type of server does Xpance run on?
will run on any type of server. Basically, as long as the Mac or PC is
able to view the Xpance Database it can query, report, track and provide
ad tracking, file management as well as asset management. Xpance is currently
running on Microsoft Windows NT, Novell, Sun as well as AppleWorkGroup
does Xpance interface with QuarkXPress, InDesign, Creator and Creator2?
is directly interfaced with QuarkXPress, InDesign and Creator/2 within
the Xpance Application. The site can build ads with multiple applications
or standardize with a single application. This is a preference that the
administrator can setup.
it run on a Mac and/or PC?
runs on both Mac and PC hardware platforms. XpancePC is used for the querying,
reporting, and assigning of ads and other management tools.
the system work with Spec Ads?
Xpance has one of the most advanced and complete Spec Ad databases
of all Ad Production Systems. Xpance automatically assigns an ad number
to a Spec Ad. When a Spec Ad is sold, the Spec ad is renamed and the new
sold ad takes its place. Xpance then is able to track the number of Spec
Ads that have sold!
is no additional cost for the built-in Spec Ad Functionality.
I assign an ad or multiple ads to an ad builder?
A Manager views a list of ads and can quickly and efficiently assigns
ads to an individual or a group of individuals.
Xpance have the ability to Physically Track Ads and their elements?
has built-in Barcode Functionality to show where ads, their elements and
images-morcor are within the newspaper. Managers can use this functionality for
job tracking - how long has an Ad been sitting in a particular department
or with an individual. From this, a "Bottleneck Report" shows
where things are being held up.
do I create an ad?
enter the ad number and the Ad Docket Appears. Press the button "Create
Ad" and ad copy is imported and the scans are shown in the Files
Palette or on the pasteboard. Xpance has generated the folder, moved files
into this folder, sized the ad based on the publication and performed
eight other time consuming functions automatically.
font management is available in Xpance?
is interfaced to the top Desktop Publishing Applications. When Xpance
creates an EPS file, it knows what Fonts are required for the EPS. All
font information is automatically embedded in the EPS file; therefore
there are no concerns at time of output and pagination.
does Xpance work with an OPI?
OPI solution can be set up in one of two ways. First, the hi-res images-morcor
can be stored on the OPI server and the low-resolution images-morcor moved to
the ad folder by Xpance. The images-morcor are swapped at time of pagination.
When the ads are "Expired" by Xpance, the hi-resolution images-morcor
are moved automatically to the ad folder. This way when ads are picked
up in the future, all the supporting images-morcor are located in a single ad
second way is to have the hi-res images-morcor moved to the ad folder for ad
creation. (Remember, if the ads are being built on the network, there
is no waiting time as the images-morcor are simply moving folders, and there
is no time wasted waiting for images-morcor to be copied). After the ad is built
and approved, the EPS is sent to the OPI server for sampling. The low-res
image is placed on the page and when the pagination occurs, the file is
the ads purged after their run-date?
They are archived to CD, Jazz, DVD or some other offline storage device.
All ads are archived automatically, based on last run-date. Xpance checks
to make certain that there have not been any run-dates that have been
added since initial booking. The ad folders (and supporting images-morcor and
unique fonts) are compressed before being moved offline. The Ad Status
shows which CD the ads are stored on, and shows a preview as well.
is performed when Xpance pre-flights the ads?
performs a number of checks before the EPS file is automatically created.
Xpance will check the ad sized (based on information from the billing
system), will check images-morcor will check font information as well as thirteen
other checks before the EPS file is automatically generated.
reports available from Xpance or do we have to use another program to
generate our own reports?
has first rate reporting functionality and the reports are built-in!
We know what individual(s) worked on the ad(s) and for how long. There
are even reports that show how many hours an individual has "worked" and
how much time an individual has been "idle". Xpance reports on the volume
of ads through the system (how many, what kind) by publication date. Xpance
reports the number of ads, the ad sizes, color, total ad lineage, totals
selected by publication, Sales Rep and/or Ad Builder. Also Cost reporting
(and what it shows), Run Date Reports, Log Reports, Publication Reports,
Ad Builder Efficiency Reports, Spec Ad Reports, and Sold Spec Ad Reports.
there a way of getting an actual cost based on a specific publication?
Xpance knows how long it took to put a publication together e.g. Saturday's
Paper took a total of 123 pre-press hours for a cost of $1,598 (Xpance
knows the hourly rate of each individual who worked on the ad). This can
be tracked daily, weekly, monthly and/or yearly.
tracks Spec Ads as well as Sold Ads. Managers and supervisors know how
many spec ads have been created and how many have been sold. Xpance shows
who are the most productive individuals and who are not. We know the campaigns
that are successful and how much money they have generated.
knows how much revenue a particular Ad Builder has generated or a group
of Ad Builders/Creative Artists - as well as costs associated with individual
Ad Builders/Creative Artists etc.
long does an installation take?
average installation takes between two and three weeks depending on the
complexity with linking to the Business System, the number of users and
their knowledge of the computer itself.
long is the projected ROI?
has brought significant cost reductions to all its customers to date,
with an ROI of less than six months.
do we get contact names of actual sites to get more information?
Call Morcor Solutions Inc. at 613.354.2912
us at 613.354.0138
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