Print workflow with Labrador CMS

DIGITAL AND PRINT PUBLICATION: Weekly and monthly magazines as well as daily print newspapers are produced with Labrador CMS.

Yes, Labrador CMS supports digital first print workflows  and omichannel publishing

Did you know that Labrador CMS is a fully omichannel production environent that can publish to print and any other channel.

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We write all our articles directly in Labrador now, and we hardly ever use Word anymore”

Oda Cecilie Folde, Assistant Editor, Selbyggen

Did you know that Labrador CMS integrates with print systems? Publishers no longer need to have separate workflows for different channels. This integration is critical as publishers are moving to a digital-first strategy while still maintaining a strong print presence. The integrated print systems include Roxen, Aptoma and InDesign via CMS Publisher Plugin by Mediabox.

We write all our articles directly in Labrador now, and we hardly ever use Word anymore,” said Oda Cecilie Folde, assistant editor, in the local newspaper Selbyggen. 

The local newpaper, that has a near full coverage in their regions run a digital first operation and also publish to print. They use Labrador’s direct integration with InDesign for print. Read more below.

Structured Data and High-Resolution Images

Labrador can talk to any print system

Labrador integrates with print on three different levels, depending on the customer needs.

1. Simple integration can be done directly from Labrador to InDesign, with no need for an extra print CMS. High res images, captions, subtitles, titles, bylines and body text will come from Labrador directly into your shape in InDesign.

2. Print Automation or AI Print Production. We support direct integration with several modern print automation tools like Roxen or Aptoma that helps you produce a high number of print pages with few recourses. We support both sending from Labrador or fetching from print.

3. Integration with legacy systems. Omichannel systems that grew out of print or print native systems are also supported. Systems like Naviga, Stibo or WoodWing are supported with export and can be customized to fit customer workflows.

Though its technically possible, we do not recommend a print first workflow. Labrador support print exclusive content.

Labrador CMS store data in a highly structured manner. This ensures that content can be easily managed, searched, and exported to various formats without any hassle. And, Labrador CMS retains all images in their original resolution. This feature is particularly important for print publications, where high-quality visuals are vital. Publishers can trust that their images will meet the high standards required for print media.

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Easy Integration with Print Systems

Labrador CMS was developed in close collaboration with media who have a footprint in both print and online markets. This collaboration helped make the system tuned to the needs of the industry, saving publishers both time and resources.

The process is simple: create and manage your content within Labrador CMS, and when you're ready to go to print, the system allows for a direct export. There's no need for additional manual adjustments or reformatting, which reduces the risk of errors and ensures consistency across all platforms.

Customer Stories in the Media Market

Selbyggen newspaper in Norway has improved their operations both on digital and print. 

We installed CMS Publisher this spring. This is a link between our Labrador page and InDesign, which is what we use to produce the paper edition. I like that the things we write in Labrador immediately show up in the CMS Publisher, and that I can just pull it onto the InDesign page with all the images and everything in the same place. In comparison to what we did before, this system has improved our workflow immensely,” noted Oda Cecilie Folde.

Part of the user interface in Labrador CMS that allows export to Roxen

Världen Idag has a web first approach

 All journalists are writing their articles in Labrador CMS. They then send their articles to Roxen print production system and use their autolayout to quickly and easily produce the print version. 

Labrador CMS separates data and layout, and sends structured data to the print system. All images are stored in high res on Labrador’s backend, and the article is sent in json-format, in a few seconds.

We have invested in Labrador CMS and Roxen to adapt to the digital reality, where the web is becoming increasingly important to us as a newspaper," said Jonas Adolfsson, editor-in-chief of Världen idag.

According to Henrik Lundell, CEO of Världen idag, "We have been a satisfied client of Roxen for many years. When they took down their web solution, we looked for other companies who already had the integration with Roxen Editorial Portal. With Labrador CMS, we believe we will get a modern solution that will give us a better website."

You can read the more on Världen idag's setup in a separate article

Contact us at Labrador to learn more. 

We have invested in Labrador CMS and Roxen to adapt to the digital reality, where the web is becoming increasingly important to us as a newspaper"

Jonas Adolfsson, Editor-in-Chief, Världen idag