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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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Improving Ad Design to Increase Revenue

Mar 10, 2021 at 12:30 pm by INT

It’s obvious that everyone wants to increase revenue. I own a publishing company and I can attest that 2020 was a terrible year, in terms of revenue. Unless you live in.... Read More

Affinity Publisher Primed to Take Business from InDesign

Mar 09, 2021 at 12:30 pm by INT

It’s been a while since a column has drawn as much response as my November review of Affinity Publisher, the layout application that has so many designers, editors and p.... Read More

Kevin makes His 2021 New Year Predictions

Jan 07, 2021 at 04:19 pm by INT

As I write this column, vaccines are beginning to make their way to first responders, the New Year has begun, and maybe – just maybe – the world is seeing a light.... Read More

Affinity Publisher: Is it ready for prime time?

Nov 17, 2020 at 02:15 pm by INT

A few years back, I received an email from Nebraska publisher Rob Dump about a design application he’d read about named Affinity Publisher. He asked if I thought he migh.... Read More

Why are Some Newspapers Growing? Answers from publishers at growing papers

Nov 05, 2020 at 03:15 pm by INT

Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken (virtually) at five state and regional press association conventions. In all but one, my leadoff topic was “What’s Going.... Read More
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Kevin answers questions about colors, photo settings, paragraph styles and ligatures

Jul 06, 2020 at 12:15 pm by INT

So, what do professional speakers do during a pandemic? I can’t speak for all the speakers in the world, but among other things, I’ve been leading a lot of webinar.... Read More

Finding Ways to Generate Revenue

Jun 20, 2020 at 09:15 am by INT

It’s a crazy time for all of us. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Like many of you, I’ve been working out of my home office for six.... Read More

No Bull: What works and what doesn't

Mar 29, 2020 at 05:32 pm by staff

I will remember fall '19 as a season of research. I was involved in two major newspaper studies: one related to Millennials for North Dakota Newspaper Foundation and one to de.... Read More

Affinity Publisher and IDMarkz: One thumbs up, one thumb sideways

Feb 01, 2020 at 05:29 pm by staff

I spent my morning writing about mergers, buyouts, and bankruptcies. I don't know about you, but I'm ready to spend a few minutes on something more fun. For the past three or.... Read More

Looking Toward the Future: Groups taking steps to plan for the future

Sep 25, 2019 at 04:12 pm by staff

Like many of you reading this column, I've been in the newspaper business a long time. I began delivering daily papers for the Johnson City (Tennessee) Press-Chronicle when I.... Read More

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Hard Drives & Computers ... What I buy when it's my money.

Jan 16, 2009 at 02:16 pm by staff

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 addi.... Read More

Retrieving Data From Corrupt Drives is Possible with Data Rescue II

Dec 23, 2008 at 01:05 pm by staff

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..... Read More

InDesign CS4 Includes Incredible Features For Designers

Dec 04, 2008 at 04:43 pm by staff

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.... Read More

Question & Answer: Kevin Solves Problems For Readers

Nov 05, 2008 at 12:48 pm by staff

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: Kevin, We’ve b.... Read More

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now Shipping

Oct 15, 2008 at 08:18 am by staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oct. 15, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate availability of the Adobe® Creative Suite® 4 product family, the high.... Read More

New & Upgraded Products Plentiful in November

Oct 03, 2008 at 10:05 am by staff

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.... Read More

After all these years Acrobat still has a few tricks up its sleeve

Aug 29, 2008 at 02:40 pm by staff

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 s.... Read More

QuarkXPress 8 Release Full of Surprises for the Design Professional

Aug 01, 2008 at 03:06 pm by staff

Hmm. QuarkXPress 8 or Acrobat Professional 9? Quark or Acrobat? Acrobat or Quark? Oh, sorry. I’ve been in a dilemma about which application to review. I’ve had boxes si.... Read More

Kevin Announces List of "Must-Have" Items for Newspapers<p>

Jul 03, 2008 at 02:37 pm by staff

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 (fi.... Read More

RecoSoft offers tempting PDF2ID plug-in for designers and ad departments

Jun 03, 2008 at 10:35 am by staff

I recently took a quick trip - well, three hours - to Nashville to have lunch with David Blatner, author of more books than I can remember related to InDesign, QuarkXPress and.... Read More

Peachpit releases make perfect additions to any designer's library

Jul 01, 2005 at 08:59 am by staff

If you visit my office any time soon, you might have to step over the boxes. The recent release of Creative Suite 2, along with the upcoming release of Quark 7.0, has produced.... Read More

Remembering basic settings crucial to quality photo output

Jun 30, 2005 at 04:15 pm by staff

When you spend your life teaching classes most of the time, it

Shooting Photos in Camera Raw

May 31, 2005 at 12:40 pm by staff

One of the most powerful tools a newspaper designer has to work with these days - and one of the most ignored - is the Camera Raw plug-in available in Photoshop. Released as a.... Read More

Adobe improves a good thing with Creative Suite 2.0

May 05, 2005 at 11:57 pm by staff

Adobe began shipping the first copies of Creative Suite 2 in May and newspapers have a vested interest in this latest crop of design tools. Eighteen months have passed since.... Read More

Adobe Releases Creative Suite 2

Apr 05, 2005 at 11:23 am by staff

We knew it was coming. It was just a question of when. This morning, Adobe announced the release of Creative Suite 2, an upgrade to their line of flagship applications. Like i.... Read More

MultiAd Creator Professional Worthy Contender in Battle for Newspaper Ad Design

Mar 31, 2005 at 02:13 pm by staff

MultiAd Creator has always intrigued me. Since its release in 1989, it

Books for the Acrobat and AirPort Aficionado

Mar 01, 2005 at 04:03 pm by staff

Three books hit the shelves in March that will be of great interest to newspaper techies. The first, Adobe Acrobat 7 Tips and Tricks, by Donna Baker, guides readers through ti.... Read More

Adobe Acrobat Upgrade Hard to Resist

Mar 01, 2005 at 03:58 pm by staff

Honestly, I don

InDesign vs. Quark Debate Headlines Annual Software Picks

Feb 02, 2005 at 02:29 pm by staff

Last month, we took a look at hardware available to newspaper professionals. This month, I

Newest Mac stirs interest in PC buying world

Jan 11, 2005 at 03:46 pm by staff

Yes, it