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ZBrush: Tips & Tricks

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Are you ready to take your ZBrush-ing to the next level? In this weekly series, ZBrush artist Ryan Kittleson shares his personal approach on how to make ZBrush work for you. Ryan demonstrates how to set hot keys so that ZBrush operates more like your other favorite software. He shows you how to customize the interface, so that the features you use the most are placed front and center, and how optimize the setup of a custom scene to achieve maximum workflow efficiency. He demonstrates how to create macros to simplify complex and repetitive tasks into single-click solutions. This series is designed to help you go from spending time fussing with software to having more time to make great, new things with ZBrush!

Strategies for Successful UX Freelancers

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
How can you be a successful UX freelancer? This course provides guidance to both experienced freelancers and those who have recently entered the world of freelancing, helping you to scale up your projects and clients. Cory Lebson explains what critical skills can enhance your workflow and help make you more successful. He discusses how to manage your workload, keep your pipeline full, and reliably produce high-quality deliverables as you effectively work with stakeholders and extended teams.

Freelancing and Consulting in User Experience

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Freelancing provides you with the freedom to choose your clients and UX projects, and—as you enjoy this increased flexibility—it can potentially help you increase your earnings as well. In this course, join Cory Lebson as he takes you through the ins and outs of becoming a successful user experience freelancer. He provides a brief introduction to life as a UX freelancer, and shares tips and tricks for maintaining a successful independent UX career.

Construction Management: Concrete Construction

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Whether you're new to the construction industry or a seasoned veteran looking to expand your skillset, learning more about concrete—a material that's found in virtually every construction project—will increase your value as a construction professional. In this course, join Jim Rogers as he explains how to work with concrete in today's construction industry, and discusses the principles of concrete reinforcing and how pre-stressed concrete works. Jim provides some background on the history and usage of concrete, discusses ingredients and terminology, and helps you understand the chemistry of concrete. He also talks about using concrete as a building material, covering compression versus tension and sharing strategies for managing cracking.

Design Thinking: Customer Experience

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Customer expectations are higher than ever before, and business success is becoming more and more dependent on a company's ability to meet or exceed those expectations with nearly every interaction. Customer experience—or CX—is the summary of all the interactions a company has with a customer over time. While understanding how to consider and choreograph those interactions is undeniably complex, at its core, customer experience is about something quite simple: relationships.

In this course, frog's director of strategy, Geoffrey Schwartz, introduces you to customer experience and why it's important in today's hypercompetitive world. Geoffrey breaks down the different components that make up a customer experience, like archetypes, activities, interactions, and experience principles. Throughout the course, he uses real-world examples to demonstrate how those components come together to form a company's relationship with their customers.

At the end of the course, you'll have the foundational tools needed to take a holistic view of an organization's customer experience and identify opportunities that can deepen relationships and drive loyalty.

Transitioning from Individual Contributor to Manager

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Before you start your first management role, it's important to prepare yourself for a shift in mindset and priorities. In this course, leadership coach, best-selling author, and consultant Roberta Matuson explains how to step into your new management role on the right foot. Roberta shares strategies to help you make the shift from focusing on your own performance as an individual contributor to focusing on the success of your team as a manager. She helps you address common hurdles such as how to manage your former peers, engage and assess your team, and prepare for your evolution as a leader.

Camtasia Advanced Techniques: Video-Based Training

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
Learn how to do more with less by using your smartphone to create instructional videos in Camtasia. In this course, join Corbin Anderson as he shows how to use your smartphone, Camtasia, and a few simple accessories to create a high-quality video-based training. Throughout the course, Corbin explores the best practices for creating a video-based training that's engaging, well-produced, and effective. As he deconstructs a short, live-action instructional video, he explains how to shoot video with your phone, record audio using a wired lavalier, sync multiple media sources, make detailed audio adjustments, and more.

Building Native Mobile Apps with NativeScript and Angular 2

Lynda.com - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 20:00
NativeScript is an open-source framework for building native iOS and Android apps. Web developers who are familiar with Angular 2 can get introduced to NativeScript in this course and learn how to develop an application for iOS and Android by leveraging the NativeScript framework with Angular 2. Join Alex Ziskind as he guides you from the initial installation of NativeScript through architecting an application. He explains how to declare the most common user interface widgets while styling them with CSS. Plus, he demonstrates how to set up the Faker library, and how to programmatically tap into the native navigation engine for iOS and Android.

Amazon Web Services: Monitoring and Metrics

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 20:00
Amazon Web Services (AWS)—a global leader in cloud computing—provides a wide variety of IT services. As you're financially responsible for whichever AWS services you use, it's important to establish sound financial monitoring to ensure that you're alerted to any changes before those changes become a financial burden. This course provides system administrators with an intermediate-level look at monitoring and metrics for the AWS platform. IT architect Sharif Nijim begins with monitoring tools like CloudWatch and includes coverage of VPC flow logs. He concludes with an introduction to Lambda and coverage of combining CloudWatch and Lambda.

