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Creating Newsletters and Brochures with Word 2002
This course handout from the University of Waterloo shows you how to use Word 2002 to create newsletters and 3-fold brochures. The tasks you will learn as you develop these documents also cover the features for many other types of Word documents as well. The training document is titled "Creating Newsletters and Brochures with Word 2002". This newsletter and brochure training handout can also be used for Word 2003. It is in pdf format, 35 pages in length, and 616 kb in size.
Creating Newsletters and Brochures Contents:
- Our First Canadian Cybernetics Conference Newsletter
- Setting Up Our Pages
- Creating Our Masthead
- Setting Up Columns
- Modifying our Newsletter Styles
- Creating Drop Caps
- Adding Graphics
- Adding a “Pull Quote”
- Creating a Table of Contents
- Balancing Columns
- Sections in a Word Document
- Headers and Footers
- Finishing Up
- A Newsletter With a Different Format
- Creating a Masthead with Wordart
- Creating Columns of Unequal Widths
- Re-Defining Column Widths for Subsequent Pages
- Linking Text Boxes
- Creating a “Continued On Page…” Item
- Shading a Portion of the Page
- Finishing up Newsletter 2
- Creating a Three Part Brochure
- Setting Up Our Page
- Name of Conference
- Text of Brochure
- Using The Styles
- Creating A New Style
- A Text Box With Rotated Text
- Some Pictures
Mail Merge Using Microsoft Word 2002
Here is a course handout from the University of Waterloo that teaches you how to use Word 2002 to create form letters, mailing labels, department directories etc. by using Word's built-in Mail Merge feature. The training document is titled "Mail Merge Using Microsoft Word 2002". This mail merge training handout can also be used for Word 2003. It is in pdf format, 37 pages in length, and 583 kb in size.
Word 2002 Mail Merge Contents:
* Starting a Mail Merge
o Creating the data to be merged
o Creating the main document
o Merging to letters
o Merging using email
o Specifying data fields in the main document
o Storing data to be merged
* Selecting data to be merged
* Inserting data into a document based on the value of a field
* Merging to a new document
* Merging directly to the printer
* Merging to mailing labels
* Merging to lists (e.g. departmental phone directories)
* Merging data that is not stored in your word processing document
o merging from a text file
o merging from an Excel spreadsheet
o merging from an Access database
+ initiating the Merge from your word processor
+ initiating the Merge from Access
Free Excel Training Videos
Auditexcel.co.za offers a fair amount of free Excel Training and Tutorials covering many features and functions of Excel. Most of these are provided through screen videos, so you will need Windows Media Player to see and use these Excel training videos. Also take a look at their page of Vital Tips in Using Microsoft Excel.
Free Excel Training Videos
Excel Database Video Tutorial
Microsoft Excel Function Tutorials
Financial Functions in Excel
Learn from these Excel tutorials how to use the financial calculations.
- Rate (2 min)
- Internal Rate of Return / IRR (2 min)
- Net Present Value/ NPV (3 min)
- Calculate the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) using Excel (2 min)
- PMT (2 min)
- CUMIPMT & CUMPRINC (4 min)
Date Funtion Tutorials for Excel
Here are Excel tutorials showing you how to use the Date functions in Microsoft Excel.
Excel Tutorials for Statistics Functions
Learn how to perform statistical analysis using Excel, such as calculating the rank of a cell in a list, or the minimum or maximum numbers in a list.
Logical Functions in Excel
These Excel tutorials show you how to use the logical operators IF, AND, and OR in your functions.
Learn Text Excel Functions
Learn how to use several the text manipulation functions
Information Functions in Excel
Find out about functions and formulas that will provide you with added information about a cell, worksheet or workbook in Excel.
Math and Trig Excel Function Tutorials
This Excel tutorial demonstrates useful mathematical and trigonometry functions.
Tips and Tricks in using Excel
- Show the underlying formulas in all cells (1 min)
- Filling in the blank cells quickly and easily (3 min)
- Cleaning up data using the Data Autofilter (7 min)
- Changing Multiple Worksheets at the same time (4 min)
- Automatic sorting of a list (5 min)
Absolute Musts to Use Microsoft Excel
- Function Wizard (3 min)
- Auditing Toolbar (5 min)
- Good Spreadsheet Design Techniques (15 min)
- Loading the freely available Add Ins (2 min)
Running Sensitivities and What If Analysis in Excel
Lookup and Reference Excel Tutorials
These Excel tutorials will teach you how to use the lookup and reference functions, useful when using tables of information. For learning vlookup, see tutorials immediately below.
