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Bluebeam: Draw Layouts & Detail

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/07/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jim Rogers

Released On: 8/8/2016

In the AEC industry, there are many of us who do not have full-blown CAD skills. Superintendents, project managers, estimators, and sales staff may all need to create drawings, but rarely own a copy of a program like AutoCAD. More often than not, we end up sketching proposed layouts and details by hand. Not only is this tedious work, but the end product is not easily edited, it's hard to store and distribute, and it doesn't look quite as professional as a digital drawing.

Using features contained in Bluebeam Revu, including templates, Sketch Tools, scale calibration, and length and area measurements, we can generate more accurate and professional drawings. In this course, Jim Rogers shows how to generate electronic layouts that can be distributed as PDFs, printed, or sent to a Bluebeam Studio Project folder. The techniques rely on the Sketch Tools markup feature, which allows us to "sketch to scale" and record length and area values as we draw. Jim also shows how to save and share our drawings with clients and colleagues, and extract quantities to generate cost estimates.


Unity 5 2D: Movement in an RPG Game

Lynda.com - Sun, 08/07/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Jesse Freeman

Released On: 8/8/2016

Learn how to move a player on a tile-based 2D map and use that movement to trigger events—creating a gaming experience similar to classic RPGs. In this course, Jesse Freeman builds upon the lessons learned in the Unity 5 2D: Random Map Generation: adding a player, moving the player from tile to tile, and making the camera follow the movement, as well as triggering events on the map. Jesse also shows how to add a "fog of war" effect that reveals parts of the map as the player moves around and explores, and how to detect and update the artwork for visited tiles.


CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-902) Part 2: Putting Pieces Together

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Meyers

Released On: 8/5/2016

The CompTIA A+ Exam Prep series is a comprehensive six-part series designed to help IT professionals prepare for the CompTIA 220-902 exam, which focuses on operating systems and software. If you're looking to pass the exam for the first time or studying for renewal, this is the series for you.

In Part 2, Mike Meyers helps you understand all the pieces that comprise the modern computer: RAM, power supplies, hard drives, and peripherals. Though 220-902 focuses on operating systems and software, a solid foundation in hardware will help you understand how all the pieces fit together. In Chapter 5, Mike shows how to build a basic PC, and install a fresh copy of Windows.

Details about the CompTIA A+ certification and the exam blueprints can be found at https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/a.


CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-902) Part 6: Securing Computers

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Meyers

Released On: 8/5/2016

The CompTIA A+ Exam Prep series is a comprehensive six-part series designed to help IT professionals prepare for the CompTIA 220-902 exam, which focuses on operating systems and software. If you're looking to pass the exam for the first time or refresh your skills, this is the series for you.

Security is one of the IT pro's chief concerns, and it's a big domain of the 220-902 exam. This course outlines the basic procedures for securing any computer, covering topics such as physical security, password protection, malware detection and prevention, and firewalls. CompTIA expert Mike Meyers also helps you understand how to dispose of data correctly and respond to security incidents.

After completing this course and the others in the series, you should feel prepared to ace the exam. Find your testing location and schedule a test at https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/a.


CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-902) Part 3: Windows Basics

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Meyers

Released On: 8/5/2016

The CompTIA A+ Exam Prep series is a comprehensive six-part series designed to help IT professionals prepare for the CompTIA 220-902 exam, which focuses on operating systems and software. If you're looking to pass the exam for the first time or studying for renewal, this is the series for you.

Part 3 covers the Windows operating system: all the basics you need to know to troubleshoot the inside of a PC. Author and CompTIA expert Mike Meyers takes a look under the hood at the processes, services, and tasks and provides an overview of user management, which is one of the foundations of Windows security. In Chapter 3, you'll learn some techniques for maintaining and optimizing the performances of Windows, including backup and restore procedures. Every lesson maps to a question in the critical Windows domain—an estimated 30% of the exam.

Details about the certification and the exam blueprints can be found at https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/a.


Preparing for the CompTIA A+ Exams (220-901 and 220-902)

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Meyers

Released On: 8/5/2016

The CompTIA A+ exam is the most popular entry-level IT exam, targeting those who are new to IT and seeking a job as a help desk or IT technician. But what is the real value of certification? What exactly do the exams cover? And how hard are they to pass?

Mike Meyers is the industry's leading authority and bestselling author on CompTIA certifications. In this short course, he explains why anyone looking to get hired in IT should earn A+ certification, and how to go about studying for and passing each 90-question exam.

