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1)... Editor's Greeting

2)... Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites

3)... The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, & other Adobe / Macromedia Applications

4)... Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

5)... Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware & Computer Training

6)... Software, Office and Computer Sites Worth Mentioning

7)... Question of the Month about Software Training

8)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission

 



1) Editor's Greeting:

Hello everyone, and welcome to our new subscribers!

This is our October 2006 issue (#30) of our Free monthly Newsletter for EducationOnlineForComputers.com, giving you the most current Free online Microsoft Office and Web Development Software Training and Tutorial Resources that we have recently discovered and researched. This newsletter is free to anyone subscribing (instructions at bottom, no username/password is needed). To access our member site, however, you do need a user name and password - registering as a member of EducationOnlineForComputers.com costs only $14 for two months, for more information please see Become a Member of EducationOnlineForComputers.com.

My desire is that these free resources will help you with your computer education and training and will help you advance your career. Our main mission is the training of those less fortunate who are seeking to become computer literate, from a user's perspective.

By means of this email newsletter, you have knowledge of and access to these sites before our web site visitors do. The best of these resources will be added to our Member Training pages and the remainder to our Free Training pages.


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In this issue we are featuring a total of 28 Computer Software Application training, learning and tutorial web sites, with a total of 86 tutorial courses linked. It features many Free Microsoft Office, Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Web Development training tutorials for your learning profit and enjoyment. 

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2) The Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites:

This section of our newsletter contains the best new Free Microsoft Office training and tutorial sites that we have found and researched in the last few weeks. 

 

TrainingByEmail

Visit TrainingByEmail to receive Free Training for Word, Excel, Outlook, C#, ASP.Net, and SQL via your email every week! We will send out a new training in the topic of your choosing every week. You can then save this, print it out, or delete it all at your convenience. And you can't beat the price, FREE!

 



Word, Excel, and Powerpoint Animated Lessons

The Instructional Technology Group at the University of Nebraska Lincoln provides the following animated Microsoft Office Tutorials for Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Each tutorial lesson for these applications is flash-based, and contains text captions explaining the functionality being demonstrated with the mouse and keyboard.


Microsoft Word Animated Lessons


Microsoft Excel Animated Lessons
Microsoft PowerPoint Animated Lessons

 



Word Workshop Tutorials

These Workshop Tutorials will teach you how to use Microsoft Word. Each Word tutorial contains illustrated explanations and examples of the features being taught, followed by detailed learning activities. In the classes taught here you will learn the basic skills for using and understanding Word’s features and commands. West Virginia University provides these free computer and software training workshops and materials (most are in pdf format).


Word Workshop Tutorials

 



Excel Tutorial Workshops

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program which enables you to set up and maintain budgets, perform financial and scientific analyses, and create graphs. A spreadsheet is a grid of cells arranged into rows and columns. Rows are identified by numbers and columns are identified by letters. A cell can be referred to by its address, which is the column letter followed by the row number, e.g. A1, B5, Q37. Text, numbers, or mathematical formulas can be entered into the cells. Formulas are entered in such a way that changing any of the numbers they reference will automatically update the calculated value. You can also create labels for cells and ranges of cells. Worksheets are grouped into workbooks. You can have a number of spreadsheets stored under the one filename. To access a worksheet, simply click on one of the tabs.

These Excel Workshop Tutorials will teach you how to use this spreadsheet application. Each Excel workshop contains illustrated explanations and examples of the features being taught, followed by detailed learning activities. In the classes taught here you will learn the skills for using and understanding Excel’s features and commands. West Virginia University provides these free computer and software training workshops and materials (pdf format).

 



Microsoft Access Tutorial Workshops

Microsoft Access is a program for creating and maintaining databases. A database is a collection of information that's related to a particular subject or purpose, such as tracking customer orders or maintaining a music collection.

These are a series of six Access Workshop Tutorials that will teach you how to use this database application. Each Access workshop contains illustrated explanations and examples of the features being taught, followed by detailed learning activities. In the five classes taught here you will learn the skills for using and understanding Access’s features and commands. The goal of these Access Tutorials is to assist you to learn the software, understand the concepts and show you some tips and techniques so you can develop your database management/programming skills over time. West Virginia University provides these free computer and software training workshops and materials (most are in pdf format).

 



PowerPoint Workshop Tutorials

Microsoft PowerPoint is a program for creating slide presentations, both professional and personal.  A presentation is a document composed of a number of connected slides. Each slide may include concise information and/or images that are relative to the subject matter. PowerPoint makes creating a professional-looking presentation easy by providing a library of preformatted slides and templates. You can easily insert your information and images into a template and use the program’s tools to help you refine the appearance of the presentation. For instance, you may want to create a presentation outlining the steps necessary to bake a cake. You could create a separate slide for each step of the process. These slides could contain both the instructional text and/or images that give your audience a visualization of how each step in the process is completed.

These PowerPoint Workshops Tutorials will teach you how to use this presentation application to it fullest. Each PowerPoint workshop contains illustrated explanations and examples of the features being taught, followed by detailed learning activities. In the classes taught here you will learn the skills for using and understanding PowerPoint’s features and commands. By understanding how to use the topics learned in these tutorials, you will be well on your way to creating custom-looking, professional slide presentations that will grab and hold the attention of your audience. West Virginia University provides these free computer and software training workshops and materials (pdf format).