Using and Understanding Microsoft Excel's VLOOKUP function
- VLOOKUP Basics (7 min)
- Handling Large VLOOKUP tables (6 min)
- Typical Errors made when using VLOOKUP (5 min)
- Automatic Sorting of lists (5 min)
Free Training for Excel 2007
Microsoft has made many modifications to the user interface for all Office 2007 applications, and that means relearning how to use most Excel features in Excel 2007. All menus and toolbars have been replaced with a new "Ribbon" interface and Tabs. These Ribbon and Tabs are located horizontally across the screen and graphically depict groups of features and functionality.
Here are Four Free Training Resources for Learning How to Use Excel 2007. The first one is an online course that will help you learn how to use the Ribbon, find familiar features, and understand and use the new XML file format. The second one is a reference for the locations of Excel 2003 commands in Excel 2007. The third learning resource is a 3 page Excel 2007 Charting tutorial. The fourth document is a spreadsheet that maps all Excel 2003 menu and toobar items to Excel 2007's ribbon interface.
1) Free Excel 2007 Online Course: Up to Speed with Excel 2007
Excel 2007 Course Contents:
- Get a handle on the new look of Excel.
- Find everyday commands on the Ribbon: Cut, Copy, Paste, Insert Sheet Rows, Insert Sheet Columns, and Sum.
- Save workbooks in the new Excel file formats.
2) Reference: Locations of Excel 2003 commands in Excel 2007
This tutorial describes the items of the new Microsoft Office Fluent user interface that are in Microsoft Excel 2007. It also shows you commands which you may already know how to use in Microsoft Excel 2003, and explains how to do the same tasks or features in Excel 2007.
3) Excel 2007 Tips for Creating Functional and Attractive Charts
This article explains the Top Ten Tips and Tricks for Excel 2007 Charts. Excel charts have been given a makeover in Excel 2007 and the Chart Wizard of earlier versions is now gone. Find out how to create functional and attractive charts using Excel 2007
4) Excel 2007 Ribbon Mapping from Excel 2003
This spreadsheet (.xls) maps all of the menu and toolbar features and options in Excel 2003 to the equivalent in Excel 2007.
Free Training for PowerPoint 2007
Here are Four Free Training Resources for Learning How to Use PowerPoint 2007. The first one is an online course that will help you learn how to use the new Office 2007 Ribbon, do typical tasks to create a presentation, use the interactive galleries, and use the new XML file format. The second one is a tutorial article that helps you understand how to use the new user interface and find familiar features in PowerPoint 2007. The third one is a Powerpoint 2007 tutorial that shows you how to create and use the new presentation templates. The fourth a spreadsheet that maps all PowerPoint 2003 menu and toobar items to PowerPoint 2007's ribbon interface.
1) Free PowerPoint 2007 Online Course: Up to Speed with PowerPoint 2007
After completing this course you will be able to:
PowerPoint 2007 Course Contents:
- Approach the new user interface with confidence and an understanding of how it works.
- Do the things you typically do to create and prepare a presentation.
- Use the new file format in PowerPoint in the way that's best for you.
- Get your Bearings: What's Changed and Why
- Get to Work in PowerPoint
- A New File Format
- Quick Reference Card
2) Reference: Locations of PowerPoint 2003 Commands in PowerPoint 2007
Learn about the elements of the new Microsoft Office Fluent user interface in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007. This also shows you PowerPoint 2003 commands that perform the same tasks in PowerPoint 2007.
3) PowerPoint 2007: Get Started with New Templates
This tutorial presents some of the improvements in PowerPoint 2007, and specifically takes you through creating and using New Templates, SmartArt, New Layouts, and Charts.
4) PowerPoint 2007 Ribbon Mapping Workbook
This spreadsheet maps all of the menu and toolbar features and options in PowerPoint 2003 to the equivalent in PowerPoint 2007.
Free Outlook 2007 Training
Here are Four Free Training Resources for Learning Outlook 2007. The first one is a free online course that will introduce you on using the Ribbon, finding familiar features, and understanding the new XML file format. The second one is a reference document that shows you the locations of Outlook 2003 commands in Outlook 2007. The third learning resource presents the top 10 tips for using Outlook 2007. The fourth document is a spreadsheet that cross-references all Outlook 2003 menu and toobar items to Outlook 2007's ribbon interface.
1) Free Outlook 2007 Online Course: Up to Speed with Outlook 2007
After completing this course you will be able to:
- Move around in Outlook 2007 and understand some of the things that have changed, and why.
