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 11, 2008
    Pros: 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, 2008
    As 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, 2008
    I'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, 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 September 5, 2007

    On September 5, 2007, Pantone announced an entirely new spot-color-m

  • 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.