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Revit Schedules

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:00
Schedules—which display information extracted from the properties of different project elements—are the backbone of BIM. In this course, explore how to work with schedules in Revit. Focusing primarily on the "I" for information in BIM, instructor Eric Wing demonstrates how to drill into the Revit database and query data out of your models. Eric covers a few standard schedules such as door, window, and room schedules, and then dives into the specifics of Revit parameters, and how they relate to the underlying database that you have—perhaps, unknowingly—developed by virtue of modeling your project. He goes into creating blank schedules, material takeoffs, keynote legends, schedule keys, and more.

Cert Prep: Unity Particle Systems, AI, and Audio

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:00
Become a Unity Certified Developer and show employers you have the Unity skills they're looking for. Validate your knowledge of foundational game design and programming skills in Unity and earn a professional credential to help communicate your abilities to employers. Improve your chances of landing that dream job doing what you love most—making games.

This course is part of our Unity cert prep series, focusing on exam objectives related to particle systems, artificial intelligence (AI), navigation and pathfinding systems, and audio. Instructor Alan Thorn teaches you how to control particle emitters, including particle life and size. He explains how to use navigation meshes to control obstacle avoidance, create compelling NPCs by setting up and triggering animation states, and add music and sounds effects to your 2D and 3D games.

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Framer for UX Design

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:00
You can use Framer to create JavaScript-based app prototypes quickly and easily. UX designers, engineers, interaction designers, and more can get refreshed on UX fundamentals in this course, and then dive into navigating Framer. Emmanuel Henri shows both how to use non-coding Framer tools and how the usage of programming fits into the UX design process. Learn how to make a prototype, from inserting the first few screens to finalizing assets and adding interactions.

B2B Marketing Foundations

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:00
Explore tactics and strategies to help you market your services and products to other business more effectively. In this course, Dina Shapiro covers the essentials of business-to-business (B2B) marketing, providing you with what you need to know to create relevant, impactful marketing for B2B brands. Dina explains what defines B2B marketing, and how it differs from consumer marketing. She covers how to set objectives, avoid mistakes, and benchmark your efforts against your competition. Dina shares how to research and better understand your marketplace and competitors, as well as how to develop a winning marketing strategy—providing specific tactics you can implement immediately. To wrap up the course, she discusses the importance of measuring your efforts, and the benefits of using a CRM system.

Building an In-House Photo Studio

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 20:00
You can accomplish a lot of photographic goals without needing a photo studio. But for many types of shooting, a studio is essential. Fortunately, building one doesn't have to be expensive. In this course, photographer and educator Ben Long details two scenarios for building an in-house photo studio. In the first scenario, he explores a professional studio. Ben explains how the business of a photography studio works, what you'll need to consider when designing and outfitting a studio space, and what you can do to ease day-to-day use. In the second scenario, he shows how to turn a "found" space into a temporary studio. In this case, he takes over a conference room to shoot a collection of headshots and products. For each scenario, Ben details the gear you'll want—from lighting to backdrops—as well as all the other technical and practical concerns that go into creating a studio.

Learning Relational Databases

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 20:00
Have you ever opened up a database that someone else built and felt a little lost? Or ever thought of designing your own simple database and been unsure of where to start? Or perhaps you need to work with a team of database professionals and don't know how to speak their language? This course can help you overcome these hurdles.

Adam Wilbert covers the basics of relational database design, regardless of whether you use Access, FileMaker, Open Office, or SQL Server. Learn how to prevent data anomalies, gather requirements to plan your design, and develop a conceptual data model—translating your ideas into components like tables, relationships, queries, and views. Plus, learn about logical design considerations that can help you construct a database that is easy to maintain.

Photoshop: Filters for Photography

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 20:00
Photoshop filters run the gamut from simple to complex. In this course, photographer and educator Chris Orwig shares some best practices, and highlights the optimal filters for photographers looking to enhance their images. Chris shows how to increase your flexibility when working with Smart Filters, and covers Smart Filter workflows in Photoshop, Lightroom, and Camera Raw. He also explores how to correct and enhance your photos using Camera Raw, apply creative effects with filters, and use plugin filters to boost your creativity.