- Find commands on the Ribbon to do the things you do every day: read and send e-mail, work with appointments and meetings, and use your contacts.
- Send and receive pictures and attachments. Ensure that recipients will be able to open attached files that use the new 2007 Microsoft Office release file formats.
Outlook 2007 Course Contents:
What's changed and why
Find everyday commands in Outlook 2007
- Introducing the Ribbon
- A closer look at the Ribbon
- The Ribbon shows what you need
- There's more than meets the eye
- The Mini toolbar
- The Quick Access Toolbar
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Know your options
- More about options
- More that's new: the To-Do Bar
- A new look for the calendar
- A new look for contacts
- Test yourself
Send and receive attachments and pictures
- Create a new message
- Use the Address Book to add recipients
- Show or hide the Bcc field
- Include your signature
- Use flags and reminders
- Respond to a message
- Whoops! Need to recall a message?
- Make time and remember to do things
- Want to create a meeting? Invite others
- Work with a contact
- Test yourself
- Include an attachment
- Include a picture in line with text
- Picture this: Tabs that come and go
- Preview attachments before you open them
- How others receive attachments that you send
- How others can view attachments that you send
- Test yourself
Quick Reference Card
2) Reference: Locations of Outlook 2003 commands in Outlook 2007
This tutorial describes the items of the new Microsoft Office Fluent user interface that are in Microsoft Outlook 2007. It presents Outlook 2003 commands that you may already know, and explains how to do the same things in Outlook 2007.
3) Top 10 Tips for Outlook 2007
The first time you open Outlook 2007 you might be disappointed to see that,on the face of it, Outlook does not display the new ribbon and newinterface that you will see in the other major applications in theOffice 2007 suite such as Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Dig a little deeper under the surface, however, and you'll see that the Ribbon and new interface are there in places. Here are our ten best tips for working with the newOutlook 2007.
4) Outlook Ribbon Mapping Workbook
This spreadsheet (.xls) maps all of the menu and toolbar features and options in Outlook 2003 to the equivalent in Outlook 2007.
Free Training for Access 2007
Here are Three Free Training Resources for Learning Access 2007. The first one is an online course that will get you up to speed with using the Ribbon, finding familiar features, and understanding and using the new XML file format. The second one is a reference tutorial for the locations of Access 2003 commands in Access 2007. The third document is a spreadsheet that maps all Access 2003 menu and toobar items to Access 2007's ribbon interface.
1) Free Access 2007 Online Course: Up to Speed with Access 2007
After completing this course you will be able to:
Access 2007 Course Contents:
- Download a database from the new Getting Started page.
- Create database objects by using the new Ribbon.
- Save and share your data in appropriate formats.
- A new beginning
- OK, back to work
- Save your files in the format that works best
- Quick Reference Card
2) Reference: Locations of Access 2003 commands in Access 2007
This tutorial describes the items of the new Microsoft Office Fluent user interface that are in Microsoft Access 2007. It also lists commands which you may already know how to use in Access 2003, and explains how to perform the same tasks using Access 2007.
3) Access Ribbon Mapping Workbook
This spreadsheet (.xls) maps all of the menu and toolbar features and options in Access 2003 to the equivalent in Access 2007.
Freely Available Microsoft Office eBooks
Here are links to freely available Microsoft Office ebooks from freebooklinks.com. This site bills itselfs as "A 100% free resource to hundreds of free ebook downloads from all over the web."
3) The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, and other Adobe and Macromedia Applications
Flash Tutorials From Clever Tutorials
Clever Tutorials is offers a good quantity of quality Flash Tutorials that are linked from many of the better Flash tutorial sites on the web. Linked below are just some of these, check out their site for many more. These Flash tutorials cover 3D Effects, ActionScript, Basics, Interactivity, Text Effects, and Tips and Tricks.
Flash Tutorials From Clever Tutorials:
Creating a Virtual Display Screen in Flash
This is a great effect to wow customers to your site or place as a banner. Simple to create. Only motion tweens and layers, no actionscript.
3D Hologram effect in Flash using Swift 3D
Bring your flash site to life with a 3D hologram effect. This tutorial will show you how to create a 3D spinning hologram in Flash using the 3rd party Swift 3D software and various other techniques.
Futuristic city, Learn some clever 3D techniques in Flash
See the tricks behind the advanced Flash animation that was used to bring a futuristic cityscape to life.
Creating a 3D Tunnel Effect in Flash
Learn how to create this very cool 3D tunnel effect in Flash using some simple 2D animation techniques.
