Eidosmedia customers got together face-to-face in Milan at the end of last month after a three-year hiatus.
The two-day programme (June 28-29) included two case studies from Germany. Max Holscher from Nordwest Zeitung described how moving to a topic-driven, channel-neutral workflow enabled the paper to break significantly more digital stories during the day, increasing readership and subscription signups.
Gregor Zoller from regional publisher SWMH described an ongoing replatforming project which is bringing a dozen regional dailies onto a single Méthode platform. The creation of common page designs allows extensive sharing of stories and entire pages, while allowing each title to maintain its individual brand identity.
In the financial services sector, the first Swing-based SaaS deployment of Méthode in the sector has recently been rolled out by a US-based independent ratings agency.
Speed and simplicity of execution are key to the agency’s business model and the firm’s representatives described how flexibility of cloud deployment and the UX quality enabled them to reduce the burden on their analysts and deliver their research faster and in more formats.
Among Eidosmedia developments presented was the first live demo of an automated print pagination tool created in partnership with Sophi.io. The tool uses machine-learning to paginate an entire print edition with the stories and images to be published, in a fraction of the time needed for manual layout.
The company says the demo was the starting point for several conversations with users keen to be among the first to integrate the productivity booster into their print operations.
Elsewhere, text-to-speech transformations are allowing publishers to add another channel to their news delivery. Patrick O’Flaherty from Eidosmedia partners Beyond Words presented the performance – including ‘voice cloning’ – of the advanced Audio UX tool that has been integrated into the Eidosmedia editorial workflow.
Eidosmedia’s content-delivery platform Cobalt continues its development as a pure headless solution, providing several options for its deployment in digital-first workflows, including the addition of support for popular delivery technologies such as Next.js.
And the continuing adoption of mobile workspace Swing is driving the development of high-end editorial tools such as a new picture desk, with powerful image management functions for authors and editors in remote mode.
“It was a delight to spend quality time with our customers and partners after such a long absence,” Eidosmedia chief marketing officer Massimo Barsotti. “We had a lot to talk about, I can’t remember a meeting with such intense curiosity and inspiring discussions.”
Pictured: Venue was the Fondazione Stelline Congress Centre, a seventeenth-century palazzo in the historical heart of Milan just opposite the site of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper and the Gothic church and convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.