Visual Studio Essential Training: 05 Code Editors

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 20:00
Visual Studio's code editors are much more powerful and customizable than most developers realize. Join Walt Ritscher in this course and learn how to configure Visual Studio's settings to suit your workflow. Walt shows how to code more efficiently with IntelliSense; collaborate with other developers using comments and change tracking; refactor code; create formatting rules for C#, C++, HTML, and JavaScript; navigate existing code; and use snippets to insert small sections of boiler plate code. With these tools and techniques, you can write code faster with fewer mistakes.

Creating Access Web Apps in SharePoint 2013

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 20:00
Learn the no-code way to create powerful browser-based SharePoint apps that let users view and enter data from many sources: Access, Excel, and even SharePoint lists! Gini Courter walks through creating a simple Access web app with data imported from Excel, linked via SharePoint lists, or even from tables you create from scratch. She also shows how to define relationships between the tables in the database, create a user interface from views, use macros to automate events and calculations, and bundle your app in a package that can be installed on another SharePoint site. (Author: Gini von Courter)

Visual Studio Essential Training: 07 Understanding Project Types

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 20:00
Choosing the right project type in Visual Studio 2015 provides you with the right libraries and tools for your project, whether you're creating a desktop application, mobile app, or web service. In this Visual Studio Essentials training course, Walt Ritscher guides developers through the most popular project templates in Visual Studio 2015, including console, desktop, web, and mobile projects in ASP.NET, Apache Cordova, DirectX, Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Foundation, Universal Windows, and more. He also shows how to create class libraries and leverage third-party project templates that extend Visual Studio's built-in project types.

Substance Designer Essential Training

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 20:00
Substance Designer is a powerful, procedurally based tool for creating textures for 3D art and games. This training course provides a complete overview of Substance Designer 6, the 2017 version of the application. New texture artists can use this course to get a jumpstart in the field, while experienced artists will find plenty of advanced tips and tricks to take their skills to the next level.

Instructor Joel Bradley begins with an overview of a prebuilt substance graph, demonstrating the strengths and nondestructive workflow of Substance Designer, and walking through basics such as navigating the Substance Designer interface, adjusting important preferences, importing meshes and maps, and using the 2D, 3D, and Graph views. He then moves onto the large array of essential "atomic" nodes in Substance Designer, including the Blend, Curve, Slope Blur, Normal, Gradient, and Water Level nodes. These nodes comprise the heart of the Substance Designer workflow. Then learn how to create a custom panorama from scratch, and explore more advanced topics such as MDL materials, functions, and FX maps. Finally, Joel closes out the course by putting a substance to use. Learn about the advantages of using a published substance file (SBSAR) over hard-coded bitmaps for in-game materials, and see how to import a substance package into a game engine such as Unreal.

Designing a Poster

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 20:00
A stylish poster both attracts attention and speaks well to the event or idea being advertised. After all, if a poster is clever, professional, and cool, onlookers will likely think the same of the event. In this project-based course, designer and educator Nigel French demonstrates how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to create eye-catching posters. As Nigel shows how to approach several poster concepts—including a gig poster for a band, a public information poster, and a poster advertising a bike-to-work event—he covers key aspects of the design process. He explains how to set up a document, generate ideas, format text, prepare your document for printing, and more.

Visual Studio Essential Training: 06 Debug and Troubleshoot Code

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 20:00
Learn to find and resolve the bugs in your code with the powerful debugging tools in Visual Studio 2015. Walt Ritscher first introduces the philosophy behind debugging, including common debug scenarios and defect categories, and then shows how to put Visual Studio's debugging tools to work on your code. Learn how to step through code, work with exceptions, dive deeper into variables with DataTips and visualizers, and use Watch, Intermediate, and Diagnostics windows to evaluate code and the performance of your application. The course closes with a chapter where Walt puts the tools together to debug different types of applications, including console, desktop, web, and mobile apps.

