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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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What's the Big Deal: You make a few predictions...

Aug 29, 2019 at 11:00 am by staff

Andy Warhol once said, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes." I've experienced those fifteen minutes a few times, but it comes less often these da.... Read More

Increasing Productivity by Upgrading Workspace

Apr 03, 2019 at 07:52 pm by staff

There's a question I get asked a lot by friends, colleagues and audience members at conferences. There are variations, but they all go something like, "How do you find time to.... Read More

Consider Yourself Told

Mar 23, 2019 at 07:22 pm by staff

It was a lot like other experiences I've had at conventions over the past couple of years. In March, as I gathered my backpack to head out of the room where I'd just spoken in.... Read More

Our Digital Future: I've Got It All Figured Out

Dec 12, 2018 at 01:16 pm by staff

Some of you will remember Facebook. If you're over 40, you probably visit Facebook on a regular basis. If you're like most of the college students in my life, ask a parent or.... Read More

Checking the Pulse of Journalism

Nov 01, 2018 at 01:11 pm by staff

Over the past two weeks, I've traveled from coast to coast speaking at newspaper conferences and meeting with Canadian and American journalists about what is happening at thei.... Read More

Tariffs are behind us for now. What's next?

Aug 30, 2018 at 09:41 am by staff

..... It's been two hours since I received word concerning the news that tariffs aimed at newsprint had been overturned. The first person to write me was Ron White, a retire.... Read More

Common Traits: What successful newspapers have in common

Aug 16, 2018 at 09:24 am by staff

I really didn't expect to do much traveling this summer but plans don't always work out as expected and that certainly has been the case for me. The truth is I really love wor.... Read More

Upton Sinclair would be pleased as GateHouse and Gannett build "stronger communities"

May 11, 2018 at 07:29 pm by staff

Four years ago, I decided I'd had enough. After hearing John Paton of Digital First Media speak at a few conferences, I couldn't take it any more. I wrote a column titled, "Ke.... Read More

RESEARCH: Daily vs Non-Daily Health

Mar 22, 2018 at 12:09 pm by staff

I've noticed a definite trend lately. It might be related to the increased number of industry activities I'm involved in these days, or perhaps it's just be one of those thing.... Read More

The Great Digital Divide: daily & weekly publishers view digital benefits very differently.

Feb 14, 2018 at 10:52 am by staff

During a keynote address at the Kansas Press Association convention in February, I presented the results of my annual survey of newspaper publishers in the U.S. and Canada for.... 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

Tackling Those Pesky PDF Problems

Jan 04, 2006 at 04:14 pm by staff

OK. I didn't mean to write another column about PDF files. After a week at the beach with my family, I arrived at the office with plans to pen my annual "favorites" column, pr.... Read More

Quark Purchases ALAP

Dec 14, 2005 at 12:18 pm by staff

Apple Announces Editing Software for Photographers

Dec 07, 2005 at 03:04 pm by staff

Adobe, watch out! Here comes Apple with its own photo editing application. Announced in late November, Aperture is built to lure the professional photographer with powerfu.... Read More

These Plug-ins Are Anything But Lowly

Dec 07, 2005 at 02:38 pm by staff

Our friends at A Lowly Apprentice Production have been coming up with good ideas for years. I call them "friends" because they create products that make the designer's life a.... Read More

Slimp Recommends Three Books for Newspaper Designers

Nov 08, 2005 at 02:14 pm by staff

Three new design-related books caught my eye in recent weeks: Mac OS X Support Essentials (Peachpit Press 2005), by Owen Linzmayer, has been fully updated for Mac OS X 10.4.... Read More

ColorVision's Spyder2Pro Studio offers Complete Package for Monitor Calibration

Nov 08, 2005 at 01:56 pm by staff

Calibrating monitors is the first step in accomplishing accurate color throughout a newspaper. I receive more requests for help with monitor calibration than for anything else.... Read More

Disk Jockey Makes Duplicating Hard Drives Much Easier

Sep 30, 2005 at 03:02 pm by staff

OK. I need to sit down. I just had one of those ?Oh, wow!? moments that computer folks have from time to time. Unfortunately, ?Oh, wow!? moments have become less common as we?.... Read More

My Dell Story

Sep 16, 2005 at 03:26 pm by staff

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Adobe Studio Exchange: Gems for the Designer

Sep 01, 2005 at 03:20 pm by staff

It never fails. After six or so hours of Photoshop or InDesign training, the students - usually newspaper designers - start putting away their outlines and pens. Knowing the e.... Read More

Creating Good PDF Files: It's All A Matter of Settings

Aug 15, 2005 at 01:24 pm by staff

Wow! What a response to my previous column concerning color settings in Photoshop. I received messages and invitations from publishers around the globe. Apparently, a lot of n.... Read More