Post-Gazette using SCS applications
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has opted to use applications from Software Consulting Services in their ad handling. The paper will use Layout-8000 for ad dummying and SCS/ClassPag for classified pagination. These SCS applications will interface with the Lineup advertising system (retail and classified) and provide the middleware and the production back-ends to this advertising system, according to a news release from Pennsylvania-based SCS.
The paper reaches a combined audience of over one million readers a week.
The predecessor of Layout-8000, Layout-80 (developed at the ANPA/RI) was installed at the Post-Gazette in 1980. “We wrote an ad order entry and scheduling system for them in just under 4 weeks because they did not have one,” said Richard Cichelli, research director at ANPA at the time and a SCS owner.
Layout-80 was built and installed on a PDP 11/70 running the RSTS operating system.
Cichelli designed Layout-80 and John McGrath and Kevin Wiener wrote the 28,000 lines of code that implemented it. Layout-80 soon became the first widely used automated newspaper dummying system. Layout-8000 will be deployed on Intel NUCs under Linux. There are now over three million lines of code in Layout-8000, reflecting 37 years of continuous improvements.