The following press release was written by ProQuest, Inc.:
PressDisplay 3.0 Introduces Cross-searching, Article Rank, Sound Integration, and Library Administration Tool
ANN ARBOR Mich., September 13, 2006— ProQuest Information and Learning, exclusive distributor of NewspaperDirect products to libraries in North America, announces the launch of PressDisplay 3.0. The latest version of PressDisplay adds features and functionality – including cross-searching of the entire archive of titles – to the collection of more than 300 titles in the online newspaper collection.
Version 3.0 offers the following new features:
- Multi-title Searching—users can now search across all titles and the entire 60-day rolling archive.
- Front-Page News—the front page of the interface now offers categories such as Top News, Business, Sports, and the World in Pictures.
- Full-page printing for all titles—users can print page images, in addition to the text article-level printing already available in SmartNavigation titles. SmartNavigation is NewspaperDirect’s method of displaying newspapers in an interactive format, allowing readers even greater functionality from their selected publication.
- Article Rank ?measures the interest or popularity of an article, which is determined by the length of time readers spend on that specific article and by the overall attention the article received from all users. Article Rank is continually updated to reflect the most current reading preferences as determined by PressDisplay readers.
- Related Articles are listed with SmartNavigation articles, so users can read additional articles on similar topics.
- Sound Integration—now readers can listen to an audio version of an article, while simultaneously reading other newspapers or articles or using other applications. Readers simply choose the article they wish to listen to, select the speaker icon, and hear it in Windows Media Player. In many cases, when using the language translation tool readers can listen to articles in the language they have chosen.
- Language Translation of Articles – Smart Navigation titles allow users to translate articles into numerous languages.
- Library Administration Tool ? Library staff can now control the content that appears on the front page of PressDisplay 3.0 through the use of the new library administration tool. Administrators also can pull usage reports from this tool.
- My Newspapers—library staff can customize a page to display the newspapers their patrons use most.
- RSS feeds for SmartNavigation titles
- Personal Blogging—Users can post links to full newspapers, articles, thumbnail images, and commentary directly to their personal blog without leaving PressDisplay. PressDisplay currently supports Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress and MSN Spaces and other major blogging systems.
“PressDisplay is an ideal way for libraries to expand their virtual services and newspaper holdings,” said Rod Gauvin, senior vice president of ProQuest Information and Learning. “PressDisplay enables libraries to respond instantly to patron need by delivering the value of same-day news from around the world. The new display, navigation tools, and functionality have further improved the reading experience.”
PressDisplay provides online access to today's newspapers from more than 60 countries around the world in over 35 languages in a full-color, full-page format. The ever-expanding collection currently includes more than 300 titles. Just like reading the familiar print edition, viewers can browse articles and other key content, such as pictures, advertisements, classifieds, and notices. The service also provides a 60-day backfile and the ability to perform keyword searches across all titles and the entire archive.
Founded in 1999, NewspaperDirect, based in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is the world leader in digital delivery and local printing of same-day newspapers from around the world. With some 400 newspaper titles, and a global network of over 800 print locations in more than 85 countries, NewspaperDirect delivers to hotels, libraries, cruise ships, corporate offices, retail outlets, home subscribers and web browsers everywhere.
About ProQuest Information and Learning
ProQuest Information and Learning is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing information for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. It is widely known for its strength in business and economics, general reference, genealogy, humanities, social sciences, and STM content. The company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 9,000 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest® Web-based online information system, Chadwyck-HealeyTM electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® and SIRS® educational resources, and Serials Solutions e-resource access and management solutions. ProQuest® Smart Search was named "Best Specialist Search Product" by the International Information Industry Awards in late 2005. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visit www.il.proquest.com.