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December 23, 2005

XML and Databases

This tutorial article gives a high-level overview of how to use XML with databases. It discusses and shows how the differences between data-centric and document-centric documents affect their usage with databases, how XML is usually used with relational databases, and what native XML databases are and when to use them.

XML and Databases



Free Dreamweaver Training Tutorials

Here are free training tutorials and learning materials for Dreamweaver that will help you greatly in learning this web site authoring application. All of these tutorials were developed and are hosted by macromedia.com, so they will give you the most up-to-date information, instructions, tips, and techniques on using Dreamweaver to its fullest capabilities. Interactive and Video Dreamweaver Tutorials: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/video_tutorials.html Sample Applications and Tutorials: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/sample_files.html Dreamweaver Support Forums: www.adobe.com/cfusion/webforums/forum/index.cfm?forumid=12 Dreamweaver Developer Center: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/ Dreamweaver Design Tutorials: * Design: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/design.html * CSS: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/css.html * Templates: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/templates.html * Accessibility: www.adobe.com/resources/accessibility/dw8/ Dreamweaver Application Development Tutorials: * Application Development: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/application_development.html * ASP.NET: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/dotnet.html * Databases: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/databases.html * ColdFusion: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/cfml.html * Web Services: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/webservices.html * PHP: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/php.html * XML and XSLT: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/xml.html More Dreamweaver Tutorials: * E-Commerce: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/ecommerce.html * E-Learning: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/elearning.html * Extensions: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/extensions.html * Migrating to Dreamweaver: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/migrating.html * Getting Started: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/getting_started.html * Best Practices: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/best_practices.html * Cross-Product Integration: www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/cross_product_integration.html

Advanced Outlook Tutorials

The following Outlook tutorials present and demonstrate some advanced features of functions of this email and calendaring application. These are provided by the Kent School District, Washington. Outlook Tips, part 1: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/OutlookTips1.pdf Work with folders, access other people’s calendars, and more Outlook Tips, part 2: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/OutlookTips2.pdf Filter out junk mail, forward contacts, set personal reminders, and more Managing Tasks: Send A Task To Someone Else: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/SendTask.pdf Outlook 2000 Quick Reference Card: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/outlook2000qr.pdf Outlook Web Access: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/OutlookWebAccess.pdf Directions for accessing your Outlook e-mail and calendar from home Sending E-mail: o Spell-check all outgoing mail: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/outlook_spell.pdf How to change/set spelling preferences o Archive Your Email: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/CreatePersFolders.pdf Create Personal Folders o Sharing a Distribution List: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/share_dist_list.pdf o Personalize a Public Group to create a Distribution List: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/PersonalizePubGrp.pdf o Save An Outside Email as a Contact: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/NewContactOutside.pdf o Create Emails to Your Frequent Contacts in One Click: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/ToolBarButton.pdf o Send a Voting Email: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/Voting.pdf Take a quick survey via email o Manage Public Groups: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/ManagingPublicGroups.pdf (if you are a Public Group owner) Using your Calendar: o Plan A Meeting: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/PlanMeeting.pdf o View Resource Calendars: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/view_res_cal.pdf View resources: rooms, wireless laptop carts, labs, and other resources o Schedule Resources: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/res_sch.pdf Reserve rooms, wireless laptop carts, labs, and other resources o View Other People’s Calendars: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/ViewingOtherCalendars.pdf when you have permission o Give Others Permission to View/Edit Your Calendar: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/permissions_calendar.pdf o View A Resource Schedule In One Click: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/ResourcesInFolderList.pdf o Manage Room Schedules And Other Resources: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/ManagingResources.pdf (if you are a Resource Manager) Miscellaneous Tips: o Outlook Offline: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/outlook_offline.pdf Access and modify previously viewed e-mail offline o Time Management: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/tech_tips/drag_drop_time_mgt.pdf Drag and drop between tasks, calendar, InBox, etc. for speedy management o Automatically Delete Junk Email Based on Content: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/pdf/JunkAndAdultContentEmail.pdf