The Intermediate PowerPoint XP workshop tutorial teaches some new topics (Customization) and expand on others that were covered in the Introduction to PowerPoint XP workshop. You'll learn how to change the color, size and appearance of clip art, and also see how easy it is to change the color scheme and background of the template you are working with. In addition, you'll see how to create and save your own design template for using in the future. Making your PowerPoint presentation more than just a two-dimensional file of text and images is also demonatrated here. Techniques to apply animation effects to your clip art and text are covered, as are the many slide transition effects. You will also see how easy it is to add interactivity via links and multimedia content in the form of sound and video clips. 

 



Microsoft Project Slides, Examples, and Tutorial

These Workshop Slides, Examples, and Tutorial will teach you how to use Microsoft Project. The Project tutorial contains illustrated explanations and examples of the features being taught, followed by detailed learning activities. These slides, examples and tutorial will help you will learn the basic skills for using and understanding Project’s features and functions.

Project Management Workshop Slides, Examples, and Tutorial

Example Reports: Project Plan Template

 

   


 

3) The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, and other Adobe and Macromedia Applications


Flash Animated Lessons


The Instructional Technology Group at the University of Nebraska Lincoln provides the following animated Macromedia Flash Tutorials. Each Flash tutorial lesson is flash-based, and contains text captions explaining the functionality being demonstrated with the mouse and keyboard.

Macromedia Flash Animated Lessons

 



Photoshop Web Graphics Tutorial and Slides

This tutorial and slide presentation teaches you how to use Photoshop with web graphics. They contain illustrated explanations of the web graphics features being taught, giving you step-by-step instructions for creating compelling graphics for your web sites.

Photoshop Web Graphics Tutorial and Slides

 



Photoshop Animated Lessons

The Instructional Technology Group at the University of Nebraska Lincoln provides the following animated Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Tutorials. Each Photoshop tutorial lesson is flash-based, and contains text captions explaining the functionality being demonstrated with the mouse and keyboard.

Adobe Photoshop Animated Lessons

Adobe Photoshop Elements Tutorials

 



Dreamweaver Workshop Tutorial and Tips
“Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the professional choice for building web sites and applications. It provides a powerful combination of visual layout tools, application development features, and code editing support. With robust features for CSS-based design and integration, Dreamweaver enables web designers and developers to easily create and manage any website.” - Dreamweaver MX 2004 At a Glance.

This Dreamweaver Workshop Tutorial, from West Virginia University, covers specific Dreamweaver applications and features that can you to develop your web pages and sites. Basic topics such as site setup, template explanation, application familiarity (where tools are located and their specific functions), and inserting hyperlinks, images and tables are covered in this workshop tutorial session.


Also, here are some very useful Dreamweaver Tips to help you become more efficient and knowledgeable with Dreamweaer.

 



Dreamweaver Animated Lessons

The Instructional Technology Group at the University of Nebraska Lincoln provides the following animated Macromedia Dreamweaver Tutorials. Each Dreamweaver tutorial lesson is flash-based, and contains text captions explaining the functionality being demonstrated with the mouse and keyboard.

Macromedia Dreamweaver Animated Lessons

 



Tutorials for FrontPage and Creating Accessible Web Pages

The following FrontPage Workshop Tutorial, from West Virginia University, will teach you how to use several important features of developing a web page using FrontPage 2000. Thisworkshop contains illustrated explanations and examples of the features being taught, followed by detailed learning activities. When completed with this workshop, you will have learned basic skills for using FrontPage’s functionality.

On this post I have also linked to West Virginia University's Creating Accessible Web Pages tutorial handout and data files. This workshop covers Section 508 requirements for WVU web page accessibility and give you tips on how you can make your web pages compliant.

 



Adobe Acrobat Workshop Tutorials

These Workshop Tutorials will teach you how to use Adobe Acrobat. Each Acrobat tutorial contains illustrated explanations and examples of the features being taught, followed by detailed learning activities. In the classes taught here you will learn the introductory and intermediate skills for using and understanding Acrobat’s features and functions. 

Adobe Acrobat Software Components:


Adobe Acrobat Workshop Tutorials

 



Fireworks Animated Lessons

The Instructional Technology Group at the University of Nebraska Lincoln provides the following animated Macromedia Fireworks Tutorials. Each Fireworks tutorial lesson is flash-based, and contains text captions explaining the functionality being demonstrated with the mouse and keyboard.

Macromedia Fireworks Animated Lessons


 





4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

 

Introduction and Intermediate HTML Workshop Tutorials

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language, and is used for coding and developing web pages. It consists of ASCII text with special tags. The tags, which begin with < and end with >, are used to define the structure and appearance of the web page document.

Here are two HTML workshop tutorials (Introduction and an Intermediate), from West Virginia University. They review the HTML tags, give you an explanation of the tag, and show you how it appears on a web page. The introduction handout shows basic HTML topics such as paragraph and heading tags, lists, special characters, inserting hyperlinks, and images. The intermediate HTML handout covers colors, backgrounds, fonts, horiztonal rules, lists, tables, forms, frames, and meta tags.

