Guest blogger, Mark Sayer, Content Services Manager for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) shares production challenges and explains why TruEdit is the organization's workflow solution now and in the future.
I started at the IAPP about two years ago. At that time, most of our layout was done by outside vendors and the processes were clunky at best. It took a long time for products to get to market, and most times they were past deadline. We were releasing printed books and following them up with EPUB versions months later.
I needed to find a way to make the publishing process easier and to start hitting our deadlines, while at the same time accelerating the EPUB process so we could simultaneously release electronic and print versions. We desperately needed a workflow solution as the manual processes we were going through in order to layout books were neither sustainable, nor scalable.
Having a publishing background, and having worked with MEI at my last place of employment, I knew that MEI would have a solution for our needs. I originally had a solution in mind, but after engaging with MEI (and with Deena’s help!) I was introduced to TruEdit. That seemed a much better fit for our current and future needs, as well as the infrastructure path we were heading down—essentially meaning that not having to host and support servers ourselves was very appealing, so the cloud-based nature of TruEdit was a big selling point.
Though currently not using TruEdit to its full potential, our goals are to use the system from authoring and editing, to final publication. We’ve spent most of the last year getting our existing books into TruEdit for their latest editions, and we’re now starting to prepare for future editions.
One of the great things about the system is its ability to allow several ways of working to our authors. I want our authors to concentrate on writing, not learning new systems and software. With TruEdit, I can allow authors that are comfortable with Word to write in Word and we use WordsFlow to sync files. I can also allow authors who may be a bit more savvy to use the web interface.
Editing and proofing is also much easier for us. Editing directly in the document is far superior to a pdf/commenting workflow. Though we sometimes still need to work that way, we are in the process of transitioning to a complete TruEdit workflow.
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