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Readers help compile New Year list

Jan 02, 2018 at 01:24 pm by staff

I suppose any time is the right time to look over your newspaper operation and search for ways to make improvements., but the beginning of the year seems especially appropriat.... Read More

Keeping Up With Styles

Oct 17, 2017 at 03:50 pm by staff

Speeding up your workflow while improving your design in Adobe InDesign At the 21st session of the Newspaper Institute last week, Ed Henninger and I did something we've neve.... Read More

Sharpening Your Focus

Sep 13, 2017 at 03:54 pm by staff

Focus groups can change the way you create your newspaper I guess it comes with experience (that sounds better than "age"). In the "old days" when I visited a newspaper, it wa.... Read More

Online Training Available at Newspaper Academy

Mar 06, 2017 at 04:20 pm by staff features training you need from people you trust. Join Kevin Slimp, Ed Henninger, John Hatcher, Tim Smith and other trusted names in newspaper training fo.... Read More

Meeting Deadline: Learning to Get Along

Jan 27, 2017 at 01:09 pm by staff

A few years ago, I spent several days with a newspaper in Tennessee. They were converting from an editorial workflow based on QuarkXPress to InDesign and asked if I would be o.... Read More

Know When to Fold Them

Nov 21, 2016 at 09:54 am by staff

While in Minnesota last week, I had an assignment similar to assignments I've had many times during the past 20 years: to spend a day with a small community newspaper group, m.... Read More

This Story is About Hamburgers: If you think it's about something else, you are wrong

Nov 21, 2016 at 09:37 am by staff

This story is about hamburgers. Nothing else, just hamburgers. If you think it's about something other than hamburgers, you are mistaken. This story is simply about hamburgers.... Read More

Learning what I can from really smart people: Interviews with experts yield valuable information

Oct 11, 2016 at 08:45 am by staff

I live a charmed life. Last week, I spent four days with nine of the top newspaper experts in the business, along with journalists from 22 states at The Newspaper Institute in.... Read More

Iris Chyi, John Oliver and hundreds of journalists leave me no choice but to write this column

Sep 02, 2016 at 08:14 am by staff

Those of you who write columns for a living know what I'm talking about. This is one of those days when I'm not sure what to write. It's not that I lack subject matter. The op.... Read More

Pressing Issues

Jul 14, 2016 at 11:34 am by staff

If a person hangs around long enough, he's bound to get noticed. That's my theory anyway. When asked why I receive so many requests for help from newspapers, I simply mark it.... Read More

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Looking For Free Help To Speed Up Your Production Workflow? Look No Further Than Adobe Exchange

Nov 15, 2011 at 11:21 am by staff

Looking For Free Help To Speed Up Your Production Workflow? Look No Further Than Adobe Exchange Whenever I lead a training even related to some type of Adobe application, I a.... Read More

Tour of Ohio & Pennsylvania provides adrenaline rush

Sep 23, 2011 at 02:42 pm by staff

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.... Read More

New York non-daily and South Carolina daily not so different after all

Sep 23, 2011 at 02:32 pm by staff

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.... Read More

Two States. Two Regions. Two Types of Papers. Same Philosophy

May 27, 2011 at 02:20 pm by staff

There are moments in late winter and spring when I have trouble remembering what city I’m in. From mid January to mid May, there are conventions and training events everywhere.... Read More

MultiAd could make waves in the design world with Creator Express

Apr 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm by staff

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.... Read More

Make Grids script is a real timesaver in InDesign

Apr 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm by staff

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 work.... Read More

Slimp: Acrobat X Still King of PDF Tools

Apr 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm by staff

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.... Read More

Fixing Workflow Issues Results in Bigger Profits

Jan 24, 2011 at 01:54 pm by staff

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”.... Read More

Response to Column Surprises Even Me

Jan 24, 2011 at 01:44 pm by staff

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.... Read More

Slimp Answers Readers Questions About Hardware & Software

Jan 24, 2011 at 01:31 pm by staff

From Patricia in South Carolina Hi, Kevin, I took your advice and switched to CS5 with InCopy for our editorial workflow -- and I love it!!! I can’t imagine ever going back to.... Read More

Adobe Announcement Reverberates Through Newspaper Industry

Sep 30, 2003 at 10:05 am by staff

Sept. 30, 2003 As Kramer, of Seinfield fame, would say,

Photoshop Plug-ins Offered at Significant Discount

Aug 27, 2003 at 12:56 pm by staff

Three of the top plug-in makers and one of the largest stock imagery companies have partnered together to create a unique bundle of products being marketed as The Big 4 Graphi.... Read More

Extensis Releases Mask Pro 3 for Experienced Photoshop Users

Aug 22, 2003 at 12:41 pm by staff

Advanced Photoshop users, a group which includes a lot of newspaper designers, deal with the process of masking quite often. Masking is the process of selecting, then erasing,.... Read More

QuarkXPress 6.0 Review

Aug 12, 2003 at 12:50 pm by staff

For those who have been patiently awaiting the long-anticipated release of the latest incarnation of QuarkXPress, there is good news and bad news. The good news, for Mac users.... Read More

New Books Valuable to Designers

Jul 18, 2003 at 03:12 pm by staff

There has been such a plethora of software hitting the shelves over the past few months that I haven

Acrobat Professional 6.0 Takes Publishing to New Level

Jul 02, 2003 at 04:22 pm by staff

This has been quite a month for publishing software. My mailbox has been filled almost daily with new titles and new versions of popular software and hardware for newspaper de.... Read More

The Font Doctor is In

Jun 02, 2003 at 08:25 am by staff

Morrison SoftDesign recently updated its signature product, FontDoctor, to version 5.5. FontDoctor is the industry standard software for font problem diagnosis and repair on t.... Read More

Hemera Introduces Online Stock Photo Service

Jun 02, 2003 at 08:15 am by staff

Over the years, I

Contact Kevin About Keynotes and Training in the Publishing Industry

May 30, 2003 at 03:06 pm by staff

Fourteen years ago, Kevin Slimp started working with a new technology being developed by Adobe Systems to create files which could be designed in one location, then sent to an.... Read More

Book Review: InDesign for Quark Users

May 19, 2003 at 03:50 pm by staff

Peachpit Press has released a new book for QuarkXPress users making the move to Adobe InDesign. While Quark is still the dominant player in our industry, InDesign is gaining p.... Read More