- Features: Written by Gene Gable on July 11, 2008Pros: PDF portfolio creation, Flash support, better color conversions, highly accurate document comparison feature, layers. Cons: Out of cycle with Creative Suite upgrade, it's a big (almost 1 GB) application, and many new features will only be practical when Acrobat Readers are upgraded over time. Score: 90 out of 100
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on May 29, 2008As much as the 7.0 revision of QuarkXPress was about complex, inter-related publishing workflows, the new version announced today is about a much-needed new look and a host of tools aimed squarely at graphic designers. Quark wasn’t necessarily wrong to focus on the hard-core production market in the last couple of versions, but neither were designers wrong to conclude the XPress interface was looking a little behind the times.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on February 20, 2008I'm at an age in life where my finances should be totally secure, but like many Americans I still sometimes find myself short of ready cash when it comes time to pay the monthly bills. So I thought I'd dig out my file on past-due stickers and look at some of the ways vendors have tried (and still try) to encourage prompt payment. If you're at all concerned that I would, in fact, have a file of past-due stickers, I can only say "thank you." It concerns me, too. All of the images in this column are from rubber-stamp and stock-label catalogs published from 1919 to 1958.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on February 6, 2008
When I discovered that today marks my five-year anniversary writing a column here at CreativePro.com, I immediately fell into a dark funk. I generally dislike milestones because they serve as a reminder of dreams unfulfilled, paths not taken, books not read, money not saved, pounds not lost and any number of other pessimistic conclusions one can draw. It hasn't been the best five years of my life by any measure, and much of it I would rather forget.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on January 11, 2008
Aside from the cheap disposal variety handed out at trade shows and conferences, I've never had a job that required a badge to prove authority or status. After a youthful tour of the Olympia Brewery in Tumwater, Washington, I was presented with a metal "Honorary Citizen of Tumwater" badge, and I once held membership in the Aunt Jemima Pancake Club, complete with metal badge proclaiming: "Pancake Days are here again!"
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on October 12, 2007
In the annals of great American institutions, American Telephone and Telegraph, which was the parent corporation of the Bell Telephone Companies, has got to be one of the greatest. I'm not talking about the current former-Cingular, former-SBC, former-Southwest Bell, former-AT&T, exclusive-iPhone-provider AT&T, but the AT&T from a time when your choice of "calling plans" was limited to desk or wall models.
- Features: Written by Gene Gable on August 22, 2007
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- Features: Written by Gene Gable on August 1, 2007
Today, Adobe will announce its "solution" for the current controversy among printers over placement of a "send to FedEx-Kinkos" button that was recently added to Acrobat software products. The feature, which allows users to quickly and conveniently send PDF files to Kinkos for output, has riled competing printers who are crying "foul" that Adobe would so prominently endorse any specific printing company.