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Corporate Finance Fundamentals

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Jim Stice, Kay Stice

Released On: 10/20/2014

At its core, finance is about deciding what to buy, getting the money you need to buy it, and efficiently managing your resources after making the purchase. In this course, Brigham Young University business professors Jim and Kay Stice provide a comprehensive overview of finance, and touch on everything from reading a balance sheet to understanding derivatives and securities. They tackle questions such as "What is the difference between short-term financial management and long-term financing?" and "What is the difference between a traditional bank, an investment bank, and an investment fund?" Along the way, you'll get a look at financial reports from companies such as Walmart and Toys "R" Us, and even analyze the data that go into personal financial decisions, such as deciding whether to buy a car and ensuring long-term financial success.


Migrating from Joomla! 2.5 to Joomla! 3.3

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Jen Kramer

Released On: 10/20/2014

In Migrating from Joomla! 2.5 to Joomla! 3.3, Jen Kramer walks through migrating a typical Joomla! site to Joomla! 3.3—a move that will be obligatory once version 2.5 is retired in December 2014. Jen shows how to prep your site for migration, upgrade Joomla! and its extensions, start the migration, and then test your site functionality once the migration is complete. She also demonstrates how to tweak an existing template to work with Joomla! 3, or install a different template altogether.


Up and Running with the Nikon D5200 and D5300

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 10/20/2014

Get up to speed quickly with the essential features and controls of the Nikon D5200 and D5300—two great DSLR cameras that balance image quality and connectivity with ease of use. Explore the shooting modes that go beyond "auto," find out how to take bracketed photos and videos, and learn to adjust camera settings like ISO for specific situations, such as mixed lighting, fast movement, and low lighting levels. If you understand your gear, you can get consistently better photos, so keep your camera close by as we explore its many features and controls.


Lighting and Photographing a Still Life

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: John Derry

Released On: 10/20/2014

Learn techniques for lighting a still-life scene and processing the images using Adobe Photoshop, in this "mini" course from John Derry. John demonstrates a lighting technique drawn from the theater stage, using light to direct attention and invoke emotion, drama, and mystery—without a lot of expensive equipment. In fact, you don't need much more than the timer on your camera, a tripod, and a flashlight. Once you've learned how to light and shoot your still life, watch the follow-up chapter to learn how to enhance the image with Adobe Photoshop.


Foundations of Typography: Choosing and Combining Typefaces

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Ina Saltz

Released On: 10/17/2014

With the hundreds of thousands of typefaces that are now available, knowing which to choose and how to combine them (or not) can seem intimidating and complicated. Art director and typography expert Ina Saltz demystifies the process in this course. She'll show you how to choose the right typeface for the job, considering factors such as readability, typographic anatomy, and historical context. She'll then demonstrate how to combine your chosen fonts effectively and harmoniously, based on contrast, similarity, or mood. Finally, knowing there's always an exception to the rule, Ina explains how breaking these guidelines might make sense for your design. Watch and start learning how to simplify your selection process, while taking advantage of the powerful visual arsenal typography can provide for your designs.


Getting Started in the Business of Songwriting

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Garrick Chow

Released On: 10/17/2014

When it comes to making money in songwriting, writing great songs is only part of the equation. In this course, author Garrick Chow introduces you to all of the major organizations, rights, and procedures that songwriters have to deal with in the music business. First, he'll start with understanding performance and mechanical rights, covering topics such as split letters, copyright, performance rights organizations (PROs) like ASCAP and SESAC, SoundExchange, Harry Fox, master recording licenses, and synch licenses.

The second half of the course is geared toward the DIY musician. Garrick discusses ways to self-distribute and promote your music with TuneCore, CDBaby, Topspin, Bandcamp, and ReverbNation. Plus, learn the importance of websites, social promotion, and music placement, as well as making music videos, signing with a record label, and building a solid team.


