Each year, I release a list of hardware and software recommendations for newspapers. With newspapers spending less this year, I’ve trimmed this list to items which tend to be of most interest. So get your scissors and tape ready. Here’s my 2009 list of recommended hardware and software for newspapers.
One of the questions I get asked the most when I’m speaking to groups of publishers is, “How can I make money on my newspaper Web site without spending a fortune?”
I’m going to tell you how. Get a pen. I’ll wait.
As convention season approaches, I tend to do a lot of research to prepare new information. Two weeks ago, in Indianapolis, I addressed the publishers of the state on my latest topic titled, “Online Journalism II: The Sequel.”
Man, I hate having to spend my own money on computer stuff. I get used to receiving software, utilities and other gizmos from companies all the time to review. It can get addictive. Then something breaks or gets old and I have to come back down to reality.
Gary Rudy, IFPA director, sent a panicked e-mail a couple of weeks ago. Seems the camera card that contained all of the photos from the IFPA national convention bit the dust.
After sending the card to an outfit that specializes in getting data from corrupted drives, he learned that the cost for this service was a mere $700. He e-mailed to ask if there was a less expensive way to retrieve the photos.
Excuse me, but I have to sit down. It’s time to let you know about a few of the new features in Adobe Creative Suite 4. And after taking a fresh look at these applications, I need to catch my breath because some of the features are incredible. No, make that unimaginable. No, let’s stick with incredible. Wow.
Just like everyone else’s, my inbox needs to be emptied on a regular basis. Here are some of the questions I’ve received from readers in the past few weeks.
Milestone Release Radically Improves Creative Workflow Efficiency; Redefines Collaboration Between Designers and Developers
I can’t remember a time when so many exciting upgrades and products were released at once.
After speaking to a room filled with newspaper owners and publishers at the National Newspaper Association convention this week, I was a little overwhelmed by the number of folks ready to make wholesale changes and upgrades in their operations.
OK. Stop what you’re doing.
Seriously, stop. What I am about to tell you is worth a few minutes of your time.
I get software upgrades constantly. Designers and paginators salivate when they come by my office and see all the software on my desk. Right now there is a glut of products from Adobe, Extensis, Subrosa, Quark and a few others lying there. Sometimes I have to force myself to look at another upgrade. But that’s what I do. And I don’t take this duty lightly. So, against all natural tendencies, I keep inserting those disks and installing those new versions. And a day like today makes it all worth it.
Quark 8 or Acroabat? I’ve been in a dilemma about which application to review. I’ve had boxes sitting on my desk that contain the just released versions of both applications for the past week. When I woke up this morning, I was sure I’d be writing a review of Acrobat Professional 9. But I just can’t help but feel there’s something calling me to try out Quark’s latest offering. OK, QuarkXPress 8 (QX8) it is.
It always surprises me when I visit a newspaper and see one of my columns posted on a bulletin board. I hear it all the time. “I’ve been trying to get the publisher to buy (fill in the blank) for years, but couldn’t get him (or her) to budge. Then I showed them your column and, voila, they ordered it for everyone in the building!”
Been wishing you could open those PDF files directly into InDesign? Notice I said "open," not "place." A big difference. Your dream might have come true. Learn what Kevin thinks about PDF2ID.
Help! My desk used to be under this pile of software somewhere. I keep stacking software boxes on my desk as they arrive from vendors and putting them off any longer is not an option.
There seems to be a recurring theme in my e-mail lately. Problems related to outdated and just released applications seem to abound. Fortunately, my e-mail includes enough variety to keep things interesting. Let me share a few of the calls for help I have received over the past few weeks.
The Kindle e-book reader from Amazon could have a huge impact on the newspaper business. Read what Kevin has to say about his two months using this device.
I asked a couple of buddies - one at a large metro paper, the other at a mid-size daily - what camcorder they were sending with their reporters these days. I got the same answer from both, which led me to shell out a few dollars (yes, out of my own pocket!) for a Flip Ultra.
I hope newspapers never forget the value of their associations. Instead of spending $650 to attend a class that’s not even structured with newspapers in mind, association members find training through various regional and national associations for less than they’d spend taking the family to the movies (with some popcorn and drinks).
Are you sitting? Don’t read any further unless you’re sitting. The news I’m about to share requires that you be in a seated position before reading any further.
If you’ve been paying close attention, you’ve probably heard me mention InDesign’s companion application, InCopy. Paginators know InDesign as one of the tools of choice for creating newspaper pages. For others, like editors and reporters, InDesign can be overkill. This is where InCopy comes in.
GIMP and Photoshop CS3 offer different angles on editing photos. While not as powerful as Photoshop, GIMP includes many functions used by newspapers. Users of Photoshop, however, won't want to miss the free download of Photoshop CS3.