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Practical Apache Web Server Administration

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Jon Peck

Released On: 8/19/2014

Quickly learn how to manage and configure an Apache web server. This course is designed for IT professionals, office managers, and anyone who's been saddled with an Apache server without any idea of where to start. Author Jon Peck describes what the Apache HTTP Server is and what it's used for, and provides practical information on configuration and logging. Then discover how to troubleshoot common problems and control the server, and learn what questions you should be asking when determining whether to delegate this responsibility to a third party.


Digital Painting Fundamentals

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: John Derry

Released On: 8/19/2014

Never painted digitally before? You don't need a lot of special equipment to get started, just some creative ideas, a computer, and the right software. John Derry will help you learn the rest: mixing paint, working with layers and brushes, using color creatively, and sketching. He also covers uniquely digital techniques, such as dipping a paintbrush into a photograph or painting with cloning. Even if you've never picked up a conventional paintbrush, the techniques in this course will help you start creating your own unique works of art.


iWork for iPad Essential Training

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 8/19/2014

Discover how to use iWork, Apple's office productivity suite, on the iPad. Author Rich Harrington shows how to get the most from each of the three apps: Keynote, for presentations; Pages, for working with text documents; and Numbers, for spreadsheets. Learn how to work with text, photos, tables, charts, shapes, and photos in each program. Plus, learn about the multiple benefits of iCloud: collaborating with others, synchronizing your iPad with your Mac or PC, and backing up important documents.


Office for iPad Essential Training

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Jess Stratton

Released On: 8/19/2014

What do you call it when the world's most popular productivity software meets the world's coolest tablet? Microsoft calls it Office for iPad. In this course, Jess Stratton shows you how to start using the rich features of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on the go. She explores the qualities the apps have in common (such as an interface optimized for tablet input), and then dives into the unique features of each app. Learn how to format text and insert images and tables in Word, manipulate rows and columns and enter formulas in Excel, and add slides, pictures, and speaker notes to your PowerPoint presentations. In the last chapter, Jess covers two collaboration tips: sharing your files and working with tracked changes.


Making Business Projections

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Rudolph Rosenberg

Released On: 8/18/2014

Estimating future financial performance plays a big part in the life of start-ups and corporations large and small. By looking ahead, companies can proactively manage changes. Start-ups can use projections to build business plans and raise capital. This course is about making those financial projections: not by predicting the future, but by learning from past performance. Rudolph Rosenberg shares the techniques used by financial planning professionals to build robust financial projections using Microsoft Excel. He shows how to combine two approaches—bottom up and top down—into a well-rounded projection that will help you analyze revenue and expenses, anticipate changes, and incorporate company goals in a realistic picture of your company's future.


Captivate Projects: Publishing for Mobile and the Web

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Anastasia McCune

Released On: 8/18/2014

Help your students or employees access elearning anywhere. Learn how to publish Captivate projects that work beautifully on a variety of mobile devices, on the web, or with many of the popular learning management systems (LMSs). Author Anastasia McCune will help you prep and test your responsive and nonresponsive projects before output, including adjusting appearance and settings to make them more suitable for mobile, as a video demo, or even as an app. The last chapter shows you how to target your output for an LMS like Moodle, and bundle multiple projects into a single file with the Multi SCO Packager.


Rendering with Rhino and V-Ray: Product Design

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Dave Schultze

Released On: 8/18/2014

Make your design concepts more compelling with product renderings created in Rhino and V-Ray. Join Dave Schultze for a fun, retro-inspired project—a "Fish-Eye Frame" media player—and learn everything you need to know about rendering product designs with Rhino. Discover what makes a good product rendering (and what makes a bad one). Then find out how to set up your virtual photo studio: arranging your camera, backdrop, and lighting for maximum impact.

Dave will also show how to customize materials, add text and logos to your design, and trick out your render in post with new backgrounds and special effects. The workflow chapter contains bonus tips designed to speed up and smooth out the entire rendering and compositing process.


