RealSimplecom Partners with Top Tier Bloggers

first_imgAccording to Real Simple, Time Inc. made the magazine’s Web site a top priority for 2008. The site will continue to run its existing blogs, including “Adventures in Chaos,” written by the magazine’s managing editor Kristin van Ogtrop, and a wedding blog called “Nearly Wed.” Last year, RealSimple.com saw a 50 percent increase in page views over the 2007, with total visits increasing by 68 percent. According to Singer, the refresh will “no doubt” increase the site’s current traffic. RealSimple.com has launched a new blog called “Simply Stated,” featuring the work of “top tier bloggers” across categories like food, home and organizing, beauty and style, and life and home. According to RealSimple.com executive director Tanya Singer, the bloggers—including a 20-year-old journalist and mother of five whose tech blog includes advice on balancing work and home—were “handpicked as the best names in their respective categories.” Blog content will be unique to Real Simple but will drive traffic to the bloggers’ sites as well, she said. The launch is part of what the magazine calls a “multi-phase online makeover,” leading to a full relaunch in August. last_img read more

RandallReilly Undergoes Corporate Executive Restructuring

first_imgWhen the company does invest in print, adds Reilly, it tends to be on associated units such as social media or research. “Our primary investments this year have been in our data center and our interactive division, with a smaller level in events, audience development and custom marketing solutions.”As a result of the new centers of excellence structure, the executive team has realigned its roles. Along with Brent Reilly’s promotion to president, Shane Elmore, formerly chief financial officer, will become chief process officer—a position on a similar level with Brent that will focus on further integration among the centers of excellence. Chief operating officer David Wright is now chief operations officer. Mike Reilly will retain his chairman and CEO. Randall-Reilly, the Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based b-to-b media company targeting the trucking and construction markets, has recently undergone a corporate restructuring around six “centers of excellence”: Content, interactive, events, business intelligence, custom marketing solutions and audience development. As a result, the executive team, which remains intact, has also shuffled its roles. The organizational structure mirrors what most b-to-b media companies are prioritizing these days—diversifying print with digital, data and custom marketing services. However, the challenge has often been to free these elements from their own silos so they scale across a company’s market verticals and brands. “In the prior setup, some of these centers of excellence were encompassed in certain business units,” explains Brent Reilly, now the company’s president. “Our data company, for example, operated as its own business unit. Now it drives data solutions for all of our customers in the industries we serve, as well as the audiences we reach.” The new structure has also helped the company better target its investments, which these days tend to focus on units other than print. “We don’t see print going away in the near future even though we’re seeing the same declines everyone else in b-to-b is seeing,” says Reilly, “so, obviously our investment level in print is nowhere near the investment we’re making in data and other centers of excellence.”last_img read more

CorelDraw 2019 comes back to the Mac and onto the web

first_img Software Best laptops, tablets and desktops for creatives in 2018 38 Photos Intel Core 2 Duo 2 Intel 2:35 See it Enlarge ImageCorelDraw on the Mac. Corel Corel surrendered to the inevitable and dropped its Mac version of the CorelDraw products in 2001. 18 years on, the company is bringing it back simultaneously with the release of its latest Windows update, CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2019, and its debut into the web app world. The difference this time is the Mac version isn’t a warmed-over Windows application. Instead it’s built from a separate and newly developed code base.What that means in practice is that it looks and feels like a native Mac OS application. It adheres to system-specific conventions — preferences under the application menu rather than the edit menu as they are in Windows, support for dark mode in High Sierra, extensive Touch Bar integration, Javascript rather than VBA for scripting, and so on. It also supports native GPU acceleration. Functionally, however, it’s on par with the Windows version.Based on the system requirements, it should run on systems as low-end as the late-model MacBook Air (it requires at least four logical cores, which rules out the old models using the Intel Core 2 Duo). The CorelDraw web app comprises a subset of the larger application’s features, with documents saved to Corel’s proprietary cloud service. But it’s not a standalone product: Access comes as part of the Suite and it’s intended for collaboration or quick-and-dirty creations, though it does support multipage layouts. There will be a paid-for subscription upgrade dubbed CorelDraw Pro.app.You won’t yet be able to use the web app offline or share documents in the cloud via a link. Those features are scheduled for a little later this year.Either Suite runs $500 (£600 or about AU$700) for the perpetual license. Note that it’s not a “dual SKU,” so the Windows and Mac versions are considered separate products. Windows owners can upgrade for $200 (£300) and there’s also a subscription option for  $198 (£200) per year with perennial upgrades as long as you’re paying.The Suite comes with the main illustration application, Photo-Paint and AfterShot (raw and HDR editor), plus a few utilities such as a font manager. And, as any long-time CorelDraw follower will expect, tons of clipart and fonts.coreldraw-appEnlarge ImageThe CorelDraw web app runs in a browser. Lori Grunin/CNET The two most notable new features in the main CorelDraw application are an Objects Docker (called the “Objects Inspector” on Mac OS, it’s basically the object hierarchy of the document), non-destructive effects and editable effect stacks on bitmaps. The latter means that if, for example, you apply effects to an image with a clipping path attached, you can still edit the effect settings without painfully unbundling everything (or worse).There’s also beefed-up GPU acceleration and a more robust Windows tablet mode which takes extensive advantage of the Microsoft Dial. This is analagous to the Touch Bar integration on the MacBook Pro.It might be too late for Corel to stage a comeback on the Mac, although stranger things have happened. Corel owns one of the original killer applications that helped launch the Mac as a graphics powerhouse — Corel Painter, nee Fractal Design Painter, which Corel bought from Metacreations in 2000 — and has managed to retain its fan base. It also owns Parallels, bought in December 2018, which is one of the most popular Mac virtual machine programs. But despite bulking up of its Mac products through those acquisitions, the bulk of its portfolio has been in Windows for almost two decades. coreldraw-2019-for-mac-symmetry-mode-enEnlarge ImageCorelDraw Mac in dark mode. Corel The online app is based on Gravit Designer, which Corel bought in June 2018. That’s still a separate product for the time being, but don’t forget that pro CorelDraw.app I mentioned earlier.Growing pains are inevitable with a brand-new application. I tried to run it simply to create a screenshot but the app was sluggish and crashed twice before I gave up. On a Mac Pro. Times have changed, too. There’s a lot of competition on the Mac, and I’m not just talking about Adobe Illustrator. Software such as Affinity Designer and Pixelmator Pro have justifiably devoted fans. So it remains to be seen if there’s room for Corel to elbow its way in. Mentioned Above Intel Core 2 Duo E6400center_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • Intel Core 2 Duo $71 Comments Tips for improving battery life on your MacBook Preview • Intel Core 2 Duo – First Take Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voicelast_img read more