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Tour of Ohio & Pennsylvania provides adrenaline rush
Tour of Ohio & Pennsylvania provides adrenaline rush
I’ve spent the past couple of days with Alys Mitten, executive director of Mid Atlantic Community Papers Association, driving through Ohio and Pennsylvania. It’s one of those trips where regional training events are held on college campuses for area newspaper staffs. It’s a longer trip than usual, with a couple of days scheduled just for traveling. I normally don’t do these long trips any more, but Alyse booked me three years ago for this adventure and I wasn’t about to let her down.

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New York non-daily and South Carolina daily not so different after all
New York non-daily and South Carolina daily not so different after all
Talk about different situations. Last week, I spent two days in the city that never sleeps, visiting with a staff that produces large weeklies, shoppers and more. This week, I’m in South Carolina, working with the staff of a small daily paper for two days. You’d think the situations couldn’t be more different. But you'd be wrong.

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Two States. Two Regions. Two Types of Papers. Same Philosophy
Two States. Two Regions. Two Types of Papers. Same Philosophy
Between conventions in Des Moines and Louisiana, I found a few days in late April to visit two newspapers that, at first glance, seem to have little in common. One is a daily. The other, a non-daily. One is in the Midwest, the other in Texas. However, I found a trait that binds these papers together.

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MultiAd could make waves in the design world with Creator Express
MultiAd could make waves in the design world with Creator Express
What if Adobe made a surprise announcement that it had taken InDesign, removed a few of the features that are rarely used by most designers, and released a new version called InDesign Express? And what if the new version sold for $30?

Stop cheering. Get off that table. It hasn’t happened. And I don’t expect it will.

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Make Grids script is a real timesaver in InDesign
Make Grids script is a real timesaver in InDesign
When a newspaper or group contacts me to ask about training, they usually have something specific in mind. The client might be a publication moving to the InCopy/InDesign workflow. Quite often, there’s a problem with print quality. No matter what the reason for my visit, it’s almost a certainty that I will be asked to give some advanced InDesign training while on site.

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Slimp: Acrobat X Still King of PDF Tools
Slimp: Acrobat X Still King of PDF Tools
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a software product in this column. With the newest rendition of Adobe Acrobat, Acrobat X, on the market, it seems a shame not to let you know about this application that has taken such a hold on our industry.

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Fixing Workflow Issues Results in Bigger Profits
Fixing Workflow Issues Results in Bigger Profits
I remember visiting a newspaper several years ago that had multiple workflow issues. This was a weekly newspaper, mind you. I’ll never forget walking into the “scanning room” to meet the full-time scanning person. As I jotted down some notes in my notebook, she asked, “What are you writing?”

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Response to Column Surprises Even Me
Response to Column Surprises Even Me
Wow! The column I wrote two months ago concerning the future of print really struck a chord. Publishers, editors, writers and others throughout the industry have been writing to tell me how they’ve used the column to inspire their staffs to improve the quality of their print products.

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Slimp Answers Readers Questions About Hardware & Software
Slimp Answers Readers Questions About Hardware & Software
Take a peak at the latest questions and answers that end up in Kevin's mailbox. There questioins related to PDF, hardware, InDesign and other sticky wickets.
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Slimp Takes Publishers to Task
Slimp Takes Publishers to Task

I released this column to my regular readers four days ago. I can't believe the response since then. Newspapers and groups all over the map have been writing to tell me it's changed they way they see their future. Hopefully, it will be helpful to you.

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Updating Equipment is One Key to Profitability
Updating Equipment is One Key to Profitability
When I was younger, I owned a graphic design business. It started out small, but grew to a few employees and bigger clients as the years went on.

As much as we enjoyed our work, like most businesses, making a profit was a priority. One of the lessons I learned pretty quickly was that the faster our computers, the more money we could make. Our output could double or triple with an investment in new computers and software.

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Kevin does it again: <p>Derogatory comment about industry leads tech guru to prove his point
Kevin does it again:

Derogatory comment about industry leads tech guru to prove his point

OK. You might want to put this column down without reading it. At the very least, close your door so no one hears the venting. It might be safest just to turn the page now.

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Adobe hits a home run with InDesign CS5
Adobe hits a home run with InDesign CS5
Now that the iPad hysteria has settled down, it’s been replaced by a new onslaught of questions concerning Adobe’s latest rendition of Creative Suite, CS5. “Should I upgrade?” has been the query of choice in my email over the past few weeks and now we lay aside our anxiety and take a look at the application of most interest to newspapers, InDesign CS5.

Let’s not waste time. For those of you in too much of a hurry to finish this column, the answer is ....

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Kevin Answers Readers Questions About Cameras, InDesign and Problem PDFs
Kevin Answers Readers Questions About Cameras, InDesign and Problem PDFs
Kevin receives questions from readers several times a day. Read what he has to say about some of their issues in today's column. Send your questions to kevin@kevinslimp.com.

