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Up and Running with PhoneGap Build

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Griffith

Released On: 4/17/2014

See how PhoneGap, an open-source framework, and PhoneGap Build, a service in the Adobe Creative Cloud, allow you to create cross-platform mobile apps using the web technologies you know and love: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This course explores how to use PhoneGap Build to create app-store-ready applications for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Learn how to build an app from GitHub, Dreamweaver, Edge Code, or even a simple ZIP file; configure icons, splash screens, and other preferences; enable access to camera and location sensor data; and deploy and install your device on your smart phone or tablet.


Inventor 2014 Essential Training

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: John Helfen

Released On: 4/17/2014

Already up and running? This course is the next step in building your Autodesk Inventor skillset. Author John Helfen takes you through the interface and key processes of this parametric design system, including sketching, part modeling, assemblies, and drawings. Each process works in conjunction with the rest, allowing you to create parts and assemblies and document them in a way that they can be manufactured. Learn how to set up your project file; create and modify geometry; create extrusions, sweeps, and lofts; build parts with placed features and patterns of features; and create iParts and iFeatures. John also covers assembly visualization techniques, drawing views, and balloons and parts lists.

The course was created and produced by John Helfen. We're honored to host this training in our library.


Graphic Design for Business Professionals

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Justin Seeley

Released On: 4/17/2014

Not a graphic designer? No problem. In this course, staff author and designer Justin Seeley shares graphic design secrets anyone can apply to make their business documents look great. No graphic design knowledge necessary!

Justin breaks graphic design into an easy-to-follow acronym, PARC, or proximity, alignment, repetition, and contrast, and shows how to apply these principles to everyday design challenges. He also shows how to use the two major tools in a designer's arsenal, typography and color, to grab attention and set the appropriate mood for your documents. Then you'll work together on four different design projects that you might encounter in any office: a business card, an envelope, a flyer, and even a presentation.


Modeling an F1 Wheel in Maya

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Veejay Gahir

Released On: 4/17/2014

Once you've drawn your initial product design, it's time to take it to a 3D program for modeling. Veejay Gahir takes the initial sketch of a Formula 1 steering wheel from the first part of this series and shows you how to model and render a fully realized version in Maya. He shows how to import the sketch, use box and freeform modeling techniques to create the basic shape, and add details like buttons, dials, and decals. Finally, Veejay shows how to add texture and lights and render out the final view of your model.

This course uses an F1 wheel as an example project, but the techniques can be applied to any other automotive or consumer product. For more information, watch the first part of this series, Sketching an F1 Wheel in SketchBook.


Creative Spark: Grammar Girl, Changing Writing One Word at a Time

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Mignon Fogarty

Released On: 4/17/2014

Grammar is one of those topics that leaves even confident writers scratching their heads. But Grammar Girl, aka Mignon Fogarty, realized there was another way to teach it: Grammar could be fun! She started recording a podcast in her closet, which quickly became a website, a series of books—and a phenomenon, reaching over 50 million listeners. Find out how Grammar Girl evolved into the Quick and Dirty Tips network and led Mignon to develop her own iOS app—and see how she's using crowdfunding to support the development of her next venture: a board game called Peeve Wars.


Up and Running with Google AdSense

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Anson Alexander

Released On: 4/16/2014

Generate a steady stream of revenue from your website—without alienating your core audience—with Google AdSense. Author and marketer Anson Alexander teaches you how to get up and running with AdSense, and display ads that "make sense" for your website. Learn how to set up an account, place limitations on ad content, create ad units, and use advanced placement strategies and reporting. Plus, with AdSense performance reports, you'll learn how to identify ad trends, increase page views, and better tailor ad content.


Design the Web: Graphics and CSS Pseudo-Elements

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Converse

Released On: 4/16/2014

Learn to combine graphics and pseudo-elements to add more design and layout possibilities without adding more HTML to your web pages. Combining web graphics and CSS3 pseudo-elements allows you to style text, add graphics, and position objects, all while keeping your HTML clean and organized and without sacrificing responsive elements of your design.

This course was created by Chris Converse. We are honored to host this training in our library.


Moodle 2.6 Essential Training

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Aaron Quigley

Released On: 4/16/2014

Moodle is one of the most popular learning management systems for corporate and educational use. This course will help you create engaging online courses for business, K–12, and even college settings and get your students excited about learning. Aaron Quigley first gets you up to speed with the new features in Moodle 2.6, and then builds a digital classroom from the ground up, starting with a paper syllabus. Learn how to customize Moodle's appearance and your preferences, structure a course, add content and students, create online quizzes, manage your gradebooks, and more.


Pro Video Tips

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Anthony Q. Artis

Released On: 4/15/2014

Pro Video Tips is designed for busy videographers like you. This series brings you a new tip every week, on everything from controlling reflections to hiding mics. Host Anthony Q. Artis covers shooting techniques for particular video challenges like portraits, tools to help you control light and judge exposure, and advice for the traveling videographer, such as putting together a great lens kit or packing a truck. Come back every Tuesday for a new round of tips.


VFX Techniques: Digital Set Extension

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Lee Lanier

Released On: 4/15/2014

Learn how to digitally extend a set with After Effects. Lee Lanier shows how to remove a tricky green screen with the KEYLIGHT plugin and a custom luma matte, motion track a new background with appropriate parallax, digitally dress a set with static artwork, fabricate shadows, and relight the footage to create a realistic result.