3D circle animation in flash
Using this lesson, you will see how to create a circle that is rotate 3D.
Chrome effect in Flash using vector graphics
Why importing heavy bitmaps in Flash when, with a bit of patience, you should be able to create fancy 3D chrome effect using vector graphics.
Motion Tweening using a Path
How to use motion tweening in conjunction with a path.
Flash 3D Rotation and Revaluation
This tutorial is covering the basics about 3d rotation in Flash.
Learn how to create a circle that rotates using Mask trick
Moving Text Around a Path
This tutorial covers basic text generation, and shows how to get it to deform and follow a circular path.
Star flash preloader
Using this lesson, you will see how to create star flash preloader using the action script code.
Practical flash curosor
This simple tutorial will show you how to create practical flash cursor using the action script code and on that way, hide the standard cursor.
Changing object color on click
In this step by step tutorial, you will see how to change a object color using the action script code and color buttons.
Movie Clip controlling using the action script
In this lesson you will learn how to control movie clip.
Continuous object movment in flash
In this Macromedia Flash tutorial you will see how to make an object move across the stage, and when its done it will start over.
Digital clock in flash
Using this little tutorial, you will see how to create simple digital clock in flash using a little action script code.
Creating a Video Portfolio (FLV Video Player) in Flash
This tutorial will teach you how to create an interactive FLV video player that lets the user select which video to load at run time.
Creating a Basic Slideshow in Flash
In this tutorial, Craig Campbell shows you how to create a basic slideshow from scratch by importing pictures into their own keyframes and creating "next" and "previous" buttons so the user can cycle through the images.
Picture rotation by action script
In this little tutorial, you will see how to rotate image using the action script code.
Info about object
Using this lesson, you will see how to create info panel about any object. To create this lesson, you have to use Action Script code.
Creating an Interactive Map in Flash
This tutorial will teach you how to create an interactive map in which a map marker flies over to the city highlighted and shows a small photograph of that city.
Actionscript jump to random frame
In this Macromedia Flash tutorial I will show you how to make a simple actionscript code to jump to a random frame in the timeline.
Customizing Flash Context Menu
Learn how to customize the context menu by removing default items and adding your own items instead.
Advanced full flash site - Part 2
In this part, You will see how to load flash site after preloader animation.
Actionscript dynamic load image into flash
In this Macromedia Flash tutorial I will show you how to load in a image into flash dynamically through actionscripting
Symbol Types: Movie Clip or Graphic?
Have you ever wondered what exactly is the difference between a "Movie Clip" or "Graphic" symbol? Should you use both types or just one? ?In this free video tutorial, you'll be shown the exact differences and you'll learn when and where to use both types! ??If you've only been using "Movie Clip" symbols for your animations, then this tutorial will be an eye-opening experience!
Tips and tricks for designing logos
A guide for how to go about designing a logo, it covers good font techniques, how to get inspiration, playing with layouts and how to simplify complicated objects for use in logos.
Simple shape animation
In this tutorial you will see how to transform image in many shapes.
Timing: Ease In and Ease Out
Getting your animation to move more naturally can be very easy once you know how to use the Ease in/out slider for tweening. Understanding these timing principles will improve your animation and keep your movements from seeing robotic and unnatural.
Changing the Pivot Point of a Symbol
Change the default center point of a symbol to allow for easier character animation.
Animating arm movements using speed lines
Animate your character's arms and other limbs by using speed lines. A fast way to achieve natural looking movement. Comes with FREE downloadable Flash file of speed line art!
Changing Colors inside Symbols
Whether you want to customize the colors of a Character Pack, or change the colors of a hand pose to match the character you are animating with, this video tutorial demonstrates how easy it can be!
Animating Dialogue using the "Mouth Comp" system
With this step by step quicktime video, you'll quickly learn, a faster, better way to animate your character's dialogue!
Character Animation using Symbols
Watch step by step with this quicktime video to see just how fast and easy it is to animate using symbols!
Change the context menu of your Flash content
Learn how to change the context menu of your Flash content.
Motion tweening (the basics)
Use some basic motion tweening for animation.
Filling bottle preloader
Learn to make an image-based preloader: a bottle that slowly fills up as your movie loads. This cool effect can be applied to any photo, image, etc. Make a different preloader!!!
Make a Pac-Man animation
Create and animate the most-widely recognize arcade game character: the classical PacMan!
Using Motion Guides in Flash
In this tutorial, you will learn how to animate a graphic on a guided path using the motion guide. You will also learn how to place your graphic or movieclip on the correct points of the motion guide.