December 22, 2005

Advanced Powerpoint Tutorials

The following Powerpoint tutorials present and demonstrate some advanced features of functions of this slide presentation application. These are provided by the Kent School District, Washington. Animating Objects in Powerpoint: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/scaffolding/media_hooks/pp_animation.doc - make objects appear, disappear, use motion paths, control sequencing of animations using the custom animation features Comments: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/scaffolding/Comments/pp_comment_tips.doc – give directions, answers, create a place for student information within a document. Powerpoint for the Classroom: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/ppt/index.htm – learn to use PowerPoint presentation tools to support student learning and communication. Topics include linear and non-linear (interactive) presentations and more. UnitedStreaming: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/ppt/docs/videostream.doc – inserting video streaming movies into PowerPoint presentations Hidden Slides: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/scaffolding/Hid_Slides/hid_slide.doc – Hide particular slides to create a PowerPoint form of supported writing Importing Slides from Another Slide Show: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/ppt/docs/importing_slides.doc – combine all or parts of multiple PowerPoint presentations Pack and Go: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/scaffolding/media_hooks/packagetoCD.doc – can be used to package one or more presentations onto a CD or a folder on a computer or network location to be used independently of the PowerPoint application Recording Sounds Using Microphones: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/ppt/docs/rec_sounds.doc – record personalized sounds into presentations Recording Sounds from CDs: office.microsoft.com/training/training.aspx?AssetID=RC010713231033 – capture music or voice from audio CDs Presentation Tips: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/ppt/docs/pres_tips.doc – tips for designing effective and successful Powerpoint presentations

The Secret Art of HTML Programming and Web Design

Everyone needs his or her own web page, and here is an excellent resource for those interested in learning how to create one. Broken down into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced lessons, each section has lectures on different topics, offering explanations and showing examples. Lecture topics include: HTML, Images, Text, Entities, Tables, Graphics, and Javascript. There is also a helpful set of links pertaining to Javascript and Photoshop. The Secret Art of HTML Programming and Web Design: library.thinkquest.org/15887/newbrowser/index.html Beginner HTML: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/beginner/html.html Head: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/beginner/head.html Body: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/beginner/body.html Links: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/beginner/links.html Text: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/beginner/text.html Images: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/beginner/images.html Intermediate Entities: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/intermediate/entities.html Lists: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/intermediate/lists.html Forms: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/intermediate/forms.html Frames: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/intermediate/frames.html Tables: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/intermediate/tables.html Image Mapping: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/intermediate/imagemap.html Graphics: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/intermediate/graphics.html Advanced JavaScript: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/advanced/javascript.html VRML: library.thinkquest.org/15887/both/advanced/vrml.html

122 Photoshop Tutorials

Here are 122 Adobe Photoshop tutorials showing you how to use this popular and feature-filled graphic editing tool to create varioius Texts, Shapes and Objects, Textures, and Effects.

     122 Photoshop Tutorials



        Text
      
 Chrome TextChrome Text Rough Chrome TextRough Chrome Rusted TextRust

Easy chrome text.

Want it rough?

Old, rusted text.

      
 Metallic Rough Metallic TextMetallic Glowing TextGlow

Metallic text without too much effort.

Create rough metallic text.

Give that text a cool glow!

      
Texture Text ITexture ITexture Text IITexture IITexture III

Text with a texture.

Give your text a texture.

Textured 3D text.

      
Gel TextGel TextRound ShapesParty TextParty letters

Smooth gel text.

Make those hard edges smooth.

Get in the mood by creating party letters!

      
 3D Text3D Text Gold Reflections

3D Text. The other way.

Smooth gold text.

Reflecting  text in the water.

      
 Chipped Text Plastic I Plastic II

Damage your text bad!

A real plastic font.

Create the smoothest plastic.

      
 Outlines I Bordered TextOutlines II Slime

Create lines around anything.

Lines around your text.

Create rust or blood dripping from text.

      
 Shadow Text 

Rusty Metal Layer Style

Text with a little shadow

Give your metal a little rust.

Photoshop 6 only.

      
 Chrome II Chiseled Baby blue

Chrome with a texture.

Let the text sink in the background.

A nice soft color.

      
 Circular Text Around Circle Heated Metal

Even in Photoshop 5.5

Make a circle with text.

Your text at 1000° C.

      
 3D Pop out Stamp Pushed In

Make your text pop out!

Stamp using lightning effects.

Your text deeply pushed in.

      
 Grungy Techno Gold II

Grungy text!

Text with techno dots.

Gold part II.

      
 Aqua TextAqua text      

Smooth aqua text.

 

 

      
      
 

Shapes and objects

    
      
 Wire sphere Starburst Lightning

Create a 3D Wire sphere.

Create an eye-catching starburst.

Draw your own lightning.

      
 Wires 3D Button Round Buttons

Tubes and wires.

Old style Photoshop 6 button.

