“Newscoop has come a long way. Over the past six months we worked on the 3.5 release with a close eye to the needs and ideas of professional media outlets in 2011. Newscoop today really fits the modern newsroom”, says Sava Tatić, managing director of Sourcefabric o.p.s. “We also made Newscoop more efficient. Benchmarking the speed of delivering news, I am proud to say that Newscoop 3.5 delivers pages 13.7 times faster than the previous version.”
Multiple author management is another major feature which journalists have longed for and Newscoop 3.5 has it built in. Feature articles and longer essays are often developed by more than one author. Newscoop allows a publication to credit multiple authors (or editors, photographers and more) and manage their bio, image and information in one central place.
Geolocation is another powerful Newscoop feature. “I have been working as a developer on Newscoop for a decade now, learning from journalists about their work and following media trends, and I believe that one of the biggest achievements for Newscoop 3.5 is geolocation”, comments Mugur Rus, Senior Software Developer at Sourcefabric. “The intuitive interface allows journalists to attach one, or more, global locations to an article by simply selecting the map service they want to use and clicking on the location (or by just entering the GPS coordinates).” Newscoop supports Google Maps, Mapquest Open and OpenStreetMap.
Other major features include a widget-driven dashboard, longread handling, browser detection, topics, a new default template and numerous improvements and bug fixes. The revolution in online publishing will be continued with Newscoop 4.0, due to be delivered later in 2011.