K4 Admin™ – The Virtual Pilot Seat of Your Production
Administer Workflows and Projects Online
K4 Admin puts you in the virtual pilot seat of your publication or project. This is where you administer all production sequences and define workflows for your various media output. You can create any number of workflows for each object type and output or generate dependencies between individual production steps. All workflows can be freely configured. This also applies to access rights and the unlimited number of available meta data fields.
K4 Server Admin is a powerful management application extending the management capabilities in vjoon K4. This central entity administers all assigned publications, databases, Adobe InDesign Server, and K4 DES™ (Distributed Enterprise System). Users can access several different databases (Oracle 11g Standard/ Enterprise, Microsoft SQL Standard/Enterprise, MySQL) simultaneously from a single K4 server, migrate data from database to database, and distribute publications, as the situation requires. This speeds up many processes, particularly backup and archiving. Publications may even be duplicated in a variety of ways, for instance, entirely with all contents or with only the structure remaining intact.
K4 Server Admin also allows many tasks to be executed on the fly. For example, further K4 LDS™ (local data storages) may be connected to the K4 DES at short notice. Additional Adobe InDesign servers may be temporarily added while the system is up and running.
Furthermore, the configuration for K4 DSI™ (Directory Services Integration/LDAP) is performed centrally using K4 Server Admin. This function enables agencies and service providers to manage several customers and publications in their vjoon K4 system using dedicated K4 DSI configurations for each.
Admin Roles & Wizards
More than one user can use the admin interface, and you can assign specific administrative tasks to each user – for instance, one person can be in charge of creating new issues. For this purpose, the system offers a number of templates to simplify data entry.
We have also implemented several wizards that guide the administrator through necessary setup processes. This includes error messages highlighting missing data. For example, while creating a new user profile, the wizard would notify the administrator if no section was selected for the user. K4 will always ask the user to enter the correct data, which immensely improves the organizational security.
Graphical Workflow Editor
Unique to K4 is its easy-to-use, Web-based graphical workflow editor. This innovative tool allows administrators to rapidly set up, edit and duplicate simple or extremely complex parallel cross-media workflows, and to print out the workflow chart for communication and reference.
The new K4 Admin tool also allows a single login for multiple publications, offers the ability to duplicate publications and user setups, and incorporates many easy-to-use wizards and help systems that speed up configuration of users, meta data, queries and publication settings.