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Balanced Scorecard and Key Performance Indicators

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jim Stice, Kay Stice

Released On: 8/4/2016

There's a critical link between an organization's goals and its performance metrics. A beautiful mission statement is nothing without specific, actionable measures that provide incentives to succeed. These actionable numeric measures are called key performance indicators (KPIs) and can be organized into a structure called the balanced scorecard. The scorecard helps you quantify business performance over time: weeks, months, quarters, or even years.

In this course, accounting professors Jim and Kay Stice explain what KPIs your business should consider in a balanced scorecard, from financial goals to employee and customer satisfaction. They describe how to craft a clear mission statement that complements your KPIs, and how to tie performance to incentives. Plus, get a look at KPIs in action, as Jim and Kay break down a case study examining a trucking company's balanced scorecard.


Web Icons with SVG

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 8/4/2016

As designers and developers of the web, we want graphics to look sharp, but we need to keep file sizes down for performance. How do you get the best of both worlds? There is pretty much only one way to go: SVG.

SVG is an XML-based method for instructing the browser to draw scalable vector graphics based on defined shapes and coordinates. The challenge with SVGs is they are not like other graphic files: Rather than a grid of pixels, they are code instructions interpreted by the browser on the fly. This poses some unique challenges and unique opportunities when it comes to implementation. In this course, you'll learn various methods to deploy SVG icons in webpages, each with its own use cases, benefits, and drawbacks. Morten Rand-Hendriksen shows how to insert individual SVG images, add SVGs as inline elements and SVG sprites via the command line, and automate SVGs with Grunticon. Plus, get tips on making your graphics backward-compatible and accessible, and using SVG icons in WordPress.


How to Create Instructional Videos in Camtasia

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Corbin Anderson

Released On: 8/4/2016

Whether you're a first-grade teacher or college professor, video can open a whole new range of possibilities for your classroom. Camtasia is the go-to tool for educators, offering a wide range of features for recording, editing, and sharing video. And it's not just for screencapture; you can create webcam and mobile videos, too. Ready to get started? In this course, Corbin Anderson helps you use Camtasia 8 to create engaging, high-quality instructional videos for a flipped classroom, online instruction, or blended learning. Learn how to set up Camtasia, record a simple video, and go mobile with the companion app Fuse. Once you've mastered the basics, you can add learning supports such as multimedia, notes, embedded quizzes, and announcements. Along the way, Corbin discusses teacher best practices and tips for flipping your classroom.


Final Cut Pro X Guru: Compressor Exporting

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Harauz

Released On: 8/3/2016

Compressor extends the capabilities of Final Cut Pro X, allowing you greater control when sending out your final projects. In this course, Nick Harauz shows how to set up Compressor presets and templates to transcode and encode media for different formats, including broadcast, web, and mobile devices, and add metadata, captions, color correction effects, timecodes, and watermarks to your video. With these compression tips, you'll end up with more high-quality renders from your Final Cut Pro projects, and spend less time meddling with settings.


Premiere Pro Guru: 3D Titling for Video Editors

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Eran Stern

Released On: 8/3/2016

We're living in a 3D world, so it only makes sense to integrate 3D type into our videos as well. In this project-based course, motion graphics artists and video editor Eran Stern shows you how to add 3D titles to your movies. He explores four different ways to create text while expanding the capabilities of Premiere Pro by working with integrations and plugins. Animating text is also covered. Regardless of the editing tool you use, principles and instructions in this course are universal, including how to ensure your text has meaning and works in harmony with the content shown.

This course works through real-world scenarios, showcasing impressive type effects used to create visually stunning scenes. To make type integrate seamlessly with the footage, Eran demonstrates how to use tracking, rotoscoping, particles, distortions, camera effects, and more. Compositing is performed in Premiere Pro as the main editing hub. In addition to Photoshop and After Effects, the course also explores a PixelSquid plugin, a Bounce Pack set of transitions, ReelSmart Motion Blur, a Continuum Complete set of 3D objects, and some text design templates of Titler Pro 4. These third-party plugins are introduced to complement your workflow while keeping time spent outside the editing interface minimal. This course is designed to equip you with the skills needed to create promos, trailers, and openers that exhibit superb use of 3D titles.


Facebook for Business

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Megan Adams

Released On: 8/3/2016

Facebook is a must for businesses of all sizes. A good profile page can help you market directly to the customers that are most interested in your products and services, and connect with them in an authentic way. Watch this course to learn how to set up a Facebook account exclusively for business use and build out your page in a way that promotes your brand.