Round and great looking!

      
 Aqua Button Aqua Button Pro Aqua Button Pro

Smooth aqua button.

Create a Mac OS X style button

Photoshop 6 only!

      
 Plastic Shape Interface Scrotch Tape

Create a smooth plastic shape.

Basic interface building.

Create a small piece of tape.

      
 Push Pin Mac Button Laser

Maybe you need it?

The real one!

Ever had a dream to be a Jedi?

      
 Very thin Wires Thin Wires Thick Wires

Electrical wires?

Small cable-wires

Really thick wires.

      
 Blade 3D Pipe Nails

Chop your foes in half.

Create a rusty old pipe.

Not 9″, but nice anyway!

      
 Power Button Plastic Button Speaker.

Clean and simple.

Nice for a menu.

Old and rusty speaker.

      
 Square Button Mounted Button Round Button

A basic square button.

A button mounted in your background.

Very basic idea of a round button.

      
 Polka Dots Basic interface 3D Shapes

Very similar to the techno dots.

The first steps to your interface.

A 3D Shape without a 3D program.

      
 Pressed Button 3D Button Textured Button

Great for your JavaScript rollovers.

Simple version of the 3D button.

Give it a nice texture.

      
 Rounded Button Screw Text panel

A button with a rounded edge.

Screw who?

Just take a look.

      
      
 

Textures

    
      
 Golfball TextureGolfbal Stone TextureSteen Metallic Panels

Geef een golfbal motief aan alles wat je wilt.

Maak een steen texture.

Create bevelled brushed metal.

      
 Golfball TextureDots Stone TextureStone II Rust

Dots, dots, dots and ehh… dots?

Create a realistic texture in seconds.

How to create base rust.

      
 Blending Bricks Bumps

Create a new texture by blending.

Want to build a wall?

Height in your texture.

      
 Fence Big scratch Damages

Well, just a fence actually.

A big scratch in a ship’s hull?

Damaged metal.

      
 Scratches Rust sample Wood

Scratches on the wall.

Rust texture

Excellent for furniture.

      
 Gold Logo Techno Dots

Bright gold colors.

For your webpage background.

Fashionable techno dots.

      
 Metallic Wall Rust

What more to say?

In-house walls.

And not a little!

      
 Dirty      

Create a dirty texture.

  
      
      
 

Effects

    
      
 Scanline EffectScanlines Blur EffectAchtergrond Extract EffectExtract

De manier om van die trendy lijntjes te maken.

Ook altijd van die wazige achtergronden willen maken? Leer hoe.

Leer om een plaatje te extracten.

      
 Merge EffectSamenvoegen Straightening EffectScheef Transperancy EffectTransparant

Een manier om 2 plaatjes  in elkaar over te laten lopen.

Scheve foto? Maak hem recht mbv je lineaal!

Doorzichte plaatjes zonder kartelhoekjes.

      
 Rounded Corners EffectRonde hoeken Reflecting Sphere Lightning Effects

Ronde hoeken geven aan je tekeningen.

Without using a 3D program!

How to master lightning effects.

      
 Drop Shadow I Drop Shadow II Bad Tv Reception

Add depth and contrast to your imagery.

Add depth and contrast to your imagery.

Create TV reception from far away.

      
 Blending Brighter  Transparency

Simple blending

Make your photos brighter.

GIF Transparency explained.

      
 Scan lines I Scan lines II Photo Manipulation

Basic Scan lines

Advanced Scan lines

Become even more handsome!

      
 Text on Button Cracks Tiled Backgrounds

How to place a text on a button.

Create cracks in metal.

Create those nice tiled backgrounds.

      
 Round Corners Prodigy Brush Beveling

For simply everything!

Why prodigy? Find it out!

A nice use for your brush!

      
 Photo Touchup Simple Blending II Seamless Backgrounds

Great for holiday pictures!

