Archive for August, 2009

Meet three fantastic authors, straight from the recording booths at

Published by | Friday, August 28th, 2009

Clockwise starting at top: Jeff Sengstack, Simon Allardice, Curt Frye.

Straight from the recording booths this week, we have three FANTASTIC authors who may be familiar faces…

Jeff Sengstack, author of Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, is back in the booth to bring us a few new and interesting courses that we will share with you soon!

Simon Allardice, all the way from Scottsdale (by way of Scotland), is in recording the highly anticipated iPhone SDK Essential Training. Simon is one of our original instructors from the Ojai classroom days, and recorded the UltraDev 4 course for us way back in 2002. We are thrilled he is finally able to make time in his busy schedule to get back in our booth!

Finally, Curt Frye, who released his first course (Excel 2007: Financial Analysis) with us just this week (congrats Curt!), is in town recording two more greatly needed Excel courses: Excel 2007: Pivot Tables for Data Analysis and Excel 2008 for Mac: Pivot Tables for Data Analysis.

Thanks for coming back for more, guys! We look forward to seeing you in the booth again next time!

Avoiding common mistakes in Excel 2007

Published by | Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Numbers and financial data drive today’s business world and the goal of Excel 2007: Financial Analysis is to help decode this information. Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and Excel specialist Curt Frye teaches basic fluency in corporate finance, enabling users to see the meaning behind essential financial calculations. In this tutorial, Curt explains how to avoid common mistakes in Excel 2007 to assure fomula accuracy and correct spreadsheet value results.

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Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #34 – Save for Web & Devices

Published by | Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

If you’re creating web graphics, then there’s no substitute for the Save for Web & Devices option in Photoshop. It disposes of non-essential data, reduces file sizes to their absolute minimum, and converts the image to sRGB, the color space of the people. Deke shows us how.

Back to School Online Training Library® deals for teachers, students and schools

Published by | Monday, August 24th, 2009


You already know how passionate we are about teaching, and we’re honored and thrilled that our service is used by thousands of teachers to better their personal skills and enhance classroom teaching.

We recently launched an academic program for campus-wide licenses that allow students, staff, and teachers to access the Online Training Library® from anywhere on their network using existing campus login credentials. We also have special programs for classroom training, and have a three-month semester-long membership that we think is an ideal gift for students heading off to college. If you want to learn more about our programs, a good start is our Never Stop Learning page.

Author news: Meet Soundtrack Pro 3 trainer & new author Rick Allen Lippert

Published by | Friday, August 21st, 2009

I caught up with first-time author Rick Allen Lippert this week, and had the pleasure of learning about his start in broadcasting, love of creative writing, and even who some of his heros are.

Rick is in town this week recording Soundtrack Pro 3 Essential Training for us, and how lucky we are to have him! As an Apple Certified Pro Apps Instructor, Adjunct Professor at several Oklahoma colleges, and owner of his own production company (Lippert Media LLC), he is a very busy bee, and all around nice person. Since his days as an undergrad, he’s known that he was not born to be a business major (perhaps to his parents’ chagrin), but rather Lippert found inspiration at the local college radio station in broadcasting. His career path has taken him in front of, and behind the camera, and as a teacher now, he relishes the opportunity to inspire young minds, and encourage them to find their own paths.

When talking to Rick, it’s clear that he has a great deal of experience in broadcasting. I asked him what he found impressive and inspiring and he was quick to list: Good writing, powerful screenplays, and the gift of storytelling. His heroes have always been writers. When I asked him to name a few, he quickly mentioned Woody Allen, Mark Twain, Bob Dotson, and Garrison Keillor.

Rick is just about halfway through recording this Soundtrack Pro course for us, and we are already hoping he’ll come back for more! We are sure you will enjoy his training style, deep knowledge of the software, and his captivating delivery.

Digital literacy is a key job skill, according to MMLI

Published by | Thursday, August 20th, 2009

The Modern Media Leadership Institute recently blogged about the importance of digital literacy and how it “is critical in life and in every kind of job and organization.” Among other suggestions to improve digital literacy, MMLI recommends taking a class on creating, uploading, and tagging digital media, and named as a resource for classes. Read the entire blog entry from Modern Media Leadership Institute.

New feature: Share information on every Online Training Library® course

Published by | Thursday, August 20th, 2009
SHARE button on each course listing

We've added a new feature: Each course now has the option to easily email, print, and share about it on multiple social networks or blog services with minimal clicks. Try it!

Even if you’ve never clicked on it, by now you may have noticed a Share button like the one above on many of your favorite sites. Its purpose is to expedite the sharing of news stories, blog posts, and other page content to one or more social networks, other blogs, or simply sending to your printer or bookmarks list.


Each of the courses in the Online Training Library® now has its own AddThis Share button, located just under the course release date. If you want to share information about and a link back to the course, click on the Share button, then choose the method of sharing you prefer.

Sharing on Facebook, for example, gives the option to post the link to your profile or sending the information in a private message to one or more of your Facebook friends. Sharing on Twitter automatically creates a shortened URL and transfers it to Twitter, ready for you to tweet.

Enjoy! And if you like this or any of our blog posts, the Share button is down here waiting for you at the bottom left of every post.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #35 – Refine Edge

Published by | Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Photoshop offers lots of tools for automating selections, but two stand out from the pack: The first, Refine Edge, lets you modify your selection using five different parameters and preview the results in five different ways. Deke McClelland shows how to use Refine Edge in episode #35 of the Photoshop Top 40 Countdown.