Migrating from Office 2007 to Office 2010

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: David Rivers

Released On: 8/18/2014

Microsoft Office users who are upgrading from Office 2007 to 2010 will love this detailed course. It begins with an overview of the new features and improvements to Office 2010, including exploring the ribbon-based UI and working in Protected mode. Author David Rivers then steps through each crucial application—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook—to explore new features and explain how to best import and use content created in Office 2007 in Office 2010.


Foundations of UX: Accessibility

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Derek Featherstone

Released On: 8/15/2014

The Internet has removed many obstacles to communication and interaction. However, when websites, technologies, or tools are poorly designed, they can create barriers that exclude people with disabilities from using the web. In this course, you'll learn how accessibility lowers the barrier to entry, by providing equal access and opportunity to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive abilities. Derek Featherstone introduces the core concepts of accessibility as they apply to UX design, including an overview of the assistive technology visitors may use to access your projects. He includes practical examples, from re-creating visual interactions to writing great alternative text; introduces different personas and their unique challenges navigating the web; and shows how to make accessibility a regular part of your design workflow. Once you learn the foundations, you'll find that the benefits of accessibility—enhanced search, improved usability, and increased audience reach—aid your designs almost as much as they aid your users.


Songwriting in Logic Pro

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Todd Howard

Released On: 8/15/2014

Songwriting in Logic Pro is an in-depth course geared toward musicians and songwriters who are starting to use Logic Pro to write, record, and mix their songs. There are two groups of techniques: one to get your demo ideas down quickly, and another to polish rough ideas into songs worth presenting to your band mates, producer, publisher, or label. Author Todd Howard takes you through his creative process in real time, starting with an empty project based on one of Logic's prebuilt templates. Then he records the initial song idea and creates a groove with Drummer. He works on the lyric and then lays down additional tracks—a driving bassline, acoustic guitar, and some scratch vocals—and builds out the arrangement with layered keyboard parts. After using improvisation to create a bridge section, he adds effects for a layered and nuanced song. Next he shows techniques for editing and mixing the track, using EQ, compression, reverb, and delay. Finally, Todd shows how to bounce down the track and share it with the world.

Want to learn about other tools for songwriting? Check out our Songwriting series, which covers other DAWs like Pro Tools and GarageBand.


Foundations of UX: Multidevice Design

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Brian Thurston Bralczyk

Released On: 8/15/2014

If users really like your website or app, they're not logging in from a single device. They're visiting from their desktop at work, their phone on the train, and their tablet at home. Your design also needs to perform elegantly and consistently on all platforms. In this course, Brian Thurston shows how to design complete experiences that take visitors from one device to another, and back again. You'll leave with a solid understanding of the planning it takes to ensure your site is prepared for success, the importance of flexible content creation and preparation, and special considerations involved in designing for touch screens. Brian also takes a look forward at the impact wearable devices and future tech will have on the UX designs of today.


Advanced Facebook Advertising

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Brad Batesole

Released On: 8/15/2014

Learn how to leverage the most powerful tools in Facebook and manage large ad campaigns across different accounts and pages. Facebook advertising expert Brad Batesole shares a new set of advanced, time-saving techniques, such as bulk uploading ad images, using tags to organize campaigns, making campaign-wide changes quickly, and creating hundreds of custom ads on the spot.

The course also covers conversion tracking with conversion pixels, and retargeting users who have previously interacted with your brand's page or website. Plus, learn how to use the Power Editor to quickly duplicate ads with different targeting or imagery, and move ads between accounts. And last but not least, Brad reveals tips for mimicking A/B testing of ads and generating more leads.

If you need a Facebook advertising refresher before diving into these advanced tactics, check out Facebook Advertising Fundamentals.


Basic Installation and Configuration of Windows Server 2012

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Timothy Pintello

Released On: 8/14/2014

Get a practical introduction to setting up Windows Server 2012. Timothy Pintello breaks down this basic IT task into its core components: installation, roles and services configuration, and local storage setup. He shows you how to practice these steps with VirtualBox and gain real experience without the cost or risks associated with expensive hardware.

Learn how to choose an edition that's right for your setup, install Windows Server 2012 and the VirtualBox drivers, and then configure the services and roles on your new server. Timothy also shows how to set up local storage and manage Windows Server in one of two ways: through the command line or with the simple admin interface that ships with Windows Server.


