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A Look at Collegiate Newspapers & Programs | slimp,kevin,kevin slimp,henninger,ed henninger,carolina press association,tcna,mfcp,free papers,newspaper,newsguru,guru,newspapers,russell viers,viers
A Look at Collegiate Newspapers & Programs

I asked my new friend, Kevin Schwartz to coauthor a column about the trend of college newspapers toward reducing print days or moving away from print to digital. Kevin is going to hate that I told you this, but College Media Matters recently referred to Kevin as “Dean of the College Media Business.” He knows his stuff.

You can read for yourself what Kevin, who was general manager of The Daily Tar Heel student newspaper at the University of North Carolina for 20 years, thinks about this trend.

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by Kevin Slimp and Kevin Schwartz, May 2014

Critiquing 10 Free Papers With Ed Henninger | newspaper,design,free papers,ifpa,afcp,free community papers of new york,midwest free community papers,mfcp,national newspaper association,nna,newspaper association of america,slimp,henninger,kevin,newspaperinstitute,kevin slimp,ed henninger,russell viers,viers,
Critiquing 10 Free Papers With Ed Henninger
About a month ago, I received an email from a publisher on the East Coast who asked what I would charge to look over ten of his free papers and make suggestions to improve them.

At first I thought, “It sounds like an interesting project, but I just don’t have time.”

But lately, I’ve been trying to stretch myself and keep work interesting. It dawned on me that my friend Ed Henninger might be interested in working on this project with me. Sure enough, he was.

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by Kevin Slimp, May 2014

Hmm: Adobe Cloud. Should I or shouldn’t I? | creative cloud,adobe,cc,cs6,slimp,kevin,kevin slimp,newspaper,consulting,training,consulting
Hmm: Adobe Cloud. Should I or shouldn’t I?
I know it’s confusing. But I don’t get a dime from Adobe, so I have no reason to mislead you.

Here’s my official advice. Take it for what it’s worth.

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by Kevin Slimp, July 2014

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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by Kevin Slimp, March 2014

PDFs, Lines & Problems: Answering Readers' Questions
PDFs, Lines & Problems: Answering Readers' Questions
Readers have been asking what I think about The Times-Picayune adding two print delivery days - that’s back up to five days a week delivery - plus returning to a full broadsheet page. Our industry must be in a free-fall. Or is it?

My dilemma doesn’t revolve around those things, however. I promised to pen a question/answer column this month and I keep my promises. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, August 2014

Remote office becomes reality for Wisconsin pubs | slimp,mcnair,kevin slimp,wisconsin,mathes,joe mathes,mike mathes,mike,joe, newspaper,remote
Remote office becomes reality for Wisconsin pubs
Like many newspapers, Delta’s publications go through the hands of multiple editors and designers before they go to press. And like in many production offices, fonts were an issue. Even though each of the computers seemingly had the same fonts on each computer, InDesign would pop up the dreaded “Font not loaded” message on a regular basis when a file created on one computer was opened on another.

The second challenge was a bit more interesting. Mike mentioned that producing their publications would be much more efficient if he, along with others who sometimes worked away from the office, could connect to the office network from remote locations. He went a little further than that. Not only did they want to connect to their servers, they wanted to be able to work from home or wherever exactly the same way they did back at the office.

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by Kevin Slimp, June 2014

What I learned from 6 small Nebraska papers
What I learned from 6 small Nebraska papers
The circulation of Cedar County News is 2,000. The circulation of the five smaller papers averages 900 each, with the smallest, The Coleridge Blade, reporting a circulation of 312. Total circulation for all six papers is 6,500.

Scenes for the movie “Nebraska” were filmed at the Osmond Republican.

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by Kevin Slimp, April 2014

Advice For a New Publisher
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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by Kevin Slimp, February 2014

Convention attendances improves in 2014 | kevin slimp,slimp,oklahoma,association,associations,newspaper,convention,attendance,guru
Convention attendances improves in 2014
A colleague just walked into my office with a big grin on his face.

“At the risk of making your head grow any bigger, I thought I’d show this to you.”

