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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!

 



Free Book - Teach Yourself Office 2003 in 24 Hours

H
ere is an excellent free Office training book, titled Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office 2003 in 24 Hours. This book will teach you great keyboard shortcuts and efficient methods to perform many of the common tasks in Office. It covers many important topics and features of all of the Office applications. These include the following: Word Formatting, Customizing Word, Advanced Word, Editing and Formatting Excel Worksheets, Excel Charting, Editing and Arranging Powerpoint Presentations, Advanced PowerPoint Features, Animating Your Presentations, Planning and Scheduling with Outlook, Displaying and Retrieving Data in Access, Reporting with Access, Using Office with the Internet, Creating Web Content with Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, and Inserting Art with Publisher Art, and Publishing with Publisher. It also includes chapters covering Web Page Design and Creation using FrontPage, and managing your web site with FrontPage.

Table of Contents for Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office 2003 in 24 Hours

  » Introduction
  » Who Should Read This Book?
  » What This Book Does for You
  » Can This Book Really Teach Office 2003 in 24 Hours?
  » Conventions Used in This Book

  » Part I. Working with Office 2003
  » Hour 1. Getting Acquainted with Office 2003

  » Part II. Processing with Word 2003
  » Hour 2. Welcome to Word 2003
  » Hour 3. Formatting with Word 2003
  » Hour 4. Managing Documents and Customizing Word 2003
  » Hour 5. Advanced Word 2003

  » Part III. Computing with Excel 2003
  » Hour 6. Understanding Excel 2003 Workbooks
  » Hour 7. Restructuring and Editing Excel 2003 Worksheets
  » Hour 8. Using Excel 2003
  » Hour 9. Formatting Worksheets to Look Great
  » Hour 10. Charting with Excel 2003

  » Part IV. Presenting with Flair
  » Hour 11. PowerPoint 2003 Presentations
  » Hour 12. Editing and Arranging Your Presentations
  » Hour 13. PowerPoint 2003 Advanced Features
  » Hour 14. Animating Your Presentations

  » Part V. Organizing with Outlook 2003
  » Hour 15. Communicating with Outlook 2003
  » Hour 16. Planning and Scheduling with Outlook 2003

  » Part VI. Tracking with Access 2003
  » Hour 17. Access 2003 Basics
  » Hour 18. Entering and Displaying Access 2003 Data
  » Hour 19. Retrieving Your Data
  » Hour 20. Reporting with Access 2003

  » Part VII. Combining Office 2003 and the Internet
  » Hour 21. Office 2003 and the Internet
  » Hour 22. Creating Web Content with Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

  » Part VIII. Publishing Eye-Catching Documents
  » Hour 23. Publishing with Flair Using Publisher 2003
  » Hour 24. Adding Art to Your Publications

  » Part IX. Appendixes
  » Appendix B. Business Contact Manager and Office Extras

  » Part X. Bonus Hours
  » Hour 25. Using FrontPage 2003 for Web Page Design and Creation
  » Hour 26. Managing Your Web with FrontPage

 



Free Word 2007 Course from Dell

This is a free course from Dell, titled What's New in Microsoft Word 2007. This free Word course teaches you how to understand and use the new user interface and application navigation to access the common Word tools you need to use. To start the free Word 2007 course, on Dell's web page, click on the "Launch Your Free Course Now!" link or the course's title. (Your pop-up blocker must be disabled and free registration is required.)

Word 2007 Course Overview: Modules & Lessons:

 



Free Excel 2007 Course from Dell

Here is a free Excel course from Dell, titled What's New in Microsoft Excel 2007. This free Excel course shows and demonstrates for you the new Office user interface and application navigation to access the common Excel features you need to use. To start the free Excel 2007 course on Dell's web page, click on the "Launch Your Free Course Now!" link or the course's title. (Your pop-up blocker must be disabled and free registration is required.)

Excel 2007 Course Overview: Modules & Lessons:

 



Free Excel Training Book for Business Users

Here is a completely free Excel training book for business users, titled MBA's Guide to Microsoft Excel by Stephen L. Nelson. This free Excel book explains and shows you how to perform intermediate and advanced Excel features and functionality. It is aimed toward business users of Excel and teaches how to use Excel to analyze, calculate, and present financial, business, and statistically oriented data.

