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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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Kevin Agrees With Upton Sinclair

Kevin Agrees With Upton Sinclair
Are we following bad advice from industry experts? If you have a vested financial interest in getting your newspaper brethren to believe that print is as good as dead, stop reading right now. You’re not going to like it. And I might even talk about you.

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Some Advice For a New Publisher

Some Advice For a New Publisher
Kevin visits with new publisher to discuss improvements to his community paper.

I have a new friend on Facebook. I just “accepted” Roger’s friend request this morning. More about that later.

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A Tale of Two Newspapers

A Tale of Two Newspapers
You know, most great discoveries in life and business seem to boil down to common sense. As I write this column, I’ve just returned from Nashville, where I met with a group of publishers from Middle and West Tennessee. Metros, small dailies and non-dailies were represented.

Two statistics struck me as very interesting as I prepared for this summit.

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An aMUSEing tale about digital design

An aMUSEing tale about digital design
Back in the days of CS5, it became relatively simple for an InDesign user to design a website in InDesign, then export it as a Flash file that could be viewed online.

Although it worked well, it wasn’t very long before Flash files became problematic, primarily due to Apple’s refusal to support them on iPads and iPhones. So even though I’d created several websites in InDesign, I quickly changed that practice.

Then came InDesign CS5.5 and CS6, which made it possible to export HTML5 directly from InDesign. Frankly, though, the process always seemed to work with less than perfect results, so I gave up on that idea.

When I subscribed to Adobe Creative Cloud a few months ago, I looked around the site for apps available through the normal subscription. Along with InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and other applications I used regularly, there was a name I hadn’t thought of in a while: Muse.

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How Changes at Metros Impact Community Papers

How Changes at Metros Impact Community Papers
This month’s column is dedicated to my friends in the community newspaper world. So much is going on in our business - and I receive so many messages asking me to write about my thoughts on these events - that I wanted to take one column to explain how I think some of the big “stories” about the newspaper industry particularly effects those of us at smaller papers.

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People are talking bout COLOR

People are talking bout COLOR
Color.

It seems to be on the minds of newspaper publishers and production managers everywhere.

Without a doubt, the second most requested task I’ve been given by newspapers in recent months is to improve the quality of the color in their print products.

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Software Q & A

Software Q & A
People seem to have a lot of questions concerning layout software these days. I suppose it’s only natural with all the changes at Adobe and Quark. Let’s look in my in-box and see what’s on people’s minds this month.

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Tools & Tips for InDesign and Photoshop Users

Tools & Tips for InDesign and Photoshop Users
I spend a lot of time at newspapers, training staffs in Advanced InDesign, Photoshop and PDF workflows. It’s funny, no matter how long someone uses these applications, there always seems to be a few tips that makes users say, “Why didn’t I know that already?”

Well, now you know.

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End is Near ...Or Is It?

 End is Near ...Or Is It?
Is Syracuse a newspaper graveyard?

Is The Times-Picayune On It's Last Leg?

I'll bet you can guess the answers to these questions. And while we're at it, let's make those photos look better.

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Adobe Announces Creative Cloud

Adobe Announces Creative Cloud
Move to subscription-based applications changes the way newspaper will purchase software. What do you need to know before it's too late? My mailbox has never been as full as it’s been lately. Publishers and editors from all over the place have been writing concerning Adobe's announcement.

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No need to thank me. But 23 of the largest weekly papers in America are still in business today

No need to thank me. But 23 of the largest weekly papers in America are still in business today
Definition: Underwriter

"One who assumes financial responsibility for; guarantee against failure. To insure against losses."

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Storm Clouds Brewing at Adobe?

Storm Clouds Brewing at Adobe?
When I was a college student living in Texas, I got used to hearing people say, “Boy, howdy.”

This wasn’t a greeting, as you might think. It was more along the lines of “You’re not kidding!”

It’s struck me as funny that, as I thought about the best way to explain the reaction to Adobe’s Creative Cloud announcement, the first words that came to mind were, “Boy, howdy.”

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