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Octopus 8.1 newsroom computer system now deliverable

Octopus Newsroom will debut version 8.1 of newsroom computer system to the American broadcast market at 2018 NAB Show. The company will be represented by Gene Sudduth, national sales director for North America, Gianluca Bertuzzi, sales manager for Latin America and management teams from Europe and Asia.The Octopus version 8.1 is now available to all new customers and as a free upgrade to existing customers with an active support contract, Standard or Premium.

Among new features designed to increase newsroom efficiency are enhanced assignment sorting and grouping, advanced clip and rundown management, rules-based archiving of social media content, live on-air insertion of social media posts and fast conform of rundown timing after a rehearsal. It also has fast story editing, fast clip insertion/replacement and custom shortcuts allowing new slugs in a rundown to be created faster than ever.

Version 8.1 also introduces drag-and-drop of emails to Topic from the most often used desktop email clients. Main menu items can now be colour-coded on a freely customizable basis and repeatable assignments are now supported. In addition, the Journalist app can now record audio clips for easy attachment to the relevant story.

Social media integration is enhanced with the ability to handle Facebook comments. Twitter posting now allows 280 characters instead of the former limit of 140 characters, and video can now be posted direct from Octopus to Twitter as well. Among other new operational features are detachable notification widgets, the ability to display all named rundowns in the main menu, a default custom print form per menu item and the addition of user rights for MOS devices.

“These are just a sample of the many new facilities introduced during this upgrade,” added Sudduth. “We will also be promoting the successful use of Octopus for sports broadcasting as well as mainstream news reporting and presentation. Sports broadcasting generally follow a more spontaneous style than the tightly scripted approach used in most news productions. Our system is successfully used in both roles.”

Compatible with Octopus 8.1, Octopus 8 and the most recent versions of Octopus 7, the Octopus Mobile app offers journalists full news production capabilities on tablets and mobile phones running Apple iOS or Google Android. Reporters and editors working remotely gain instant access to all wires, rundowns and assignments. They can also edit stories within a rundown, preview prompter text as well as create wires and reports in the field.

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