Cacidi releases new automation software to help designers create charts faster and easier

The creation of various types of charts has always posed a time-consuming headache for many creatives and graphic designers. Cacidi Systems (Copenhagen, Denmark), a leading software developer of design-driven automated graphic production, has released a new solution for faster and easier creation and editing of charts, directly in an Adobe InDesign CC document. Automated creation … Read more →

Northplains announces integration with ShotFlow One to streamline creative workflow

Toronto-based Northplains has announced an integration partnership with Shotflow One from Capture Integration, to accelerate campaign creative processes. Northplains is a leader in Digital Asset Management software offering cloud-based and on-premise solutions that help marketers manage visual content and streamline production. The result of this application-level integration, said Northplains, is a more seamless workflow that … Read more →

Third Annual Kobo Emerging Writer prize winners announced

Rakuten Kobo (Toronto) has announced this year’s Emerging Writer Prize recipients. The best new Canadian writers of debut books in the Literary Fiction, Speculative Fiction, and Non-Fiction categories each received a $10,000 (CAD) cash prize as well as promotional, marketing and communications support to help launch their careers. And the winners are….. The Literary Fiction prize … Read more →

Axaio releases MadeToPrint for QuarkXPress 2017

Axaio software, developer of solutions for PDF creation, printing and content correction workflows for the publishing and printing markets, has announced the availability of its print-and-export XTension MadeToPrint for Quark’s new version XPress 2017. MadeToPrint for Quark XPress offers “fast and faultless production” of multiple output formats (e.g. PDF) by reducing human errors through automation … Read more →

Sappi calls for entries for its 2017 Ideas that Matter competition with July 7 deadline

Sappi North America has officially opened its 2017 Ideas that Matter 18th annual grant program that enables social good through creative design. A leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, Sappi is once again inviting designers to show the world how design – specifically print – can play an important role in … Read more →

Adobe CC adds new capabilities in AI, VR, motion graphics, live animation and audio

Adobe has announced a major update for video in Adobe Creative Cloud (Adobe CC) to help filmmakers and video producers collaborate and streamline video workflows. The release delivers: new features for graphics and titling, animation, polishing audio and sharing assets; support for the latest video formats such as HDR, VR and 4K; new integrations with … Read more →

The evolution of Adobe Illustrator in three fascinating and personal videos

Thirty years ago this month, Adobe introduced its flagship design software Adobe Illustrator. This groundbreaking software revolutionized the graphic arts industry – from radiograph pens to the first-ever vector graphics software – and played a significant role in the first digital publishing revolution. Today, more than 180 million graphics are created each month using Adobe … Read more →

Third Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize now accepting submissions to March 3

Rakuten Kobo, one of the world’s leading eReading services, is now accepting submissions for its third annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. The prize identifies, and puts at the forefront of the competitive publishing industry, exceptional books written by first-time authors from three categories: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction (this year Speculative Fiction with a different genre … Read more →

RGD and Nascent Digital launch online tool to help guide designers with requests for spec work

The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) has launched an interactive tool titled Free, Fee or Flee? The website ( walks creative professionals, specifically graphic designers, through a questionnaire to consider various scenarios involving requests they receive for free work. The goal is to help them identify exploitative requests for anything from spec work to … Read more →