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Kevin Slimp is a favorite speaker and trainer in the publishing world. He can be reached at kevin@kevinslimp.com.

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Hmm: Adobe Cloud. Should I or shouldn’t I?

Hmm: Adobe Cloud. Should I or shouldn’t I?
I know it’s confusing. But I don’t get a dime from Adobe, so I have no reason to mislead you.

Here’s my official advice. Take it for what it’s worth.

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PDFs, Lines & Problems: Answering Readers' Questions

PDFs, Lines & Problems: Answering Readers' Questions
Readers have been asking what I think about The Times-Picayune adding two print delivery days - that’s back up to five days a week delivery - plus returning to a full broadsheet page. Our industry must be in a free-fall. Or is it?

My dilemma doesn’t revolve around those things, however. I promised to pen a question/answer column this month and I keep my promises.

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Remote office becomes reality for Wisconsin pubs

Remote office becomes reality for Wisconsin pubs
Like many newspapers, Delta’s publications go through the hands of multiple editors and designers before they go to press. And like in many production offices, fonts were an issue. Even though each of the computers seemingly had the same fonts on each computer, InDesign would pop up the dreaded “Font not loaded” message on a regular basis when a file created on one computer was opened on another.

The second challenge was a bit more interesting. Mike mentioned that producing their publications would be much more efficient if he, along with others who sometimes worked away from the office, could connect to the office network from remote locations. He went a little further than that. Not only did they want to connect to their servers, they wanted to be able to work from home or wherever exactly the same way they did back at the office.

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A Look at Collegiate Newspapers & Programs

A Look at Collegiate Newspapers & Programs

I asked my new friend, Kevin Schwartz to coauthor a column about the trend of college newspapers toward reducing print days or moving away from print to digital. Kevin is going to hate that I told you this, but College Media Matters recently referred to Kevin as “Dean of the College Media Business.” He knows his stuff.

You can read for yourself what Kevin, who was general manager of The Daily Tar Heel student newspaper at the University of North Carolina for 20 years, thinks about this trend.

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Convention attendances improves in 2014

Convention attendances improves in 2014
A colleague just walked into my office with a big grin on his face.

“At the risk of making your head grow any bigger, I thought I’d show this to you.”

He was holding a copy of The Oklahoma Publisher, the official publication of the Oklahoma Press Association.

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Critiquing 10 Free Papers With Ed Henninger

Critiquing 10 Free Papers With Ed Henninger
About a month ago, I received an email from a publisher on the East Coast who asked what I would charge to look over ten of his free papers and make suggestions to improve them.

At first I thought, “It sounds like an interesting project, but I just don’t have time.”

But lately, I’ve been trying to stretch myself and keep work interesting. It dawned on me that my friend Ed Henninger might be interested in working on this project with me. Sure enough, he was.

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Kevin Agrees With Upton Sinclair

Kevin Agrees With Upton Sinclair
Are we following bad advice from industry experts? If you have a vested financial interest in getting your newspaper brethren to believe that print is as good as dead, stop reading right now. You’re not going to like it. And I might even talk about you.

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What I learned from 6 small Nebraska papers

What I learned from 6 small Nebraska papers
The circulation of Cedar County News is 2,000. The circulation of the five smaller papers averages 900 each, with the smallest, The Coleridge Blade, reporting a circulation of 312. Total circulation for all six papers is 6,500.

Scenes for the movie “Nebraska” were filmed at the Osmond Republican.

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Advice For a New Publisher

Advice For a New Publisher
Kevin visits with new publisher to discuss improvements to his community paper.

I have a new friend on Facebook. I just “accepted” Roger’s friend request this morning. More about that later.

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People are talking bout COLOR

People are talking bout COLOR
Color.

It seems to be on the minds of newspaper publishers and production managers everywhere.

Without a doubt, the second most requested task I’ve been given by newspapers in recent months is to improve the quality of the color in their print products.

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Software Q & A

Software Q & A
People seem to have a lot of questions concerning layout software these days. I suppose it’s only natural with all the changes at Adobe and Quark. Let’s look in my in-box and see what’s on people’s minds this month.

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Tale of Two Newspapers

Tale of Two Newspapers
You know, most great discoveries in life and business seem to boil down to common sense. As I write this column, I’ve just returned from Nashville, where I met with a group of publishers from Middle and West Tennessee. Metros, small dailies and non-dailies were represented.

Two statistics struck me as very interesting as I prepared for this summit.

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