Blend two pictures

The easy way.



















































































































































































































































































December 20, 2005

3 Free Web Development Books

Here are 3 Free Web Development Books that will show you how to program web pages and websites and add features to them using scripting languages. Also included here is a good book on learning the basics of XML and how this language works on with web pages and applications. These are all zip file downloads. Web Programming Desktop Reference 6-In-1: tinyurl.com/afujj Web Scripting Secret Weapons: tinyurl.com/8jufl XML: A Primer: tinyurl.com/cqh5y

Viewlet Tutorials for Acrobat, GoLive, ImageReady, InDesign, Photoshop

Here are 16 Viewlet Tutorials for Acrobat, GoLive, ImageReady, InDesign, Photoshop, and Premiere. These tutorials will play a video training session in your browser, and you can interact with them so you can learn your own pace. They were created by students at the University of South Florida. Video Viewlet Tutorials: www.coedu.usf.edu/IT/resources/viewlets.cfm Acrobat: Creating Interactive forms in Adobe Acrobat 5.0: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/acrobat_forms_viewlet_viewlet_swf.html GoLive: Creating a simple webpage with Adobe GoLive: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/Viewlets/ccronk_viewlet_viewlet.html ImageReady: How to create rollovers in ImageReady: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/Viewlets/Ragan_viewlet Basic Animation using Adobe ImageReady: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/A4haustetter_viewlet_swf.html Creating a text rollover menu in Adobe ImageReady: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/MySimpleRollover_viewlet_swf.html InDesign: Getting started in InDesign 1.5: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/rudnick/indesign_viewlet_swf.html Flowing text along the edge of a shape within InDesign 2.0: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/kealyqarbon2_viewlet.html Adjusting Loose Lines in Adobe InDesign 2.0: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/Loose_viewlet_swf.html Getting started with InDesign 2.0: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/InDesign_1_viewlet_swf.html Importing a graphic into InDesign 2.0: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/ImportingGraphics_viewlet.html Applying Text Attributes within Adobe InDesign 2.0: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/A4teolis_viewlet_swf.html How to insert a graphic into InDesign 2.0: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/placegraphic_viewlet_swf.html Changing units of measure in InDesign 2.0: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/inches3_viewlet_swf.html Photoshop: Creating a neon effect in Photoshop 6.0: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/neon_viewlet_swf.html Using layered effects in Adobe Photoshop 5.5: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/wagner_viewlet.html Premiere: How to capture video into Adobe Premiere 6.0: www.coedu.usf.edu/it/viewlets/APHow_to_Capture_Video_viewlet_swf.html

Advanced Microsoft Word Tutorials

The following Microsoft Word tutorials present and demonstrate some advanced features of functions of this word processing application. These are provided by the Kent School District, Washington. Word for the Classroom: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/word/index.htm - learn to use Word effectively in the curriculum; topics include publishing, writing, editing, templates, student portfolios, and hyperlinking. Bookmarks: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/scaffolding/Bookmarks/Bookmarkstips.doc - used in long documents to jump to locations without scrolling Breaks: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/word/docs/breaks.doc - inserting page, column or text-wrapping breaks Comments : www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/scaffolding/Comments/comment.doc - give directions, answers, place for student information within a document. Can also be used for student/teacher editing: Pop up boxes, Balloons, or a list at the bottom of a Word document. Columns: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/word/docs/columns.doc - creating multiple columns on the page for formatting purposes (possible uses: newsletters, brochures) Editing Tools: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/word/docs/editing.doc - highlighting, comments, and tracking changes (great for peer or teacher editing or feedback) Footnotes and Endnotes: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/word/docs/foot_endnotes.doc - explain, comment on, or provide references for text in a document Forms: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/word/docs/forms.doc – create forms that students or staff can fill out or interact with easily on a computer Hidden Text: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/scaffolding/Hid_Text/hid_text.doc - hiding text hints/directions for students that need this support for writing Margins: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/word/docs/margins.doc - modify margins and space between document text and headers/footers Outline View: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/word/docs/outline_view.doc - see and alter the structure of your document in terms of headings, subheadings and such Pop-Up Icons: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/scaffolding/pop_up/pop_up.htm - used as prompts and guides to support student work or create writing prompts Recording Sound in Word: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/scaffolding/media_hooks/wordsound.doc - insert your recorded voice or sounds Tabs: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/word/docs/tab_stops.doc - setting tab stops for formatting structure Toolbars: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/word/docs/toolbars.doc – personalizing Word toolbars for ease of use Watermark: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/word/docs/watermark.doc – place a muted picture in the background of your document

December 19, 2005

Macromedia MX Tutorials: Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Freehand, Director

