2010 marked a year or innovation and expansion at Tansa Systems, where we thankfully experienced a steady stream of success. From software releases and new customers to expanding partnerships and a growing interest in our solutions, Tansa has a great deal to be thankful for going into the New Year.
To start the year off, 2010 marked the official release of Tansa 4 – a significant overhaul of our enterprise text proofing system. T4 was the direct result of several years of programming, re-engineering and rethinking the way our proofing engine operated. The results are staggering – a drastically simplified, yet highly customizable user interface, powered by an advanced and significantly streamlined server process on the back-end. The combination of improved results and a more user-friendly interface has been met with cheers from our existing customers that have upgraded from System 3.
The success of T4 is not ours alone – a great deal of thanks and acknowledgement must be shared with our customers for their feedback and forethought which helped drive development and resulted in a product that we are extremely proud of. A special nod of thanks goes to The Seattle Times for their ongoing support and willingness to beta test early versions of the system.
2010 was full of landmarks and the release of Tansa 4 could not overshadow one of the most significant development undertakings at Tansa to date. In 2010 we were thrilled to announce the development of “COSMOS”, an entirely new language database. COSMOS is not merely an upgrade, but a momentous advancement with superior structure and logical development that will benefit all Tansa users. COSMOS is the result of a strategic undertaking to establish Tansa on a platform that offers long-term development opportunities with greater flexibility. COSMOS will allow Tansa to be adapted not just for today’s technologies but more importantly, for future solutions. Tansa invested the equivalent of 15 man-years into this project and we could not be more excited with the results.
If a new server, user interface and an extensive new language database weren’t enough, Tansa expanded its reach across the desktop and into the web last year. While our Firefox plug-ins had been available for several years, 2010 marked the year of the “browser” for us. The number of websites incorporating Tansa into their web endeavours reached new heights and furthered our development efforts to offer Tansa not only in Firefox but Internet Explorer as well, with more browsers to be supported in the near future.
Moving Tansa from traditional desktop applications to the browser was a logical and natural evolution of the system. With an increasing number of our customers publishing to the web first, it was only a matter of time before web browsers would become a preferred front-end for generating content. The web browser plug-ins offer our customers greater flexibility to use Tansa within their own content management systems but also to use Tansa in any number of web-based text editors.
Edda Media (comprised of over 30 newspapers across Norway) is a long-standing Tansa customer that has benefited greatly from our Firefox plug-ins, which they use within their Atex Polopoly Web CMS.
Partnering with such solution providers has always been a key ingredient to Tansa’s success. We are proud of the partnerships we have forged across industries and believe such relationships ensure that our solutions work harmoniously in any number of editing environments. That said, we were pleased to announce several new partnerships last year, like those with WoodWing and Eidos Media, which furthered Tansa’s functionality across Adobe’s InDesign and InCopy based solutions as well as proprietary-based systems.
Just as the choice of products we offer has expanded, so has the list of publishers and companies incorporating Tansa into their proofing process. The Financial Times rolled Tansa out to its users in London as well as in satellite offices in Southeast Asia. Time Magazine, SI.com and Statoil went live with Tansa in 2010, just to name a few. The PostMedia Group (formerly CanWest) continued the rollout of Tansa across their group and will continue to do so in 2011. The E.W. Scripps Company, which had been using Tansa at several of its publications expanded their investment and will be making our text proofing system available to all of its newspapers. The New York Times and The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) signed on late in the year and we are looking forward to their rollout of Tansa in the coming months.
We are thrilled with the success of Tansa 4 and the list of companies, big and small, that joined the Tansa family in 2010. But it’s what is yet to come in 2011 that we are most excited about. Keep an eye on our blog, or sign up for our e-newsletter to stay on top of what’s new at Tansa.
Many thanks for your interest and best wishes for the New Year.