SoftCare K4 Version 5.8 With CS3 Support is Available


Hamburg, Germany–(–June 21, 2007

At this year”™s International K4 User Conference on June 15 in Hamburg, SoftCare presented version 5.8 of the powerful editorial system SoftCare K4. Version 5.8 with support for Adobe Creative Suite 3 is now available, allowing K4 customers to benefit immediately from the new cross-media production opportunities offered by Adobe Creative Suite 3. Simultaneously, SoftCare released the optional K4 XML Exporter module for K4 version 5.8.

One of the first companies to develop InDesign-compatible plug-ins, SoftCare has always been the quickest editorial system vendor to support the newest versions of Adobe software.

“Released recently with the revolutionary Adobe Creative Suite 3, Adobe InDesign CS3 and InCopy CS3 improve the way that design, editorial, production and IT professionals work on a day-to-day basis,” said Will Eisley, Director, Adobe Creative Suite Layout & Illustration Products at Adobe. “With SoftCare K4 version 5.8 supporting these, powerful, yet easy-to-use set of tools, the publishing industry has an innovative and efficient solution for delivering content for cross-media publishing.”

SoftCare K4 is an integrated system that controls and connects creative and editorial workflows with Adobe InDesign and InCopy. Magazine, newspaper and book publishers as well as agencies benefit from more efficient processes and increased productivity thanks to this solution.

User stories and trend-setting strategies at the 3rd International K4 User Conference

At this year”™s User Conference, approximately 130 attendees, including IT managers, managing directors and more, came to share experiences and discuss publishing trends. In addition to introducing the latest K4 release, the User Conference has also featured renowned international customers presenting how they benefit from the innovative capabilities of K4. Among the speakers were representatives of BASF from Germany, St. Galler Tagblatt (NZZ Group)
from Switzerland, Hyresgästföreningen from Sweden and Le Point from France. USA-based BusinessWeek gave a deep insight into their processes and showed how they already use K4 for cross-media production. A panel discussion at the end of the conference with top-class participants discussed the future of publishing and the resulting challenges for systems and their users.

“Version 5.8 guides our customers in a future-oriented direction, easily and profitably. The User Conference was the ideal platform to present our customers the opportunities of the integration between Adobe CS3 and K4 version 5.8″, said Andreas Schrader, Managing Director of SoftCare.

SoftCare K4 version 5.8 is available from K4 System Integrators worldwide. Customers using K4 version 5.0 or higher with valid maintenance agreements are eligible for a free upgrade. The upgrade is compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 3 but also works for systems still running Adobe Creative Suite 2. The K4 XML Exporter is available for purchase as an option for K4 5.6, 5.7 and 5.8 installations. K4 supports Mac OS X and Windows clients in mixed-platform environments. The server software is available for Mac OS X, Windows, Sun Solaris and Linux.

About SoftCare

SoftCare was founded in 1990 and is a leading developer of workflow solutions for the publishing industry. The integrated publishing solution SoftCare K4 combines powerful working processes with verifiable time and cost benefits for users and is regarded as a standard product within the industry. The SoftCare K2 workgroup system provides an excellent base product for people entering the world of professional publishing. The system is ideal for small workgroups that want to combine creative know-how with economical processes. Simple and secure use as well as flexibility and stability are just some of the decisive benefits for the user. SoftCare K4 has been successfully implemented at sites ranging from 10 to more than 1,000 users. Both solutions support Mac OS X and Windows clients in mixed platform environments, as well as all current server platforms. SoftCare teams up with trained System Integrators across the globe to ensure high-quality service and support for the system on a local level.

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