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Sales Negotiation

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Lisa Earle McLeod

Released On: 8/17/2016

Bestselling author and sales coach Lisa Earle McLeod has helped companies like Google and Roche build passionate, purpose-driven sales organizations. In this course, sales professionals will learn how to negotiate with the best interests of their organization and their customers at heart, by uncovering their own noble purpose. Lisa reveals the surprising truth behind why compromise doesn't work; instead, she explains how to ask questions that reveal information about the buyer—and help you decide when you can negotiate and when you can't. She also identifies common negotiation traps and ways to negotiate that don't just close the sale today, but build longer-term relationships for tomorrow.


Maya Bifröst: Dynamic Simulations

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Aaron F. Ross

Released On: 8/17/2016

Bifröst is a fluid dynamics engine for high-quality liquids in visual effects, combining the best of volumetric and particle solvers in one tool. This course offers an overview of the Bifröst implementation in Autodesk Maya. Using emitter, collider, accelerator, and liquid property nodes, Aaron F. Ross simulates a medium-scale liquid effect and stores it to disk as a cache. Rendering the surface at full quality requires generating an animated polygon mesh; for a convincing layered material, he shows how to extract Bifröst channel data such as Vorticity and apply it in a shading network. The course concludes with a look at the Aero Solver for atmospheric effects.


Creating 360-Degree Panoramas and Interactive Tours

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Ron Pepper, Richard Harrington

Released On: 8/17/2016

Learn how to shoot and develop stunning 360-degree panoramas and interactive virtual tours. Whether you're shooting real estate or outdoor landscapes, the process starts with great raw images. Ron Pepper and Rich Harrington discuss the gear you need to get good 360-degree shots, including camera, lens, and tripod options, and share tips for shooting both standard and HDR images. Then they demonstrate post-processing techniques that use popular applications like Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photomatix Pro, and dedicated stitching software such as PTGui. Once the images are developed, you'll discover how to share interactive images and virtual tours online with services such as Roundme and Spinattic or your own web server.


WordPress Essential Training

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 8/17/2015

WordPress powers millions of blogs and websites. Learn how to create your own with this powerful publishing platform. Staff author Morten Rand-Hendriksen will help you get the most out of the self-hosted version of WordPress and create feature-rich blogs and websites. Morten explains how to create and publish posts and pages; customize your site with themes, widgets, and custom menus; and extend WordPress even further with plugins. Plus, learn how to get more readers with social media sharing and comments, and how to adjust the settings that keep your site safe and secure.

Note: This course covers WordPress 4.3. We will update the training as WordPress evolves.


Social Media Marketing for Small Business

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Martin Waxman

Released On: 8/16/2016

Small businesses can't afford not to be active on social media. Having a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account keeps you tuned into your customer base and helps drive traffic to your website or brick-and-mortar store. Learn what it takes to be successful at social media marketing, without a lot of resources or dedicated marketing staff. Digital and social media strategist Martin Waxman explains the key terms and definitions (everything from SEO to hashtags) and tells you how to start finding your customers online. Learn how to make an action plan that outlines your goals, team, and budget, and find time to implement your ideas. He'll also talk about what content to publish where and the tools you need to measure the success of your efforts.


Mastering Microsoft Project Graphical Reports

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Bonnie Biafore, John Riopel

Released On: 8/16/2016

Reports are key to keeping projects on track and communicating with team members. But it's much easier to understand the data with visual aids like charts and graphs. Fortunately, Microsoft Project has many powerful data visualization tools built right in. Follow along with project management expert, John Riopel as he shares his tips for creating graphical reports in Microsoft Project. He walks through building a team status report, a report to deliver to executive stakeholders, a project management report center, and a project performance dashboard. Building these examples will teach you how to master the built-in reports in Microsoft Project and develop more customized reports with the Report Designer tool.

Note: This course was designed in collaboration with author Bonnie Biafore. You can follow along with this course using Microsoft Project 2010, 2013, or 2016 and either the free or premium versions of the exercise files.


Excel 2016: Macros in Depth

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Dennis Taylor

Released On: 8/16/2016

Macros can help you save enormous amounts of time, but they are uncharted territory for many Excel users. Learn how to create your own simple macros to automate repetitive tasks in Excel 2016, in this course with Excel expert Dennis Taylor. Find out how to record a macro in stages, share macros between workbooks, set up keyboard shortcuts to run macros quickly, and use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to code macros that can't be easily recorded. Discover how to expand macros with Do loops and If statements, and test macros step-by-step. The course wraps up with a macro project that brings together each of the elements in a real-world scenario: converting mailing list data into a database-friendly format.


Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One: Advanced

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Deke McClelland

Released On: 12/22/2015

Take your Photoshop skills to the next level. Photoshop CC 2015 One-on-One: Advanced is the second course in the comprehensive Photoshop training series by industry expert Deke McClelland. One-on-One teaches you everything you need to know about Photoshop, in the order you need to know it, on the schedule that work best for you. In this installment, Deke takes you through Photoshop's more advanced features.

Learn about Photoshop's automated selection tools (Color Range, Focus Area, and Refine Edge), the nondestructive editing capabilities of Smart Objects, Liquify's slimming and trimming power, and techniques for drawing and designing with vector shapes. Plus, discover how to improve a photo with poor composition by reconstructing it with Photoshop's Content-Aware Scale tool, healing tools, and blend modes. These tutorials feature all-new projects and exercise files, so there's something new for even long-time Deke fans.

NEW IN 2016: Chapters 24–30 offer a whole new way to work with Photoshop CC. This new set of tutorials covers layer effects, Levels and Curves adjustments, lens corrections and perspective warping, black and white photography, and so much more. Check back often. We'll continue to update the training whenever Photoshop changes.


Unity 5 2D: Combat in an RPG Game

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jesse Freeman

Released On: 8/15/2016

The hallmark of any popular RPG game is combat. Building on the lessons in the rest of the Unity 5 2D series, these tutorials show how to build simple turn-based combat like you would experience in classic RPGs. In the Movement in an RPG Game course, you learned how to move a player in a 2D tile-based map. Here you'll program, trigger, and manage random battles on the map. Author Jesse Freeman shows how to create pop-up battle windows, add monsters, and create player and monster attack actions—including evasive maneuvers. When the battle is over, you'll learn to reward the player and clean up for future moves.


Camtasia 2 for Mac Essential Training

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Mattia

Released On: 8/15/2016

Camtasia is the industry-leading video capture and editing software. Learn how to get the best quality when capturing, editing, and exporting videos—including screen capture, webcam, and mobile video—with Camtasia for Mac 2. Author Chris Mattia shows how to set up a dedicated recording account, calibrate your microphone, record video, and use the features in the Camtasia Editor to trim and edit audio and video. He also looks at special editing functions such as annotations, closed captions, and effects. Plus, learn how to share your videos on sites such as Screencast.com, YouTube, and more.


PowerPoint 2016 Tips and Tricks

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jess Stratton

Released On: 8/15/2016

Learn to use the lesser-known features of the world's most popular presentation software, PowerPoint 2016. Find out how to customize PowerPoint by tailoring the interface and adding frequently used tools to the Ribbon. Create more engaging presentations by formatting images, creating custom icons, and animating transitions with the Morph tool. Then prepare for a standout presentation with tips on rehearsing, adding speaker notes, and creating handouts. Author Jess Stratton also offers in-depth advice for working with Excel data in PowerPoint, including how to embed charts into slides, embed an entire spreadsheet as an object, and dynamically update text from Excel in a slide.


Data Science and Analytics Career Paths and Certifications

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jungwoo Ryoo

Released On: 8/15/2016

The career opportunities in data science, big data, and analytics are growing dramatically. These are among the most sought-after jobs in the tech world today. If you're interested in changing career paths, determining the right course of study, or deciding if certification is worth your time, this course is for you.

Jungwoo Ryoo is a professor of information science and technology at Penn State. Here he reviews the history of data science and analytics, explores which markets are using big data the most, and reveals the five main skills areas: data mining, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP), statistics, and visualization. This leads to a discussion of the five biggest career opportunities, the four leading industry-recognized certifications available, and the most exciting emerging technologies. Along the way, Jungwoo discusses the importance of ethics and professional development, and provides pointers to online resources for learning more.


Design Challenge Monthly Series

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Justin Seeley

Released On: 8/15/2016

When's the last time your design skills were really tested? This monthly series provides challenges to help you get out of a rut and tap back into your creativity. Every month Justin Seeley will introduce a new challenge and work his way through a solution on screen. This is a great series because it will teach software tips and tricks, life lessons for artists, and solid skills every designer needs to stay current. Challenges push participants on a creative level and help them navigate issues such as criticism, downtime, work that is not inspiring, and more.

Take a step away from the grind and see where a fresh direction takes you. Tune in every month for a new opportunity to push the envelope.


JavaScript for Web Designers

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Joe Chellman

Released On: 8/12/2016

Web designers can improve their skill sets and job prospects by getting comfortable with JavaScript. It's the only scripting language for client-side programming—for doing things that would be impossible with HTML and CSS alone—and is increasingly popular for server-side programming, too. Learn some basic, real-world uses for JavaScript in this course with Joe Chellman. Find out how to write JavaScript in the browser and in a code editor, and then put it straight to use in a shopping cart application: creating forms and form fields, reading data, checking input for errors, and performing calculations. Plus, learn how to use JavaScript time and date functions to create features like calendars and countdown clocks, and add interactive content through APIs like Google Maps.

