During the definition of a printed product in an MIS system, a lot of attention is paid to the production process. Considerably less attention is paid to the content management of the products since this does not have an immediate impact on the production costs (assuming that the number of inks or plates is known in advance). Special care must be taken when considering versioned products. With versioned products we here mean different products that have a number of pages or page layers in common. Typical examples are comic books that have to be printed in different languages. In this case, the color plates can be shared over the different versions and the black plate will be different. Other examples are nation-wide magazines or newspapers that have an area with regional pages or advertising leaflets in different languages or currencies.
In this paper, we will present a way to manage different versions of a printed product. First, we will introduce a data model for version management. Next, we will show how the content of the different versions can be supplied by the customer and how the different versions can be derived. In the second part of the paper, we will show how the data model can be integrated in the workflow. Then we indicate how the supplied information can be used to determine an optimal process plan that shows the number of plates to be generated and the press plans indicating plate changes and press runs.