Social media marketing expert Megan Adams shows how to create interesting posts and status updates, and build a thriving and engaged Facebook community. Plus, learn paid strategies for increasing your reach with Facebook ads and boosted posts, and tracking your return on investment with Facebook Insights, which reports likes, page views, and more. Megan also helps you manage comments and notifications, and update your page on the go with the Facebook Pages Manager mobile app.


Migrating from Office 2007 to Office 2016

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: David Rivers

Released On: 8/3/2016

Make the leap from Office 2007 to Office 2016, and take advantage of the latest features and performance improvements in Microsoft's popular productivity suite. David Rivers help you install the newest version of Office; migrate all your important files, preferences, and settings; and get used to the new interface and features in Office 2016, including the Quick Access Toolbar, Touch mode, and cloud storage. He also steps through each of the major applications—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook—and shows you how to import and use content created in Office 2007 in the new version of the software.


iOS Address Book App: Hands On

Lynda.com - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: John Nastos

Released On: 8/3/2016

The best way to build your programming skills is to practice them. Get the hands-on experience you need to succeed as an iOS developer in this project-based course. Veteran programmer John Nastos shares step-by-step instructions for building a complete iOS address book app. Learn how to storyboard the app, store and display contact data, connect to other iOS apps such as Maps, and write tests to make sure the code and interface work as expected. In the final stage, you'll create icons and launch storyboard and gather the other assets you'll need to submit the app to the App Store with iTunes Connect.

Build the project step-by-step and then use what you've learned to explore your own app ideas.


Windows 10 Anniversary Update Essential Training

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 8/2/2016

Learn the essentials of Windows 10 operating system, including the newest features included with Microsoft's Anniversary Update. Nick Brazzi shows how to install Windows 10, work with the built-in applications, manage files and folders, use Cortana to search, browse the web, and work with mail, calendar, and your contacts. Want to extend Windows? Learn how to find and install new apps from the Windows Store and customize your display preferences and account settings so your PC works perfectly for you. Finally, find out how to back up and restore Windows in case of computer failure, recover missing files, and use Windows Defender to protect yourself against malware such as viruses and spyware.

Stay tuned! We'll be adding more movies to this course soon.


Migrating from Office 2013 to Office 2016

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: David Rivers

Released On: 8/2/2016

Learn how to upgrade to Office 2016 while migrating all your important files, preferences, and settings from Office 2013 intact. Author David Rivers reviews the new features and improvements to Office 2016, including the new interface, Touch mode, and cloud storage features. The course then steps through the crucial new features in each of the major applications—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook—and shows you how to import and use content created in Office 2013 in the new version of the software.


Learn Adobe Animate CC: Animation

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Dermot O' Connor

Released On: 8/2/2016

Get your start in digital animation with Adobe Animate CC, the program that takes the best features from Flash and bundles them with Creative Cloud tools. Animate uses nested symbols and motion and shape tweening to create the "in-between" images between keyframes. This course is an introduction to the basics: using the drawing tools, creating symbols, tweening, keyframing, etc. No scripting knowledge is required! It's ideal for new animators as well as Flash animators who need help transitioning to the Animate interface. Dermot O' Connor shows how to create a complete scene with backgrounds and characters, and includes tips for adjusting arcs and timing and adding smoke and shadows, sound effects, and camera moves.


Docker: The Basics

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Arthur Ulfeldt

Released On: 8/2/2016

Docker is the next step beyond virtualization. A Docker image contains everything it needs to run, independent of the Linux server on which it lives: a copy of the operating system, a database, code, configuration files, dependencies, and so on. Images can also be packaged and shared with other Docker admins. Arthur Ulfeldt uses Docker to run complex systems with millions of users and hundreds of containers. Here, he shares his knowledge with you. He introduces the basics of Docker, including its containers, Dockerfiles (or base images), and capabilities for networking, data management, app deployment, infrastructure optimization, and more. Watch and learn how to build your own containers and network and link containers.


Windows 10 Anniversary Update New Features

Lynda.com - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Nick Brazzi

Released On: 8/2/2016

Windows 10 is one year old. To celebrate, Microsoft is offering all Windows 10 users access to the free Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Discover the most important new features and improvements in Microsoft's latest operating system in this short course with Nick Brazzi. Learn about the latest improvements to Cortana, Microsoft's personal digital assistant, as well as the interface changes that make Windows easier to use. Nick also surveys the Edge web browser extensions, as well as new tools for the Ink Workspace, the digital pen-driven experience for Windows, and the updated Maps app.