This course is a great jumping-off point for more intricate client-side programming (e.g., mobile apps or highly interactive websites) and server-side programming with frameworks like Node and Backbone. With the addition of JavaScript, your design possibilities are almost limitless.


Insights from a Cybersecurity Professional

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Chapple

Released On: 8/12/2016

What is it like to work in the IT security industry? Mike Chapple is an information security expert with over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Here he shares insights on what it takes to detect, prevent, and combat cyber attacks and other security breaches in today's complex and diverse technological landscape—and find a job doing it. In this interview-style course, Mike answers questions such as…

  • How does one break into the cybersecurity field?
  • What are the various career tracks?
  • How do organizations prevent a security breach?
  • What are the compliance issues?
  • Who is responsible for security in the cloud?
  • How does IT security impact other business divisions?


These are the kinds of insights that can help you explore a new career, focus on a course of study, or even prepare for an interview.


Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Rick Schmunk

Released On: 4/16/2013

Create music in real time, on stage, or while producing in the studio, with Ableton Live. In this course, music professor Rick Schmunk shows you how to compose, record, remix, improvise, produce, and edit your musical ideas. Along the way, get familiar with the Live interface, work with its views for recording and editing audio and MIDI, and explore its unique real-time recording and mixing capabilities. Plus, learn real-world production skills that can be applied to songwriting, studio production, and DJing. The final chapters offer an inside look at features added in Live 9, such as new Instrument Racks containing over 3,000 production-ready sounds, and Max for Live, a toolkit for building custom devices.


Podcasting with GarageBand

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Garrick Chow

Released On: 8/12/2016

Want to start your own podcast? GarageBand is one of the easiest and most inexpensive tools to use. In this course, author Garrick Chow demonstrates how to make and publish a high-quality podcast using GarageBand. He starts with the basics: what a podcast is and the steps it takes to turn a raw idea into something ready for listeners. He then shows how to plan and record a podcast, how to choose the right audio gear, and how to configure GarageBand. Once your audio is recorded, Garrick shows how to edit the material, add music, and apply effects. Garrick wraps up the course by discussing how to export and publish your podcast on popular hosting sites such as Libsyn and SoundCloud.


Design a Mobile App with Adobe XD

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Paul Trani

Released On: 8/12/2016

Adobe XD takes user experience design to the next dimension. It's especially useful for app designers who need responsive design and prototyping features in one tool. Start here to learn how to design your first mobile app in Adobe XD.

Learn how to lay out a screen design with graphics and text and import vector and raster images. See how easy it is to create complex screen designs, complete with repeated lists and grids that are as simple to change as they are to create. This goes for any mobile screen type: iOS or Android, tablet or smartphone. Once the design is done, author Paul Trani shows how to add interactions and transitions to see how the app will "work" from one screen to the next. The end result is a full-featured prototype that can be shared with designers, developers, and clients, and broken down and exported as assets for use in development.


Administer and Manage VMware vSphere Resources

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Rick Crisci

Released On: 8/12/2016

VMware is the market leader in virtualization. Their cloud­-based virtualization platform, vSphere, is the software of choice for organizations looking to go virtual. Watch this course to learn how to manage and allocate resources such as CPU and memory in a VMware vSphere environment.

VMware Certified Instructor Rick Crisci provides an overview of vSphere resource controls—shares, limits, and reservations—and their impact on performance and VSWP file size. Rick explains exactly what happens when virtual machines compete for resources, the role of swap files, and how resource controls help automate allocation.

In chapter 2, Rick shows how to manage performance with resource pools, including child pools. He explains the impact a reservation has on resource pools, and includes a demo on creating and configuring a resource pool. Chapter 3 is an overview of the vFlash architecture for leveraging SSD resources. Watch this chapter to learn how to configure vFlash reservations and to assign a reservation to a VM.

Note: This course maps to the Administer and Manage vSphere 6.x Resources domain of the vSphere Certified Professional 6—Data Center Virtualization (VCP6­DCV) exam.


Learn Fusion 360: The Basics

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Taylor Hokanson

Released On: 8/11/2016

Autodesk Fusion 360 is a complex piece of software for modeling both onscreen assets (3D renders and animation) and offscreen physically manufactured elements. It provides parametric tools that allow a designer to edit components as specs change—without starting over from scratch. What's more, projects can be shared among a group of designers using 360's cloud-based design management system.

This course is an overview of the interface and the modeling, sculpting, and rendering workflows in Fusion 360. Taylor Hokanson shows how to import reference images, use the sketching tools, extrude 3D shapes, combine components into assemblies, and render animations that show your designs in action. Plus, learn how to sculpt organic shapes by editing T-Spline forms. This course has everything you need to use Fusion 360 to translate your ideas into elegant CAD drawings and fabrication-ready designs.


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