Archive for July, 2009

Get paid back in improved productivity: PCWorld reviews lynda.com for business

Published by | Monday, July 20th, 2009
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PCWorld's The Cost Cutter blog gives kudos to lynda.com for improving employee productivity and boosting business efficiency. That's exactly what we strive to do.

We’re really proud that lynda.com got this great review in PCWorld’s “The Cost Cutter” business blog.

“The nominal amount you’ll spend there could pay you back in improved productivity, as your workers become proficient at all of their applications,” says the review.

“If you or your employees are just muddling through Office, QuickBooks, Filemaker, Photoshop, or any other application, you’re wasting potential productivity. Invest just a few hours, learning your applications with video tutorials, and your business could get a boost in its efficiency.”

Read the full article on the PCWorld site.

lynda.com featured in careerbuilder.com

Published by | Thursday, July 16th, 2009

lynda.com was featured in a recent article on careerbuilder.com called 15 Companies Hiring in July:

“Job seekers should be able to highlight some of their career accomplishments when applying for these jobs. Monetta Williams of lynda.com, a company that trains people on digital technology, wants to hire someone who will bring results.”

Read the full article on careerbuilder.com. And if you’re looking for a job, check out our listings.

Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils key recording and editing techniques

Published by | Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Pro Tools 8 Essential Training unveils the inner workings of the industry-standard software for music and post-production. Musician, producer, and educator David Franz demonstrates all the concepts and techniques necessary for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering in Avid’s Pro Tools 8. He teaches how to create music with virtual instruments and plug-ins, edit with elastic audio for time and pitch manipulation, create a musical score, and mix with effects loops. This course can help any music producer, sound engineer, or hobbyist become proficient in Pro Tools 8.

Introducing: Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland – plus #40, Reset & Purge

Published by | Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

America likes its lists, and here’s another one we’ll be publishing every Tuesday on the lynda.com blog. Imaging expert and award-winning author Deke McClelland presents his list of the top 40 features in Photoshop—beginning with #40 and working his way up to #1—one weekly video at a time. Some are tools, others are commands, still others are conceptual. All are invaluable. Learn these 40 features and you’ll know Photoshop.

And because we couldn’t wait to see what the first tip is, we’re rebelling against convention and playing next week’s video THIS week. So, without further ado, here’s Deke’s Photoshop Top 40: #40 – Reset and purge!

Windows 7 RC Beta Preview: Why we create training for beta software

Published by | Thursday, July 9th, 2009

I am proud to announce we have just released our Windows 7 RC Beta Preview title – check out David Rivers’ post that includes an introductory movie to the course. This title focuses on Microsoft Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), the public beta version of their upcoming operating system and successor to Windows Vista.

Now, I am guessing some of you might be asking why we would create video training for beta software releases. I can imagine the comments and questions:

qIsn’t the Microsoft Windows 7 Release Candidate going to have a short shelf life and be obsolete in a few months?

aYes, that is correct; Windows 7 will be publically available to the masses on October 22nd. Even so, we remain committed to offering a complete education experience and want to make sure you know as much as possible about upcoming software releases. Besides, think of all the new things you can learn in a few months! For us, that is a priceless opportunity to provide you with more great training – beta version or not! In this case, with the public beta access we had the unique opportunity to provide training you can access before the software is available for purchase. As this is the largest operating system upgrade in the last 4+ years, we know many of you want to determine if this upgrade is right for you.

qNo other online video training company is publishing content for beta software. Why release this training for beta software?

aWe’ve always put our passion for teaching and sharing information ahead of everything else. We aren’t focused on what other companies are doing; we would rather focus on following our passion and helping you navigate this major software release. It’s our hope this title will not only give you a good working knowledge of the software and help you decide if you want to invest in this new operating system for your PC.

qDoes this mean you won’t be releasing any other Windows 7 video training content?

aThis is just the beginning; we will have a lot more training for Windows 7 and other upcoming Microsoft products, including our upcoming Windows 7 Essential Training. Our continued goal is to make sure we have the training you want, and when you need it. The release of Windows 7 RC Beta Preview also gives us the opportunity to hear your thoughts on this training content before we release our Windows 7 Essential Training title. For you, this means you have an opportunity to help us develop the final video training course! For us, this means we have the opportunity to develop the training so it’s even more relevant to your training needs. Please be sure to post your comments below or send an email to garo@lynda.com. We want to know what you liked and what you didn’t!

We really hope you enjoy this training, find it useful, and feel more prepared for the next version of Microsoft Windows.

Happy learning!

Windows 7 RC Preview takes you under the hood of Microsoft Windows 7

Published by | Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Microsoft Windows 7 Release Candidate public beta is here and it’s yours for the taking! And the lynda.com newly released preview training for Windows 7, Windows 7 RC Preview, takes you under the hood of Microsoft’s successor to Windows Vista, exploring what’s new and enhanced in Microsoft’s newest operating system.

Many people resisted the jump from Windows XP to Vista, and for the most part, I would have to agree they had good reason. Windows 7 is not just a prettier version of Windows Vista. It’s stable, it’s fast, it’s secure, and it’s loaded with new and improved features designed to create a superb windows experience. In Windows 7 RC Preview, I tackle those features – not just telling you about them, but also guiding you through the steps to use them properly.

For example, the user interface contains a number of improvements to make life easier when performing those repetitive tasks, like searching for files and programs, switching between open programs, and arranging windows. You’ll be able to follow along with me as we explore and test these features with real programs and sample files.

In this title, we’ll also explore the new or enhanced windows apps and utilities included with Windows 7, including one that is sure appeal to those Windows XP users who are still nervous about changing their OS. If you’re thinking that upgrading to Windows 7 means you won’t be able to use those programs that run in Windows XP only, think again. I’ll show you how to setup and use the new Windows XP Mode to run your XP programs in a separate window, side by side with your Windows 7 programs.

Connecting to networks and connecting devices to your computer just became simpler in Windows 7, too, so we’ll be sure to explore features like Home Group, Device Stage, and Location Aware Printing in this title.

With the release of Windows 7 come new versions of Internet Explorer and Windows Live Essentials. Instant search capabilities, accelerators, and web slices in Internet Explorer 8 are exciting features that are covered in detail in this title. And if staying connected online is important to you, our coverage of the latest and greatest in Windows Live Essentials will help you to communicate online, synchronize your files online, and even share them securely.

Windows 7 will truly be considered a quality release and it has me excited for many reasons. As I researched for this title, the new features and enhancements had me blurting out “Wow!” on more than one occasion. I can’t wait to show you why.

Get inspired: New Creative Inspirations title with Rick Smolan

Published by | Monday, July 6th, 2009

Lynda interviews Rick Smolan.

Lynda interviews Rick Smolan.

We recently released an amazing new Creative Inspirations title on former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer, Rick Smolan. Rick published the popular Day in the Life and 24/7 book series, among many other gorgeous works. Rick talks about how he became a photographer, what drives him to do the kind of work he does, discusses the ethics of photojournalism and talks with Lynda about his history and impact on multimedia publishing and digital technology. It’s really not to be missed.

We’re website of the day at geeksugar.com

Published by | Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

We’re proud to have been chosen as a Website of the Day at geeksugar.com for our library’s potential for helping you “stay on top of your game,” helping to get the job you want, and possibly opening up additional job possibilities. Thanks geeksugar!