Up and Running with Java Applications

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Todd Perkins

Released On: 2/22/2016

Get an introduction to Java programming while you learn to develop Java applications for various runtime environments—desktop, web, and mobile—with Eclipse. Author Todd Perkins explains how to configure the development environment, and reviews the basic building blocks of the Java syntax: variables, functions, arrays, conditional statements, classes, and input/output. In chapters 3 and 4, he builds a user interface with the Swing framework, the GUI toolkit for Java, and connects Swing's table components to different data sources. He also covers NetBeans, an alternative IDE for working with JavaServer Pages (JSP), and publishing workflows for desktop applications (via JAR files) and Android apps built with Java.


Excel 2016: Managing and Analyzing Data

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Dennis Taylor

Released On: 8/1/2016

Large amounts of data can become unmanageable fast. But with the data management and analysis features in Excel 2016, you can keep the largest spreadsheets under control. In this course, Dennis Taylor shares easy-to-use commands, features, and functions for maintaining large lists of data in Excel. He covers sorting, adding subtotals, filtering, eliminating duplicate data, and using Excel's Advanced Filter feature and specialized database functions to isolate and analyze data. With these techniques, you'll be able to extract the most important information from your data, in the shortest amount of time.


Top 10 Apps for Enhanced Productivity

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Suzanna Kaye

Released On: 4/7/2015

Get more done, reduce stress, and find more time for what really matters, with organization expert Suzanna Kaye's top ten favorite apps for improved productivity. See how to get voicemails transcribed, manage multiple calendars, track expenses, sign PDFs electronically, and more. The course shows the apps in action, provides tips for leveraging their best features, offers cool alternative uses, and mentions other related apps.


Premiere Pro Guru: Understanding Compression

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Luisa Winters

Released On: 8/1/2016

Compression affects every aspect of video work. Compress too much and lose quality, and compress too little and the file size is too big. Use the wrong compression, and your client cannot see the video at all! In this course, Luisa Winters explains what compression is, how to use it, and how to optimize it to give your work the greatest impact. Learn how to finesse export settings in Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder for the best-looking video.


Windows 10: Manage Apps

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: James Gonzalez

Released On: 8/1/2016

Windows 10 is the latest release of Microsoft's flagship desktop operating system, and more apps are being released for the platform every day. The challenge for Windows system admins and help desk professionals is to keep up with users' demands for new apps, and stay on top of frequent software updates. With Azure RemoteApp, and tools such as Hyper-V and Intune, administrators can deploy and manage apps more quickly and efficiently. In this course, James Gonzalez shows how to use Azure RemoteApp to run software such as Office 365 on multiple computers and mobile devices, use Intune for simplified mobile device management, and set up Hyper-V, Microsoft's virtualization solution for running multiple operating systems, apps, and configurations on a single PC.

Note: This course maps to the "Manage apps" domain of the Configure Windows Devices exam 70-697.


Mixing Techniques for Pop Music, Part 2

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Brian Malouf

Released On: 8/1/2016

Producer, engineer, and mixer Brian Malouf demonstrates more of his hit-making mixing techniques. Part 2 starts with effects and ambiance, including choosing the right reverb; identifying the differences between delay, echo, and reverb; applying flange and pitch shifting; and many others. He moves on to cover mix processing as applied across auxiliary and master busses, such as carving out space for electric guitars, creating groove with acoustic guitars, achieving clarity in the bass, and adding punch to the stereo mix. Brian wraps up the course by demonstrating the ultimate final touches, from finding and exploiting the golden nuggets in the mix and making the chorus pop to bringing out the emotion of a mix and knowing when the mix is done.


Data Science Tips, #2

Lynda.com - Sun, 07/31/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Nate Makdad

Released On: 8/1/2016

Data science never sleeps! The field is exploding with demand and innovation. What are you doing to stay on top of the latest trends? Tune in each week as data science professional and instructor Nate Makdad explores a new tip designed to make data scientists better at their jobs. Following Bart Poulson's first three months of tips, Nate takes the reins for series #2, focusing on practical techniques such as infographic design, forecasting, and t-testing.

Tune in every Monday for interesting, relevant, and thought-provoking tips from the wide world of big data and data science.


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