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  • With updates  to the Creative Cloud apps it is a good opportunity for AGI to provide an InDesign CC 2017 review and new features overview. If you already have a subscription to the CC apps, it likely makes sense to get the latest version of the Creative Cloud, as InDesign makes it difficult to...
  • Digital competition, shifting media consumption habits, and shrinking print circulations continues to challenge Time Inc’s storied magazine brands. Time Inc. is the publisher of many of the most widely known brands, including Time, Sports Illustrated, People, and Fortune. American Graphics...
  • Best ways to learn InDesign - August 11, 2016
    The best option for learning InDesign varies from person to person based upon learning style, ability to travel, and availability to dedicate time to gaining a new skill. The best ways to learn InDesign include: In-person InDesign classesOnline InDesign coursesInDesign training booksVideo...
  • If you are working in marketing, design, or publishing, or looking to find a job in these fields, it’s important to learn InDesign. This is because Adobe InDesign is the most widely used tool for creating brochures, flyers, marketing materials. It is also used by most newspapers, book, and...
  • American Graphics Institute has released the fully updated InDesign Digital Classroom CC 2015 - 2016 book.  Written by the same experts that teach InDesign training classes at AGI, the book includes 14 chapters of introductory through advanced materials.Learn InDesign Essential SkillsThe...
  • The Adobe InDesign CC 2016 new features include several modest upgrades including some user interface changes, additional support for graphic processor units (GPU), and changes to the way InDesign works with documents opened across a network, which is effectively a bug-fix that Adobe is calling a...
  • The publisher of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times appears to have kept the larger Gannett Co. from buying the publisher and has committed to making a major investment in technology as the foundation of the company. Tribune Publishing received an investment of more than $70 million from a...
  • Tampa FL Newspapers Merge - May 11, 2016
    The Tampa Bay Times has purchased its cross-town rival, the 123 year-old Tampa Tribune. The Tampa Bay Times was already the largest newspaper in Florida, and with the acquisition becomes the fifth largest Sunday newspaper in the entire country. The paper was purchased from Revolution Capital Group...
  • Those reporting on the demise of daily newspapers may be premature, as the largest publisher of daily newspapers is looking to get even bigger. Today Gannett, the publisher of USA Today along with 100 other daily newspapers, has offered to buy Tribune Publishing for $815 million. Tribune Publishing...
  • InDesign to Kindle Format - April 12, 2016
    Why Convert InDesign files to Kindle formatConverting InDesign files to Kindle format is important for publishers because Amazon leads the e-reader market. While many companies have tried their hand at selling e-readers, there are few real competitors to the Kindle. The Amazon Kindle remains the...
  • A new Kindle eBook reader from Amazon was announced this week, enhancing their line of existing e-readers. The new Kindle Oasis expands upon the line of Kindle eBook readers rather than replacing any of the current models. The new Kindle ebook reader also offers an available protective case that...
  • InDesign Primary Text Frames - March 15, 2016
    Understanding InDesign Primary Text FramesInDesign’s primary text frame makes it easier for designers to change the appearance of a page layout without needing to manually rearrange text across multiple pages. Without a primary text frame if a designer changes the layout of a page that...
  • The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal by Apple in the ruling that the company had conspired with publishers to increase the price of eBooks. Earlier an appeal’s court had held that Apple encouraged publishers to artificially increase the price of digital books. As a result...
  • The educational textbook market has been seeing high growth in the sales of digital books compared to print books over the past several years. Recent reports show that this trend is continuing, with more schools and students buying digital books than print books according to data provided by one of...
  • While newspapers traditionally have an editor that oversees all news operations, they also generally have a separate role as publisher managing the business, finance, and sales side of a news operation. While those roles have blurred in recent years, the distinction was just completely eliminated...
  • The InDesign training class in Boston has been postponed due to the winter storm impacting Massachusetts and New England. The InDesign course will start one day later, on Tuesday, February 9. If you are impacted by the start date change for this InDesign class and wish to reschedule to another...
  • This weekend the New York Times moves beyond its nickname of the old grey lady and becomes the hip publisher of the future as they produced and distributed several stories using virtual reality, or VR. The change in perception is staggering for a newspaper that at one time did not want to publish...
  • Philadelphia Media Network, the publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com announced their intention to combine the staff of the three publications which have been operating separately. As part of the consolidation, the publisher also indicated that layoffs will...
  • The popularity of dedicated ebook readers has declined dramatically in popularity over the past 18 months, providing useful demographics information for book publishers that use InDesign to create eBooks. In 2014 nearly one third of adults indicated that they owned a dedicated ebook reader, but by...
  • Publish Online with InDesign CC 2015InDesign CC2015 Publish Online provides a new method for sharing content created using InDesign. InDesign documents can be uploaded to an Adobe web server and are available for viewing as a published file using most modern web browsers. The published files cannot...
  • InDesign CC 2015 Review - October 12, 2015
    This review of InDesign CC 2015 introduces you to new capabilities added to InDesign and helps you decide whether the upgrade is worthwhile. If you are using a Creative Cloud version of InDesign, the InDesign CC 2015 update is included with the subscription.Risks of InDesign CC 2015 upgradeMoving...