He was holding a copy of The Oklahoma Publisher, the official publication of the Oklahoma Press Association.

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by Kevin Slimp, July 2014

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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by Kevin Slimp, January 2014

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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by Kevin Slimp, July 2013 - 1 opinion posted

Tale of Two Newspapers | PDF,Slimp,Picayune,Publisher,Summit,Newspaper,Circulation
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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by Kevin Slimp, November 2013

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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by Kevin Slimp, September 2013

 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. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp March 2013

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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by Kevin Slimp, May 2013

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. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, October 2013

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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by Kevin Slimp, August 2013

No need to thank me. But 23 of the largest weekly papers in America are still in business today | times-picayune,slimp,kevin slimp,newspaper,60 minutes,death of newspaper,newspaper institute,institute of newspaper technology,news guru
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." Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, August 2012

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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by Kevin Slimp, June 2013

 60 Misses, er Minutes, Pronounces Death of Newspapers
60 Misses, er Minutes, Pronounces Death of Newspapers

I’m listening to this interview for the fourth time as I write. And for the life of me, I still haven’t heard him answer the question. He gave what sounded to me like a “packaged” response, the kind I might have written years ago.

It reminded me so much of my son, when I asked where his iPod was, knowing full well it had been lost. He told me all about the possible places an iPod could be, without coming out and telling me he’d lost it a few days earlier. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, February 2013

BREAKING NEWS! Print is KING for the next 10,000 years, MINIMUM! | slimp,online, newspapers,newspaper,kevin,digital,circ,circulation,soars,print
BREAKING NEWS! Print is KING for the next 10,000 years, MINIMUM!
I wonder how many groups are going to get mad at me over this one. Here goes. OK, this headline appeared in my email yesterday from News & Tech, a highly respected newspaper industry publication:

Digital circ for U.S. papers soars

Soars. Hmm.

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by KevinSlimp, November 2012

Kevin Answers Questions From Readers
Kevin Answers Questions From Readers
It’s been a while since I’ve answered questions from my inbox. Let’s take a look and see what’s on the mind of readers this month:

From Sherry in Tennessee

Is there a way to convert RGB to CMYK in a PDF file without having to open each pic individually in Photoshop?

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by Kevin Slimp, March 2013

Slimp rebuts story on 60 Minutes | 60,minutes,60minutes,morleysafer,safer,kevin,slimp,newspaper,times,picayune,times-picayune,death,newspaperinstitute,institute of newspaper technology,morley safer,60 minutes,kevin slimp,rob curley,orange county register,slimp
Slimp rebuts story on 60 Minutes
So last night I was having dinner with a friend when I got a text that read, “Are you watching 60 Minutes?”

“No,” was my immediate response.

“They’re saying the newspaper industry is dead. I thought you’d want to know.”

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by Kevin Slimp, January 2013

Why JCPenney and Newhouse have a lot in common | times,picayune,slimp,baton,rouge,advocate,kevin,kevin slimp,news guru,newhouse,steven newhouse,jcpenney,ceo,president
Why JCPenney and Newhouse have a lot in common
As a speaker, teacher and consultant, the idea of trying to say something that will be helpful and valuable to different types of audiences, even though they’re all related to the newspaper industry, can be very daunting.

In the constantly evolving world of communication, of which we are a major player, we are bombarded daily with the idea that we’re missing something. There must be some golden key out there which will unlock the door to future success. Without that key, we fear, we are doomed to failure.

JCPenney thought they’d found that key a year ago when they hired former Apple exec Ron Johnson as their CEO. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, August 2012

Adobe Creative Suite 6: My Favorite Features | indesign,photoshop,cs6,kevin,slimp,newspaper,guru
Adobe Creative Suite 6: My Favorite Features
Adobe recently released version 6 of the Creative Suite. I wrote about a few of the new tools in InDesign a while back. But what about the other CS applications that we use?

OK, here it is, in no particular order. My favorite new features in Adobe Creative Suite 6. We’ll stick with the applications most used by those of us in the trenches.