Copy to Grid Effect
Learn how to repeat objects with the copy to grid feature.
Little sunshine animation
See how to create little sunshine animation in flash using a special picture, flash 8 filters and some special flash tricks.
Scrolling Text in Flash
In this tutorial, you will learn a very important lesson on building and using the scrolling text box. You will learn to assign a Scrollbar from the components list in Flash and how to wrap text within the box.
Drag and Drop
Learn how to apply Drag and Drop technique on any object.
Creating a Password Protected Section in Flash
Have a restricted area section in your website.
Full Monitor Presentation
This tutorial will teach you how to create advanced monitor presentation using the picture of monitor and mask effect.
St. Valentine Day Ad Banner
Make an interesting ad banner for St. Valentine's Day. Very effective and eye-catching. You will learn a lot of ActionScript.
Continuous up and over button animation
Create an advanced button animation.
Simple Flash Painting Program
Create a simple painting program using Actionscript. Includes simulated canvas, simple painting effect, and option to clear the canvas.
Cool image revealing mask effect in Flash
Learn how to make a great image revaling mask effect in Macromedia Flash in just a few easy steps.
Creating an Interactive Story
You're lost. It's late at night. The only light you see is the glow of a doorbell. You're desperate. You ring the doorbell. Suddenly all of the lights go on. Okay, we've all seen this opening scene. But have you tried creating your own version in Flash?
Simple dragging effect using Flash 8.
Easy Flash Quiz
Tutorial about how to make quiz with correct answer counter.
Follow the mouse
Learn to make objects follow the mouse pointer.
Simple Drag and Drop
This tutorial will show you how create a drag and drop movie.
Flash Photo Gallery
In this tutorial, you have a chance to learn how to create photo gallery in flash 8 with no Action Script.
Rotating letter effect in text
See this tutorial and learn how to rotate letters in series using some special flash tricks.
Vanishing text effect
In this lesson, you will see how to create vanishing text effect.
See this tutorial and learn how to create simple circle animation, using a lot circles.
Vertical text effect
Using this tutorial, you will see how to create on a simple way in few steps vertical text effect.
Image flashing text mask effect in Flash
In this Macromedia Flash tutorial I will show you how to make a cool image flashing text mask effect.
Simple blink text effect
In this tutorial, you will see how to create a text effect which is blinking, using the flash filters.
Text revealing glow effect in flash
In this Macromedia Flash tutorial I will show you how to make a stylish text glow effect in just a few easy steps.
Attractive text effect
In this step by step tutorial, you will see how to create attractive text effect that you can use for any banner, flash advertisment...
Titration text effect
Using this tutorial, you will see how to create a text that is titration, using some special flash tips and tricks.
Mask text effect by alpha
See this lesson and learn how to create a cool text effect, using the mask and alpha in flash.
Mask text appearance
Using this lesson, you will see how to create a typing text which is appears, using the mask and Pencil Tool (Y).
Text shadow effect
Read this tutorial and see how to create text shadow effect in flash with no Action Script.
Sliced Fading Text
This tutorial will show you how to create a sliced, fading text effect, using Flash.
Flash Trailing Text Effect
This tutorial will illustrate how to add the symbol (s) that trail after the mouse cursor.
This tutorial will help you to learn how to apply shake effect on any object using the Action Script.
Tips and Tricks
Lip Sync Animation: Using an X sheet
Learn how to use your timeline as a X sheet to write the dialogue and speed up the animation process. This is especially helpful with scenes with lots of dialogue.
A simple image transisson effect in flash
In this Macromedia Flash tutorial you will see how to make a simple image transission effect in just a few steps.
3D animation by mask
In this detailed lesson made for flash, you will learn how to create 3D animation using the mask and some special flash tricks
Picture Shadow effect
Discover how to create to create a great picture shadow effect, without Action Script.
Styling Flash Text Fields Using CSS
Learn how to control the formatting of text fields in flash using Cascading Style Sheets.
Practical photography demonstration
In this easy lesson, you will see how to create Practical photography demonstration using a some special tricks in Adobe Flash.
8 Photoshop and 4 Art Design Tutorials
Here are 8 Photoshop 7 Tutorials from steeldolphin.com. These teach several Photoshop features and effectgs, such as Coloring, Painting, Lineart, that will help you master this important graphics and photo editing application. These Photoshop tutorials are presented in an easy to follow step-by-step format. Also included in this post are 4 Art Design Theory Tutorials, also from this site. These tutorials explain the theory that is behind creating art, and what are the building blocks of successful art and design.
