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Still On K4 Version 5.X? Dpci Lists The Reasons Why You Should Take A Look At K4 Version 6.X}

Still on K4 Version 5.X? DPCI Lists the Reasons Why You Should Take a Look at K4 Version 6.X


Ivan Mironchuk

It may be a testament to the rock-solid nature of the K4 version 5 platform that many publishers have opted stick with V5, or it could simply be a case of “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Regardless of the reason, as K4 Version 5 begins to grow long in the tooth and K4 Version 6 continues to add more features it becomes harder for publishers to continue putting off an upgrade.

We’ve written the article below to introduce both the core features of K4 Version 6, the newest features of version 6.3 and to discuss concerns about migrating from version 5.

Core Features of Version 6

Let’s start with the basics. For those of you who have not been following along with the new direction vjoon has taken with K4 V6, here’s a quick rundown core features of the version 6 platform:

Task-Driven Workflow

A workflow defined in K4 Version 5 consisted of a number of different article and layout statuses that were configured in a linear sequence. These statuses served as milestones that ushered documents from a starting point to the final stage.

K4 Version 6 allows for greater flexibility in defining workflows with more control and granularity. In addition to defining milestone statuses, K4 V6 allows for status-based tasks. A number of different tasks can be linked to a particular status, requiring that each task be completed or purposefully skipped before a layout or article advances to the next status.

K4 Version 6 workflows can also incorporate linked relationships between article and layout workflows in the form of dependencies. For example, by using dependencies a production manager can ensure that a layout will not reach final proof status until all article tasks have been completed.

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Database Options

One of the major complaints about K4 Version 5 is the dependency on PrimeBase as the database backend for K4. While PrimeBase is a fairly stable database platform, we have heard numerous complaints on its ability to scale. Database administrators have expressed frustration in having to learn a specific PrimeBase scripting language for automation and feel helpless when it comes to backups and troubleshooting.

With K4 Version 6 you have the option of using MySQL Advanced, Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle as the database backend. Over the past year and a half DPCI has performed a number of K4 Version 6 implementations using all three database options at various client sites.

Sticky Notes

The communication between Editorial users and Designers in K4 became a whole lot easier with the introduction of K4 Sticky notes. K4 Sticky Notes are just like Sticky Notes placed by a user in Acrobat. Sticky Notes can be placed anywhere on a spread, even over graphics. Sticky notes can be sent and updated in the K4 system independently from the story.

Custom Terminology

For those publishers that felt confined and restricted by K4 Version 5’s Publication | Issue | Section structure, you will be happy to know that you can now change the terminology within K4 to more accurately represent the structure of the publications or projects that you are working on.

Adobe CS5 Compatibility

If you are looking to upgrade to Adobe Creative Suite 5, you will need to upgrade to K4 Version 6 as vjoon will not be releasing an updated set of K4 Version 5 plugins for CS5.

New Features in K4 6.3R3

Active Director / LDAP Integration

Finally! K4 Version 6.3R3 includes support for LDAP/Active Directory used for user authentication. User access and account management can be achieved through active directory, while defining K4-specific permissions within K4 Admin. You can also import users from a Directory Server.

Distributed Enterprise System/Local Data Storage (K4DES/K4LDS)

The new Digital Enterprise Server (DES) gives publishers that work with remote offices additional options for optimizing their workflows. By adding in a DES/LDS server to a remote office, K4 users will be able to check-out files at local network speeds while all content and metadata is synced to a master K4 server. Each LDS has its own database that synchronizes with the main K4 Server supplying and updating the required data on a real-time basis. LDS eliminates the issue of long check-out times for large documents across the network to remote offices.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (Formerly known as Digital Magazine Solution)

Adobe’s iPad tools are automatically built into K4, giving publishers the ability to automate the production and bundling of content for the Apple iPad (and additional tablet devices in the future). Using the K4 publication structure, K4 metadata and layout variants for iPad horizontal and vertical views publishers can produce iPad content simultaneously while layouts are created for Print.

Upgrading from Version 5

Vjoon has made it easy for version 5 customers to bring over their publication settings and data. When creating a new publication in version 6, administrators can enter in details of their version 5 server and K4 V6 will bring over all users, publication settings, workflows, and all publication data. After import some publication settings may need to be adjusted and the workflows will need to be updated to the task-oriented workflows used in version 6, but overall this option will save publishers a lot of time in upgrading to version 6.

K4 6.3R3 also includes a number of familiar version 5 features that were previously unavailable in version 6 such as:

– Mail Notification: Users can now be notified when a task is assigned to them.

– Content panel: You can now search, archive, and delete from within the K4 Admin.>

– Active User Display: You now have the ability to display a list of which users are logged into the K4 system. You also have the ability to log-out users to free up needed licenses.

K4 User Features:

– Simple/Advanced Article: Editorial and Production staff alike can now choose to Accept the task for the whole article, and essentially turn off the ability to check out individual story parts. This will mimic the behavior of articles in 5.9. When you add a new text object to an article the workflow will be started automatically with no additional dialog box.

– Control Tasks: This feature allows users to the ability to change the current task and status of a document without having to open the document. This is similar to “Editing Metadata” in Version 5

– History for Articles: You can now review version history on a whole article instead of just on individual stories.

