in the configuration as well as any web browser plugins required to view or manipulate said data, and we can support the object

What about metadata of these files and possible future file formats?

GN4 can recognize these formats and extract from them metadata and built-in information: IPTC headers, pictures sizes, video or audio durations, thumbnails and so on. All of this information is extracted in the standard XMP format, which is then used to create and fill the objects in the GN4 data store. Since format recognition and extraction functions are performed by a set of independent plug-ins, new formats can be handled without touching the core system by simply adding new plug-ins or modifying existing ones. The use of XMP as an intermediate format insures that the plug-ins are independent of the specific system configuration, and can be used independently to produce metadata in a standard format.

Can I automate repetitive or mundane functions?

Absolutely. GN4 has integrated support for automatic data processing and transformation. It is possible to define multi-step processes and execute them either manually – invoking them from a user interface – or automatically according to pre-defined schedules or conditions.The processes can be of several types: automatic import of data into the system (e.g., from a spool folder or from e-mail); export of data converted into a suitable format; transformation of data inside the content store – e.g., pictures color-space conversion; etc. The processes can include conditional steps and error handling – for example, convert only the pictures that are RGB to CMYK.Data file transformations use a plug-in system similar to the one used for data file import, so that it is possible to add new transformation capabilities to the system without modifying its core.

What about mobile publishing?

Definitly! Content can be authored once, then published to multiple channels, including mobile. The Miles 33 VirtualNewspaper modules extend the core GN4 newsroom function out to mobile and can deliver content to native iOS and Android apps as well as HTML5 webpages.