8 Photoshop Tutorials:
Digital Painting Steps
This is a walkthrough of one of the author's digital paints in Adobe Photoshop.
Cloud painting Tutorial - Photoshop 7
This teaches you how to digitally paint some quick and easy clouds in Adobe Photoshop.
Digital Coloring - Part I - Preparing Lineart for Coloring
This Photoshop tutorial, the next one, will show you to color comics like the pros. This first part explains how this is accomplished, from taking a dirty scan, to creating an alpha channel, to storing your final line art.
Digital Coloring - Part II - The Render
This digital coloring tutorial part II teaches you how to fully render a comic book art using industry techniques.
This tutorial goes into detail showing you how to scan and clean up line art in Adobe Photoshop.
Learn how to correctly the this effect in Photoshop to incorporate into other objects.
A simple Photoshop tutorial that teaches your how to correctly use this effect into other objects.
Unsharp Mask for Sharpening Scans
Discover how to accurately more effectively sharpen your scanned photos in Adobe Photoshop.
4 Art Design Theory Tutorials:
Color Theory Primer
This color theory tutorial provides diagrams of the various color schemes and suggestions for color moods.
Color Schemer Tool
Here is a free utility to assist you with selecting and creating impressive new color schemes for your graphic design and art projects.
Design Tip #1 - Format
First part of an article on the principles and elements of design, explaining the importance of Format.
Design Tip #2 - Line
Second part of an article on the principles and elements of design, teaching the importance of Line.
Photoshop 7 for the Internet Course
Here is an excellent small online course, from Trainingtools.com, that teaches Photoshop 7 for the Internet. These Photoshop lessons cover many of the basic features you need to master to use Photoshop effectively. Areas covered include the Workspace, Photoshop Documents, Selections and Channels, Layers, Editing Images, Vectors, Optimizing Images for the web, and ImageReady.
Two Adobe Illustrator Tutorials
Here are two easy to follow Adobe Illustrator Tutorials from steeldolphin.com. One teaches you how to use the trim tool and the free transform tool. The other shows you how to create a stylized logo using Illustrator.
Creating a Swoosh
In this Adobe Illustrator tutorial you will learn how to use the trim tool, and the free transform tool. This tutorial is targeted to those who are in the beginning stages of learning how to use Illustrator.
Logo Design in Adobe Illustrator
In this tutorial, learn how to create a stylized logo using Adobe Illustrator.
Freely Available eBooks for Adobe Software
Here are links to freely available ebooks covering Adobe Software and Applications from freebooklinks.com. This site bills itselfs as "A 100% free resource to hundreds of free ebook downloads from all over the web."
4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites
Web Development and Design Tutorials
Let Stefan Mischook teach you the latest web design techniques. He has been busy writing Web Development and Web Design Tutorials and Articles covering new methods of web design that will help you develop great web sites. He says its his job to to filter out the unnecessary stuff and teach you the latest web design techniques that work in the real world. His background includes more than 10 years experience in web design to help you avoid all the mistakes he has made.
Web Development Tutorials
A beginner's tutorial on creating CSS based web sites
As promised, we will be taking the next step towards total nerd glory with this first of a three-part article on creating a pure CSS web page...
Get started programming with Java Script
Building Websites with web design templates
Website templates (web design templates) can be an excellent tool when building a new web site; a tool that can speed up the production schedule, improve the quality of the final web site and just make the whole process of building a web site much easier.
How to get your website 'live' on the web
You are at the point where you built and tested your website on your own computer and now you want to show the world your new creation, but how do you do it? Now that you've come to think about it, you're not even sure how people actually get to websites; where are the websites actually sitting, what is the web in the first place?
An introduction to Cascading Style Sheets
CSS is the acronym for: ‘Cascading Style Sheets’. CSS is an extension to basic HTML that allows you to style your web pages. An example of a style change would be to make words bold...
Tips for the new web designer
This first article is meant to provide some helpful tips for those just learning to build websites. I am not going to go into details explaining specific technology; rather I am going to point out a few things that many people just starting may find useful.
The do's and don'ts of web site design: Part 1
There are many options available when creating web pages, many good and many bad. The following is a list of some of those options and how I think you should deal with them.
The do's and don'ts of web site design: Part 2
I've received many emails on the first do's and don'ts article, people wanted more, so I thought a part 2 was in order.
The do's and don'ts of web site design: Part 3
I've received many emails on the first and second do's and don'ts articles, so ...