Table of Contents:

 



3 Excel VBA Tutorials

Here are 3 Excel VBA tutorials from Computerprogramming.suite101.com that teach you how to code VBA in Excel for the following functionality: Looping in a Cell Range, Changing Cell Color, and Conditional Summing.


How to Loop in Cell Range in Excel

This is an Excel VBA programming tutorial that shows you 3 methods on how to loop through ranges of cells. It demonatrates and reviews loops that are counted, uncounted and user defined. Coding loops in Excel in this manner allow functionality to be applied through an array of objects in several ways. A counted loop iterates a given number of times; an uncounted loop iterates until a specified condition is fulfilled.

The following are tasks that can be accomplished while looping through Excel cell ranges:

Changing the Cell Color with VBA
This Excel tutorial demonstrates a useful VBA coding technique for modifying cell properties in a range based on what the contents are for each cell.

Conditional Sum Examples in Excel
Conditional Summing is an Excel feature that you can use to calculate the sum of a set of cells based on looking at the values in each of the cells. An example would be summing only those values in a range of cells that are above the mean (average) of all the values in the range.

There are three conditional sum functions, as follows:

 



Free Outlook 2007 Course from Dell

What's New in Microsoft Outlook 2007 is a free online Outlook course from Dell that will help you become more productive using Outlook 2007. This free Outlook course contains lessons which take you through using the new Office user interface and application navigation so you can better utilize Outlook's common features. To start the free Outlook 2007 course on Dell's web page, click on the "Launch Your Free Course Now!" link or the course's title. (Your pop-up blocker must be disabled and free registration is required.) Below is the outline of the course's modules.

Outlook 2007 Course Overview: Modules & Lessons:

 



Free PowerPoint 2007 Course from Dell

Here is What's New in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, a free online PowerPoint course from Dell which will assist you in becoming more productive using PowerPoint 2007. This free PowerPoint course takes you through many of the important features you need to understand and know so you can use PowerPoint more effectively, including the new Office user interface and application navigation. To start the free PowerPoint 2007 course on Dell's web page, click on the "Launch Your Free Course Now!" link or the course's title. (Your pop-up blocker must be disabled and free registration is required.) Below is the outline of the course's modules.

PowerPoint 2007 Course Overview: Modules & Lessons:

 



Free Access 2007 Course from Dell

Here is another free online Office course from Dell, this one is What's New in Microsoft Office Access 2007. This free Access course will demonstrate and teach you how to use the new Office user interface and navigation. It covers many of the important features you will use in Access, including working with tables and relationships, form design, importing data, report design, and sharing and publishing databases. To start the free Access 2007 course, on Dell's web page, click on the "Launch Your Free Course Now!" link or the course's title. (Your pop-up blocker must be disabled and free registration is required.)

Access 2007 Course Overview: Modules & Lessons:

 



3-page Access Tutorial

Here is a 3-page Access Tutorial that discusses and explains the basics of using a database application like Access, and what you can do with it. It shows you, using screen shots and descriptions, how to add and manage Tables and how to perfrom Queries so you can access the data in your database. By using Access, you can analyze and organize your information into tables and then query and report on it so you can understand and use it.

 



Free Visio 2007 Course from Dell

Here is What's New in Microsoft Visio 2007 which is Dell's free online Visio course. The topics covered in this course will get you up to speed using the new interface and navigation features of Office 2007. along with making you more productive with using Visio. This Visio course takes you through several important areas of functionality, including Stencils and Shapes, Integrating Data with Shapes, Using PivotDiagrams, and Formatting Visio 2007 Diagrams. To start this free Visio course on Dell's web page, click on the "Launch Your Free Course Now!" link or the course's title. (Your pop-up blocker must be disabled and free registration is required.) Below is an outline of the course's modules.

Visio 2007 Course Overview: Modules & Lessons:

 



2 Microsoft Project Tutorials

Here are 2 Microsoft Project Tutorials loaded with screens shots that demonstrate the features being taught. Also included here are 2 pages of discussions about project management, what it is and some recommendations about how to do it right. These tutorials describe the basic concepts of project management using Microsoft Project.
 