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by Kevin Slimp, September 2012

Do as I say. Not as I do. More backup fun. | kevin,slimp,hard,drive,crash,apple,mac,diskwarrior,data,rescue,institute,newspaper,technology,2012
Do as I say. Not as I do. More backup fun.
It is with much chagrin (I’ve been waiting almost 20 years for an opportunity to use “chagrin” in a column) that I admit that this doctor is his own worst patient.

That’s right. On July 2, two days before my country’s Independence celebration, my five year old iMac began to crawl.

Here's what happened next ... Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, July 2012

Even more new tools in Adobe Creative Suite 6
Even more new tools in Adobe Creative Suite 6
In August & September, I spent over 50 hours learning all the ins and outs of the various applications that make up Adobe Creative Suite 6. Yes, it was a lot of late nights. The good side was that I learned the ins and outs of these new versions.

Here are even more new tools in Create Suite 6.

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Kevin Slimp

Kevin Reviews InDesign CS6 | kevin,slimp,cs6,indesign,indesign cs6,kevin slimp,newsguru,institute of newspaper technology,liquid,pages panel,karla mikkelson,lisa miller,lorraine yates,
Kevin Reviews InDesign CS6
It was with much fanfare that Adobe released the sixth version of Creative Suite.

With new versions of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and more, newspaper designers and publishers are asking, “Is it time to upgrade?”

Now it's time to read what Kevin has to say.

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by Kevin Slimp, June 2012

Who'd have thunk it? Optimism creeps back into newspaper industry.
Who'd have thunk it? Optimism creeps back into newspaper industry.
It’s been an interesting few weeks. In five out of six cities, chairs had to be added to the rooms to accommodate attendees.

In New York, I received spontaneous applause when I told the audience to “quit running their newspapers as if all their business is coming from mobile” when most of their profits are coming from print.

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by Kevin Slimp, April 2012

Mailbag: What about those crazy symbols that keep appearing in my text?
Mailbag: What about those crazy symbols that keep appearing in my text?
I haven’t pulled out the mail bag in a while. Let’s see what readers have on their minds these days:

Let’s start with a text from Tammy in Minnesota

Kevin, we need your help!

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by Kevin Slimp, March 2012

Advice for a newspaper industry at crossroads
Advice for a newspaper industry at crossroads
The room was substantial and had seats arranged in eight or ten rows, maybe 20 to 25 chairs in a row. It was a wide room, but not very deep. I figured maybe 30 people would show up and I’d speak in front of an empty room.

Just as happened in Kentucky the week before, when dozens of chairs had to be added, the room began to fill and before I knew it, all the seats were taken. The topic was “What I’ve learned this year from successful newspapers.”

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by Kevin Slimp, February 2012

Looking For Free Help To Speed Up Your Production Workflow? Look No Further Than Adobe Exchange
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 always end with a lesson on how to download free scripts, plug-ins and other helpers from Adobe Exchange.

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by Kevin Slimp, November 2011

New York non-daily and South Carolina daily not so different after all
New York non-daily and South Carolina daily not so different after all
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’m in South Carolina, working with the staff of a small daily paper for two days. You’d think the situations couldn’t be more different. But you'd be wrong.

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by Kevin Slimp, September 2011

Tour of Ohio & Pennsylvania provides adrenaline rush
Tour of Ohio & Pennsylvania provides adrenaline rush
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 trips where regional training events are held on college campuses for area newspaper staffs. It’s a longer trip than usual, with a couple of days scheduled just for traveling. I normally don’t do these long trips any more, but Alyse booked me three years ago for this adventure and I wasn’t about to let her down.

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by Kevin Slimp, August 2011

Two States. Two Regions. Two Types of Papers. Same Philosophy | photography,newspaper,slimp,kevin,photoshop,joe,jasper
Two States. Two Regions. Two Types of Papers. Same Philosophy
Between conventions in Des Moines and Louisiana, I found a few days in late April to visit two newspapers that, at first glance, seem to have little in common. One is a daily. The other, a non-daily. One is in the Midwest, the other in Texas. However, I found a trait that binds these papers together.

