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Font Management Essential Training

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Mike Rankin

Released On: 12/11/2013

When you're working with type, you need a plan for sourcing, organizing, validating, and managing fonts. In this course, Mike Rankin explains the different types of fonts and font licenses available on Mac and Windows and where you can acquire new fonts. He'll show designers how to use built-in OS tools as well as third-party software to manage font libraries. He'll provide tips on organizing fonts, and troubleshooting common font problems.


The Traveling Photographer: New York

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: David Hobby

Released On: 2/27/2015

Welcome to New York! In his The Traveling Photographer series, David Hobby has traveled around the world in search of photographic opportunities, cultural variety, and interesting people. In this stop he visits New York, with a unique goal: to assemble a collection of themed, iconic images. It's a great project to undertake when visiting a place, especially one that you've already photographed. Along the way, David shares his usual array of tips for getting around, finding inexpensive food and lodging, and locating interesting photographic vantage points. You'll leave the course with a cookbook of curated photo experiences that will help you take iconic pictures of the Big Apple, and—a bonus in one of the most expensive cities in the world—they're practically all free.


Premiere Pro Guru: Audio Finishing Techniques

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Robbie Carman

Released On: 2/27/2015

Finishing is something every video project can benefit from. In this installment of Premiere Pro Guru, Robbie Carman guides editors through practical techniques for finishing the audio side of a video project, using Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition. He covers using track-level vs. clip-level controls, mastering the audio mixers, using submixes and automation modes, working with audio effects, reducing noise and restoring sound with Adobe Audition, and outputting audio from Premiere Pro. This course includes everything you need to know about mixing and sweetening audio yourself and handing off tracks to others to finesse.

Watch the companion course, Premiere Pro Guru: Video Finishing Techniques, for more information about finishing the visual elements of your projects.


Richard Gibbs with Bobby Owsinski: Rocking Clubs to Writing Scores

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Bobby Owsinski

Released On: 2/27/2015

In this series, music producer Bobby Owsinski interviews iconic audio- and music-industry personalities: the outliers, forward thinkers, and rule breakers. This installment features legendary film composer Richard Gibbs.

Richard started scoring surf films as a kid, and then became a touring musician with Chaka Khan and Tom Jones. He has been a session musician on over 150 albums, for artists such as Aretha Franklin, Tom Waits, and Robert Palmer, and was a member of Oingo Boingo. He has since returned to his first love, scoring film, and works on several projects a year. His credits include Say Anything, The Simpsons, and the reboot of Battlestar Galatica. In this interview, Bobby and Richard chat about Richard's career, influences, and inspirations.


Google Cloud Storage and Data Essential Training

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Joseph Lowery

Released On: 2/26/2015

The Google Cloud Platform provides a rich big-data environment, offering a wide range of options for asset and data storage. In this course with expert Joseph Lowery, you'll learn how to use Cloud Storage features to build or expand your infrastructure. After an overview of the platform, Joe dives into creating your first project with Cloud Storage and then explores managing MySQL databases with Cloud SQL. Need to store and analyze larger amounts of information? Google has solutions for that, too: Cloud Datastore and BigQuery, which Joseph reviews in detail. In the final chapter, he'll show how to analyze your data programmatically with Python.


Up and Running with Java

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Peggy Fisher

Released On: 2/26/2015

Java is one of the top-five programming languages, and is used for websites, embedded controllers, and Android app development. This is an introduction to get you started programming with Java. Peggy Fisher introduces the basics: data types, strings, arrays, expressions, loops, and functions. She'll help you control the flow and logic of your code, and create classes using the principles of object-oriented design. Then go a bit beyond the basics and learn advanced techniques for working with arrays, manipulating files, and building graphical user interfaces (GUIs) that respond to user input. This three-hour capsule course is perfect for developers who need to get up to speed with Java fast, as well as for beginning programmers who want their first taste of this popular language.