Project Management 1

Project Management 2 Microsoft Project 1 Microsoft Project 2  


   


 

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


26 Flash Tutorials

Here are 26 nicely written and presented Flash Tutorials, hosted by Oman3d.com, teaching many important Flash features that you can use to make your web site more interactive and attractive to your visitors. These use screen shots to explain and demonstrate the following Flash functionality: creating animations, using CSS, creating an audio box, Actionscript 'if', creating a dynamic portfolio, creating an animation controller, external text, creating a custom cursor, external images, variables and data typing, arrays, motion guides, morphing using shape tweens, tracing command with vectors, buttons, preloader, and Flash functions.


Creating Animations Using Flash Motion Tweens  Creating Animations Using Flash Motion Tweens
Easily create animations without the need to draw each and every frame in an animated sequence.

Styling Flash Text Fields Using CSS - Cascading Style Sheets  Styling Flash Text Fields Using CSS - Cascading Style Sheets
Learn how to control the formatting of text fields in flash using CSS.

Creating a Simple Flash Website  Creating a Simple Flash Website
This tutorial will teach you how to create a simple flash website that has three sections.

Creating a Basic Audio Box in Flash  Creating a Basic Audio Box in Flash
A very simple music player for your homepage.

Creating a Password Protected Section in Flash  Creating a Password Protected Section in Flash
Have a restricted area section in your website.

The 'if' Conditional in ActionScript  The 'if' Conditional in ActionScript
Learn how to execute codes upon the satisfaction of a condition.

Creating a Dynamic Portfolio in Flash  Creating a Dynamic Portfolio in Flash

Creating an Animation Controller  Creating an Animation Controller

Loading External Texts into Flash Using the LoadVars() Class  Loading External Texts into Flash Using the LoadVars() Class

Creating a Custom Cursor in Flash  Creating a Custom Cursor in Flash

Creating a Portfolio Scene in Flash  Creating a Portfolio Scene in Flash

Loading External Images Into Flash Using the Loader Component  Loading External Images Into Flash Using the Loader Component

Applying Flash 8 Filters Using ActionScript  Applying Flash 8 Filters Using ActionScript

Poly Modeling Technique  Variables, Data Types, and Strict Data Typing in ActionScript

Interactive Spot-Light Effect (Masking) Using ActionScript  Interactive Spot-Light Effect (Masking) Using ActionScript

Introduction to Arrays  Introduction to Arrays

Moving an Object Along a Path (Using Motion Guides)  Moving an Object Along a Path (Using Motion Guides)

Morphing Effect In Flash (Shape Tween)  Morphing Effect In Flash (Shape Tween)

Vectors and the Tracing Command in Flash  Vectors and the Tracing Command in Flash

Continuous up and over button animation  Continuous up and over button animation

Reusable flash buttons controlled by HTML  Reusable flash buttons controlled by HTML

Making a Preloader  Making a Preloader

Introduction to Functions  Introduction to Functions

Random Movement  Random Movement in Flash

Random Movement  Blur Effect

Loading External Text  Loading External Text

 



39 Flash Video Tutorials

Here are 39 well designed Flash Video Tutorials, hosted by Oman3d.com. These will show you how to perform various Flash tasks which you can do to help create a more compelling and interactive web application or site. These Flash video training tutorials take you through the steps and demonstrate how to do many Flash features, including these: creating invisible and semi-transparent buttons, using motion guides, creating text blur and effect animations, creating various text effects (glowing and shining), using the phase effect, using Actionscript to do several effects and animations, create fireworks, animating rounds, symbols, rotating effects, using conditional and toggle switches, and optimizing images.


Classic Film Grain  Creating Classic Film Grain in Flash
This is a fun tutorial that will teach you some simple frame by frame tricks to create a professional grain look.

Creating Invisible Buttons in Flash  Creating Invisible Buttons in Flash
Learn how to command sounds with invisible buttons.

Using Motion Guides in Flash  Using Motion Guides in Flash
Move your objects along a specified path.

