POMONA, Calif., June 3, 1999 -- Auto-Graphics (OTCBB:AUGR), leading provider of composition and electronic publishing services, has delivered the latest release of its integrated SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) database editorial and composition system to the dictionary group at Houghton Mifflin Company of Boston.
The Editorial System combines proven SGML technology with a powerful and flexible composition system, Frame+SGML from Adobe Systems. Auto-Graphics' SGML Database Editorial System was first introduced in 1989 to meet the specific needs of publishers who were looking for SGML systems that addressed the need to manage and develop products in a database environment. Today the system is used in applications from catalogs, directories, and encyclopedias to dictionaries and aircraft parts manuals and addresses publishers' complex editorial and production needs.
According to Marge Berube, vice president in the trade and reference division at Houghton Mifflin Co., "Auto-Graphics has been providing SGML database and composition services to us for over 10 years. During this period we have worked with them to fine-tune our editorial and production system. Working with Auto-Graphics in the development of this new release, we have successfully developed a system that increases our editorial and production efficiency and that will provide cost savings in the near term."
Realizing that publishers needed a cost effective SGML composition engine that could run on the desktop and integrate to a dynamic SGML database, Auto-Graphics began working with Frame+SGML from Adobe systems. The Editorial System allows editorial and production staff to work together to build and/or maintain the information database. The system can dynamically process the database to final pages as needed.
Also built into this new release is a complete castoff and statistical reporting component. The castoff component allows managers to forecast actual page counts of a book before any type is actually set. Now publishers can look at the page counts and realize real dollar cost savings in the print production process.
"Incorporating Frame+SGML and a castoff component to the SGML Database Editorial System makes the Auto-Graphics solution the only completely integrated SGML database publishing system on the market," according to Auto-Graphics Chief Operating Officer William J. Kliss.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics Inc. (OTCBB:AUGR) provides information publishing systems (SGML/XML) for electronic and print production and Internet database resource sharing systems to the publishing and library communities. The company's web site is located at www.auto-graphics.com.