Meeting the Challenge of Digital Transformation

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: John Mancini

Released On: 2/26/2015

In the next five years, the accumulated impact of three decades of exponential improvements in technology will force organizations to radically transform. What is driving this revolution? How can you help your organization prepare? How can you prepare? John Mancini shares tips to help you thrive in this new landscape. Learn about the key technology disrupters and their impact, and find out what you can do to prime your organization to meet the challenge of digital transformation.


Design the Web: Adding Dynamic QR Codes

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Chris Converse

Released On: 2/26/2015

Learn to use the free Google Chart API to add dynamic QR codes to your webpages, in this short and informative installment of Design the Web. Chris Converse covers four options for generating the QR code: pointing Google Chart to an image URL, using server-side code to retrieve the URL, injecting the URL code with JavaScript, and generating the QR code with JavaScript and jQuery. So stop creating QR codes by hand; learn how to generate them dynamically with these tricks.


Up and Running with Windows 8.1 Phones

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Doug Winnie

Released On: 2/25/2015

Get the most from your Windows smartphone or phablet. In this course, Doug Winnie reviews the core features and functions of the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. He covers setting up email, installing and updating apps, taking and editing pictures, and working with Microsoft Office files. Doug also shows you how to customize your phone to suit your personal style, and offers tips and tricks to make daily tasks a snap.


Dragon NaturallySpeaking Essential Training

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: David Rivers

Released On: 2/25/2015

This course shows viewers how to use the leading dictation software for everything from dictating text to controlling your PC. Author David Rivers explains how to set up Dragon, train it to recognize your voice, and use it for dictating text. The course also highlights cool capabilities such as correcting errors on the fly and leveraging common dictation shortcuts, and techniques to improve Dragon's accuracy.

Viewers also learn how to control the Windows desktop, open and close apps, and work with popular software like Word, Outlook, Excel, and web browsers.


Up and Running with Server Core for Windows Server 2012 R2

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Mike Pfeiffer

Released On: 2/25/2015

Server Core is a stripped-down version of Windows Server, offering many benefits to network administrators. It's lighter on memory and CPU consumption, is more secure, and requires less maintenance than the full version of Windows Server. In this course Mike Pfeiffer shows how to implement Server Core and perform routine admin tasks locally and across a network with PowerShell and different remote administration tools. These tasks include assigning IPs, renaming servers, joining domains, creating and managing users, configuring disks and volumes, and more. Mike also shows how to install updates so you can make sure your systems always run smoothly.


Illustrator CC for Web Design: Wireframing

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Justin Seeley

Released On: 2/25/2015

Illustrator's libraries and symbols make it a great program for developing detailed wireframes for your design ideas. In this installment of Illustrator CC for Web Design, Justin Seeley walks through everything to know about creating, using, and saving wireframes in Illustrator. Starting with a carefully chosen color scheme, Justin shows how to structure a wireframe in layers, develop templates for different devices, and create a library of ready-to-use UI elements, including multistate buttons and placeholders for media and forms. He then combines these elements in an example wireframe, and shows how to save versions of your file as the design evolves.

Miss part one? Check out Illustrator CC for Web Design: Core Concepts.


Up and Running with Fedora Linux

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Scott Simpson

Released On: 2/24/2015

Linux is increasingly popular for desktops, and if you're switching from Mac or Windows to Linux, Fedora is a great place to start. This course shows you how to install and make your way around the Fedora workstation environment, perform common tasks from the command line, and get a Fedora server up and running. Author Scott Simpson also discusses the GNOME Shell, Fedora's default interface, and some of the software that comes included with Fedora.


Foundations of Design Research

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Andy Schwanbeck, Peni Acayo

Released On: 2/24/2015

With design research, designs are more meaningful and effective because they are grounded in a real-world context. The goal of this course is to introduce the process of design research and to help designers understand how critical it is to being able to develop great designs. Authors Peni Acayo and Andy Schwanbeck walk you through the various types of research (primary vs. secondary, quantitative vs. qualitative, etc.) so that you get a sense of which are appropriate for the job at hand. They also introduce research tools, planning considerations, and frameworks for presenting your results, such as personas and infographics. Plus, find out how research can directly inform your designs, using generative research, user testing, and rapid prototyping.