Creating a Glowing Text Animation in Flash  Creating a Text Blur Animation in Flash
After this tutorial you will feel comfortable adding to text and graphics.

Creating a Glowing Text Animation in Flash  Glowing Text Effect Animation in Flash
This tutorial with teach you how to add a great effect using the glow filter within Flash 8. By LearnFlash | Added on March 17, 2007

Glowing Text Effect in Flash  Glowing Text Effect in Flash
Learn to create this effect using key-frames instead of action script

Creating Shining Text Effect in Flash  Creating Shining Text Effect in Flash
Learn how to create a looping text mask effect. By LearnFlash | Added on Feb 16, 2007

Lighting (Glow) Effect in Flash  Lighting (Glow) Effect in Flash
Have a better understanding of how the Glow effect works.

Adding Gravity To Flash Animations Using The Ease Effect  Adding Gravity To Flash Animations Using The Ease Effect
If you want your animation to stand out and have a better look and feel then the ease effect will help.

Creating a Digital Clock in Flash Using ActionScript  Creating a Digital Clock in Flash Using ActionScript
Control the spin and the direction of the spin using their arrow keys.

Creating a Propellor Effect in Flash Using ActionScript  Creating a Propellor Effect in Flash Using ActionScript
Control the spin and the direction of the spin using their arrow keys.

Connecting Lines Dynamically in Flash Using ActionScript  Connecting Lines Dynamically in Flash Using ActionScript
Create two draggable circles that will always remain connected via a dynamic line that you will create in Actionscript.

Creating a Bungee Ball Effect in Flash Using ActionScript  Creating a Bungee Ball Effect in Flash Using ActionScript
Create an elastic bounce effect using ActionScript.

Creating New Year Fireworks in Flash  Creating New Year Fireworks in Flash
Create a fireworks animation from scratch.

Creating Falling Snowflakes in Flash Using ActionScript  Creating Falling Snowflakes in Flash Using ActionScript
Learn how to create a realistic snowflake animation using ActionScript.

Creating a Countdown Timer in Flash  Creating a Countdown Timer in Flash
Learn how to create a timer in Flash that will count down the time to a given date in days, hours, minutes, etc.

Creating an Image-Beam in Flash  Creating an Image-Beam in Flash
Learn how to create an animation where you dematerialize an image into a beam.

Semitransparent Buttons in Flash  Making Symmetrical Round Objects in Flash
Learn how to use the free transform tool and the transform panel to do just that

Semitransparent Buttons in Flash  Semitransparent Buttons in Flash
Ceate a very simple button symbol with a semitransparent background that loses its transparency on rollOver.

Typewriter Effect in Flash  Typewriter Effect in Flash
Create a typewriter animation where the user can see the text being typed onto the stage synced up with sound.

Animating Lines in Flash  Animating Lines in Flash
Animate a series of lines to make it look like they're drawing themselves onto the stage.

Symbol Instances in Flash  Symbol Instances in Flash
Important distinctions between the way symbols work and the way symbol instances work.

Rotating Sunburst Effect in Flash  Rotating Sunburst Effect in Flash

Text Swipe Effect in Flash  Text Swipe Effect in Flash

Creating a Gyroscope  Creating a Gyroscope

Text Gradient Fills  Text Gradient Fills

Problems with Rotating Animations  Problems with Rotating Animations

Illustration Optimization  Illustration Optimization

Creating and Animating Clouds  Creating and Animating Clouds

JavaScript Popup Windows  JavaScript Popup Windows

Conditionals and Toggle Switches  Conditionals and Toggle Switches

Common Mistakes with Actions and Buttons  Common Mistakes with Actions and Buttons

ComboBox Component Interactivity  ComboBox Component Interactivity

http://www.oman3d.com/tutorials/flash/learnflash_animation/  Preparing Graphics for Animation

Simple Page Transitions  Simple Page Transitions

Disabling Buttons  Disabling Buttons

Creating a Digital Clock  Creating a Digital Clock

Loading Pictures Dynamically  Loading Pictures Dynamically

Random Jumping Flash  Random Jumping Flash

 



Photoshop Basics Tutorial Workshop

Here is the Photoshop Basics Tutorial Workshop from the University of Arizona. This Photoshop tutorial introduces several important features of Photoshop, and teaches its user interface and some of its tools. It will show you how to create a new Photoshop document, use several selection tools, and perform fundamental editing techniques.

