Content authors use an extremely clean interface to create a story, entering story text in the fields of a simple template, dragging and dropping pictures and video into preformatted media slots.
Automatic routines tailor the content for different output destinations. At any time authors can see a preview of the story as it will appear in any published format.
In the planning space stories start life as topics - a title, some text, maybe an attached file - that constitute a proposal for a possible story.
As a task progresses, it can be continuously monitored in the planning space - even from outside the newsroom on a smartphone or tablet.
Once accepted, topics give rise to tasks assigned to specific users - the creation of a story text, a graphic or a video.
Automatic notifications speed up the workflow by alerting users as soon as an item requires action. Integrated chat keeps team members in touch.
Workflow controls, configured for individuals and teams, ensure that only authorized users can carry out permitted actions at each stage of the story's development.
Checkpoints prevent an item from proceeding to the next stage of the workflow until a review or other critical action has been carried out.
Each time an item is saved, a new version is created, providing a complete audit trail of user actions and allowing stories to be rolled back to recover from errors or corruption.
As soon as it is created, a story is already formatted for all the destinations and devices it will be sent to, from web and mobile to print and social. Each story contains all the text and media items tagged to generate the different channel variants.
At the moment of publish, the story elements for each channel are automatically selected, sized, formatted and assembled into the channel story. No manual processes are involved, significantly improving productivity.
EidosMedia platforms are entirely based on standard technologies, starting with the universal XML and JSON formats that provide total flexibility in the publishing and exchange of content.
This allows them to be part of complex ecosystems, easily interfaced with external data sources, advertising platforms and multiple distribution systems.
This interoperability has been taken to new levels in EidosMedia's latest platform, Cobalt, whose service-oriented architecture allows the building of highly flexible modular solutions, particularly suitable for cloud deployment.