This is a guest post from John Pettigrew, CEO of FutureProofs.
At Futureproofs we’ve spent the past year creating a solution to a problem that most editors and proofreaders recognise. Handling book proofs on paper works very nicely, but it’s a bit slow and cumbersome, it’s often hard to read, and it’s surprisingly expensive. Many companies have moved to PDF proofing to save money, but the available tools are laughably poorly designed for this job and make the process take longer. The reason for this, of course, is that they weren’t designed for this job at all but just for basic annotation!
So, at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 8 October, we’re launching Futureproofs. This is our solution to these problems, designed by editors for editors. We hope that it will help publishing teams create quality books more cheaply and quickly. A browser-based platform, it addresses the problems I mentioned above by providing three key advantages over the current options.
First, we allow easy but precise on-screen markup with gesture recognition using the structure of the BSI proofing standard. This enables proofreaders and authors to send accurate feedback more quickly and easily. No more clumsy sticky notes or huge palettes of stamps to drag around.
Second, we enable teams to collaborate in real time, to raise and resolve queries more quickly, and hence reduces the time projects spend in proof. This also means that all these conversations are permanently available, helping to find why a particular decision was if it is later questioned.
Finally, we help the project manager by automatically chasing the team around deadlines. Our useful reports also reduce the time spent on admin and increase their ability to find and use data about project performance.
During the Frankfurt Book Fair, we will be demonstrating this exciting new platform on their stand in Hall 4.0, stand A10. If you’d like to find out more, please do contact us for an appointment at the Fair or afterwards (info@WeAreFutureproofs.com).
As part of our launch festivities, we are running a competition on our stand to find “The Fastest Editor In Frankfurt”, with exciting prizes including copies of Judith Butcher’s classic “Copy-editing”, Michael Bhaskar’s insightful treatise on the publishing industry “The Content Machine” and Michael Dougherty’s “Vikings: A Dark History” (all prizes kindly donated by their publishers). All comers are invited to try their hands at finding all the issues in the sample page as fast as they can!
To find out more about Futureproofs and sign up for a trial, visit www.WeAreFutureproofs.com.