The Student Guide and Instructor Manual for this tutorial workshop are here.

Basics Photoshop Tutorial Objectives:

 



Intermediate Photoshop Tutorial Workshop

Here is the Intermediate Photoshop Tutorial Workshop from the University of Arizona. This Photoshop tutorial teaches advanced functionality and shows you how to perform these important Photoshop features: using the transformation tools, methods to enhance individual layers, and preparing images ready for the web. Review of the basics Photoshop tutorial is recommended before applying the concepts taught in this intermediate Photoshop tutorial..

The Student Guide and Instructor Manual for this tutorial workshop are located here.
Student Guide  (pdf)
Instructor Manual (pdf)

Intermediate Photoshop Tutorial Objectives:

 



3 Ebooks for Adobe Photoshop 6

Here are 3 great ebooks for Adobe Photoshop 6 that show and demonstrate many of Photoshops features and functionality. These will help you learn this important graphics and imaging editing application. Many of these features are also available in previous versions of Photoshop and in more recent versions.


Photoshop 6 Ebook #1
(448 pages, 6.2mb, pdf format)

Table of Contents:


Photoshop 6 Ebook #2
(1047 pages, 15.1mb, pdf format)

Table of Contents:

Photoshop 6 Ebook #3
(441 pages, 47.2mb, pdf format)

Table of Contents:

 



Photoshop 7.0 Scripting Ebook

Here is a freely available ebooks, titled Photoshop 7.0 Scripting Ebook that will help you understand and learn how to use and write scripts in Visual Basic or Javascript for making Photoshop easier to use. These scripts in effect direct Photoshop to execute predefine tasks, which can also be actions that are repeated many times, thus saving time through automation. These tasks can be actions such as resizing or reformatting documents. (91 pages, 887kb, pdf format)

Table of Contents for  Photoshop 7.0 Scripting Ebook

Chapter 1 Introduction
   About this manual
   What is scripting?
   Why use scripting?
   What about actions?
   System requirements
   JavaScript
   Choosing a scriptingl anguage
   Legacy COM scripting

Chapter 2 Scripting basics
   Documents as objects
   Object model concepts
   Documenting scripts
   Values
   Variables
   Operators
   Commands and methods
   Handlers, subroutines andfunctions
   The Scripts menu
   Testing and troubleshooting

Chapter 3 Scripting Photoshop
   Photoshop scripting guidelines
   Viewing Photoshopobjects, commands and methods
   Your first Photoshop script
   Object references
   Working with units
   Executing JavaScripts from AS or VB
   The Application object
   Document object
   Layer objects
   Text item object
   Selections
   Working with Filter
   Channel object
   Color object
   History object
   Clipboard interaction
   Action Manager scripting

 



Dreamweaver 8 Basics Workshop Tutorial

This Dreamweaver 8 Basics Workshop Tutorial will teach you to create web pages using Dreamweaver. Your web pages will contain text, images, and links, all created by you using Dreamweaver's user interface. The program writes the HTML, and any scripting code, in the background. You can edit this code manually, if you care to, but that is not required.

This workshop tutorial is available both as a Student Guide  (pdf) and an Instructor Manual (pdf).

Dreamweaver Tutorial Objectives:

 



22 3D Studio Max Tutorials

Here are 22 3D Studio Max Tutorials hosted by Oman3d.com. 3ds Max is a multi-featured 3D graphics application produced by Autodesk. 3ds Max is one of the most popular3D animation applications. It has robust modeling features and a flexible plugin architecture. It is mostly used by video game developers, TV commercial studios and architectural visualisation studios. It is also used for movie effects and movie previsualisation.

Using VRay Global Illumination GI (Realistic Lighting)   Using VRay Global Illumination GI (Realistic Lighting)
Learn how to use VRay's Global Illumination to create realistic looking lighting for a scene.

