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Developer(s) censhare AG
Stable release censhare 4.9 / March 2014
Operating system cross-platform
Type Editorial System, Web Content Management System
License Proprietary
Website www.censhare.com

censhare is a commercial Information and Publishing System in the form of an Enterprise Content Management System (ECMS) by the German software manufacturer censhare AG. It integrates all of the entered media information in a single system, organizes content and automates the respective processes.[1] The censhare Publishing System is an Editorial System as well as a Web Content Management System.[1] It can be used for cross-media publishing of content in different media such as Multi Format Publishing, Cross-Media Publishing and Multi Channel Publishing.[1] The system is used in media houses and other companies and institutions for the generation and output of content in conventional, standard communication media, as well as for corporate communication, marketing, brand management, multichannel marketing, the processing of sales publications and for collaboration. On a technical level the content, templates, layouts, structures and user accounts are stored and managed separately in a central graph database.

The censhare system is regarded as a "Global Publishing“ product and ranks among the eight leading publishing systems worldwide.[2][3]


Development, manufacturer[edit]

The development of the system started in 2001 and was launched on the market in 2002 as CoWare Server. Since version 2.0 the system has been sold under the censhare name. In 2008 the production company CoWare AG was renamed as censhare AG.[2] The company censhare AG has its headquarters in Munich, and maintains a branch in Freiburg, Germany. Additional sales companies are located in the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, as well as in India and Latin America.

The system consists of individual modules and tools and is offered in different configurations all the way through to an "all-in-one" solution for communication and publishing. Main versions are usually issued every other year, minor versions are issued regularly three times a year, while updates are provided according to requirements.

In addition to the further development of products, censhare AG participates as official partner in the Adobe InDesign IDML development (InDesign Markup Language) of Adobe Systems.[4]

History of versions[edit]


The censhare system is a commercial system and is for sale as a solution configured according to requirements and provides the required licensesaccordingly. In addition, since May 2009, various communication products are available like censhare SaaS according to the SaaS model at monthly rental prices, whereby the terms range from 12 to 48 months.[5]


The censhare system is currently (2011) used by more than 100 national and international companies and institutions. Customers include media companies such as book publishing companies, corporate publishers, specialist publishers, magazine and newspaper publishing companies as well as financial services providers, agencies, media services providers, public administrations and companies active in the industrial and commercial sectors. The system is currently used by the following corporations, for example:[6]


  • EDP Digital Press Award 2009, Software category[7]


  • Sabrina Saturna, Stefan Krüger (editors); Svenja Hagenhoff, Ehrhardt F. Heinold (Hrsg.): Marktstudie zu Crossmedialen Redaktionssystemen. Heinold, Spiller & Partner, Hamburg 2009, S. 46–47 (German; online at University Göttingen).
  • Erik Vlietinck: Publishing Systems Functionality Matrix & Completeness of Vision Diagram. Annotations & Observations. Appeared in the online specialist magazine IT Enquirer Reports, 2009.
Trade and specialist articles
  • Redaktionssysteme. In: PrePress – World of Print, issue 10/2011, ISSN 1868-9779, S. 30–33 (German; digital copy, PDF file, 412 KB).
  • Censhare: Distribuzione e pubblicazione dei contenuti senza intermediari. In: Italia grafica, issue April 2011, S. 39 (Italian; digital copy, PDF file, 112 KB).
  • Luca Leonardi: Speciale: Gestione Contenuti. In: Italia grafica, issue February 2011, S. 26–41 (Italian; digital copy, PDF file, 937 KB).
  • Intelligente Workflows. Zukunftstechnik heute nutzen: mit censhare 4. In: Facts – cpwissen, publish to go, January 2011 (German).
  • Petra Ebeling: Censhare 4.0 mit neuer Struktur. Neues Konzept für Publishing, Kommunikation und Kollaboration. In: Deutscher Drucker, issue Nr. 30, 2010, ISSN 0012-1096 (German; online at print.de).
  • Berichten wie die Publisher. Versicherer Debeka setzt auf censhare für Geschäftsberichte. In: CP Monitor, issue  3/10, ISSN 1868-4661, S. 46–47 (German; Digitalisat, PDF file, 171 KB).
  • censhare für kooperatives Publizieren. In: CP Monitor, issue 2/10, ISSN 1868-4661, S. 7–9 (German; Digitalisat, PDF file, 321 KB).
  • Driving Dyson’s brand assets. In: brand management, issue Summer 2009, S. 54–56 (Digital copy, PDF file, 147 KB).
  • Eva-Susanne Krah: Corporate Publishing im Vertrieb. Produktivität gesteigert, Kosten reduziert. In: Sales-Business, issue June 2009, S. 46–47 (German; digital copy, PDF file, 181 KB).
  • Natmags’ workflow and DAM grail. In: Print Media Mag, issue June 2009, S. 38–40.

External links[edit]

Individual references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sabrina Saturna, Stefan Krüger (editors); Svenja Hagenhoff, Ehrhardt F. Heinold (Hrsg.): Marktstudie zu Crossmedialen Redaktionssystemen. Heinold, Spiller & Partner, Hamburg 2009, S. 46–47 (German; online at University Göttingen).
  2. ^ a b Daniel Schürmann: [German; http://www.beyond-print.de/2008/08/26/AusCoWareAGwirdcenshareAG/ Aus CoWare AG wird censhare AG. „Global Publishing“-Firma mit neuem Namen]. At: Beyond-Print featured on August 26 , 2008; accessed on January 31,  2013.
  3. ^ Functionality Grid and Diagram helps publishers & corporations find the right publishing system. At: PRLOG.org featured on March 19,  2013; accessed on January 31,  2013.
  4. ^ InDesign CS5.5 / Automation → IDML-Partners → censhare. At: Company website of Adobe Systems; accessed at January 31,  2013.
  5. ^ „censhare as a service“ sorgt für kalkulierbare Kosten in Verlagshäusern, Corporate Communications-Abteilungen und Handelsunternehmen. Auf: PrePress – World of Print, www.worldofprint.de, 26. Mai 2009; abgerufen am 1. Dezember 2011.
  6. ^ [1]. At: Company website of censhare AG; accessed on January 31,  2013.
  7. ^ (msp): Die EDP-Digitaldruck-Awards 2009. In: Publisher, issue 2-09; accessed on January 31,  2013.