2016/06/22

Amendo Case Study with DMG Media from the UK

“Amendo gave us the best improvement in quality over a wide range of images” – DAILY MAIL GROUP’s Lee Terry on the achievements of implementing an automated image enhancement software

Read about Mail Newspapers UK’s success story of gaining full control over their image enhancement and image processing.
Mail Newspapers is one of the leading national newspapers, magazine and online publishers in the United Kingdom and part of the DMGT Group. Mail Newspapers is responsible for the publication of the “Daily Mail”, United Kingdom’s second biggest newspaper. The company has more than 2,000 employees and is specialized in the printing of newspapers with water based inks. Besides that, Mail Newspaper is the largest flexographic newspapers printer in the world.
In the following Lee Terry, Senior Pre-Press Application Specialist of the Mail Newspapers Business Service department, explains how Mail Newspapers implemented OneVision’s automated image enhancement software solution Amendo and tells more about the achieved benefits in the field of quality, efficiency and cost reduction.

Why have you decided to purchase OneVision’s Amendo? Which expectations did you have towards software for image enhancement?
Following extensive testing with several automated imaging software vendors, we found that Amendo gave us the best improvement in quality over a wide range of images. Thus, the amount of manual retouching got reduced.

How does Amendo fulfil these expectations?
Amendo meets our economic and quality requirements. Our expectations have been met and exceeded. All the publications we have worked with thus far have responded with good remarks for the software, and this has made it easy to implement across all titles.

Could you please also describe how Amendo is working in your specific production environment?
Amendo is mainly used for our automated imaging workflow in conjunction with our publishing system.

Was it difficult to implement Amendo in your existing processes and system landscape?
The implementation was simple, once the software was configured for colour we switched the image feeds to go through Amendo. There was no requirement to change our publishing systems workflow when we introduced Amendo.


Think about a regular working day at your company: How many pictures would go through Amendo?

On average about 1,800 images a day would be sent to Amendo. These would range from images for newspapers to high end magazines.

What do you think about the quality of the pictures after they have been processed by Amendo?
We have seen a marked improvement in the quality produced by Amendo compared to the software that we are replacing.

Did you also test other software solutions for image enhancement? Why did you decide to go for One Vision’s solution?
We analysed Amendo against three other software vendors. Amendo came out ahead of the others on our key metrics’ throughput and quality.

Did the fact that you were already using OneVision products influence your decision to buy Amendo and how?
No, the Business Production Director was extremely clear that testing had to be measurable so that he could make a clear decision.

How satisfied are you with the support of OneVision?
Should I have a question or any issues regarding Amendo, then OneVision has been prompt in responding. OneVision has provided a high level of support.

Is there anything else you would like to share about OneVision’s software or the company?

OneVision’s understanding of our business requirements has resulted in the transition going very smoothly.

 

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Read about Mail Newspapers UK’s success story of gaining full control over their image enhancement and image processing.

Outcome image quality – before and after using Amendo

“Amendo gave us the best improvement in quality over a wide range of images” – DAILY MAIL GROUP’s Lee Terry on the achievements of implementing an automated image enhancement software

Outcome image quality – before and after using Amendo