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New Affinity Publisher Is Worth a Look

Serif launched Affinity Designer in October 2014, Affinity Photo in July 2015 and, most recently, Affinity Publisher in June 2019. I downloaded Affinity Publisher, which costs $49.99 (one‐time cost, not a subscription). I was really impressed with the performance and features, especially since it’s their first version. Although I have not spent a lot of time using and testing Affinity Publisher, my initial reaction is that it’s a great option for anyone using either Microsoft Publisher or a non Creative… READ

Does the Mix of Mail in the Mailbox Play an Important Role?

Recently, a coworker of mine handed me a printed report from the United States Postal Service — Office of Inspector General. It was titled ​“Advertising Mail: Mail Mix Matters.” I set it aside promising myself I would read it. The report was 49 pages, and I was sure this was going to be a dry read. You know, like reading legal documents, the kind where you must be very awake.  Much to my surprise, it was actually a pretty enlightening read. The… READ

My Pitch for Creative Pro Week 2019

Every year I attend the InDesign Conference, which is part of Creative Pro Week. In the past, I would write a blog post after the event highlighting the various sessions I attended and what I learned. This year I thought I would write before the event, which, is being held in Seattle from Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14. My intention is simple: to encourage you to attend this fantastic professional event. It’s such a great opportunity to not… READ

Getting Clarity from a TV Commercial. Go Figure.

Have you seen the new Rocket Mortgage commercials? A very pretty young lady is in a hairdresser’s chair but has no idea what the fancy hairdresser said. Then in  pops the mortgage/translator to explain that the hairdresser is going to add some hair clips, give her a bob cut and retire to Boca Raton… she is his swan song! If you haven’t had an opportunity to see the commercial, basically it shows how Rocket Mortgage is able to help you… READ

Adjusting Page Size, Margins and Bleed

The October 2018 release of Adobe InDesign introduced a new feature called Adjust Layout. You can use this feature to adjust the page size, margins and bleed along with text and other page items.  Adjust Layout You will find Adjust Layout in several places, but let’s start with the File menu. When you choose Adjust Layout from the File menu, the following dialog box will open: Page Size In this example, we are adjusting the page size from 8.5 in. x… READ

Where Does Your Mail Moment Occur?

Do you always do certain things in your life in the same place?   I know, weird question. Let me tell you what I mean. Recently, the post office sent out a marketing piece called USPS Mail Moments Fall 2018 Review. The piece has research results from three generations (ages 18 to 75) that asked different things about the in‐home mail experience. It was filled with stats.  For instance, Millennial’s consider a package more important than other mail. They are also more… READ

Welcome to 2019: Don’t look Back, But You Should Back Up (Your Files)

When it comes to backing up your computer, there are many choices. The only choice I don’t recommend is not having a back‐up plan.. I have a Solid State Device (SSD) in my laptop, so I wasn’t as worried about my hard drive failing as I was about a file getting accidentally deleted or not having access to my files if my laptop got stolen, for example. Since I have a laptop, I didn’t want to rely on plugging in an external hard drive on a regular basis and… READ

The Bad News: You Missed Our Quarterly User Group Meeting. The Good News: We Recorded It.

Laurie Ruhlin, Adobe Certified Instructor joined us at our Quarterly User Group Meeting. She spoke earlier this year to a packed room and received rave reviews. This meeting was no different. We had another very full session, and Laurie covered InDesign Tips and Tricks that included: Borders and shading Numbering and bullets Book feature Image tricks I had the pleasure of complementing Laurie’s presentation with what participants said was highly informative information they could use right now. The key topics of… READ

You Could Be Missing 40% of Your Address Changes

Are you the type that loves simple surprises? You know, an extra yolk in your egg.  BOGO offers on shoes. A baker’s dozen donuts when you were only expecting 12. Everyone loves getting something for nothing, am I right?  Boy, do we have a surprise for you! We know how hard you work to win a client. Being able to communicate about your product or service to your customers can’t even be assigned a dollar value. We get how big a deal it is… READ

The Evolution of Paragraph Borders in Adobe InDesign CC

Paragraph Borders Adobe InDesign CC (13), released back on October 18, 2017, introduced Paragraph Borders (or strokes) around one or more paragraphs. This was a great new feature, but had one major problem. When creating a border around consecutive paragraphs, the borders often would overlap. You could fix it manually, which was rather time consuming, or use a free script to fix this problem. Paragraph Borders Improved Adobe InDesign CC, released on March 12, 2018, improved the Paragraph Borders. You can… READ

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Adobe InDesign 1.0 – CC (2014) New Features Guide

As a member of the Education and Support Team at Ripon Printers, I often talk with customers using different versions of InDesign. Sometimes it’s hard to remember when a certain feature got added to InDesign. I decided to create a document that lists all the New Features beginning with the fist release of InDesign back… READ

Before you Install Creative Cloud 2015, read this…

On Monday, June 15, 2015, Adobe announced Creative Cloud 2015. I downloaded InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Muse and, I’m liking the new features and performance enhancements.Install Warning: When you choose to update to Creative Cloud 2015, the default is to Remove old versions. Last year some people were confused by having CC (2013) and CC… READ

Are You Budgeting Your Address Lists?

My husband and I are empty nesters, and we purchased a home about five years ago.  It’s an older home, and we have been pushing money into returning the structure to its 1920’s glory.   Seeking out salvage companies was fun, and we were finding great, eye‐catching additions for our home.  However, we noticed that we… READ