Foreign Affairs Uses Drupal to Dramatically Streamline Publishing Workflow and Integrate Their Digital Edition

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Foreign Affairs, published by the Council on Foreign Relations, has been a leader on American foreign policy and global affairs since 1922. They have grown into a multi-platform media organization with properties that include a print magazine, website, mobile site, two digital editions built with Adobe DPS, social media feeds, events and more. Its contributors drive the conversation about the most crucial issues in the world today and are able to reach readers wherever they want to consume content.

While delivering a multi-platform strategy is essential in publishing today, developing a single, unified workflow that enables seamless publishing to all of these platforms—including the iPad– is not always easy. Foreign Affairs set its sights on this goal and partnered with DPCI, an interactive technology agency with deep roots in publishing and extensive Adobe DPS expertise, to tackle the job. Together they delivered a game-changing workflow that eliminated countless hours of tedious work while delivering a consistent brand experience across properties and improving speed to market.

Foreign Affairs 1At the heart of this new workflow is Drupal, Foreign Affairs’ existing content management system. Drupal was established as the single source of content and the engine that would deliver the content wherever it needed to go, including website, EPUBs and most importantly, their iPad Extra digital edition. Historically, digital editions have been viewed as a barrier to creating a unified publishing system. However, working with DPCI, Foreign Affairs was able to integrate their iPad Extra, a bi-monthly digital edition that is a collection of web-original articles–and a complement to their monthly issue–into this workflow.

DPCI implemented DPSBridge, a Drupal 7.x module that enables content delivery to a digital edition straight from the source content in Drupal, without any interaction with Adobe InDesign. The new process eliminated the need for Foreign Affairs staff to copy and paste content from Drupal into InDesign to create the digital only iPad Extra issues. Eliminating this step was a huge benefit because it was a cumbersome process that took staffers significant time to complete.

Foreign Affairs 2From Lynda Hammes, Publisher, Foreign Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations:

Working with DPCI to simplify our production workflow has not only saved our editors countless hours of work, it has been a critical step in future-proofing the magazine’s content formats for new digital products.”

Be sure to read the full case study for a detailed overview of how Foreign Affairs has connected InDesign with Drupal and then Drupal with Adobe DPS, EPUB, and PDF, to simplify the process by which content is prepared for delivery to multiple formats.

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