Laravel 5 Essential Training: 2 Testing, Securing, and Deploying

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 20:00
Laravel is the most popular MVC framework for PHP. This course teaches the basics you need to know to test, secure, and deploy elegant Laravel applications. Instructor Bernard Pineda shows how to use the test-driven development paradigm and PHPUnit to build new Laravel features, secure your application from attack, authenticate users, download and upload files, and deploy applications while keeping your source code and database structure up to date.

PowerPoint: Designing Better Slides

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 20:00
Designed for non-designers, this course introduces average business professionals to key design components and requirements for purposeful PowerPoint slide design. PowerPoint MVP Heather Ackmann avoids convenient—but unproven—blanket rules for presentations, reaching instead for an understanding and holistic view of design. Heather's approach supports the three basic pillars for effective PowerPoint slides: audience, environment, and message. She guides you through before-and-after examples showing how to properly use white space in slide design, if and when to use bullet points to communicate, how to contrast elements and main ideas effectively, and finally, how to best use color.

Laravel 5 Essential Training: 1 The Basics

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 20:00
Frameworks allow you to do more with less code. Laravel is the most popular MVC framework for PHP. This course covers the basics you need to know to build elegant applications of any scale with Laravel. Learn how to work with the MVC architecture, bootstrap components with service providers, and incorporate the ORM Eloquent for simplified database integration. Instructor Bernard Pineda also covers dependency injection, routing to controllers, views, Blade templates, form creation, and form validation. These tutorials provide the information you need to make a move to Laravel and build high-quality, scalable, and sound PHP applications.

Java Design Patterns and APIs for Android

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 20:00
Programming Android apps with Java? Take your skills to the next level with some of the most popular design patterns and APIs for the Android SDK. David Gassner explains how to call and implement callback methods, save instance states and global data, and wrap asynchronous tasks to create a smooth user experience during app configuration changes. Plus, learn how to use Java packages (APIs) to store data, read text, display graphics, play audio, and work with information from device sensors like the accelerometer.

Watch these Java tutorials to learn smarter, more efficient methods for Android app development.

Adobe Bridge CC: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 20:00
Adobe Bridge CC is a hard-working component of Creative Cloud that can help you manage photos, preview video and audio files, automate repetitive tasks, and—true to its name—serve as a bridge between your Creative Cloud apps.

In this course, Rich Harrington shares a cookbook of Bridge CC tips and techniques, from culling photos to developing raw files to previewing audio and video. Learn how to review photo sessions with rankings, use stacks to organize media from related sources or shoots, manage the Bridge cache for improved performance, use collections to organize content on multiple hard drives, monetize your work by publishing photos to Adobe Stock, process images with Adobe Camera Raw, save Develop settings for future use, set up HDR and panoramic workflows, preview time-lapse photography and motion graphics, automate PDF and website creation with the add-on Output module, and much more. (Author: Richard Harrington)

Learning JIRA Service Desk

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 20:00
JIRA Service Desk adds an additional layer to a standard JIRA project, allowing for features like an external customer portal to log requests—which don't require additional licenses—and SLA tracking. In this course, instructor Robert Anthony shows JIRA administrators not only how to use these features, but how to customize options for the needs of their organization and structure, be it DevOps, manufacturing, or software development. Learn about portal design, configuring customer notifications and permissions, measuring success with SLAs, setting up automated workflows, and advanced reporting.

Office 365 for Administrators: Supporting Users Part 1

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 20:00
Transitioning your company to Office 365? This course provides Level 1 IT administrators with an overview of the most common end-user support requests related to Office 365. Get a quick recap of Office basics, including the features of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Skype, OneDrive, SharePoint, OneNote, Access, Delve, Yammer, Publisher, Sway, and Power BI. Find out how to troubleshoot common account and permissions issues and repair broken apps. Plus, learn how to make sure files are synced correctly between a user's desktop and the cloud. Microsoft solutions expert Sharon Bennett will make sure you have the answers to your users' most frequent questions—before they even ask.