Gene Gable

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Gene Gable has spent a lifetime in publishing, editing and the graphic arts and is currently a technology consultant and writer. After a decade in commercial typesetting and design services, he chronicled the desktop-publishing revolution from his post as publisher and president of Publish magazine. With nine international editions, Publish became the leading global resource on the use of digital technology for print and Web production. Gable served on the operational boards of International Data Group's PCWorld, The Web and PC Games magazines and was earlier publisher of Sporting Times magazine. During his tenure at Ziff-Davis Gable was on the executive team responsible for major business events such as Comdex, Networld+Interop and JavaOne. As president of Seybold Seminars and publisher of The Seybold Report, Gable managed a global slate of conferences, trade shows and other graphic-arts educational products. During his leadership Seybold events featured prominent speakers such as Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of the New York Times, Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, Christie Hefner, president of Playboy Enterprises, Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe Systems, and Daniel Carp, CEO of Eastman Kodak. Gable has spoken at events around the world and has written extensively on graphic design, intellectual-property rights, and publishing production in books and for magazines such as Print, U&lc, ID, Macworld, Graphic Exchange, AGI, and The Seybold Report. His clients have included A-list brands in technology and financial services. Gable's interest in graphic design history and letterpress printing resulted in his popular columns "Heavy Metal Madness" and "Scanning Around with Gene" here on Follow Gene on Twitter:
  • Features: Written by Gene Gable on July 5, 2012
    Despite taking a world-religion class in college, I’m afraid I’m woefully ignorant of most faiths, especially the eastern variety, which seem particularly complicated and full of interesting characters. But I love a lot of the imagery, so was glad to find a series of postcards from India during a recent trip to a shop called The Thrifty Hippy in Petaluma, California.
  • Features: Written by Gene Gable on June 28, 2012

    Maybe it’s because I’ve always worked in California, but I’ve never really had to dress u

  • Features: Written by Gene Gable on June 21, 2012

    I will admit to having a serious case of wanderlust this summer.

  • Features: Written by Gene Gable on June 14, 2012

    My favorite type era is definitely the Seventies, which I’ve written about before

  • Features: Written by Gene Gable on June 7, 2012

    I have a love hate relationship with the Seventies.

  • Features: Written by Gene Gable on March 2, 2012

    I grew up in the era of so-called “new math,” a fairly radical and short-lived attempt durin

  • Features: Written by Gene Gable on August 3, 2009
    When Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone in 2007, he may have done a slight disservice to the design community by implying that the beauty of the device was its ability to view full-blown Web sites, not scaled down versions. He went on to show the New York Times Web site and use the iPhone's clever zooming capabilities to navigate the otherwise too-large front page.
  • Features: Written by Gene Gable on January 9, 2009
    This month represents the 25th anniversary of the Macintosh computer, and with Apple pulling out of the Macworld Expo show, perhaps the end of an era of how the Mac community gathers and celebrates each year. And thanks to my own Macbook going on the fritz (the first such incident in almost 25 years of Mac use), I can't do any scanning around this week. So editor in chief Terri Stone has been kind enough to re-run this column, which I wrote five years ago when the Mac turned 20.
  • Features: Written by Gene Gable on October 30, 2008
    Pros: New Suite-wide common interface, export to Flash format, great links tracking, smart guides and smart align, conditional text, live preflight, enhanced tables, smart text reflow (that adds or deletes pages), and new IDML format. Cons: Limited Flash authoring, no video or animation playback in exported SWF files, some issues when combining transparency with interactivity. New interface may rattle some people at first. Rating: 90
  • Features: Written by Gene Gable on August 8, 2008
    Pros: Streamlined tool sets; Flash and Illustrator file support; enhanced grids and guides; robust hanging characters; new Picture Content Tool and cropping preview; full international support in every box. Cons: Web, image-editing and Flash authoring tools somewhat limited; no layer support for Illustrator files; no printed manual. Score: 88