LinkedIn for Business

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Viveka von Rosen

Released On: 8/14/2014

Learn how to use LinkedIn to help accomplish your sales, branding, lead-gen, and recruiting goals. Join expert Viveka von Rosen as she explores LinkedIn's many professional uses. She shows how to create a great company page, develop content that engages a target audience, and expand your visibility and engagement even further with LinkedIn's sponsored updates, ads, groups, InMail, and more. The final chapter is a bonus for recruiters looking to find just the right job candidates through LinkedIn. So start watching and learn how to grow your company and expand your visibility online with this great business-promotion tool.


Building High-Performance Teams

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Figliuolo

Released On: 8/14/2014

High-performing teams are critical to maintaining an organization's competitive advantage. These teams consistently show high levels of collaboration and innovation, and outperform their peers. In this course, author and leadership-training expert Mike Figliuolo shows you how to create and lead the teams that get more done for their organizations. Learn about the seven elements of a high-performance team, and the techniques necessary to set direction, gather and deploy the right resources, prioritize work, motivate employees, and help team members develop their individual strengths.


Designs dekeConstructed: Animating a Mind-Bending Illusion

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Deke McClelland

Released On: 8/14/2014

Learn what it takes to design your own mind-bending illusion, in this installment of Designs dekeConstructed—the series that breaks down popular graphic designs and show you how to re-create them on your own. Deke starts out by drawing an "impossible" Penrose triangle and a golden ball in Adobe Illustrator. Next, he plots a path for the ball to follow around the triangle. Last, he moves to Photoshop, where he shows you how to animate the ball with a combination of layer masks and the timeline.

Want more dekeConstructed design techniques? Check out the other courses in the series here.


Blender 2.6 Essential Training

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: George Maestri

Released On: 12/21/2011

This course provides an overview of modeling, animating, and rendering 3D graphics in the open-source software Blender 2.6. Beginning with a tour of the Blender interface, author George Maestri shows how to create and edit basic objects, work with modifiers and subdivision surfaces, and apply materials and textures. The course also demonstrates lighting 3D scenes, setting up and using cameras, animating objects, and assembling basic character rigs.


Cloth Simulation in Blender

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Joel Bradley

Released On: 8/13/2014

Learn how to create realistic garments and fabrics, from T-shirts to tablecloths, with Blender. Join author Joel Bradley as he shows how to simulate cloth, control its appearance, and make it interact realistically with other objects in your scene. First, he helps you prepare for cloth simulation by understanding the importance of physics and mesh subdivisions. Then Joel shows how to set up and work with the Cloth modifier—the core hub of the system—and Blender's cloth caching and baking features. Chapter 3 concentrates on the controls for the various cloth properties: Quality, Material, Damping, and more. Then learn how to control how your cloth interacts with other objects in your scene (including forces like wind) with collisions. Last, Joel covers special features introduced in Blender 2.7: force fields, wind absorption, and the new cloth sewing features.


Effective Design of RESTful APIs

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: Keith Casey

Released On: 8/13/2014

Developers creating websites needs to know how to build RESTful APIs correctly. This course will help you plan and model your own APIs and understand the six REST design constraints that help guide your architecture. Author Keith Casey starts with a simple overview, including advice on identifying the users or "participants" of your system and the activities they might perform with it. He'll help you paper test your model, validating the design before you build it. You'll then explore the HTTP concepts and REST constraints needed to build your API. Challenges along the way help you test your skills and open your mind to other API design possibilities, such as APIs without documentation.


Character Rigging in 3ds Max

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 20:00
Authored By: George Maestri

Released On: 8/12/2014

3ds Max is a powerful 3D application with great rigging tools. This course covers the complete workflow for rigging characters for realistic motion and animation. Author George Maestri shows how to prep your model, draw a skeleton, and add controls: foot and leg controls, hip and spine controls, and controls that allow the animator to toggle between inverse and forward kinematics (IK/FK). Plus, learn to how to skin your character, and create hand and face rigs that allow for greater control over delicate hand movements and facial expressions.


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