Here are 5 Free Macromedia MX Training Tutorials, one each for Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, Fireworks MX, Freehand MX, and Director MX. These are provided free by trainingcafe.com, which is no longer hosting free learning modules, except for these. Free Macromedia MX Training Tutorials: Dreamweaver MX: www.trainingcafe.com/members/mmf/learn.asp?m_id=17 Dreamweaver MX is a professional visual editor for creating and managing websites and pages. It provides advanced design and layout tools, enabling you to create web pages without writing a line of code. In this module you’ll learn: - 1. How to use the Dreamweaver interface - 2. How to organize and set up a website - 3. How to set up a web page and modify its properties - 4. How to add elements to a web page - 5. How to create and edit a table - 6. How to use frames - 7. How to publish your website Flash MX: www.trainingcafe.com/members/mmf/learn.asp?m_id=16 Flash is a popular web animation tool your can use to create real-world applications, such as simulations, interactive diagrams, animations, Web page designs and online learning. In this module you’ll learn: - 1. How to use the Macromedia Flash MX interface - 2. How to draw simple objects in Macromedia Flash MX - 3. How to edit text in Macromedia Flash MX - 4. How to create and edit layers - 5. How to use symbols and instances - 6. How to Motion Tween* - 7. How to use scenes to organize your movie - 8. How to attach actions to an object - 9. How to export a Macromedia Flash MX file Fireworks MX: www.trainingcafe.com/members/mmf/learn.asp?m_id=18 Fireworks MX creates high quality JPEG and GIF graphics with smal file sizes in a few number of steps, great for web graphics. In this module you’ll learn: - 1. How to use the Fireworks interface - 2. How to draw objects - 3. How to edit bitmaps - 4. How to create buttons and rollovers for a web page - 5. How to create hotspots and slices - 6. How to optimize and export web graphics - 7. How to integrate Dreamweaver and Fireworks FreeHand MX: www.trainingcafe.com/members/mmf/learn.asp?m_id=24 FreeHand is a powerful design tool that can be used to produce both print and Web graphics. In this module you’ll learn: - 1. distinguish a vector image from a bitmap image - 2. identify FreeHand’s various toolbars - 3. use FreeHand’s panels - 4. enter and format text - 5. create and modify paths - 6. import and trace graphics - 7. organize artwork with layers Director MX: www.trainingcafe.com/members/mmf/learn.asp?m_id=25 Director MX is a professional authoring tool for creating and combining multimedia in a single integrated presentation. Its movies can be viewed either on the Internet or as a stand-alone projector saved on a disk. In this module you’ll learn: - 1. How to use the Director MX interface - 2. How to create cast members - 3. How to create animations in Director MX - 4. How Director MX uses Lingo to control movie elements - 5. How to create interactivity - 6. How Director MX uses sound and video files - 7. How to use 3D in Director MX - 8. How to create projectors Need help with older versions? Check out these training modules: Macromedia Dreamweaver 4: www.trainingcafe.com/members/mmf/learn.asp?m_id=2 Flash 5: www.trainingcafe.com/members/mmf/learn.asp?m_id=1 Fireworks 4: www.trainingcafe.com/members/mmf/learn.asp?m_id=3 FreeHand 10: www.trainingcafe.com/members/mmf/learn.asp?m_id=5 Macromedia Director 8.5: www.trainingcafe.com/members/mmf/learn.asp?m_id=4

Tutorials for Common Functions of Office Applications

The Kent School District, in Washington, provides these 14 online tutorials for Microsoft Office which show how to perform common functions of multiple Office applications. AutoText: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/office/autotext.doc – quickly insert text, graphics, fields, tables, bookmarks, and other items that you use frequently Clips Online: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/office/MSgraphics_dir.pdf - inserting graphics from Microsoft’s extensive, searchable online clipart collection Compressing Pictures: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/prof_dev/comp_pics.doc - Compressing your pictures helps to make your files much smaller. Default Saving Location: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/office/default_loc.doc - set Office applications to automatically save documents to your Home directory on the district server Embedded Objects: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/office/embed.doc - embedding other files into a document or presentation so they become one package (great for portfolios or presentations) Hyperlinking: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/office/hyperlinking.doc - linking text or graphics to Internet Web sites or to other files Keyboard Shortcuts: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/office/key_shortcuts.doc - a printable table of frequently-used keyboard commands in Word Screenshots: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/wwwdev/photoshop/screenshots.doc - placing pictures of the screen into documents as a graphic (great for how-to directions) Sound Clips from MS Clip Art Collection: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/scaffolding/media_hooks/Insertingmssounds.doc - how to find and import a sound from the MS collection Sound Recorder Troubleshooting: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/scaffolding/media_hooks/srtroubleshooting.doc - try these tips before calling the help desk Templates: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/office/templates.doc - saving documents as templates for students or staff to use Text Boxes and Autoshapes: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/office/textbox_autoshape.doc - place text in a graphic element such as a box, star, award ribbon or callout (thought bubble) Turn Off Microsoft Assistant: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/office/clipoff.doc - turn Microsoft Assistant (the dancing paperclip) off and use help menus differently WordArt: www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/IT/TSC/classroom/office/word_art.doc - add a graphic element to text to make fancy headings, nametags, poetry, etc.

