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22 years of newspaper digitization

PPS PrePress Systeme GmbH was founded in November 1992, originally as a marketing and sales partner of Unisys Deutschland GmbH, in order to introduce the HERMES editorial system to the German market over a period of 3 years. During this time, PPS realized contracts for Unisys at Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, Nordwestzeitung Oldenburg, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Frankfurt.

The DocCenter archiving system was a component of the HERMES editorial system. In 1998, various newspaper publishers asked PPS how the newspapers – bound to huge and heavy folios – could be transferred to the digital archive. This laid the foundation for the idea of digitization for PPS, known for innovative software solutions in the publishing industry. From 1998 until today, PPS has been consistently working on the conversion of analogue newspaper archives into digital archives.

Decisive for the success was the in-house development of a book cradle with which the books could be scanned distortion-free without cutting them open. This was followed by extensive software developments that led to considerable increases in quality and production. PPS is known for best quality at an acceptable price.

The success of this difficult and cost-intensive development work of the last 22 years is shown by the order for the development of more than 80 daily newspapers, with more than 28 million pages! During this time, PPS set standards for the quality of newspaper digitization and sees itself as a pioneer in the creation of digital newspaper archives – from scans to automatically separated individual articles.