Colliding Objects Using Reactor in 3D Studio Max   Colliding Objects Using Reactor in 3D Studio Max
This 3D Studio Max tutorial for Reactor shall teach you how to animate a realistic looking collision of objects.

Creating Realistic Cigarette Smoke in 3D Studio Max  Creating Realistic Cigarette Smoke in 3D Studio Max
Learn how to create a realistic looking cigarette smoke that gradually fades out.

Duplicating Objects in 3D Studio Max Using Particle Systems - Instancer  Duplicating Objects in 3D Studio Max Using Particle Systems - Instancer
Create flowing particle movements such as that of blood cells in a vein.

Using UVW Mapping Texture Technique in 3D Studio Max  Using UVW Mapping Texture Technique in 3D Studio Max
Apply complex textures to your models.

Creating a Planet Shockwave Explosion in Space  Creating a Planet Shockwave Explosion in Space In 3D Studio MAX
Create an animation of of a planet shockwave explosion in outer space.

Simulating Flag Ripple Using Flex In 3D Studio MAX  Simulating Flag Ripple Using Flex In 3D Studio MAX
This tutorial will teach you how to create a flag ripple animation.

Modeling a Lantern Using Splines and Loft  Modeling a Lantern Using Splines and Loft
This tutorial will teach you how to model a middle-eastern style lantern using splines and loft.

Simulating Curtain Movement Caused by wind Using Reactor (Cloth and Wind)  Simulating Curtain Movement Caused by wind Using Reactor (Cloth and Wind)

 Simulating Car Motion Using Reactor (Wheel)  Simulating Car Motion Using Reactor (Wheel)

 Simulating A Running Fan Using Reactor (Motor)  Simulating A Running Fan Using Reactor (Motor)

 Auto Key Tutorial, AKA: Easy Animation  Auto Key Tutorial, AKA: Easy Animation

 Creating and Applying Reflective Materials  Creating and Applying Reflective Materials

 Modeling a Spaceship in 3D Studio Max   Modeling a Spaceship in 3D Studio Max

 Creating a Realistic Looking Object Using V-Ray  Creating a Realistic Looking Object Using V-Ray

 Modeling and Animating a Light Saber  Modeling and Animating a Light Saber

 Creating a Foggy Scene Using Fog and Volume Fog   Creating a Foggy Scene Using Fog and Volume Fog

 Texturing (Using UVW and Unwrap UVW)  Texturing (Using UVW and Unwrap UVW)

 Poly Modeling Technique   Poly Modeling Technique

 Creating a Windows-like Flag Logo  Creating a Windows-like Flag Logo

 Making Clay Renders  Making Clay Renders

  Modeling With Spline & Lathe  Modeling With Spline & Lathe

 



   



4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites



 Free Book - Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours

Here is a great free online book, titled Sams Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours. This will teach you all about HTML, how to code, how to design your graphics, build your web pages and make them dynamic, and get your site online as fast as possible. It is targeted towards the beginners, but will also be useful for more advanced web site developers. Some of the HTML topics it covers includes the following: How HTML and XML work, Publishing Your Web Pages, Text Alignment and Formatting, HTML Forms, Web Page Graphics, Backgrounds and Colors, Page Design and Layout, Graphical Links and Imagemaps, Advanced Layout using Tables, Using Style Sheets, Embedding Multimedia in Web Pages, Interactive Web Pages, Web Scripting, Using Dynamic HTML, and Organizing and Managing a Web Site. A complete HTML 4 Quick Reference is also included in the appendix.