HTML and Style Sheet (CSS) Tutorials and References

These HTML and Style Sheet (CSS) tutorials, from websitebytes.com, will teach you how to create your own simple web pages and websites. Also included here are their HTML 4.01 and CSS2 Reference Guides.

Online Tutorial Articles

Article Name

Ch 1: Welcome to the World Wide Web
The Internet is the most rapidly growing community in the world.

Ch 2: An Introduction to Web Programming
The most common language used to create webpages is called HTML.

Ch 3: Working with Text
You are now ready to start adding text to your webpage.

Ch 4: Hyperlinks
Hyperlinks are one of the fundamental ideas behind the World Wide Web.

Ch 5: Bringing your Webpages to Life with Images
When the World Wide Web was first created, its sole purpose was to help share electronic documents containing text.

Ch 6: Image Maps
Image maps are images containing “clickable” areas or hot spots, each having a link attributed to it.

Ch 7: Forms
Through the use of forms, visitors can send information to you from within your webpage.

Chapter 8: Frames
Frames allow you to display multiple webpages in a single window by dividing it into sections.

Ch 9: Tables
Tables are one of the most useful functions available in HTML.

Ch 10: Creating a Website
With all the knowledge you have gained from the previous chapters, you are now ready to start creating your own website.

Ch 11: Maximising Site Useability
In this chapter you will learn how to create websites that are easy to use and navigate.

Ch 12: Publishing your Website on the Internet
Once you have completed your website, you will probably want to make it available on the Internet for the world to see.

Style Sheets Ch 1: An Introduction to Style Sheets
Style sheets allow you to specify a series of formatting options for each type of element and thus help maintain consistency throughout a website.

Style Sheets Ch 2: Creating Style Sheets
This tutorial will teach you how to create your own style sheets.

HTML and CSS Code Reference Guides
Code reference guide for every HTML 4.01 tag and CSS2 property based on W3C specifications.

Creating a DHTML Navigation Menu
Learn how to create DHTML navigation menus.


HTML and CSS Language Reference

HTML 4.01 Reference
The complete guide to every HTML element.

CSS2 Reference
The complete guide to every CSS property.

Overview of Character Entities
An overview of character entity codes.

Standard Character Entities



December 16, 2005

Excel Features and Create an Excel Macro

Microsoft Excel 2003 is a windows productivity application that is used to automate tasks such as calculation and analysis of data, automate financial statements, business forecasting, transaction registers, inventory control, etc. It provides multiple facilities, such as making graphs and charts, analyzing situations, and helps users at the managerial level in taking decisions. Here are 2 tutorial articles that will help you better understand and skillfully use this important home and office tool. Features of Excel 2003: www.ucertify.com/articles/70-272/2500133.html This articles describes the most important features of Excel 2003. This include the following: Workbooks, Using the Keyboard, Entering Data in Series, Cell References, Inserting or Deleting Rows and Columns, Functions and formulas, Auto-calculation, Charts, and Database. How to Create a Macro in Excel 2003?: www.ucertify.com/articles/70-272/2500131.html This is a 4-step tutorial teaching you now to create a macro in Excel 2003. Macros are useful for automating tasks and making Excel more efficient for completing your work with it.

Web Design Patterns

Patterns give insight into design problems by capturing the essence of problems and their solutions in a compact form. They embody common design experience and present solutions that work in practice rather than the best solution in every case. They may be related together, such as by completing higher-level patterns above them. The web design patterns presented here can help the designer to focus on the more desirable characteristics of Web sites as well as help to build value, trust, and reliability with Web site visitors. This is particularly important with e-commerce Web sites. Each pattern has six parts: 1.Name – identifies the pattern with an optional index number 2. Background – provides the context for the pattern, other patterns that lead to this pattern and how they are related, and the scope of the pattern. 3. Problem – describes the specific problem the pattern addresses as concisely as possible. 4. Forces – discusses what effects the problem in more detail, such as people, their tasks, technology, and society. 5. Solution – shows how to solve the problem as succinctly as possible and may provide a sketch to visualize the solution. 6. Other Patterns to Consider – recommends other, possibly more detailed patterns that may be used if desired to help complete the pattern. Web Design Patterns: ednet.coe.ttu.edu/LanguageResources/patterns/ Table of Contents: * Making the Most of Web Design Patterns * Knowing Your Customers: Principles and Techniques * Involving Customers with Iterative Design * Processes for Developing Customer-Centered Sites * Patterns …o Site-Genres …o Creating a Navigation Framework …o Creating a Powerful Homepage …o Writing and Managing Content …o Building Trust and Credibility …o Basic E-Commerce …o Advanced E-Commerce …o Helping Customers Complete Tasks …o Designing Effective Page Layouts …o Making Site Search Fast and Relevant …o Making Navigation Easy …o Speeding Up Your Site