F2 Design: Letterpress Printing and Poster Design

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Dirk Fowler

Released On: 10/17/2014

Sometimes the best designs start offline—where there's no Cmd+Z. Dirk Fowler, graphic designer, professor, and poster maker, invites us into his studio, among the quiet clacking of his letterpress machines, to watch the work that goes into his simple yet evocative poster designs for musicians like Jeff Tweedy and Miranda Lambert. Dirk explains why things that are handcrafted are less likely to end up in the trash, and reveals the satisfaction he gets from making things with his hands every day.


Up and Running with Premiere Elements 13

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Steve Grisetti

Released On: 10/17/2014

Whether you're new to the program or are a pro who needs a refresher on the latest features, author Steve Grisetti gets you up and running quickly with Premiere Elements 13, the affordable and intuitive video-editing program from Adobe. This course walks through the entire editing workflow, from importing and organizing media to editing on the timeline in the Quick, Guided, and Expert workspaces, to sharing your work on DVD, Blu-ray, or the web. Along the way, you'll discover how to enhance your videos with color and lighting adjustments, speed changes, transitions, titles, and a custom audio soundtrack. Plus, learn how to use the new Favorite Moments tool to select the best segments from a long clip, and the Video Story tool, which makes it quick and easy to turn your raw footage into an exciting and interesting story. Steve also introduces Adobe Revel, a cloud-storage service for your photos and videos that makes them accessible from any computer or mobile device, and Elements Live, a new learning and inspiration site.


Mac OS X Yosemite Essential Training

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 10/17/2014

Learn all the ins and outs of Yosemite, Apple's Mac OS X 10.10 operating system. Staff author Nick Brazzi starts with a tour of the core interface elements—the menus, Finder, and Dock—so you can start working with files, folders, and applications right away. He then shows how to save files and find them again quickly, as well as use the core applications that come bundled with Yosemite (Mail, Calendar, iMessage, iTunes, and Safari), and install new apps from the Apple Store. Finally, the course explores sharing over a network, and backing up your system, manually or with Time Machine, so you don't lose any important data.


Cocoa with Swift Essential Training

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Todd Perkins

Released On: 10/17/2014

Cocoa and Swift make a great team for building apps. Cocoa is the framework in which Mac OS X itself is written, and Swift is the new language that makes working with Cocoa classes and APIs easier than ever before. Here Todd Perkins walks you through the steps to creating Mac applications with this powerhouse combo. He'll take you through the basic concepts behind Cocoa, Swift, and the development environment known as Xcode, and then go straight into development. Learn how to create interface elements and connect them to code, work with bindings and key-value coding, and debug your applications and submit them to the Apple Store.


Planning a Web Design Portfolio: Growing Your Freelance Business

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Lauren Bacon

Released On: 10/16/2014

A great portfolio can make the difference between landing a new client and losing a sale. In this course, you'll learn the five essential components of an outstanding portfolio, and see how to frame your projects in ways that will appeal to prospective clients. Web design entrepreneur Lauren Bacon helps web designers and other creative professionals think strategically about what projects to feature, how to frame those projects for new prospects, and how to conceptually structure a portfolio that will attract fresh clients and move your business in the right direction.


Mac OS X Yosemite New Features

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 10/16/2014

Explore all the cool new features in Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.10, including the exciting continuity features that allow you to take work from an iPhone or iPad back to your computer. Author Nick Brazzi also covers instant personal hotspots, enhancements to the Notification Center and Spotlight, and updates to built-in apps like Safari and Mail.


Competitive Strategy Fundamentals

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Anil Gupta

Released On: 10/16/2014

Competitive advantage is not about how good you are but about whether you're faster, better, or cheaper than competitors in your particular market. In this course, global strategy expert Anil Gupta, a professor at the University of Maryland, provides an overview of the sources of competitive advantage. He explains how and why companies are always simultaneously competing in two arenas—onstage and backstage—and how competitive advantage is dynamic; an advantage you have today may not be an advantage tomorrow.


