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The versatile software developed by Anygraaf's personnel has altogether over 200 customers in Finland: newspapers varying from small local papers to newspapers with more than one hundred editors, printing offices, news agencies, image agencies and book publishers.

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Anygraaf views clients not as customers, but as partners. We define our success as the sum of our customers’. That’s why we take the time to listen to our customers and work with them to develop the tools they need to effectively meet their needs. We don’t build what we think is the best solution, we build what our customers tell us is the best solution to do their work.

Experience in system development

The team responsible for the development of Anygraaf products offers more than 20 years of experience producing solutions for the publishing industries. Today, more than 15,000 users of Anygraaf’s content and financial management systems are at work meeting their organizations’ publishing needs throughout Europe and North America.

From the front lines to the home front 1939-1945: War time photos digitized and available for all – The service is provided by Anygraaf Oy

The Finnish Defence Forces Photos (Puolustusvoimien Kuvakeskus) publishes 170 000 war time photos on the internet. The ‘From the front lines to the home front 1939–1945’ collection is available online at The Finnish Defence Forces is now offering the photos to the general public. The service opens on Thursday 25 April 2013 just before the national Veterans Day to honor the heritage of our veterans. – The service is realized by Finnish software company Anygraaf Oy.

The archive photos are mainly from military photographers in PR units who worked under the army HQ. The experts of the history of Finnish photography consider the cultural historical value of the digitized army photos to be unique.

The collection includes photos from the army, navy and air force and the home front. The photos tell the stories of daily chores and the members of the women's voluntary defense corps (Lotta). Some photos show the brutality of war and may shock some viewers.

The photos may be freely published and used. Users can make searches by date or text or print the photos up to A3 size. When publishing the photos an ‘SA-kuva’ note must be added. The photos are mainly from the Winter War and Continuation War and the Lapland War.

It took three and a half years to digitize the negatives of the The Finnish Defence Forces Photos and took ten person-years of work. It is possible to further complement and comment on the information on the photos and the comments on the photos. The Finnish Defence Forces will include corroborated information into the archive. service is published on the eve of the national Veterans Day to support its theme ’Brothers will not be left behind, the youth will not be forgotten’. With the service the Finnish Defence Forces wants to honor the heritage of our war veterans and transfer it to the next generations.

The service is available at:

Anygraaf’s system solutions as the service providers service uses Anygraaf’s photo and media bank solution combined with a flexible online service. Before the photos were made available to the general public they were processed at Anygraaf with an automatic photo processing system that has within authorized limits made corrections to the brightness, contrast and depth of field. The makers did not want to alter the authenticity of the photos – by e.g. removing scratches or fixing destroyed parts. The text analysis has taken advantage of our partner Lingsoft’s Finnish language tools.

The extensive quantity of the photos is exemplified by the fact that if a person viewed each of the 170 000 photos for about three seconds it would take three and a half working weeks to go through the photos – without taking breaks.

’This project means more to Anygraaf than overcoming technical challenges. As a company that works in close cooperation with Finnish media companies we know what a valuable piece of cultural heritage we have in our hands and we wanted to contribute without sparing expenses to realize this service in the best possible manner’, says Anygraaf CEO Hannu Inberg.

’The service has been designed to be clear and easy to use. We see possibilities to improve the accessibility and usability of the material with e.g. the social media and to make it easy for the youth to get to know it through new publishing channels.’

Further information:

Commander Pasi Leskinen, tel. +358 299 800, pasi.leskinen [at], The Finnish Defence Forces Photos

CEO Hannu Inberg, tel. +358 400 801 083, hannu.inberg [at], Anygraaf Oy

The Finnish Defence Forces Photos (Puolustusvoimien Kuvakeskus) photographs the activities, equipment and staff of the The Finnish Defence Forces, produces photos and maintains a photo and video archive, including the war-time photos taken by military photographers.

Anygraaf Oy is a Finnish software company with strong experience in media content design and management systems and in the needs of advertisement and subscriber management. The software is designed and realized while taking into account the requirements of multi-channel activities and a range of distribution channels. Product development, sales and support provide employment to some 80 persons in Europe of whom nearly half in Finland. Anygraaf Oy is entirely owned by staff. All development work is conducted in Finland. Anygraaf develops systems in close cooperation with customers.

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