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by Kevin Slimp, May 2011

Make Grids script is a real timesaver in InDesign
Make Grids script is a real timesaver in InDesign
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 workflow. Quite often, there’s a problem with print quality. No matter what the reason for my visit, it’s almost a certainty that I will be asked to give some advanced InDesign training while on site.

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by Kevin Slimp, March 2011 - 1 opinion posted

MultiAd could make waves in the design world with Creator Express
MultiAd could make waves in the design world with Creator Express
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 InDesign Express? And what if the new version sold for $30?

Stop cheering. Get off that table. It hasn’t happened. And I don’t expect it will.

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by Kevin Slimp, April 2011

Slimp: Acrobat X Still King of PDF Tools
Slimp: Acrobat X Still King of PDF Tools
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 know about this application that has taken such a hold on our industry.

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by Kevin Slimp, February 2011

Fixing Workflow Issues Results in Bigger Profits
Fixing Workflow Issues Results in Bigger Profits
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” to meet the full-time scanning person. As I jotted down some notes in my notebook, she asked, “What are you writing?”

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by Kevin Slimp, January 2011

Response to Column Surprises Even Me
Response to Column Surprises Even Me
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 to tell me how they’ve used the column to inspire their staffs to improve the quality of their print products.

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by Kevin Slimp, December 2010

Slimp Answers Readers Questions About Hardware & Software
Slimp Answers Readers Questions About Hardware & Software
Take a peak at the latest questions and answers that end up in Kevin's mailbox. There questioins related to PDF, hardware, InDesign and other sticky wickets. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, November 2010 - 1 opinion posted

Slimp Takes Publishers to Task | slimp,newspaper,online,publishers,task
Slimp Takes Publishers to Task

I released this column to my regular readers four days ago. I can't believe the response since then. Newspapers and groups all over the map have been writing to tell me it's changed they way they see their future. Hopefully, it will be helpful to you. Read this story ...
by KevinSlimp, October 2010

Kevin does it again: Derogatory comment about industry leads tech guru to prove his point | acrobat,slimp,slow,leopard
Kevin does it again:

Derogatory comment about industry leads tech guru to prove his point

OK. You might want to put this column down without reading it. At the very least, close your door so no one hears the venting. It might be safest just to turn the page now.

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by Kevin Slimp, August 2010

Updating Equipment is One Key to Profitability
Updating Equipment is One Key to Profitability
When I was younger, I owned a graphic design business. It started out small, but grew to a few employees and bigger clients as the years went on.

As much as we enjoyed our work, like most businesses, making a profit was a priority. One of the lessons I learned pretty quickly was that the faster our computers, the more money we could make. Our output could double or triple with an investment in new computers and software.

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by Kevin Slimp, July 2010

Adobe hits a home run with InDesign CS5
Adobe hits a home run with InDesign CS5
Now that the iPad hysteria has settled down, it’s been replaced by a new onslaught of questions concerning Adobe’s latest rendition of Creative Suite, CS5. “Should I upgrade?” has been the query of choice in my email over the past few weeks and now we lay aside our anxiety and take a look at the application of most interest to newspapers, InDesign CS5.

Let’s not waste time. For those of you in too much of a hurry to finish this column, the answer is ....

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by Kevin Slimp, May 2010

Which iPad Is Right for You?
Which iPad Is Right for You?
It didn’t take long. Less than an hour, to be exact. That’s how long it took before I received a post on Facebook asking how I liked my new iPad. That’s right, less than an hour after the first iPad was offered for sale at the Apple Store, I received the message, “How do you like your new iPad?” Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, April 2010

Kevin Answers Readers Questions About Cameras, InDesign and Problem PDFs
Kevin Answers Readers Questions About Cameras, InDesign and Problem PDFs
Kevin receives questions from readers several times a day. Read what he has to say about some of their issues in today's column. Send your questions to kevin@kevinslimp.com.

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by Kevin Slimp, April 2010

Adobe Soundbooth: Professional quality audio
Adobe Soundbooth: Professional quality audio
At heart, I’m a print guy. Sure, I get invited to speak and write on online topics quite a bit, but it’s the written word that I love ... written on paper. However, I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck and I know the importance of having a Web site that doesn’t feel as if it was designed by a seventh grader.