– Accepting Tasks Simultaneously: You can now accept the article task at the same time you accept the task for the layout.

DPCI ( is an interactive technology agency that delivers integrated content management solutions for organizations that need to publish content to Web, print, mobile and e-reader devices.

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Still on K4 Version 5.X? DPCI Lists the Reasons Why You Should Take a Look at K4 Version 6.X


Tips In Giving Gifts During Engagement Parties

By Jesse Jake Vickers

Engagement happens when the boy surprises her girlfriend with a diamond ring. Different strategies are placing the ring in his girlfriend’s wine glass, kneeling in front of her girlfriend opening a small box with the ring or asking the waiter to hand the bill pouch to her girlfriend with the ring. Of course, if the girl likes the idea and loves the boy so much, she will then say ‘Yes!’ with some tears in her eyes. This prompts a celebration and that celebration is often termed as engagement party. It might be exciting on your part to attend an engagement party for the first time, and you might be clueless on the things to bring and what present should you give. This article will share some ideas on common and best gifts for the said occasion.

Like actual weddings, engagement parties are also important in the life of both lovers. As one of their family members, close friends or relatives, gift giving is an act of welcoming the other half to your life and it is also a way of expressing your heart felt welcome and thoughts for the future husband and wife. Therefore, a little pressure in the ideas of gift giving became an important subject. How to make your gifts extra special and unique will depend on how well you have known the couple. But if you are clueless, here are some tips.

If you are closely related to the future husband and wife, you might be familiar on their personalities as well as the things they like and the things they don’t. One tip in gift giving during their engagement party is giving them stuffs which will make them happy or giving them the things they like which is closely associated with you so that they will not forget your gift. That is why, being close with the couple is really an advantage because you are already familiar on what are their interest and what are the things which will make them happy.

Stuffs to be given in an engagement party should not be expensive. The couple is not expecting you to come in their party because of the gifts. The party is all about pronouncing their engagement with each other to the persons whom they consider special in their lives. In such formal and special occasion, the idea of giving the gifts which have greater value than the price counts. You can even make your own custom gifts like souvenir items so that the couple can keep it with them.

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During the time they have decided to marry each other, the couple is now busy with the preparations for their wedding ceremony. They have scheduled appointments in relation to gathering of pertinent documents as well as complying with the requirements for wedding. From that point, you can now have an idea on what to give during their engagement party.

1. An organizer or notebook with build-in pen – this is useful in their planning stage since they will be bombarded with a lot of schedules and reminders.

2. Calendar with the couple’s picture together in the center of the poster – this will keep the couple updated on the date.

3. Countdown specialty clock – it is the best way of making the couple very excited on the date of their wedding.

The stuffs I have mentioned above are very simple stuffs but it will surely leave a mark on their hearts. The statement of disregarding the price was justified because these simple gifts are truly memorable. All you have to do is to widen your senses and anticipate the activities that they will be encountering as a couple.

About the Author: Jesse Jake Vickers is a writer who likes to share valuable information and ideas on promotional pens and promotional tote bags as well as related products.


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Promotional Safety Jackets

By Miles Lovegrove

When you are protecting your employees with safety jackets, you may have never considered the possibility that they could also be used to promote your company’s brand. While your team is wearing your branded safety jackets, you are gaining recognition by anyone who sees them. The rest of your organization will see the repetitive brand, your vendors who come into the building will see it, your customers will see it and potential customers will see it. And, we all know that the more people that become familiar with our brand, the better opportunities we have to expand it.

Your promotional safety jackets can include your company’s logo, your company’s name and can be made in a variety of colours. So, if you are really looking to brand your company, include your company’s name, logo and company colours. You could include your company’s logo or message on the front of the jacket or in a lager format on the rear of the jacket. Or, you could place the promotional material in a smaller form on the front of the jacket and in the larger format on the rear of the jacket to gain the maximum exposure for your brand. Not only will your team appreciate the item, but it will also help to build brand presence of your company within the community.

In addition to serving the purpose of branding your company, promotional safety jackets also serve their intended purpose. No matter what kind of business you are in that requires safety jackets, promotional safety jackets protect those employees as they perform important job functions. Your jackets will be providing protection to your valuable team, allowing them to perform their job functions at the most optimal level.

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In addition to your own internal team, promotional safety jackets may be an item that you can give to your vendors if they are in businesses that utilize this type of item. Consider which small businesses you have as vendors that you could give out your promotional safety jackets.

Remember, the more people that see your branded message, the more opportunities your business has to gain revenues. And, your vendors will appreciate the gesture on your part, working to solidify partnerships that are important for your business to function on a day to day basis.

In addition to work related functions, promotional safety jackets may have other purposes or uses. For example, safety jackets are utilized in some recreational activities. Water sports, some fishing activities, boating and even hunting utilize one form of safety jacket or another. If your business is looking to target any of those markets, consider adding your company’s name and logo onto the items to gain exposure. Some of these promotional safety jackets could even be sold in retail stores, adding an additional revenue stream for your business.

So, no matter what your business’s target use is for a promotional safety jacket, remember that they can be a great source of leverage for increasing your brand presence.

About the Author: Miles Lovegrove is director of Fluid Branding, the UK’s largest supplier of

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