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Make Awesome Animated GIFs with Photoshop

Make Awesome Animated GIFs with Photoshop

Welcome to a quick tutorial from Our-Hometown. We recently revamped the design of a customer newsletter page to include a Google map with pins representing the featured publishers in the region. The publisher wanted to include this map highlight in the email version of the newsletter, so we decided to create an animated GIF showcasing each publisher as a teaser to engage readers. Today, I’ll guide you through creating your […]

Stripe users: Please check your account status

Stripe users: Please check your account status

Attention Our-Hometown customers, If you’re using the online payment gateway Stripe to process payments through your website, please be aware that you may be required to verify or update your business and/or account ownership information in order to continue using Stripe. We urge you to take a few minutes to login to your Stripe Dashboard and check for any notifications from Stripe requesting this information. In addition to the dashboard […]

In Memory of Teri Marie McLaren

In Memory of Teri Marie McLaren

We have sad news about a longtime member of the Our Hometown family. Teri Marie McLaren, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, after a short and courageous battle with cancer, went to meet Jesus on January 25, 2024. We all knew Teri as the matriarch at Our Hometown.  She was passionate about her vital role as production manager and brought a positive energy to every interaction.   Ever since Teri started with […]

Kevin Slimp: “Beginning 2024 Right”

Kevin Slimp: “Beginning 2024 Right”

Headlines from the past remind me that 2024 could be a great year The following is a guest column from our friend and industry expert, Kevin Slimp! Making bold predictions is easy. This year, I’ve paid close attention to forecasts by respected sportswriters in national print and online publications to see how my football bowl predictions match up against their predictions. Some of you probably did the same thing. I […]

Holiday Scheduling Reminder

Holiday Scheduling Reminder

Attention, Our-Hometown customer! The holiday season is officially in full swing, and we need your help to make sure that we have the resources available to handle any holiday-related requests such as early publishes, late publishes, or extra special sections that need to be posted online between now and the new year. If you are currently utilizing our PDF to HMTL Extraction Service, please LET US KNOW if there will be any changes to […]

Microsoft Ignite 2023: Key AI Developments for Publishers

Microsoft Ignite 2023: Key AI Developments for Publishers

The Microsoft Ignite 2023 conference showcased several AI-driven innovations, with implications for various industries, including digital publishing. Here’s an objective overview of the developments that might interest newspaper publishers: AI-Enhanced Productivity: Insights on Copilot for Microsoft 365 Microsoft’s Copilot for Microsoft 365 represents a significant leap in AI-driven productivity tools. User feedback indicates a 29% increase in task efficiency, with 70% reporting enhanced productivity. Notably, 68% of users found an […]

News-Media Alliance Releases Whitepaper on AI, Copyright and the Fair Use Fallacy

News-Media Alliance Releases Whitepaper on AI, Copyright and the Fair Use Fallacy

In the rapidly evolving landscape of artificial intelligence (AI), publishers are finding themselves at a crossroads. The emergence of generative artificial intelligence (G-AI) systems has brought about a technological revolution, but with it comes a pressing question: How do we protect our creative content in this new digital age? The Challenge: A recent white paper by the News-Media Alliance highlights a critical issue facing publishers today—the pervasive copying of expressive […]

The Our Hometown Road Show – Visiting Box Elder News Journal

The Our Hometown Road Show – Visiting Box Elder News Journal

Today I traveled up I-15N from Salt Lake to Brigham City, UT for a visit with Casey at Box Elder News Journal. My first objective was to put a face to the name. Casey Claybaugh, who’s been the publisher of the paper since 2009, switched to OHT in the middle of the COVID shutdown, so I wasn’t doing any in-person onboarding. But I knew someday I would find an opportunity […]

Critiquing Common Issues

Critiquing Common Issues

Kevin shares what he learned while critiquing papers in Colorado The following is a guest post contributed by our friend and partner, Kevin Slimp! A funny thing happened to me in Denver a few days ago while I was in town to speak at the Colorado Press Association Convention. I had just finished my fourth presentation of the weekend. The topic was “Designing a Better Newspaper.” Most of the folks […]

Making More Space: Simple changes invite readers to pick up your paper

Making More Space: Simple changes invite readers to pick up your paper

The following is a Guest Column contributed by our friend and colleague Kevin Slimp ahead of our September webinar, “Combining the Power of Photoshop & InDesign” on the 15th! Younger readers might not know what I’m writing about when I mention Facebook “memories.” Still, most of you are familiar with those daily reminders that pop up each morning to remind you of what you were doing one, two, or even […]

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