Xpress-rated: Video sneak-peek of the June 25 edition

Can’t wait to get your Wednesday fix of Mountain Xpress? Then check out this video sneak preview of what’s coming up.

It’s a two-and-a-half-minute look, with an intro by Managing Editor Jon Elliston and more details from Arts and Entertainment Editor Steve Shanafelt and reporter Kent Priestley, who writes this week’s cover story.

We hope to make this a weekly online feature. Tell us what you think.

Jason Sandford, multimedia editor



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21 thoughts on “Xpress-rated: Video sneak-peek of the June 25 edition

  1. You guys still using PASTE UPS?????

    That looks like the stuff I did back in the eighties when editing newspapers here in Asheville. Really old tech. ;-) (or so I say after a day typesetting in In Design).

    but, more seriously, great glimpse into MountainX… thanks! Let us see more.

  2. Ayana

    Just like being back at the X. (That Kent Priestley really knows how to accessorize.)

  3. brebro

    I thought the same thing, Ralph, and here I thought I would have to throw out all that old rubylith and mechanical board along with my old waxer, but now I can just donate it to the MountainX offices. Where should I drop them off?

  4. heh, heh… right Brebro …. and I still have a waxer with several bars of unused wax… and some ROLLERS!

    what about it guys?

    meanwhile, back to that wondrous optical kerning in In Design CS3. ;-)

  5. [b]You guys still using PASTE UPS?????[/b]

    Just printed galley sheets from the digital file, Ralph. It’s easier on the eyes during the final rounds of edits, and faster all around for all of us to look the entire paper over.

  6. does that mean you don’t want my wax machine?

    so, which software do you use? Quark? In Design?

    us technical types wanna know. Thanks.

  7. [b]does that mean you don’t want my wax machine?[/b]

    It’s tempting, but I think we’ll stick with these lame iMacs instead.

    [b]so, which software do you use? Quark? In Design?[/b]

    Both, actually. It depends on the product. Can you tell which Xpress publications look more like they were made with Adobe? 50 points to the first correct answer.

  8. “lame iMacs?” … well, you said it, not me.

    I started typesetting stuff on a Compugraphics Jr. back in the mid-80s … one line display, output to strips of paper that had to be run through chemicals and pasted into place. … but also about the same time, starting typesetting with personal computers (PCs, not Mac) and have never looked back. Have done hundreds of newspapers and well over 1,000 books personally, mostly on PC. And I just finished a 320-pager just moments ago (“The Cullowhee Comet” by Bob Terrell, coming from Alexander Books this summer!).

    So we know typesetting. ;-) I’m not all video, ya know.

    So, what do I do with my waxer and my darkroom? Never use either anymore. Everything is digital these days.

    Ain’t it wonderful?

  9. by the way, I even taught some of early MountainX’s production people … i.e. employees of mine who left because you guys paid more. Not recently, though. ;-)

  10. [b]So, what do I do with my waxer and my darkroom?[/b]

    You might be able to donate it to a DIY ‘zinester or a retro press of some kind. I bet it’d get snapped up if you put it on Craigslist.

  11. actually, I’m holding on to it just in case I need it… In the last 20 years, I think I actually used it once but I may turn it on just to watch the wax melt for old times’ sake. ;-)

    Hey, I could take a video of it and maybe one of paint drying! Sound exciting?

  12. [b]Hey, I could take a video of it and maybe one of paint drying! Sound exciting?[/b]

    It can’t be any worse than another “Chocolate Rain” parody.

  13. brebro

    Ralph, I found an ancient typesetting machine that worked the same way you describe: in the basement of the WLOS Battle mansion when I worked there 20 years ago. You really did have to do ONE letter at a time on a roll of three-inch tall photo paper that required developer, fixative, etc. before it would come out. Ridiculous! There was also one of those all-in-one Compugraphics units to make photostats that I had to keep changing chemicals in. I had just replaced the guy that had worked there since the 50s and they had done everything old school all that time. I talked them into getting a computer (they got a PC, yuk, not the Mac I wanted) and Pagemaker so I would be able to output type there and not have to keep driving over to Jim BIley’s World Typeset house on Overlook to pick up typesetting every time we did an ad! Oh, how easy these kids today have it.

    Anyway, I haven’t used my waxer since the first Bush was in office. How much are they going for on local Craigs list? I don’t think anyone would pay the shipping for it on Ebay.

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