Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Morning Brief: James Murdoch again in the dock, testifying at the Leveson inquiry; WoodWing confirms CS6 support; Boston Globe opens up its web and tablet content for two weeks thanks to a single-sponsor

James Murdoch is again front and center at the Leveson inquiry, testifying about what he and News Corp. knew about the phone hacking occurring occurring at properties under his management.

"One of the big lessons learned here," Murdoch admitted this afternoon (U.K. time) "no matter where something comes from, even if it's a commercial rival or someone who has a political gripe, that being more dispassionate, forensic, understanding ... those circumstances don't make an allegation untrue," Murdoch is quoted as saying by The Guardian, the paper Murdoch is referring to in his testimony.

The Guardian is once again live blogging Murdoch's testimony here.

Yesterday Adobe announced the introduction of Creative Suite 6. This morning its digital publishing partner WoodWing made sure its customers knew that it would be supporting the new Adobe flagship product – as if there would be any doubt.

"Adobe InDesign CS6 is the first major update of InDesign in the tablet publishing age, and users will benefit from new digital publishing fundamentals in the core of InDesign,” said Erik Schut, President of WoodWing Software. “These additions also allow us to further raise the level of efficiency in our Enterprise multi-channel publishing system. CS6 has been a major driver behind WoodWing's strategic DPS partnership with Adobe, and as a result, we can now take maximum advantage of this new Digital Publishing foundation."

WoodWing said it would be providing a pre-release version of its Enterprise 8 product in early May, as well as its content management application Content Station, both supporting the new version of Creative Suite.

BostonGlobe.com and its enhanced replica edition iPad app, The Boston Globe ePaper, developed by NewspaperDirect, will both be free of charge for the next two weeks thanks to the single-sponsorship of their advertiser Coldwell Banker.

Readers will need to supply their email address during the sign-up process, but otherwise they can enjoy both the website and tablet application free until May 6.

The tablet edition, originally looked at here, is both a replica edition and a native app in that the reader experience begins with the print edition reproduced as one would see it in print, then allows for the reformatting of the stories for easier reading on the tablet.

While it is, again I'm afraid, indicative of a stubbornness inherent in many newspaper executives that all readers really want the print edition, it is, nonetheless, a step forward from the straight replica editions produced by vendors such as Technavia.