When you're done, check out our CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-901) and CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-902) series for targeted lessons on each domain of the exams.


Tethered Shooting Fundamentals

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 8/5/2016

Connecting a computer to your DSLR camera opens up a brand-new world of opportunities in image making. You can gain greater control over your in-camera adjustments and get a more accurate picture of your lighting and setup. In this course, Rich Harrington introduces the tethered shooting workflow and shows how to connect your camera to a computer, an external monitor, and even an iPad or mobile device. He'll review the shooting environment, building the tethered station, software solutions for tethering, and wireless shooting with a CamRanger or GoPro camera. Plus, get an in-depth look at seven different software solutions for tethering, including Lightroom, Canon's EOS Utility, Capture One Pro, and more.

These techniques work well both in the studio and in the field, so you'll be prepared for all tethered shooting scenarios.


CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-902) Part 5: Mobile Devices

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Meyers

Released On: 8/5/2016

The CompTIA A+ Exam Prep series is a comprehensive six-part series designed to help IT professionals prepare for the CompTIA 220-902 exam, which focuses on operating systems and software. If you're looking to pass the exam for the first time or studying for renewal, this is the series for you.

Join Mike Meyers for this installment, which covers everything an IT pro needs to support, secure, and manage mobile devices, including Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Learn how to configure cellular plans, connect to wireless networks, set up email, sync devices, and secure Android and iOS phones. These topics map to the "Other Technologies" domain—an estimated 12% of the exam.

Details about the certification and the exam blueprints can be found at https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/a.


CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-902) Part 4: Virtualization, Printers and Troubleshooting

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Meyers

Released On: 8/5/2016

The CompTIA A+ Exam Prep series is a comprehensive six-part series designed to help IT professionals prepare for the CompTIA 220-902 exam, which focuses on operating systems and software. If you're looking to pass the exam for the first time or studying for renewal, this is the series for you.

Here CompTIA expert Mike Meyers prepares you to answer questions about slightly more advanced topics: "super tech" skills like managing files via the command-line interface, creating virtual machines, connecting to the Internet, installing printers, and troubleshooting startup and application issues. Each lesson prepares you for a related topic on the 90-question A+ exam.

Details about the certification and the exam blueprints can be found at https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/a.


CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-902) Part 1: Introduction to Computers

Lynda.com - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Mike Meyers

Released On: 8/5/2016

The CompTIA A+ Exam Prep series is a comprehensive six-part series designed to help IT professionals prepare for the CompTIA 220-902 exam, which focuses on operating systems and software. If you're looking to pass the exam for the first time or studying for renewal, this is the series for you.

In this introductory course, Mike Meyers explains the basics of how a computer works and the operational procedures that are key to any well-running IT team, including soft skills such as professionalism, communication, and safety. In Chapter 2, Mike tours the four most recent versions of Windows, as well as the OS X and Ubuntu Linux operating systems. He shows how to navigate to essential tools in each OS and explains how to manage virtual memory (RAM).

Details about the CompTIA A+ certification and the exam blueprints can be found at https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/a.


Learn PhoneGap Build: The Basics

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Chris Griffith

Released On: 8/4/2016

PhoneGap and its open-source sister Apache Cordova simplify cross-platform app development. You can code an app once, and then compile it to run anywhere: iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. PhoneGap Build is the cloud-based version, which allows you to take apps built with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and compile them into native, store-ready mobile apps. All without any SDKs.

In this course, Chris Griffith introduces the PhoneGap ecosystem and the basics of PhoneGap Build. He shows how to set up an account for development and create, configure, and compile your first project with PhoneGap Build. Once you've mastered these fundamentals, Chris shows how to extend your app plugins, debug your app, and then prep it for release in the App Store, Google Play store, or Windows Store.


Introduction to Information Governance

Lynda.com - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 20:00
Authored By: Robert Smallwood

Released On: 3/2/2016

With the advent of the big data era, organizations are swamped with information, and the sheer volume is changing the dynamics of business. Finding insights in the mountains of data—and keeping that data secure—are key factors driving business success today, especially for fields such as healthcare, ecommerce, and IT.

Information governance (IG) helps organizations minimize information risks and costs while maximizing its value. IG is about security, control, and optimization of information. Learn the basic tenets of the emerging field of IG, beginning with definitions and concepts. Robert Smallwood explains the basics of IG and identifies key areas where an IG program will make a difference. He shares proven strategies, methods, and best practices for ensuring the ongoing success of your IG program.


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.


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