Dynamic Simulations with Bullet Physics in Maya

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Aaron F. Ross

Released On: 10/16/2014

Visual effects designers and video game artists often need to animate complex scenes containing physical simulations. The Bullet dynamics solver, an open-source physics engine, is a great solution, and it replaces Maya's legacy rigid-body and soft-body toolsets. Fast and efficient, Bullet is highly optimized and integrated into the existing Maya toolset. In this course, Aaron F. Ross shows how to set up and direct Bullet simulations for collisions, breakage, and simple cloth effects. Learn how to create simulations with polygon objects; work with dynamic and passive rigid bodies; integrate dynamics with keyframes, constraints, and soft bodies; and use rigid sets to create breakage simulations. Aaron will also show how to leverage Alembic data for faster baking, caching, and importing and exporting.


iCloud Essential Training

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 10/16/2014

Keep your documents, apps, contacts, and more synchronized and secure across multiple devices and computers—Windows and Mac alike—with iCloud. In this course, Nick Brazzi will show how to create an account, register your computers and devices, and set up services to sync your contacts, calendars, mail, photos, passwords, and more. Plus, he'll demonstrate how to use iCloud Drive for file storage, and link multiple iCloud accounts together in order to share content, and even location data, with family members.


Instructional Design Essentials: Creating Video Training

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Garrick Chow

Released On: 10/15/2014

In this course, Garrick Chow shares the tips, tricks, and training techniques he's learned from over twelve years of leading video training for lynda.com. First, he explains how video training differs from classroom instruction, and shows how to plan your content to anticipate your audience's needs and questions. Garrick then walks through the process of writing meaningful objectives, scripting movies, and selecting software and a good location for recording, and goes over the delivery styles that create successful elearning experiences. Finally, learn how to edit your videos, and share them with students.


Planning a Web Design Portfolio: Getting a Job

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Lauren Bacon

Released On: 10/15/2014

For web designers and other creative professionals, a great portfolio can make the difference between landing the job and getting passed over. In this course, you'll explore the five essential components of an outstanding portfolio, and find out how to frame your projects in ways that will appeal to prospective employers. Employers looking to fill a job opening want designers who can solve real-world design challenges, be productive and creative team members, and hit the ground running. This course will help you plan the conceptual structure of your portfolio to make these kinds of skills stand out. So join web design entrepreneur Lauren Bacon as she explains how to gear your portfolio to land the perfect web design job.


Connecting with Peers in the Workplace

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Todd Dewett

Released On: 10/15/2014

Great communication means connecting, not just getting your point across. In this short course, coach Todd Dewett outlines helpful techniques for forging those important connections that make it easier to come to work every day. He introduces the key "helping" behaviors, the importance of sharing the spotlight and finding mutual interests, and the good example that modeling professional behavior can have on the entire team dynamic.


Creating a First Website in Dreamweaver CC 2014

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Paul Trani

Released On: 10/14/2014

Creating a First Website with Dreamweaver CC 2014 shows the basics of how to do just that—create your first website. But not just any website. An HTML5 website that is responsive and looks great on any computer or mobile device, and is complete with rich imagery and navigation, video content, and even a contact form.

Author Paul Trani begins with brief introductions to HTML and CSS. Then you'll learn how to create a basic webpage, add text and images, and style the content with CSS. Paul then shows how to add navigation and links between pages, integrate video and social media (such as a Twitter feed), and create a contact form. The course also covers making sure your layout is "flexible" (i.e., that it resizes to fit mobile devices), testing your site, and uploading it to the web.


Creating Fixed-Layout EPUBs with InDesign CC

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Anne-Marie Concepción

Released On: 10/14/2014

Create a fixed-layout EPUB with InDesign CC and preserve your design's integrity across multiple browsers and ereaders. In this course, Anne-Marie Concepción compares fixed-layout EPUBs to their "reflowable" counterparts; shows how to optimize your existing text and graphics to work in a fixed layout; and demonstrates how to add links, animations, slideshows, pop-ups, video, and sound to create richer and more interactive ebooks. She'll also walk you through the process of exporting and testing your EPUB, as well as opening the EPUB files after export in order to add some finishing touches that InDesign doesn't offer yet, like dual-orientation layouts and customized tables of contents.


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