Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Morning Brief: Condé Nast continues issuing updates to fix bug introduced in iOS 6.1; Trade publisher SGC launches its own web services company

While publishers who use the Adobe DPS continue to issue fixes to bugs introduced with Apple iOS 6.1, Apple itself is trying to fix issues with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 which have forced Microsoft to recommend blocking devices running iOS 6.1. Apple has already issued an update for iPhone 4S users, but a general update of the mobile operating system appears to be needed.

Condé Nast continuing issuing updates to its magazine line-up, the latest apps updated include Vanity Fair and GQ. The publisher still has more titles to go.

TED Conferences, which just recently updated its universal iOS app has had to issue an update already to fix an issue where the app crashes on iPhones when laying videos in landscape – in other words, the way most people would play them. The last update to TED introduced subtitles, as well as speed improvements.

B2B magazine publisher Scranton Gillette Communications/SGC Horizon has launched its own web services company, MediaPress Studios. The publisher of such trade industry magazines as Water & Wastes Digest and Building Design+Construction will sell web development services to its client base, as well as content strategy, search engine optimization strategies.

"We recognized a growing need among our clients to have a single resource for all their marketing needs. At SGC/SGC Horizon, we house the editors and designers who are steeped in our clients' industries, along with custom project, videography and audience-development divisions. Closing the loop by adding revenue-generating, web-development services inclusive of content strategy and SEO is a natural progression," said Ed Gillette, SGC president and CEO in the company's announcement.

"Three years ago, we discovered Drupal and aligned our web strategy to its solid framework," said MediaPress Studios Principal and SGC Senior Vice President of e-Media, Joel Hughes. "Our goal from the beginning has been to build fully responsive, device-independent websites for tomorrow. Our clients responded to the new look and capabilities of our brands' websites. Now we look forward to offering the same services to our clients and providing training, SEO services and content strategy to ensure that their websites remain fresh and relevant."

Disclosure: I served as publisher of two B2B magazines at SGC in the mid-nineties to 2000.