Table of Contents of Sams Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours

  » About the Author
  » Acknowledgments
  » Tell Us What You Think!
  » Put Your HTML Page Online Today

  » I. Your First Web Page
  » Hour 1. Understanding HTML and XML
  » Hour 2. Create a Web Page Right Now
  » Hour 3. Linking to Other Web Pages
  » Hour 4. Publishing Your HTML Pages

  » II. Web Page Text
  » Hour 5. Text Alignment and Lists
  » Hour 6. Text Formatting and Font Control
  » Hour 7. Email Links and Links Within a Page
  » Hour 8. Creating HTML Forms

  » III. Web Page Graphics
  » Hour 9. Creating Your Own Web Page Graphics
  » Hour 10. Putting Graphics on a Web Page
  » Hour 11. Custom Backgrounds and Colors
  » Hour 12. Creating Animated Graphics

  » IV. Web Page Design
  » Hour 13. Page Design and Layout
  » Hour 14. Graphical Links and Imagemaps
  » Hour 15. Advanced Layout with Tables
  » Hour 16. Using Style Sheets

  » V. Dynamic Web Pages
  » Hour 17. Embedding Multimedia in Web Pages
  » Hour 18. Interactive Pages with Applets and ActiveX
  » Hour 19. Web Page Scripting for Non-Programmers
  » Hour 20. Setting Pages in Motion with Dynamic HTML

  » VI. Building a Web Site
  » Hour 21. Multipage Layout with Frames
  » Hour 22. Organizing and Managing a Web Site
  » Hour 23. Helping People Find Your Web Pages
  » Hour 24. Planning for the Future of HTML

  » VII. Appendixes
  » A. Readers' Most Frequently Asked Questions
  » B. HTML Learning Resources on the Internet
  » C. Complete HTML 4 Quick Reference
  » D. HTML Character Entities

 



Free Book - Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours

Here is a free online JavaScript book, Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours. This book will teach you how to effectively use and code JavaScript in your web pages. Using JavaScript is a relatively easy method to give your website more user interactivity and make it easier and more friendly to use. Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours provides many step-by-step lessons that you can use to learn both scripting basics and the details of the JavaScript scripting language

Table of Contents of Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours

  » About the Author
  » Acknowledgments
  » We Want to Hear from You!
  » Reader Services
  » Introduction

  » Part I: Getting Started
  » Hour 1. Understanding JavaScript
  » Hour 2. Creating a Simple Script
  » Hour 3. How JavaScript Programs Work

  » Part II: Learning JavaScript Basics

  » Hour 4. Using Functions and Variables
  » Hour 5. Using Strings and Arrays
  » Hour 6. Testing and Comparing Values
  » Hour 7. Repeating Yourself: Using Loops
  » Hour 8. Using Math and Date Functions

  » Part III: The Document Object Model (DOM)
  » Hour 9. Working with the Document Object Model
  » Hour 10. Responding to Events
  » Hour 11. Using Windows and Frames
  » Hour 12. Getting Data with Forms
  » Hour 13. Using Graphics and Animation

  » Part IV: Moving on to Advanced JavaScript Features
  » Hour 14. Creating Cross-Browser Scripts
  » Hour 15. Creating Custom Objects
  » Hour 16. Working with Sounds and Plug-Ins
  » Hour 17. Debugging JavaScript Applications

  » Part V: Working with Dynamic HTML (DHTML)
  » Hour 18. Working with Style Sheets
  » Hour 19. Using Dynamic HTML (DHTML)
  » Hour 20. Using Advanced DOM Features

  » Part VI: Putting It All Together
  » Hour 21. Improving a Web Page with JavaScript
  » Hour 22. Creating a JavaScript Game
  » Hour 23. Creating DHTML Applications
  » Hour 24. JavaScript Tips and Tricks

  » Part VII: Appendices
  » Appendix A. Other JavaScript Resources
  » Appendix B. Tools for JavaScript Developers
  » Appendix C. Glossary
  » Appendix D. JavaScript Quick Reference
  » Appendix E. DOM Quick Reference

 



Free Book - Teach Yourself XML in 21 Days

Here is an excellent free online book covering XML, how to use it and what's it all about. Its titled Sams Teach Yourself XML in 21 Days and provides hundreds of real-world situations on how to use XML, along with showing you the newest tools you can use to get the most of it. The linked table of contents is below.