  • Oyster’s eBook subscription service provides digital books across all major tablet and mobile operating systems, including the iPad, Nook HD, and Kindle devices. The service also provided access to eBooks from within any modern web browser. With more than 100,000 paid subscribers, Oyster was...
  • The National Geographic Magazine, one of the longest-running publications as well as the most prominent nonprofit monthly magazine, is giving up its non-profit status. The magazine has operated as a part of the non-profit National Geographic Society since being founded in 1888.The society itself...
  • The magazine publishing industry continues to see further shake-ups with the announcement today that magazine publisher Meredith Corporation is to be acquired by Media General in a deal worth $2.4 Billion.  The acquisition by Media General is less about the print publishing operations and more...
  • Many publishers that enroll in the InDesign classes at American Graphics Institute assume that the transition from print to digital should occur entirely within InDesign and other Adobe tools. A recent update to Adobe Digital Publishing Suite created the Digital Publishing Solution which was...
  • A revitalization of an interest in personalized book publishing is coming from a publishing segment that has been ignored by most publishers and been stagnant for decades: personalized children’s books. Entrepreneur Asi Sharabi saw an opportunity to apply modern technology to the old industry...
  • Recently Adobe released an update they are labeling as InDesign CC 2015. If you are a user of Adobe DPS, the Digital Publishing Suite, this update to InDesign is one step forward and two steps back. Adobe has not included any of the Adobe DPS menu commands or panels in this version of InDesign CC...
  • American Graphics Institute first started delivering InDesign training courses a full decade ago. While InDesign was still in development, and the first version not yet released, Adobe approached AGI to develop a training program to roll-out InDesign globally. Adobe sent AGI instructors around the...
  • If you are looking for a way to more easily create ebook files for all major platforms and devices, you may find a new tool, Playwrite, from Wundr to be useful. It is designed exclusively for creating eBook files using the ePub format. Wundr creates ePub3 files that can be distributed on the iPad,...
  • When deciding to distribute your books electronically, you have a number of decisions because there is not a single digital document format for magazines, books, and other publications. You may wonder whether you should use ePub or Adobe DPS or Kindle’s mobi file format.The correct format for...
  • Open InDesign CC in CS6 - November 8, 2014
    You can open an InDesign CC file in CS6, or open an InDesign CC 2014 document using InDesign CC, but it requires a bit of work or some help from a plug-in to open your InDesign files in earlier versions of the application. Adobe InDesign is unique among the Creative Cloud design tools. Unless you...
  • This week Adobe InDesign lost its product manager who had been guiding the digital design tool for the past 6 years, first as the InDesign Server product manager, then as the product manager for the InDesign product family. Having worked at Adobe for more than a decade, Chris Kitchener brought to...
  • On election night we’re reminded of the importance of print publications, and how design tools such as Adobe InDesign continue to play a role in design, communications and marketing. Candidates for local offices and state-wide positions blanketed voters with political mailings, post cards,...
  • Apple enhances eBook platform - October 30, 2014
    Apple has announced changes to its iBooks store in an effort to get more authors and content onto their platform for distributing eBooks to users of iPads and other Apple devices, As part of the updates, Apple is now reviewing eBook submissions to their iBooks store more quickly, allowing more...
  • Adobe Digital Editions is the e-book reader from Adobe Systems for viewing ebook files on desktop and notebook computers, both Mac and Windows. The core technology is also used in some popular e-reading devices as well. Many libraries also use Adobe Digital Editions for their patrons to read...
  • Book retailer Barnes & Noble tried to reinvent their business when they started selling the Nook eBook readers. The initial eBook readers started out as black and white devices for reading text on screen. Later, the retailer expanded into color eBook readers that also provided access to digital...
  • Amazon is showing how much of a powerful force they are in the book market. In an effort to extract more money from publisher Hachette, Amazon has started to list some books as unavailable, even though they are widely available from other retailers, or completely removed pages promoting the books....
  • Publishers of books have seen a rapid shift to digital content. From textbooks being read on an iPad to novels being enjoyed on a Kindle, the growth of digital content is dramatic. For those involved in book creation, InDesign has been struggling to keep pace with the rapid changes in reading...
  • A digital designer's tools are typically separated by the tasks that they're performing. For instance, publishers and marketers might use Adobe InDesign to accomplish different goals, but at its core, the work this software accomplishes is largely the same - the snap-to grid will help...
  • Why learn Adobe InDesign? - February 13, 2014
    With so much emphasis placed on digital these days, you could be forgiven for assuming that Adobe InDesign is only used by professionals in the traditional publishing industry. However, this is not necessarily the case. Today's creative professionals in a range of industries use Adobe...
  • The chances are pretty good that you've at least heard the term "desktop publishing" at some point. However, you may not be so sure what this actually means. Desktop publishing revolutionized many industries when it rose to prominence in the mid- to late-1980s, and today, Adobe...