Product Spotlight: ENPS+WorldNow

May 27, 2002  •  Post A Comment

What it is: ENPS+WorldNow, an MOS-compatible plug-in that links the WorldNow Web publishing tool with the popular newsroom computer system.
How it works: WorldNow, which provides online content management technology to more than 120 local TV stations, has built a plug-in so users can access WorldNow from ENPS, AP’s newsroom computer system. With the plug-in, journalists using ENPS can post stories directly to the Internet. The plug-in is beta testing at a few stations and the initial version is slated for June availability. At that time, system administrators at TV stations can download an application that tells ENPS that WorldNow is running and should be configured for use. ENPS, installed in more than 380 television stations, radio stations and networks, was designed with MOS compatibility that allows vendors to produce plug-ins to the broadcast production system. WorldNow is devising a second level of integration with full MOS capability that will allow WorldNow to run completely within ENPS and not as a separate dialogue box. That version should be available in a few months.
Features and benefits: The WorldNow plug-in allows the user to click a button to transfer scripts or files for Web publishing. This replaces writing the story again in WorldNow or cutting and pasting from ENPS into WorldNow, which only carries a minimum set of information, said Mike Palmer, director of technology development for AP Broadcast. “[With] WorldNow running as a plug-in, whenever you click a button to transfer to WorldNow, it carries all the information and underlying metadata, like information as to which graphics to use, reporters’ names, information about when the story was done,” he said. “You get the full context of the story and the metadata associated with each story that resides on ENPS. The fewer steps the better.”
MOS compatibility: More than 30 vendors have applications that work with ENPS and 75 of ENPS’s installed sites run MOS integrated applications, Mr. Palmer said. An additional 75 are implementing MOS functionality at their stations by upgrading to new equipment that supports MOS, he said.