Table of Contents for Sams Teach Yourself XML in 21 Days

  » About the Author
  » Acknowledgments
  » We Want to Hear from You!
  » Introduction

  » Part I: At a Glance
  » Day 1. Welcome to XML
  » Day 2. Creating XML Documents
  » Day 3. Creating Well-Formed XML Documents
  » Day 4. Creating Valid XML Documents: DTDs
  » Declaring Attributes in DTDs
  » Day 6. Creating Valid XML Documents: XML Schemas
  » Day 7. Creating Types in XML Schemas
  » Part I. In Review

  » Day 8. Formatting XML by Using Cascading Style Sheets
  » Day 9. Formatting XML by Using XSLT
  » Day 10. Working with XSL Formatting Objects
  » Part II. In Review

  » Part III: At a Glance
  » Day 11. Extending HTML with XHTML
  » Day 12. Putting XHTML to Work
  » Day 13. Creating Graphics and Multimedia: SVG and SMIL
  » Day 14. Handling XLinks, XPointers, and XForms
  » Part III. In Review

  » Part IV: At a Glance
  » Day 15. Using JavaScript and XML
  » Day 16. Using Java and .NET: DOM
  » Day 17. Using Java and .NET: SAX
  » Day 18. Working with SOAP and RDF
  » Part IV. In Review

  » Part V: At a Glance
  » Day 19. Handling XML Data Binding
  » Day 20. Working with XML and Databases
  » Day 21. Handling XML in .NET
  » Part V. In Review

  » Appendix A. Quiz Answers

 



JavaScript Tutorials

Here is a post I wrote on my blog at Intelligentedu.com covering a good set of JavaScript Tutorials. These tutorials show and demonstrate many JavaScript features and coding techniques that you can use on your web pages. JavaScript topics presented by these tutorials include: Objects, Events, and Functions, DOM, DHTML, Animation, Multimedia, Cookies, Menus, Forms, Strings, Debugging, Regular Expressions, and User-defined Objects.



   



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Ultimate Paint 1.91f

Ultimate Paint is paint program allowing the user to create and edit graphics and image files in the these formats: JPG, GIF, PCX, BMP, WMF/EMF, ICO, and IFF/LBM. It inlcudes TWAIN Scanner support, flexible brush handling, photo-processing filters and effects, and and extensive help system.
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MediaMan 2.2.1

MediaMan allows you to create and organize your own media catalog for all types of media in your collection. Supported media include books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, software and game titles. It also lets you download information for your media from Amazon United States, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Canada, and France. 
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Bitmorph 3.0

Bitmorph is a graphic morphing application with which you can perform image and graphics morphing like what is seen in movies, for example, when the face of a person morphs from one to another. 
Download (1096 kB)

 



Image Fiddler 1.0

Image Fiddler is a small program with you can view a large image in a small window by both stretching it to fit and by permitting you to scroll around the image using your mouse. Once the graphic file is loaded and viewable, you can then click on a specific area and view only that area by turning off the stretched mode.
You can also copy or save reduced size copies. Download (432 kB)

 



ATnotes 9.5

With ATnotes, you can creates note on the Windows desktop. Its icon stays in the system tray, taking up little resources, and you can use it with many languages. You can organize your notes with folders, set an alarm, 
send notes to friends or co-workers, and also update the color and font. Download (687 KB)

 



Character Map Pro 1.81

Character Map Pro is a character map program allowing you to view all of the characters of a specific font from sizes 0 to 255. It permits you to add bold and italic style for any font, and to search for and find any font by entering the first letters of the font's name in the font search box.
Download (232 kB)




  




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.


May 2007 Question of the Month: 

Is there a way to make Windows XP more like the new Vista Windows operating system, so the system has a newer and cleaner look, and the user has more of a Vista-like experience?

Answer:
The answer to this question is yes, this is possible to do with Vista Transformation Pack. The download site for this system application states the following:
"This program will transform your Windows user interface to ultimate Windows Vista alike looks that everyone will never notice it’s the same old Windows XP (or 2003). Vista Transformation Pack gives to your Windows XP system the fresh and cool look of Microsoft's new operating system: Windows Vista. The pack changes most of the system icons, skins and toolbars and also adds new enhancements to your desktop such as a dock bar or a different system tray clock."
Also the download site, Softpedia, guarantees that Vista Transformation Pack 6 Final is 100% Free for personal and commercial use, and that it does not contain any form of malware, including spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors.


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