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Which iPad Is Right for You?
Which iPad Is Right for You?
It didn’t take long. Less than an hour, to be exact. That’s how long it took before I received a post on Facebook asking how I liked my new iPad. That’s right, less than an hour after the first iPad was offered for sale at the Apple Store, I received the message, “How do you like your new iPad?”
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iPad: Is it the end of the world as we know it?
iPad: Is it the end of the world as we know it?
Keeping in mind that I wrote about the rumored tablet device by Apple three months ago, it was with some satisfaction that I listened to Steve Job’s announcement concerning the iPad on January 27.

As I visited with attendees at a newspaper conference in Minnesota, the interest in the new device was evident as one publisher after another approached me to get my opinion on its potential effect on the newspaper industry.

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Ontario Papers Share Success While Upgrading Technology
Ontario Papers Share Success While Upgrading Technology
I spent a good bit of my afternoon thinking about the current state of newspapers. In a discussion with a trusted friend and colleague, I once again was challenged to rethink the traditional role newspapers have played and consider a world where most of what we read is provided online by other sources.

Then I remembered a group of newspapers based in the small town of Prescott, Ontario. With a decrease in the number of industry-related conferences, I’ve found myself visiting more places like Prescott of late.

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Is Apple ready to change the way we read newspapers?
Is Apple ready to change the way we read newspapers?
Jeremy Horwitch, editor-in-chief at iLounge.com, thinks it’s a done deal. Brian Lam of Gizmodo.com says he has sources from major newspapers and book publishers who have told him they’ve been in conversation with Apple about the new device.

Daniel Lyons, in the October 15 issue of Newsweek, seems to think the new apparatus might warrant all the speculation, even though it’s yet to be released.

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Adobe Soundbooth: Professional quality audio
Adobe Soundbooth: Professional quality audio
At heart, I’m a print guy. Sure, I get invited to speak and write on online topics quite a bit, but it’s the written word that I love ... written on paper. However, I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck and I know the importance of having a Web site that doesn’t feel as if it was designed by a seventh grader.

Newspapers usually sense the importance of videos, animated ads and headlines on their sites. But they often overlook an important aspect: audio.

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The future of newspapers? Things are starting to get clearer
The future of newspapers? Things are starting to get clearer
I’m seeing good things of late. People are starting to come out to conventions and training sessions again. Newspapers tell me they’re starting to refill positions that were cut last year. There’s an air of confidence in the industry, be it ever so slight, that gives me sincere hope for our future.

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Fun Videos for Your Newspaper in Education Page
Fun Videos for Your Newspaper in Education Page
I ran into Paul Niemann at a newspaper conference in Missouri a few months ago. It seems that Paul has made a living writing a series called “Red, White & True Mysteries” for newspapers in the Midwest region of the United States since 2003.

Primarily used in N.I.E. (Newspapers in Education) programs, these mysteries are based on famous Americans. The idea is that children can read the information about a famous historical figure, then try to guess who it is.

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Looking for recipes and more for your newspaper website? Check this out.
Looking for recipes and more for your newspaper website? Check this out.
For those unfamiliar with Family Features, they provide free editorial content spanning a variety of themes. Materials are developed in conjunction with nationally recognized sponsors and can be used as provided or customized to meet your needs. Basically, they provide stories and other material related to food, lifestyle, gardening and other topics.

While this material might not be for every newspaper, a lot of papers of every size are using Family Features on their websites.

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Readers fill mailbox with questions about Acrobat, InDesign, OSX and Cameras
Readers fill mailbox with questions about Acrobat, InDesign, OSX and Cameras
My inbox has been especially full lately. That makes it harder to answer every question personally, but I try to answer as many questions as I can. Let me share a few I’ve received over the past few weeks:

From Mark in Pennsylvania:

Kevin,

We have a PDF, created by InDesign and cropped in Acrobat...

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Soundslides: The Best Way to Create an Audio Slideshow for Websites
Soundslides: The Best Way to Create an Audio Slideshow for Websites

Two years ago, we started offering Soundslides classes at the Institute of Newspaper Technology and they were a big hit. Everyone seemed surprised at how easy it was to create an audio slideshow for a newspaper Web site. So now, almost two years later, it seems like a good time to kick the tires and take the latest version of Soundslides for a ride around the block.

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Video formats confusing to this newspaper designer
Video formats confusing to this newspaper designer
Charles, a newspaper designer from Kentucky, just sent a question via Facebook asking how to convert files from his Sony camcorder to a format he could use in Adobe Premier CS3, an application used to edit videos on both Macs and PCs. It was a good time for Charles to ask that question because I recently faced a similar challenge after purchasing a Hitachi high definition (HD) Blu-ray camcorder.
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