Newspapers usually sense the importance of videos, animated ads and headlines on their sites. But they often overlook an important aspect: audio.

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by Kevin Slimp, October 2009

iPad: Is it the end of the world as we know it?
iPad: Is it the end of the world as we know it?
Keeping in mind that I wrote about the rumored tablet device by Apple three months ago, it was with some satisfaction that I listened to Steve Job’s announcement concerning the iPad on January 27.

As I visited with attendees at a newspaper conference in Minnesota, the interest in the new device was evident as one publisher after another approached me to get my opinion on its potential effect on the newspaper industry.

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by Kevin Slimp, February 2010

Is Apple ready to change the way we read newspapers?
Is Apple ready to change the way we read newspapers?
Jeremy Horwitch, editor-in-chief at iLounge.com, thinks it’s a done deal. Brian Lam of Gizmodo.com says he has sources from major newspapers and book publishers who have told him they’ve been in conversation with Apple about the new device.

Daniel Lyons, in the October 15 issue of Newsweek, seems to think the new apparatus might warrant all the speculation, even though it’s yet to be released.

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by Kevin Slimp, November 2009

Ontario Papers Share Success While Upgrading Technology | slimp,prescott,ontario,newspaper,technology,indesign,trainer,training
Ontario Papers Share Success While Upgrading Technology
I spent a good bit of my afternoon thinking about the current state of newspapers. In a discussion with a trusted friend and colleague, I once again was challenged to rethink the traditional role newspapers have played and consider a world where most of what we read is provided online by other sources.

Then I remembered a group of newspapers based in the small town of Prescott, Ontario. With a decrease in the number of industry-related conferences, I’ve found myself visiting more places like Prescott of late.

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by Kevin Slimp, January 2010

The future of newspapers? Things are starting to get clearer
The future of newspapers? Things are starting to get clearer
I’m seeing good things of late. People are starting to come out to conventions and training sessions again. Newspapers tell me they’re starting to refill positions that were cut last year. There’s an air of confidence in the industry, be it ever so slight, that gives me sincere hope for our future.

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by Kevin Slimp, October 2009

Fun Videos for Your Newspaper in Education Page
Fun Videos for Your Newspaper in Education Page
I ran into Paul Niemann at a newspaper conference in Missouri a few months ago. It seems that Paul has made a living writing a series called “Red, White & True Mysteries” for newspapers in the Midwest region of the United States since 2003.

Primarily used in N.I.E. (Newspapers in Education) programs, these mysteries are based on famous Americans. The idea is that children can read the information about a famous historical figure, then try to guess who it is.

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by Kevin Slimp, September 2009

Looking for recipes and more for your newspaper website? Check this out.
Looking for recipes and more for your newspaper website? Check this out.
For those unfamiliar with Family Features, they provide free editorial content spanning a variety of themes. Materials are developed in conjunction with nationally recognized sponsors and can be used as provided or customized to meet your needs. Basically, they provide stories and other material related to food, lifestyle, gardening and other topics.

While this material might not be for every newspaper, a lot of papers of every size are using Family Features on their websites.

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by Kevin Slimp, September 2009

Readers fill mailbox with questions about Acrobat, InDesign, OSX and Cameras | canon,nikon,newspaper,software,hardware,slimp,kevin,institute
Readers fill mailbox with questions about Acrobat, InDesign, OSX and Cameras
My inbox has been especially full lately. That makes it harder to answer every question personally, but I try to answer as many questions as I can. Let me share a few I’ve received over the past few weeks:

From Mark in Pennsylvania:

Kevin,

We have a PDF, created by InDesign and cropped in Acrobat...

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by Kevin Slimp, August 2009

Soundslides: The Best Way to Create an Audio Slideshow for Websites | soundslides,slimp,newspaper,slideshow
Soundslides: The Best Way to Create an Audio Slideshow for Websites
Two years ago, we started offering Soundslides classes at the Institute of Newspaper Technology and they were a big hit. Everyone seemed surprised at how easy it was to create an audio slideshow for a newspaper Web site. So now, almost two years later, it seems like a good time to kick the tires and take the latest version of Soundslides for a ride around the block.

