FAQs

What are the advantages of using TKM Conversion Services?

  • An automatic publication process lightens the editorial and proofreading loads – you save time and money
  • The styles and layout are defined by the customer, not based on standard templates
  • Measuring algorithms place and reposition text and other elements: a last-minute change at the beginning of the text won’t require manual adjustments throughout the publication
  • You can publish content across multiple media with little or no extra cost, with media and device specific layouts (e.g. eBook format)
  • Your costs are reduced by 60-90% – your editorial and proofing team can focus on the content

Case Study: Stamps Catalogue

LAYOUT COMPLEXITY
SOURCE
PAGES GENERATED
TIME TAKEN

Very high

database+json

400 to 3500

20 min to 4 hrs

Case Study: Dictionary of Geography

LAYOUT COMPLEXITY
SOURCE
PAGES GENERATED
TIME TAKEN

Very high

Word (.doc & .docx)

240 to 360

< 20 min

 

Who are your customers?

Our proprietary software, metiTec, has been used for years by German publishing houses, such as Schwaneberger Verlag, Psychosozial Verlag, Echter Verlag, Hager Verlag and many others.  We have published over 1,000,000 pages and are now looking to expand our Global Services to English-speaking market. 

What is the process for fully automated production?

In automated production, as in conventional publishing, text, images and graphics form the basis of every publication. Source documents (e.g. Word documents) are automatically transformed into the XML required for the typesetting system. Intelligent design rules, technical layout and typographic specifications (styles, sizes and configuration) ensure that text and image data are automatically published across media in a single workflow. Rule implementation and specifications are managed according to the outcome of the software’s measurement algorithms. The software dynamically computes the fit of data of variable scope and structure into a defined layout. This creates pages which are practically error free. Information blocks are typeset according to rule-based placement, positioning and adaptation of simple complex objects. Media designers define the desired appearance and constraints of the publication in the configuration files:

  • font size, font
  • tracking, line spacing, line length and word spacing
  • glyph scaling
  • box width
  • size of images, graphics, tables and diagrams

The typesetting algorithms calculate the parameter values with the precision required for successful data fitting according to the specifications and constraints defined by the media designer. At this stage, even micro-typographic measures can have a major effect. For text, this results in an increase or reduction in the number of lines whilst the content and number of characters does not change. For graphics, the dimensions are modified.  Texts, images, tables, graphics and diagrams can be optimally positioned and placed on the page with the finest adjustments. Information blocks are automatically  continuously measured, optimized and adapted according to the specifications.

Finally, the desired output formats are generated.  This is usually done through a few iterations, as content and typographic corrections are at times necessary.

How long does the publication process take?

The actual typesetting takes the least time. The accuracy of the specifications and the preliminary work are fundamental in the speed and efficiency of the system. Preparing data well significantly reduces the project duration.

A first project typically takes approximately 3 days. Subsequent publications of the same type have a turnaround time of a maximum of 4 hours, depending on the complexity and volume of data.

Other publications types with the same corporate design take a maximum of 1.5 days.

Your finished publication will usually be ready within a few days.

In what format should the source documents be?

The documents to be typeset must be in a digital format. The source should have a structured format (Word, Excel, structured text file(s), XML, json, databases, CMS-data or data from editorial systems). If the format is not suitable, our Solutions Team can take care of the formatting. 

Image data and graphics can either be integrated in the text or delivered separately. If the image is delivered separately, a reference to the image is required in the text. The images should be of the quality required for the output channel (DPI, colour profile, output intent and size), and can be in any format (jpg, tiff, gif, svg, eps or png).

Which publication types are best suited to automated typesetting?

Our software and process are particularly suitable for publications with the following characteristics:

  • large amounts of text
  • high pagination
  • large amounts of specific data
  • multiple large and complex tables
  • channel-specific outputs
  • multiple language versions
  • frequent new editions
  • cross-column and formatted footnotes
  • page by page and chapter by chapter footnote numbering
  • switches from footnotes to endnotes (and vice versa)
  • enumerated headings (especially using Roman numerals)
  • optimal image placement
  • directories: ToC (Table of Contents), LoF (List of Figures), LoT (List of Topics)
  • indexes (personal, subject and multi-level)
  • multiple formatted columns

If two or more of these criteria apply it means that TKM Publishing is a cost effective solution for your publications.