K4 is a publishing system for Adobe® InDesign™ and Adobe® InCopy™ designed to organise the work of layouters and editors, as well as to control the production process.
Editors can write articles simultaneously to the design and layout process. Page geometry, meaning position and size of the individual elements on the page, as well as article text can be updated. This way, the editor can load the most current version of a layout in order to adapt his text to the newest page layout while the designer can load the current version of an article into the layout.
While editing, layouts and articles are locked to other users. In order to control the production process, articles and layouts are saved with a status.
In addition, K4 archives every version of a layout or article that is saved, so previous versions can be restored at any time.
K4 administers your complete data—user names, user rights (including user groups and sections), status, issues, layouts and articles—using a SQL database. The Snap PrimeBase Database Server is a scaleable and true relational database management system (RDBMS) running on all major platforms (Mac OS, Mac OS X, Windows 95/98/2000/NT, Linux with Intel hardware, IBM RISC Systeme, Sun Solaris).
The administration of K4 is easy and based on a Browser. A PrimeBase Application Server establishes the connection between database and Browser interface.
The individual layout and articles files are administered using an AppleShare compatible File Server.
What's new in this version:
- By separating articles into text and background picture, K4 3.1 enables you to check articles in and out up to 20 times faster. Especially off-site editors will appreciate this speed enhancement.
- Database Queries can be administrated more comfortably with the browser-based administration software.