Westpoint Peripherals are specialist Integrators of digital asset management solutions for newspapers and publishers. We distribute the full product range from the Software Construction Company.
The Software Construction Company (SCC) of Atlanta, GA. is the leading provider of cross-platform digital asset management tools to the publishing industry.
SCC MediaServer® is a new and revolutionary large-capacity/high-performance digital archive system that allows you to merge, store, use and instantly reuse the valuable digital content that your company produces every day.
SCC MediaServer is a fully integrated Text, Photo, PDF Page, Graphics, Sound and Video content management system, tightly integrated with an industry standard SQL relational database and incorporating free-text search technology. Access to the MediaServer database is from SCC MediaGrid or from a standard Web Browser.
Files for inclusion in the MediaServer database are saved to one or more 'hot' network directories from where they are automatically processed by SCC MediaFactory and catalogued within the database.
A number of optional MediaServer modules are available allowing: management of Assignments; automated Delivery of content to Web sites and online vendors; hosting of electronic Tearsheets; dynamic integration with Microsoft Word; offsite MediaServer database Replication; and eCommerce.
Innovative features include:
Large-Capacity Storage of Text, Page Elements, Advertising and Multimedia
Amass enormous quantities of digital files—including pages (PDFs), advertising (Illustrator, Freehand, PostScript), texts (plain text, MS Word), multimedia (MP3, MP4, WAV) and many other file formats.
Versatile element Browser, SCC MediaGrid®
Arm your newsroom staff with the most powerful and user-friendly browser and information locator on the market. Quickly find, document, move, crop and assign photos, images and pages. Work with elements that are stored in SCC MediaServer® databases or in network-folders using an intuitive interface.
Standardized Access to News Agency and In-House Photos
Standardize the way you access and use artwork and photos regardless of their origin or type. Now you can view, manipulate, process, classify and store all of your images in identical SCC JPEG files.
Indexing and Search System
Locate any stored element instantly and precisely using a wide variety of search parameters. In most cases, the information needed to identify and index each element is extracted automatically from the file, avoiding manual data-entry operations.
Multi-Terabyte Capacity and Juke-Box Support
Store hundreds of thousands or even millions of multimedia objects located on hard disks, or use "juke-boxes" for even larger storage capacity, and access your collection online.
Optional Internet Access
Publish your information to the Internet safely and easily. Define types of visitors (employees or clients) as well as full or partial access privileges.
Lucrative E-Commerce Option
Make the most of your information resources by selling content on a per-unit basis subscription or in customized packages on CDs or DVDs.
The Software Construction Company (SCC) has created a complete workflow content management system based on its MediaServer, MediaFactory, and MediaGrid suite of software. The combination of these components creates a system that is ideally suited for the newspaper and magazine publishing industry.
The system is designed around an industry standard SQL relational database with the ability to support very large numbers of stored files and with large numbers of concurrent users accessing the system across a wide area network. The system has a development cycle that is inline with and highly focused on the future requirements of newspapers, magazine publishers and large scale corporations.
This section provides a brief overview of the SCC MediaServer product and its components, identifying some of the benefits it brings to a professional publishing workflow environment.
SCC MediaServer is a fully integrated Text, Photo, PDF Page, Graphics, Sound and Video storage management system, comprising of an industry standard SQL relational database and incorporating free-text search technology licensed from Autonomy Inc. Access to the MediaServer database is from the SCC MediaGrid client (for Windows and Macintosh) or from a standard Web browser. The SCC MediaGrid client, which is aimed at super users such as Librarians and Photo Editors, contains many powerful features designed to simplify the data enhancing, data manipulation and delivery processes. Files for inclusion in the SCC MediaServer database are simply saved to one or more 'hot' network directories from where they are automatically inserted and catalogued within the database. Text and preview "metadata" is extracted automatically during insertion and indexed in real-time for rapid full text searching. Files from live wire feeds can be simply directed into one or more of these server 'hot' directories for automatic insertion into the SCC MediaServer database.
A number of optional MediaServer modules are available allowing: management of assignments and news budgets; automated delivery of content to Web sites and online vendors; hosting of electronic Tearsheets; dynamic integration with Microsoft Word; offsite MediaServer database replication; and eCommerce.
SCC MediaFactory (Microsoft Windows / Apple OS X) is a multi-channel batch conversion, database insertion, and file delivery application designed to process text, graphics and photos originally transmitted from wire services such as Reuters, AFP, AP, from third-party editorial systems, from legacy archive systems, from any system exporting data as NewsML, or saved directly from word processors and image scanning and manipulation software. MediaFactory controls much of the server-side workflow processing in the MediaServer system. During processing MediaFactory extracts embedded text, thumbnails and preview metadata from JPEG, TIFF and EPS images, from raw Kodak and Canon digital camera files, from vector EPS graphics and adverts, as well as completed pages stored in Acrobat PDF format. Processed files from MediaFactory can be saved in folders or inserted directly into the MediaServer database.
SCC MediaGrid (Microsoft Windows / Apple OS X) is a feature-full multimedia browser application that displays thumbnail grid or multi-column spreadsheet views of data files stored within a MediaServer content management system. The MediaGrid client contains many powerful features designed to simplify the data enhancing, preview and compare, print proofing and delivery workflow processes. In addition to acting as a client to MediaServer, MediaGrid also supports direct caption editing, soft-cropping, preview and compare, and proofing of image files stored in one or more local folders or server volumes.