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by Kevin Slimp, July 2009

Get your scissors and tape ready. Kevin is making a list!
Get your scissors and tape ready. Kevin is making a list!
Each year, I release a list of hardware and software recommendations for newspapers. With newspapers spending less this year, I’ve trimmed this list to items which tend to be of most interest. So get your scissors and tape ready. Here’s my 2009 list of recommended hardware and software for newspapers.

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by Kevin Slimp, May 2009

Metro Offers Product to Increase Revenue on Newspaper Websites
Metro Offers Product to Increase Revenue on Newspaper Websites
One of the questions I get asked the most when I’m speaking to groups of publishers is, “How can I make money on my newspaper Web site without spending a fortune?”

 

I’m going to tell you how. Get a pen. I’ll wait.

 

 

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by Kevin Slimp, March 2009

Two Great Online Journalism Tools | slimp,publish2,newspaper,technology,newsguru,kevin,institute,mogulus
Two Great Online Journalism Tools
As convention season approaches, I tend to do a lot of research to prepare new information. Two weeks ago, in Indianapolis, I addressed the publishers of the state on my latest topic titled, “Online Journalism II: The Sequel.”

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by Kevin Slimp, February 2009

Video formats confusing to this newspaper designer | m2ts,kevin slimp,slimp,premier pro,perian,handbrake,newspaper,newguru,adobe
Video formats confusing to this newspaper designer
Charles, a newspaper designer from Kentucky, just sent a question via Facebook asking how to convert files from his Sony camcorder to a format he could use in Adobe Premier CS3, an application used to edit videos on both Macs and PCs. It was a good time for Charles to ask that question because I recently faced a similar challenge after purchasing a Hitachi high definition (HD) Blu-ray camcorder. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, June 2009

Hard Drives & Computers ... What I buy when it's my money.
Hard Drives & Computers ... What I buy when it's my money.
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 addictive. Then something breaks or gets old and I have to come back down to reality.

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by Kevin Slimp, January 2009

InDesign CS4 Includes Incredible Features For Designers
InDesign CS4 Includes Incredible Features For Designers
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 need to catch my breath because some of the features are incredible. No, make that unimaginable. No, let’s stick with incredible. Wow.

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by Kevin Slimp, December 2008 - 1 opinion posted

Question & Answer: Kevin Solves Problems For Readers
Question & Answer: Kevin Solves Problems For Readers
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.

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by Kevin Slimp, November 2008

Retrieving Data From Corrupt Drives is Possible with Data Rescue II
Retrieving Data From Corrupt Drives is Possible with Data Rescue II
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. After sending the card to an outfit that specializes in getting data from corrupted drives, he learned that the cost for this service was a mere $700. He e-mailed to ask if there was a less expensive way to retrieve the photos.

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by Kevin Slimp, December 2008

Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now Shipping
Adobe Creative Suite 4 Now Shipping
Milestone Release Radically Improves Creative Workflow Efficiency; Redefines Collaboration Between Designers and Developers Read this story ...
Adobe Press Release

New & Upgraded Products Plentiful in November | cs4,creative,suite,adobe,quarkxpress,slimp,newspaper,technology,nikon,canon,epson,extensis
New & Upgraded Products Plentiful in November
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 Newspaper Association convention this week, I was a little overwhelmed by the number of folks ready to make wholesale changes and upgrades in their operations.