Beginner's Web Development Tutorials
Creating Multimedia Content
In this article I look at some of the options available to create multimedia presentations with an emphasize on introducing you to the basics of multimedia.
HTML fundamentals: Logical vs. Inline tags
The differences between logical and physical tags is one of the fundamental concepts in HTML that, when understood, can have a huge impact on a web designer's way of doing things.
Database driven websites explained
Database driven websites: What are they and how are they built?
The Creating Killer Web Sites HTML Table Tutorial
When Netscape added tables to HTML in 1995, second-generation site design became possible. Although tables weren't meant to contain lots of text, people soon found they could use them to get margins and do better typography. This section discusses the thrills and dangers of using tables to do real typography.
What is Flash, when and why to use it
Flash is a vector animation software originally designed to create animations for display on web pages. Vector graphics are ideal for the web because they are so lightweight.
Formatting your web pages - text and font considerations
There are many subtle aspects that can make a web page and a web site look bad, messy or (heaven forbid amateurish, one of these is too many fonts on the page.
Web site designer tips for the beginner
Web site designers today have plenty of options in terms of tools and technologies they can use to build their web pages. Many questions come up: should we use Flash, do we need database driven web pages, do we need a shopping cart for our e-commerce web site, etc ...
Graphics in web pages - the types of software you can use
There are many companies selling software to make graphics for both the web and print. All of these products have their own nuances and capabilities, but generally speaking graphic images that have been processed by a computer can usually be divided into two distinct categories.
A look at acronyms used in web design
An overview of some commonly used technologies in the world of the web.
What you need to get started making websites
Making websites doesn’t require much at all; a text editor like notepad and a browser to test your code and you're ready to go if you know HTML.
Cascading Style Sheets vs. classic web page design methods
The web today is a much different place than it was just 5 years ago. Technology for the web has grown in leaps and bounds and is reflected in the sites we see and the way they are built...
Working with website designers
This article is targeted at business owners, small and large, who are interested in getting a web site built for them. When approaching a website design firm, or individual web designers, these preliminary questions will go a long way in forwarding the project.
Sending email from a web page
We discuss ways of sending email from a web page.
ASCII Characters: Inserting special characters in your web pages
ASCII stands for American Standard Code for Information Interchange. Computers can only understand numbers, so an ASCII code is the numerical representation of a character ...
HTML forms - part 1
An HTML form is made up of a bunch of HTML tags that allow people visiting web sites to enter information or select information from a list that can then be transmitted to the server for processing.
MVC - Learn how to build web applications using MVC
It's easy to fall into a trap and treat designing dynamic web sites in the same way one treats developing static web sites. In this article we will be looking at how the MVC design pattern works and why we should use it.
I could have taken the easy way out, and just manually colored the many table rows. But I quickly realized that the manual way was going to be just too much freaking work – too much work just goes against my basic sensibilities. Too much video game playing time would be lost, so something had to be done!
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HTML and CSS Tutorials By Example
Here are several excellent HTML and CSS Tutorials, from csshtmltutorial.com, that show and teach you these web development coding techniques using examples and asking you to enter your own code to see how it works and looks in the browser.
Introduction to HTML
Learn what HTML is, what the basic structure of an HTML document and about HTML tags, attributes and elements.
Basic HTML tags
Learn the basic HTML tags that are used when making web pages, such as the <title> tag, the <p> tag, the <head> tag and more.
HTML link code tutorial
This tutorial shows you how to make links, how to open links in a new web browser window, how to use images as links and more.
HTML image code tutorial
Learn how to place images on your web sites.
HTML list code tutorial
This tutorial shows you how to make the 3 kinds of list that are supported in HTML: ordered, un-ordered and definition.
HTML table code tutorial
This tutorial shows you how to make tables in HTML.
HTML form code tutorial
Learn about forms in HTML and how to make them.
Introduction to CSS
Learn what CSS is and how to apply it to your web pages.
CSS background code tutorial
CSS can be used to define the background effects of a web page. Learn how to set the background color of a web page, how to set an image as the background and more.
CSS text code tutorial
CSS font code tutorial
CSS border code tutorial
CSS margin code tutorial
CSS padding code tutorial
CSS list code tutorial
Free Website Hit Counters
Track the number of visitors to your websites or web pages by adding a hit counter to your web pages. There are different styles to choose from.
Google Page Rank Tool
See what the Google page rank of the web page that you are viewing is by placing a Google page rank button on the web page.
Freely Available Web Development eBooks
Here are links to freely available Web Development ebooks from freebooklinks.com. This site bills itselfs as "A 100% free resource to hundreds of free ebook downloads from all over the web."