Type Project: Grunge Poster

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Nigel French

Released On: 4/15/2014

Welcome to this installment of Type Project, where Nigel French shows you how to choose historically appropriate typefaces and apply design treatment to fit a particular style. Here he uses Illustrator and Photoshop to create a type treatment inspired by Grunge—the style most commonly associated with the music scene that originated in Seattle in the 1980s and 90s, and continues to resonate today. Learn how to create a background "wall" of type using Illustrator symbols, delete the counter spaces, and distress the design with dirty type.

Looking for more Type Projects? Find them on Nigel's author page.


Small Business Secrets

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Dave Crenshaw

Released On: 4/15/2014

Are you thinking about starting a small business, freelancing, or turning a hobby into a full-time job? Or perhaps you're already running your own business and need some inspiration to take it to the next level. Each week, join small business coach Dave Crenshaw for two short lessons that reveal the secrets of running a successful small business. This series covers topics such as getting started, writing a business plan, determining your most valuable product or service, hiring people, managing processes, documenting systems, bootstrapping, seeking funding, accounting, controlling costs and profit margins, marketing, creating culture, and more.


Excel 2013: Managing Multiple Worksheets and Workbooks

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Dennis Taylor

Released On: 4/15/2014

Sometimes multiple worksheets or workbooks are the only solution to storing large amounts of data. But how do you analyze data that's spread out that way? In this course, author Dennis Taylor shows you how to move, copy, and analyze large amounts of data stored in multiple worksheets and workbooks in Excel 2013. Learn how to insert, delete, move, and copy data from multiple sheets; hide and un-hide sheets; and make global changes. Plus, discover how to create simple formulas that connect different worksheets, make super-efficient 3D formulas to calculate summary totals from multiple worksheets, and use PivotTables to summarize data from multiple workbooks.


Creating a Marquee in WordPress with jQuery

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Converse

Released On: 4/15/2014

Leverage the power of WordPress and some custom jQuery to create and manage a promotional homepage marquee for your website. Chris Converse covers creating custom content types, uploading graphics, and producing an interactive, animated marquee that shows different captions on smaller screens. The exercise files and code snippets for this course are free to all members, so it's easy to recreate this project for your own WordPress site.

This course was created by Chris Converse. We're honored to host this training in our library.


Heartbleed Tactics for Small IT Shops

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: David Gassner

Released On: 4/15/2014

Protect your sites—and your servers—from Heartbleed. This course is aimed at administrators that maintain their own small servers, and provides the information needed to diagnose as well as fix any problems. David Gassner shows how to test your secure servers, fix the services that use the compromised OpenSSL software, and audit your other vulnerable systems.


Protecting Yourself from the Heartbleed Bug

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Justin Seeley

Released On: 4/15/2014

Protect yourself from Heartbleed—the web security flaw that can expose your passwords and other vulnerable data you have entered on websites, apps, email, and even chat. In this quick course, Justin Seeley explains what the Heartbleed bug is and what you should do to stay safe, and provides resources for following the latest Heartbleed developments.


Managing Project Change

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Doug Rose

Released On: 4/14/2014

If you want to work on fast-moving projects, it's critical to know how to manage change requests. A change request can be an opportunity or a ticket to chaos. In this course, author Doug Rose walks you through the elements of change in a project using a sample software project. Discover how to set the stage for change, weigh the change impact, understand the cascade effect, and implement the change.

Along the way, learn how to effectively manage your project for change requests and deal with common obstacles. Also see how to find the balance between too much and too little change—either can be threat to your project.


Up and Running with Perfect Photo Suite 8

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Abba Shapiro

Released On: 4/14/2014

Abba Shapiro introduces Perfect Photo Suite, eight powerful modules that allow you to enhance photos, add effects, swap backgrounds, retouch portraits, and convert color photos to evocative black-and-white images. Perfect Photo Suite can be used as both a standalone application and integrated with Aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Abba covers both workflows, and delivers three different adjustment challenges, which help you test your skills.

This is an introductory course produced by RHED Pixel to help both beginner and seasoned photographers quickly realize the benefits of Perfect Photo Suite 8. We are honored to host this training in our library.


Job Hunting Online

Sun, 04/13/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Jolie Miller

Released On: 4/14/2014

Find your next job online! First, get clear on your objectives, and then discover how to use popular job hunting and networking sites such as LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, Monster, Simply Hired, and Glassdoor to locate jobs. Discover how to take advantage of each site's tools for job hunters and learn how to interact with hiring managers and recruiters.

Then take a quick workshop on applying for a job—from finding the ad to researching the company, tailoring your resume and cover letter, and submitting the application.


Mograph Techniques: Physics Simulations in After Effects

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Eran Stern

Released On: 4/11/2014

Explore how to create complex physical animations inside After Effects using Newton (a third-party plugin) and the Connect Layers (a free script). This project-based course covers a few specific and popular types of effects, such as letters suspended from strings and connected, randomized spheres. Artist Eran Stern shows how to connect any type of element together in a complex 3D array of strings and work with different dynamic simulations in order to create Dormant and Collision as well as Staggering and Kinematic animation types.

These lessons are perfect for motion graphics artists who want to create earthy physics simulations and add realistic motion to their projects.


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