This course is also part of a series designed to help you prepare for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate certification exam.

This course includes trademarks owned by Amazon Web Services. This course has not been prepared, approved, or endorsed by Amazon Web Services.

Marketing Communications

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 20:00
In today's media landscape, consumers decide how and when they want to receive information. As a result, it's crucial for marketers to have a robust understanding of how to design and execute a marketing plan that resonates with audiences—as well as how to measure the results. In this course, learn how to chart your own marketing roadmap. Join marketing expert Deirdre Breakenridge as she explains how to research your marketing communication needs, craft a marketing plan that helps you connect with your audience, and leverage PR, social media, and email marketing strategies. Plus, she discusses how to launch your campaign, and track your program through a measurement dashboard.

3ds Max: Rendering with Arnold

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 20:00
Arnold is a high-quality rendering engine in 3ds Max 2018. Realistic rendering is easier than ever with this brute force Monte Carlo ray tracer. The physically-based rendering of Arnold accurately simulates light in the real world, but allows the breaking of physical laws to achieve artistic styles. This course is an overview of the core features of Arnold for lighting, materials, and rendering in 3ds Max. (Author: Aaron F. Ross)

Houdini: Particles

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 20:00
Explore the massively powerful particle system in Houdini. In this course, join Scott Pagano as he walks through how to use particle systems in Houdini. Scott takes you through four different projects that help you understand how to use particles with sprites and geometry instancing, and how to create trails and impacts. He shares how to create some emission off of a moving object and then create a smoky particle effect, how to create geometric trails streaming off an object, and more.

Social Listening for Marketers

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 20:00
Social media can provide your company with a wealth of information about what your customers—and competitors—really think about your organization. In this course, learn how to incorporate social listening in your organization's marketing strategy. Join digital and social media strategist Martin Waxman as he explains how to set up your social listening dashboard, tune into the right online conversations, and use social listening to discover insights that could lead to new products and opportunities. He also covers how to use social listening for customer service, as well as how to identify issues and crisis situations where your company's reputation may be at stake.

JSON Processing with Java EE

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 20:00
JSON is a ubiquitous and lightweight data transfer format used for the storage and interchange of information in an organized and human-readable manner. It is commonly used as the data format of choice in microservices, RESTful APIs, and NoSQL data stores. Knowing how to manipulate JSON is crucial knowledge for any developer.

In this course, discover how to use the Java Enterprise Edition (EE) JSON-Processing API. With its two programming models, JSON-Processing is one of the simplest ways to generate, query, and parse JSON data, and you'll find that implementing it in your projects is quick and easy. Join Alex Theedom as he covers an array of topics, including how to use both the object model and the streaming model, how to traverse a JSON structure, and how to parse JSON data using the extensive builder APIs. When you wrap up this course, you'll be ready to develop with this essential and powerful API.

RESTful Service with JAX-RS 2.0

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 20:00
The ability to successfully build a RESTful web service is an essential skill in today's Internet-dominated industry. In this course, learn how to develop a RESTful client and server application using the Java Enterprise Edition implementation of the REST architectural style, JAX-RS API 2.0. This powerful and fully-featured API enshrines industry best practices as it integrates seamlessly with other essential APIs such as Bean Validation and JSON Processing.

Join Alex Theedom as he guides you through a wide range of topics, including how to define resource endpoints, how to add dynamism to your application with hypermedia, how to maintain data integrity with Bean Validation, and how to process messages with the JSON Processing API. Once you have completed this course, you'll be ready to develop your own client and server RESTful APIs.

Learning Sylenth

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 20:00
Sylenth is a powerful virtual synthesizer plugin that music producers around the world use to create amazing soundscapes. In this course, Nate Mars shows some basic—as well as advanced—features of Sylenth, and dives into some synthesis concepts along the way. He covers working with the Sylenth interface, creating sounds with the plugin's four oscillators, working with the Misc Mod panel and Mod wheel, and customizing sounds by adding powerful effects. To wrap up, Nate shows how to make specific sounds—namely, kick drum, organ, and synth lead— from scratch.

Monday Productivity Pointers

Lynda.com - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 20:00
In this weekly series on being productive with technology, authors Jess Stratton, Garrick Chow, and Nick Brazzi introduce tools and tips to help make today's software and devices work more efficiently and powerfully for you. With everything from pointers on using Microsoft Office and Google platforms to learning social networking skills and discovering the most useful apps for your iPhone or Android device, there's something for everyone.