5) The Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware and General Computer Training Sites
Freely Available Microsoft Windows eBooks
Windows 95/98 Lectures
- Intro to Computing
- Intro to Windows
- Apps & Docs
- Manage Files
- The Control Panel
- More on Control Panel
- Windows Efficiently
- Intro to WordPad
- Graphics with Paint
- Running DOS Apps
Keyboarding and Mousing Skills - Course Handout
Learn how to effectively use the computer keyboard and mouse to get tasks accomplished with your computer.
Networking Concepts - Course Handout
In this course, you will learn the following:
- Network Structure
- Client / Server Concepts
- Network Communication Protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP, SMTP, etc.)
- Email Concepts
- World Wide Web Concepts
- Data Security Concepts (passwords, file permissions, viruses)
- Remote Communication Concepts (transferring and sharing files, dialing in from home)
6) Software, Office and Computer Sites and Downloads Worth Mentioning
The following programs are totally Free, no popups, no adware, no spyware, and no shareware.
LittleViewer - is a free, simple and very small image viewer. The program is very compact, undemanding to system resources and very simple in use. You don't need to read any manuals to get started. LittleViewer won't put anything in the registry. For work it is not required any adjustments and any special libraries.
- Supported graphic formats: JPG, JPEG, GIF, BMP.
- Two modes: normal image and thumbnail.
- Increases and decreases size of the image.
Supports drag & drop. You can use mouse to open the files.
Download (19 kB)
StepVoice Recorder 1.0
StepVoice Recorder is a real-time recording software with MP3 file format support.
Allows recording from any sound source.
By changing recording bitrate you may vary sound quality from PHONE (3.5-7.0 Mb/hour) to CD (3.5-7.0 Mb/3 minutes)!
- Support recording from all sound sources (microphone, media players, internet audio, etc.)
- Supporting file formats: MP3
- Direct MP3 encoding without temporary WAV files
- Auto name system
- Friendly interface
Download (228 kB)
ratDVD takes a full featured DVD-9 movie and puts it into a highly compressed .ratDVD container format file of about 1.x GB in size - while preserving all the features of the original DVD. You can directly play back the .ratDVD file in Windows Media Player or any other compatible player - with all the options the original DVD movie would give you. You like the DVD? Well, you can simply convert it back to the original DVD format, burn it and watch it on any DVD player - again without losing any features!
Download (4592 kB)
System utility that helps you to work in Windows. Hot key oriented with extensive tray menu support.
Download (822 kB)
- Add history of use for standard clipboard
- Add multiple text clipboards (unlimited clips plus history of use)
- Uses transmit copy mode - any copy to any additional clipboard will be automatically pasted in the selected window
- Convert selected text entered from wrong keyboard layout. For example from Cyrillic to Western
- Use inline calculator with full function support (based on JScript)
- Run selected text as if from command string (Run ...)
- Quickly sort lines of selected text
- Change case of selected text
Room Arranger 3.26
This program is intended for designing room interiors. It allows you to place furniture, items and other objects. You can additionally move and rotate objects, change their colors and dimensions. But you can also plan your entire flat, one floor of the house or a new garden.
Download (691 kB)
Tray Wizard 4.03
Tray Wizard is designed to greatly extend user's convenience while working in Microsoft Windows products family. It provides a wide range of abilities in a task bar system area (i.e. system tray) management.
With Tray Wizard you can:
Download (392 kB)
- Launch your favourite applications from tray menu.
- Use fixed order of icons in tray.
- Remove icons that are not in use.
- Show/hide icons using predefined key combination.
- Minimize windows to tray or tray menu rather than task panel.
- Manage session/power state of your computer.
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.
September 2007 Question of the Month:
Are all spyware removal programs safe, or are there some that are really not good at all?Answer:
No, not all spyware removal programs are safe! Some are very deceptive and in fact spy on you without your approval. This category of spyware is abtly named "rogue antispyware". These programs promote themselves deceptively and are actually permitted to advertise on such major search engines. For more information on this type of malware, check out this article, "Google, Live, Yahoo run dubious scanner ads", by Scott Dunn. It states: "For years, a Web site known as Spyware Warrior has been at the forefront of exposing fraudulent and misleading antispyware products. Many of these curious downloads install the very problems they claim to cure, generate false positives to trick users into buying a "remedy," and use aggressive or misleading advertising." Take a look at this page that lists Rogue and Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites. which lists software products that you should avoid, or at least look at more carefully if you are considering installing.
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