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QuickWire Network Diagram
QuickWire is the client software that links users on their desktop computers
to the wire service database. It supplies users the tools to instantly search the
database for the exact story they require. Using either the Mac-based, Windows-based
or the Web Browser-based QuickWire client software, users can search for and retrieve any of the thousands
of wire stories in the wire database in milliseconds.
For editors and reporters who regularly
search for the same types of stories, there is a query management utility that allows
them to build search profiles and save them in a user-defined location. These query
lists are then instantly to the user
from any location or platform used. Global query profiles
can also be constructed for the use of all users. These global queries are loaded
by every workstation at startup along with the personal list and are available at
the click of a mouse button.
Since the QuickWire database uses Internet Search Engine technology, all of
the search and query functions of QuickWire are extremely fast giving editors and
reporters almost instant access to any wire story. QuickWire allows users to view
the wire database in a variety of ways. The simplest view is the short view wire
window that lists all of the stories in the database in a spreadsheet view with
the latest wire story arrival at the top of the screen.
The click of a single key changes this view to a long view that will
list a user-defined number of lines of the wire story in the same spreadsheet view.
Users can then either search this view for the particular story they need or open
the story in QuickWire's own editor and skip through stories from the editor window. If the user is
browsing photos only they can switch to a thumbnail view. The user can dynamically
resize the thumbnails to any size desired.
When a user finds the desired story in the database and marks it or takes
a copy of it, QuickWire remembers and keeps a record of all copies, who made them
and when. This audit trail is available to all users to determine if a story has
already been assigned to a page or not.
Users can also export the files to disk in a variety of formats, they can tell the
QuickWire Server to export them, they can send the file directly the MS Word, Email,
Quark XPress, Quark CopyDesk, Adobe InDesign or InCopy.
The latest addition to the QuickWire suite is the Web Client. The Web Client
allows access to the same database as the regular client via a web browser.
Users can use and save their own query sets, view text & photos in long, short
and thumbnail views as well as check content in and out of the system. Users can
batch download content or run it through a server-side export routine. There is
also a Mobile Mode allowing mobile device users to access the content in a convenient
Every newspaper, radio or magazine newsroom is unique in the way work
flows from reporters and editors into the final product. No two newsrooms do these
things the same way and QuickWire was designed to accommodate this flexibility.
QuickWire was designed and created in a newspaper newsroom and is simple to customize
and configure for your newsroom no matter how you have evolved your work flow.
WireSet is a utility program in the QuickWire suite that lets network
managers configure their site installation just the way they want it so it enhances
current work flow patterns and makes QuickWire a comfortable fit the first time
it is run. WireSet is used to configure the GetWire service and make it perform its magic the way you want it done. It's a powerful system management tool that
lets every QuickWire site make its own decisions on the look and feel of our software.
You control what QuickWire does for your newsroom, not the other way around. Also
included in the QuickWire suite is a monitor program called WireMonitor that opens
a window on all the action taking place in GetWire. Since GetWire runs as a service
under Microsoft Windows NT it does not interact with the server desktop.
We have therefore created WireMonitor, both Mac and Windows versions,
that keep an eye on the activity of GetWire. Network administrators can use WireMonitor
to run purges, rebuild the QuckWire database and do many other important housekeeping
Through the use of our WireMonitor application (Windows
and Mac), the Administrator can remotely (in real time) view the GetWire port statuses
and system log. The data streams themselves can also be monitored, captured and
inspected! Commands can be sent to the GetWire server allowing full remote Administrative
access. Access can be Secured only to Administrators or remote commands can be disabled
for "Monitor Only" users.
The GetWire component of QuickWire’s software suite is the hard-working
front end that captures all the data for the QuickWire database, manipulates the
files, translates file content and indexes every word of every story before sending
them to the database.
Configuration of the GetWire program is done using the WireSet software package.
By using WireSet the system administrator can control every minute aspect of GetWire’s
GetWire is a 32-bit program that runs only under Windows NT Workstation or Windows
NT Server version 3.51 or greater.
GetWire can monitor up to 256 logical data streams configured either
as wire feeds, network feeds or modem feeds at a variety of speeds with full character
and string translation capability on each I/O port. This translation capability
lets GetWire tag all incoming stories with site-definable style tags for most composition
systems new or old. It can also strip out the fixed spacing in sports agate and
stock listing files and replace them with proper tabs and style tags for easy layout and pagination of sports scores and stocks.
If you have remote bureaus or stringers who file to your newsroom via
laptop computer and modem, GetWire can be configured to accept modem feeds and place
the stories in the wire database. If you use Apple Remote Access to receive copy
from remote locations, GetWire can monitor the network input directory and take
a copy of any stories dropped there for inclusion in the wire database.
GetWire not only captures incoming wire and remote files, but it can
send files out to remote systems as well. This traffic management feature can make
GetWire and QuickWire a pivotal piece of equipment in bridging an older proprietary
editorial system to the new desktop publishing world. GetWire will capture, index,
translate and store files from most aging editorial systems and pass back translated
files from the desktop no matter what their origin. GetWire indexes every word of
every story for instantaneous word searching by the user.
There are seven basic kinds of ports that GetWire can monitor in its
job of sending and receiving text files. Those ports are:
- Regular (RS-232) port usually addressed through
a specified IRQ and base address. These are the most common type of ports monitored
by GetWire and are usually addressed through a multi-port expansion card or the
standard COM port on the host PC. ALL serial ports are accessed through NT COMn
devices that can be intelligent or non-intelligent serial adapters.
- Modem ports also known as user dial-in ports are
configured to receive files from or send files to a remote site. This port can be
set up to take in story files from reporters away on assignment or to send stories
back to a news provider (AP, CP, etc.)
- Folder Input ports . GetWire can be configured to
monitor a "hot" folder anywhere on you local area network. Any files copied to or
dropped in this Network drop folder will be processed in the same way a file would
be from any other source. The file will be run through the translation process,
indexed and put into the QuickWire database.
- QNN ports are used to either send files to or receive
files from another QuickWire site reachable through your wide area network.
- GetWire will also poll an E-Mail ID to receive and
send out e-mail.
- Backup. A GetWire port can be configured as a Backup
port that sends and receives files from a backup server properly configured with
- FTP Port
. GetWire can poll data from any FTP server. It can scan through - read only
- sub-directories and execute scripts on completion of downloaded files for enhanced
- TCP/IP Port. GetWire can connect to (or be connect to)
any direct TCP/IP stream.
The QuickWire LoginService handles all Client sessions as well as the
story database (currently using embedded AltaVista technology). This allows
the User to search instantly on any Field, Word or Phrase. Since the LoginService
uses TCP/IP for the Client/Server protocol, users can access the database from anywhere
very efficiently. All query notifications (Watches) and document revisions
are handled by the LoginService. All user transactions can also be sent to
a backup server allowing the backup to be a fully independent and identical database.
QuickWire Technical Support
Customers can purchase an annual software support plan. For an annual fee users receive direct telephone technical support plus free upgrades to all new QuickWire versions.