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by Kevin Slimp, October 2008

After all these years Acrobat still has a few tricks up its sleeve
After all these years Acrobat still has a few tricks up its sleeve
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 salivate when they come by my office and see all the software on my desk. Right now there is a glut of products from Adobe, Extensis, Subrosa, Quark and a few others lying there. Sometimes I have to force myself to look at another upgrade. But that’s what I do. And I don’t take this duty lightly. So, against all natural tendencies, I keep inserting those disks and installing those new versions. And a day like today makes it all worth it. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, September 2008 - 4 opinions posted

QuarkXPress 8 Release Full of Surprises for the Design Professional | quarkxpres,quarkxpress8,quarkxpress 8,slimp,newspaper,design,technology
QuarkXPress 8 Release Full of Surprises for the Design Professional
Quark 8 or Acroabat? I’ve been in a dilemma about which application to review. I’ve had boxes sitting on my desk that contain the just released versions of both applications for the past week. When I woke up this morning, I was sure I’d be writing a review of Acrobat Professional 9. But I just can’t help but feel there’s something calling me to try out Quark’s latest offering. OK, QuarkXPress 8 (QX8) it is.

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by Kevin Slimp, August 2008

Kevin Announces List of "Must-Have" Items for Newspapers | gimp,gimpshop,slimp,flip ultra,zoom h2,newspaper,design
Kevin Announces List of "Must-Have" Items for Newspapers


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 (fill in the blank) for years, but couldn’t get him (or her) to budge. Then I showed them your column and, voila, they ordered it for everyone in the building!”  Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, July 2008

RecoSoft offers tempting PDF2ID plug-in for designers and ad departments | PDF2ID,slimp
RecoSoft offers tempting PDF2ID plug-in for designers and ad departments
Been wishing you could open those PDF files directly into InDesign? Notice I said "open," not "place." A big difference. Your dream might have come true. Learn what Kevin thinks about PDF2ID. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, June 2008 - 1 opinion posted

Kevin Answers Questions About Old & New Software
Kevin Answers Questions About Old & New Software
There seems to be a recurring theme in my e-mail lately. Problems related to outdated and just released applications seem to abound. Fortunately, my e-mail includes enough variety to keep things interesting. Let me share a few of the calls for help I have received over the past few weeks. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, April 2008 - 1 opinion posted

Kevin Reviews Photoshop Elements, Drive Genius 2 and Publisher Miracle Worker
Kevin Reviews Photoshop Elements, Drive Genius 2 and Publisher Miracle Worker
Help! My desk used to be under this pile of software somewhere. I keep stacking software boxes on my desk as they arrive from vendors and putting them off any longer is not an option.  Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, May 2008

Stop The Press!
Stop The Press!
The Kindle e-book reader from Amazon could have a huge impact on the newspaper business. Read what Kevin has to say about his two months using this device. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp

Newspapers flip over pocket size camcorder
Newspapers flip over pocket size camcorder
I asked a couple of buddies - one at a large metro paper, the other at a mid-size daily - what camcorder they were sending with their reporters these days. I got the same answer from both, which led me to shell out a few dollars (yes, out of my own pocket!) for a Flip Ultra. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, February 2008 - 1 opinion posted

Association membership has its benefits
Association membership has its benefits
I hope newspapers never forget the value of their associations. Instead of spending $650 to attend a class that’s not even structured with newspapers in mind, association members find training through various regional and national associations for less than they’d spend taking the family to the movies (with some popcorn and drinks). Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, February 2008

You'll Need to Sit Down For This One: Open Microsoft Publisher Files in InDesign!
You'll Need to Sit Down For This One: Open Microsoft Publisher Files in InDesign!
Are you sitting? Don’t read any further unless you’re sitting. The news I’m about to share requires that you be in a seated position before reading any further.  Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, December 2007 - 1 opinion posted

Create Pagination Workflow With Remote Users Utilizing InCopy CS3
Create Pagination Workflow With Remote Users Utilizing InCopy CS3
If you’ve been paying close attention, you’ve probably heard me mention InDesign’s companion application, InCopy. Paginators know InDesign as one of the tools of choice for creating newspaper pages. For others, like editors and reporters, InDesign can be overkill. This is where InCopy comes in.  Read this story ...

Two Alternatives for Editing Photos for Newspapers
Two Alternatives for Editing Photos for Newspapers
GIMP and Photoshop CS3 offer different angles on editing photos. While not as powerful as Photoshop, GIMP includes many functions used by newspapers. Users of Photoshop, however, won't want to miss the free download of Photoshop CS3. Read this story ...
by Kevin Slimp, January 2007

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