Flash 8 Documentation, User Guides, and Tutorials

Here are the official LiveDocs and the Documentation, User Guides and Tutorials for Macromedia Flash 8, which is the most current version of Flash available. This is the definitive documentation and tutorial content for Flash 8 offered by Macromedia (now Adobe). LiveDocs pages also display user comments and include an Add Comments button that allows you to comment on a page’s contents and usefulness.

Flash 8 Documentation, User Guides, and Tutorials


Flash 8 Live Docs



Download Flash 8 Documentation

Download the complete documentation set to print or to search across all the manuals.

Download Complete Flash 8 Documentation (ZIP, 35 MB)



Getting Started with Flash



Flash Tutorials

December 15, 2005

Fireworks 8 Documentation and Manuals

Fireworks is a bitmap and vector graphics editor, developed by Macromedia and aimed at web designers (with features such as: slices, the ability to add hotspots etc.). It is designed to integrate easily with other products, such as Dreamweaver and Flash, and is part of the Macromedia Studio 8 suite. Fireworks is similar in purpose to the popular Adobe Photoshop application

Here are descriptions and links for the complete documentation for Macromedia Fireworks 8. These include the following 4 manuals to help you start learning this graphics editing tool or to assist you to acquire more skills with it: ‘Getting Started in Fireworks’,  ‘Using Fireworks’,  ‘Extending Fireworks’, and ‘Fireworks Remote Procedure Calls’.

Download Fireworks 8 Documentation

Download the complete documentation set to print or to search across al the manuals.

Download Complete Fireworks 8 Documentation (ZIP, 19.26 MB)




December 14, 2005

Free Linux WebMaster Course

This free online course, titled “FTLinuxCourse WebMaster” covers HTML, Perl, CGI, Javascript, Web standards: XML, HTML, DHTML, CSS. This couse will teach you much about good web site development practices and detailed coding, giving you code examples to use and learn from.


Free Linux WebMaster Course


Part I. Internet UserGuide

Part II. Advanced Web Programming   

Part III. Internet WebServer Setup
  


December 13, 2005

Microsoft Access Tutorials

Each of these Microsoft Access tutorials is designed as two Modules. In the first tutorial Module, you’ll learn how to create a database and enter data. In the second tutorial Module you’ll learn how to manipulate the database. The individual areas, covered in each Module, are furnished below. All of the tutorials follow the same theme – creating a Personnel database, so as you progress to newer versions of Access, the same tutorial theme will help you feel more comfortable with learning the features and functions of Access. Each succeeding tutorial is enhanced to incorporate new features in Access and also covers added features requested by users. Access Features and Topics in Training Module 1: - Introduction (Menu bars, buttons, toolbars, moving around Access) - Designing Databases - Creating Tables - Creating and Using Forms - Working with Tables Access Features and Topics in Training Module 2: - Working with Table Information (Adding, Editing, Deleting, Sorting and Finding Records) - Creating Select Queries (Selecting Tables and Fields) - Working with Select Queries (Adding, Deleting, Inserting and Moving Fields, Wildcard characters, Multiple Criteria) - Creating and Using Reports - Enhancing Forms and Reports Microsoft Access Tutorials: www.7hillsmediagroup.com/officetutorials.com/accesstutorials.htm Access 97 Introductory Tutorial: www.7hillsmediagroup.com/officetutorials.com/Access97tu.DOC (292 KB – 25 Page Word Document) Access 2000 Introductory Tutorial: www.7hillsmediagroup.com/officetutorials.com/Access2000tu.DOC (445 KB – 34 Page Word Document) Access XP/2002 Introductory Tutorial: www.7hillsmediagroup.com/officetutorials.com/Access%20XP%20tut.DOC (559 KB – 35 Page Word Document) Access 2003 Introductory Tutorial: www.7hillsmediagroup.com/officetutorials.com/Access%202003%20tut.DOC (1.1 MB – 40 Page Word Document) Databases Created by Tutorials The individual databases, created by each tutorial, are furnished below if you would like to download them. Access 97 database: www.7hillsmediagroup.com/officetutorials.com/Person%2097.MDB (344 KB database file) Access 2000 database: www.7hillsmediagroup.com/officetutorials.com/Person%202000.mdb (336 KB database file) Access XP/2002 database: www.7hillsmediagroup.com/officetutorials.com/Person%20XP.mdb (336 KB database file) Access 2003 database: www.7hillsmediagroup.com/officetutorials.com/Person%202003.mdb (1.1 MB database file)