 



Cascading Style Sheets Tutorial and Slides

The following CSS Tutorial Workshop and Slide Presentation, from West Virginia University, will teach you more on how to use and code web Style Sheets. The CSS workshop contains illustrated explanations and examples of the concepts being taught, followed by detailed learning activities.

 



JavaScript Tutorials and Workshops

JavaScript is a simple, relatively easy to use programming language for Web pages. It gives you a way to add interactivity to your Web pages. With JavaScript you can transform your Web pages from static displays to pages that react to and process information from those who view your pages. JavaScript does not require a lot of programming skill on your part to get started. You can pick up the basics of JavaScript in a short time.

These JavaScript Tutorials and Workshops, from West Virginia University, will teach you more on how to code features into web pages using JavaScript. The JavaScript tutorials and workshops contain illustrated explanations and examples of the concepts being taught, followed by detailed learning activities.

 



XML Tutorial Course

This is web-based XML tutorial course that teaches the history of markup languages, the evolving family of XML technologies, and the basics of XML syntax. It is geared specifically towards the programmer who needs a quick introduction to XML technology before diving into the complexity that lurks beneath the surface of the various XML specifications. It introduces programmers to the past, present, and future of XML technology in an interactive, tutorial-based fashion. Free registration is required to access this course.

After successfully completing this tutorial, you should understand:

 

 





5) The Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware and General Computer Training Sites

 

Guide to Windows XP

This is a handout for the Instructional Technology department's Windows workshop (Monroe City Schools).

How Do I?

 




6) Software, Office and Computer Sites and Downloads Worth Mentioning



FreeSerifSoftware - Download Your Free Software

FreeSerifSoftware is giving computer users what they want: Free software downloads for desktop publishing, image editing, graphic design, 3D animation, and web publishing. That's right, 100% completely free software. No gimmicks. It's yours for free. Download today and start using the most user friendly software around. 

PagePlus SE - Desktop Publishing

PagePlus SE is the easiest way to get professional desktop publishing results on your desktop printer. With your PC, printer, and PagePlus, you can save time and money. No experience required!


WebPlus 6.0 - Web Site Design & Publishing

If you thought creating web pages was difficult, think again! With WebPlus you'll be designing and publishing professional looking web sites fast. Whether you're a professional or novice you'll come to appreciate the easy to use atmosphere in WebPlus.


DrawPlus 4.0 - Graphic Design and Vector Drawing

Whether you want a classy logo, attention grabbing text, or an artistic masterpiece, DrawPlus 4 has the power and tools to help you. Beginners and professionals praised this as one of the best design programs ever!


3DPlus 2.0 - 3D Animation and Modeling

Ready to add a new dimension to your web graphics projects, presentations, or desktop publishing? 3DPlus 2 will take you there! 3DPlus puts all the tools and resources you'll need within easy reach. The professional-quality results will amaze you!

  




7) Question of the Month about Software Training:

Each month Jeff Love will answer a current or important question that we have received about computer and software training.


October 2006 Question of the Month: 

Is Microsoft new Windows operating system, Vista, worth the expense and trouble of upgrading to?

Answer:

First off, you need to look at the capabilities of your hardware. Microsoft has launched a 'Get Ready' Website 'ere which outlines the requirements for running low-end versions of Vista or higher-end versions that take advantage of its Aero graphical user interface capabilities. This article, Minimum Vista requirements exposed, explains the low-end and high-end hardware requirements for running Vista. The low end one will need a speed of at least 800MHz, 512MB of system memory and a graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable. The Aero ready one will need a 1GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor, 1GB of system memory, 128MB of graphics memory, 40GB of hard drive capacity with 15GB free space, a DVD-ROM drive, audio output capabilities and Internet access.

I think for some power users, there are a few features that may be compelling. The one area a lot of people are looking to is the upgraded feature set of Media Center functionality. This is built into the core of the operating system. For example, if you own an Xbox 360, you will be able to easily stream music, pictures, videos, and TV from one room of your living quarters to another.

As for licensing terms, in the XP EULA, users are granted the right to "move [XP] to a different Workstation Computer. After the transfer, [users had to] completely remove [XP] from the former Workstation Computer." But the new Vista EULA changes the wording and states that a user can "reassign the [Vista] license to another device one time." This change will mostly affect heavy tech users and gamers, and will probably alienate many of them, estimated to total 50 to 65 million consumers. More information on this is available at Windows Vista's Enthusiastic Licensing Restrictions.

According to this article, Memory upgrade slows Microsoft Vista right down, Vista comes with a new performance rating tool, which gives your computer a score, called Windows Experience Index (WEI), that defies logic and can be quite confusing. It checks out some of your computer subsystems and returns a total score that indicates whether or not your computer is ready for Vista. Some people's scores have dropped over time when nothing on their machine has changed. Here is an article, The Windows Experience Index and your PC, which explains this tool in detail.


I hope this help you.

Jeff Love
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