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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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Free On-Site Training Available For Your Newspaper Staff

Jan 03, 2022 at 10:15 am by INT

In my end-of-year column last month, I mentioned that newspapers and magazines are uniquely positioned to utilize government grants to pay for on-site training. I first became.... Read More

Hard Drive Failure! Here's what I've found to revive dead drives

Jan 03, 2022 at 10:00 am by INT

A couple of months ago, I wrote a column referring to the multiple backup drives on my desk, in addition to the off-site backup I utilize. I mentioned that I keep several driv.... Read More

My Best Advice as Your Paper Enters 2022

Jan 02, 2022 at 11:15 am by INT

After so many years of consulting and advising newspapers, it still never ceases to surprise me when I find questions from publishers in my email. Still, when I click on Apple.... Read More

Taking a Look Around My Desk

Dec 21, 2021 at 11:30 am by INT

Today, I’m going to invite you into my office to see how I work and some of the tools I use. Many folks reading this column have been to my webinars and seen the printer.... Read More

Speaking of Software

Jul 05, 2021 at 11:30 am by INT

My friend Reed Anfinson, publisher in Minnesota, called in a bind last week. His paper wasn’t going to press on time due to a technical error with the InDesign newspaper.... Read More

Investing in the Future of Your Newspaper

Jul 05, 2021 at 11:09 am by INT

About 15 or so years ago, I received a call from a newspaper designer at a small weekly in Tennessee. She was panicked because of a technical issue that was causing a lot of c.... Read More

Speaking of Software

Jul 05, 2021 at 11:02 am by INT

My friend Reed Anfinson, publisher in Minnesota, called in a bind last week. His paper wasn’t going to press on time due to a technical error with the InDesign newspaper.... Read More

Reasons to Bet on Print

Jun 03, 2021 at 11:15 am by INT

Tangible evidence leads Kevin Slimp to feel good about the future   Before you begin reading this column, please answer this question: “Are you sitting down?&rdqu.... Read More

Making Plans Toward 2028

May 18, 2021 at 11:32 am by INT

Newspapers remain a vital component of a healthy community   In my previous column, I mentioned that there seem to be a lot of positive feelings in the community newspa.... Read More

Adobe Plans to Get Rid of Type 1 Fonts

Apr 30, 2021 at 01:00 pm by INT

Start making plans now about transitioning your Type 1 fonts “Out with the old and in with the new!” We’ve all said it, and the idea of replacing outdated.... 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