December 12, 2005

Tutorials for Learning How to Code in AJAX

AJAX, short for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is the latest and most popular web programming technique to hit the Internet. In a nutshell, AJAX allows you to make a call to an http server (typically an RSS feed or a webpage), get it’s content and load them into your existing page without having to refresh the whole page. This means that services like email don’t have to reload the whole page everytime you click a message, thus saving you bandwidth, and making your sites overall more efficient. Here are some good learning pages and tutorials for AJAX: Ajax Tutorial: Ajax What is it Good For?: dhtmlnirvana.com/ajax/ajax_tutorial/ Shows you how to code in Ajax and how to implement it into your site, along with its history and how it was born. Ajax: Getting Started: developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/AJAX:Getting_Started This is a well presented introduction to Ajax from the Mozilla developer center. AJAX: Instant Tutorial: aleembawany.com/weblog/webdev/000051_ajax_instant_tutorial.html This is an excellent Ajax tutorial that makes is simple to understand and implement code using it. Rasmus’ 30 second AJAX Tutorial: rajshekhar.net/blog/archives/85-Rasmus-30-second-AJAX-Tutorial.html This is a quick, 30 second tutorial with code examples that you should understand have web coding experience. Ajax Examples: ajaxpatterns.org/Ajax_Examples Demonstrates various ways to use Ajax and shows you what you can do with it on your web sites. Ajax in ASP.NET: www.developerfusion.co.uk/show/4704/ Read this tutorial if you’re ASP.NET developer. Microsoft is working on their own implementation of Ajax, which is named Atlas, but it is not yet released yet. Ajax with J2EE: java.sun.com/developer/technicalArticles/J2EE/AJAX/ Another tutorial of Ajax, this time implementing with J2EE. How to Use AJAX: www.informit.com/articles/article.asp?p=425820 AJAX Programming Wikipedia Article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajax_%28programming%29 Creating a MySQL connection with PHP/AJAX: www.johnwiseman.ca/blogging/?p=61 XML in the Browser: Submitting forms using AJAX: tinyurl.com/bcsce A Simpler Ajax Path: www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2005/05/19/xmlhttprequest.html Building an AJAX-Based Chat: Interacting With a Database: tinyurl.com/cjq2a Very Dynamic Web Interfaces: www.xml.com/pub/a/2005/02/09/xml-http-request.html AJAX Tutorial google search: www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=AJAX+tutorial&btnG=Google+Search

Learn Adobe Illustrator – Tutorials

Adobe Illustrator is a Vector graphics editor that can be used for creating and arranging objects such as squares, circles and irregular shapes. This program is ideal for drawing illustrations and charts, or creating posters with drawings and carefully formatted text. Illustrator is currently at version 12 (called CS2 to reflect its integration with Adobe’s Creative Suite), and is available for both the Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Here are several free online tutorials for learning Adobe Illustrator, I hope these will help you learn how to use this graphics editing tool: Illustrator Tips and Tutorials from adobe.com: tinyurl.com/99tr3 40 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials: www.pixel2life.com/tutorials/Illustrator/All/?tut=17 21 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials: www.vecpix.com/tutorials/illustrator/ 11 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials: www.peachpit.com/articles/index.asp?st=42155 Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/ris/documentation/illustrator9/AdobeIllustrator.htm www.mtholyoke.edu/lits/ris/documentation/illustrator9/unique_fonts.htm Illustrator Basics: Shapes: www.gurusnetwork.com/tutorial/illustrator_basics_shapes/ Beginning Adobe Illustrator CS Free Online Class from hp.com (sign up for future): h30187.www3.hp.com/courses/overview.jsp?courseId=3312

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