Pictures that Move: Creating Cinemagraphs with Photoshop, After Effects, Flixel, and Cliplets

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 2/24/2015

Learn how to use Photoshop, After Effects, and two dedicated tools—Flixel and Cliplets—to explore the creative possibilities of cinemagraphs: static photos that contain areas of motion. Rich Harrington explores assembly techniques in each program and illustrates effective shooting and post-production techniques to improve the end results. The final cinemagraphs can be used in websites, banner ads, emails, presentations, or even digital signage.


jQuery: Creating Plugins

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Joe Chellman

Released On: 2/24/2015

If you've ever written any jQuery, you should consider turning your code into a plugin. Plugins are easy to write and reuse, and are a great way to give back to the jQuery community.

This course shows how to take some real-world examples of jQuery interactivity, written as regular filters or code, and quickly convert them into plugins. Author Joe Chellman also demonstrates how to make sure your plugin executes properly, make plugins configurable, and incorporate advanced functionality using JavaScript. Start watching and learn how to take the jQuery you've developed and package it into plugins everyone can use.


Bootstrapping Your Business

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Rudolph Rosenberg

Released On: 2/23/2015

Bootstrapping—launching and managing a business that is primarily self-funded—is a popular but difficult entrepreneurial endeavor. Finance expert Rudolph Rosenberg shows entrepreneurs how to bootstrap a business via solid planning and rigorous attention to all aspects of the venture.

He shows why beginning with the end is important: framing the venture by anticipating your exit strategy. He explores key resource-planning factors as well as the competencies and considerations required to fund and grow a bootstrapped business. The course then details how to manage the startup and evaluate it realistically to determine whether to stay the course or pull the plug. Finally, viewers will learn how to validate the business-plan assumptions effectively to determine viability and growth trajectory.


Google Tag Manager Essential Training

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Corey Koberg

Released On: 2/23/2015

Google Tag Manager (GTM) is new technology that allows marketers to manage their own analytics, user tracking, campaign tracking, remarketing, and other website code. Tag Manager frees marketers from dependency on IT or web-development departments; when administrators want to add or alter a snippet of analytics or tracking code, they can do it themselves, by adding it to an existing tag container.

This course provides the skills to get up and running with Google Tag Manager quickly. It explores how to set up Tag Manager accounts and containers, use turnkey tags, create rules and macros, control versions and user access, debug tags, configure custom tags, and add code to capture specific Google Analytics events. Authored by GTM expert Corey Koberg, this course also provides crucial, time-saving best practices for working with Tag Manager.

Note: to keep the training as universal as possible, we use the nonmobile version of GTM, and configure it for a generic WordPress site. Your specific implementation will be dependent on how your site is coded.


Project 2010 Essential Training

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Bonnie Biafore

Released On: 2/23/2015

Master Microsoft Project and manage your projects more efficiently and successfully. In this detailed course, project management expert Bonnie Biafore shows how to use Microsoft Project to schedule and manage projects both large and small. Learn how to set up projects, add and link tasks, assign resources, fix scheduling issues, deal with resource conflicts, and track project progress. The course also covers examining project performance with views and reports, and communicating with teams by sharing projects in different formats.


Artist at Work: Native American Tribal Illustration

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 19:00
Authored By: Von Glitschka

Released On: 2/23/2015

In Artist at Work, accomplished illustrator Von Glitschka takes members through the development of different types of illustrations—working from reference materials all the way to finished vector graphics. Join Von in this installment, as he looks at sample images of a Native American headdress, makes sketches, scans the final drawing into Adobe Illustrator, creates a vector work, and finishes the piece with color and shading.


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