ppi Media expands CMS solution into fully-fledged editorial system for nd

Multichannel nd editions produced using toHoop since May 2022

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ndaktuell daily in Germany
nd is being produced using ppi Media's toHoop with open source software such as WordPress Photo ppi Media

nd formerly known as Neues Deutschland a left wing daily newspaper headquartered in Berlin, now specifically uses open-source digital solutions to produce and manage content. The daily nd, which has been organized as a cooperative of employees and readers since 2022, has not only done away with its monolithic editorial solution, but is also using open-source components such as the WCMS WordPress as part of its editorial workflows.

ppi Media has assisted the publisher in adding professional print integration to its environments. Newspaper publishers are increasingly moving away from monolithic architectures and turning their attention to micro-services, whereby independent programs and features are connected through the integration of various applications.

ppi Media provides print integration for open-source environment

As a software developer for publishers and media companies, ppi Media has been taking a modular approach to its publishing solutions for more than 35 years. ppi Media has now provided nd with its WordPress-to-InDesign module (tohoop), its browser-based planning interface (CX planner) and its ePaper solution (CX epaper). By introducing tohoop, which creates an effective connection between a publisher’s own databases or WCMS solutions and Adobe InDesign, nd has added reliable print integration to the open-source environment of its online and print content, effectively expanding the open-source WCMS it was using into a fully-fledged editorial system.

Digital and print combined

tohoop allows content to be effectively exchanged between online and print media, intelligently translating WCMS formatting into Adobe InDesign. The tohoop interface is supplemented by a web-based planning interface, CX planner, enabling content to be effectively placed on InDesign documents in the browser – without the need for copy and paste or a local InDesign client.

nd’s editors can now access InDesign templates when writing articles in the WCMS – and the exact content created in the online editor can later be used in print. This is also facilitating the newspaper’s continuous move towards online-first publishing – without any costly adjustments or processes.

“We were looking for a solution that would allow us to create and store online and print content in one single system while expanding our creative options for the print edition with InDesign. In ppi Media, we’ve found a partner who shares our vision and provides us with targeted publishing components to make our dream a reality,” says Rouzbeh Taheri, head of Publishing at nd.

Taheri adds, “2021 and 2022 have been eventful years for nd. After moving our production from Neues Deutschland Druckerei und Verlag GmbH to nd.Genossenschaft eG, our company has had to cope with additional challenges brought about by the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. So we’re delighted that ppi Media and property company Franz-Mehring-Platz 1 have stood by our side throughout the process to ensure a smooth and successful transition.”

The daily newspaper nd has been produced entirely with tohoop since May 2022.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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