Archive for March, 2010 iPhone App version 1.0.2 now available

Published by | Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
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The latest version of the free iPhone App, version 1.0.2, is now available for download. It has iPad support, full screen scrolling on course detail screens, and improves general app stabilization.

If you have a previous version of the iPhone App installed, open the App Store app on your iPhone or iPod touch, and click on the Updates icon. It should be listed as an available update in the App Store.

If you haven’t installed the iPhone App yet, head over to our iPhone App page and click on the Download from the App Store button. It will take you directly to the iPhone App page on iTunes.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #3 – Image Size

Published by | Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The essential Image Size command lets you scale an image on screen or in print. In this week’s Photoshop Top 40 Countdown episode, Deke explains resampling and resolution, both of which affect the core quality of digital photographs.

Microsoft Silverlight, technology and education, ColdFusion, and Windows Phone

Published by | Friday, March 26th, 2010

Our authors have been busy as usual! Check out the latest news on conferences, speaking events, webinars, and blogs from a few of our fine authors:

Walt RitscherAuthor Walt Ritscher is going to have a busy month. In April, he is speaking at three different Microsoft Silverlight conferences. Check him out at one near you:

April 17-18, 2010: Seattle Code Camp v5.0—Two full days of talking about code with fellow developers. Sessions will range from informal “chalk talks” to presentations. There will be a mix of presenters, some experienced folks, for some it may be their first opportunity to speak in public. We are expecting to see people from throughout the Pacific Northwest region and beyond.

April 26th: Silverlight User Group talk in New York. Join NYC WPF & Silverlight Meetup to get location information and RSVP.

April 27-29th: Devscovery Conference in New York, NY—Devscovery is a three-day multi-track indepth technical conference produced by Wintellect. In 2010, Devscovery will provide 33 technical sessions to cater to the intermediate to advanced developer.

Laurie Burruss, Simon AllardiceJoin authors Laurie Burruss ( Senior Director of Education) and Simon Allardice for MoblEd10 in Pasadena, CA April 19- 20. Explore how mobile technologies are impacting the ways we learn, work, and play anytime, anywhere, and everywhere. Register today.

Dan ShortDan Short, author of the new ColdFusion Builder Essential Training course, gave a great ColdFusion Builder webinar this week. ColdFusion Builder is Adobe’s first dedicated development environment for programmers of ColdFusion-based Internet applications. If you missed the webinar, you can watch the recorded content online.

Joe author and Product Manager for the Microsoft Windows Phone, Joe Marini, has launched the IE for Windows Phone Team Weblog. If you are looking for updates on the Windows Phone, mobile development tips and sample code, this is a great resource.

The story: Bruce’s 10 things

Published by | Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Bruce distills his core beliefs into ten inspiring thoughts that he shares with a riveted Santa Barbara AIGA audience. A sample: #7 – Do what you love, and do it really, really, really well. These philosophies are at the center of why is a special place to learn, work, and grow.

We invite you to view the entire story on

Inspiration at any age

Published by | Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Lynda's photo by Chris Orwig. Used with permission.

I recently ran across an article that listed 11 famous people who were in what they defined as their “wrong” job at the age of 30. The household names listed had simply not found their calling yet, or, had tried to make it, but gave up to do something else before stumbling back into their eventual fields. The celebrities listed (people like Andrea Bocelli, Sylvester Stallone, Martha Stewart, Julia Childs) all ended up in the careers that made them famous after the age of 30.

One of the reasons I love working at is Lynda Weinman, who is always encouraging others to try new things, make mistakes, and learn from experiences. Like the 11 celebs I read about, Lynda didn’t find her true calling until she was in her 30s. You can hear more about her personal and business history in The Story.

I couldn’t think of a better time to share the commencement speech that Lynda wrote and presented at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA last March. It seems fitting to post this on Ada Lovelace Day, a day that honors women in technology by blogging about them. I hope it inspires and encourages you to try new things, and keep striving to find your calling.

Photoshop Top 40 Countdown with Deke McClelland: #4 – Navigation

Published by | Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Photoshop lets you modify your view of an image using a variety of tools, commands, and options. But you don’t need a single one of them. Learn a few navigational shortcuts and you’ll be working at maximum efficiency in no time.

Lynda on the radio today

Published by | Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

AM1400 KKZZOur very own Lynda Weinman will be interviewed live on the radio this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. PST. If you are in Ventura County, listen in at KKZZ AM 1400.

For everyone else, catch the live stream on No matter where you’re listening, don’t hesitate to call (805) 639-0008 or email questions to for Lynda before and during the show.

Dingbat fonts: Ready-made ornaments, symbols, and shapes

Published by | Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Although most people have dozens if not hundreds of fonts installed on their computers in the form of serif, sans-serif, mono-spaced, and script fonts, an often overlooked font type is the dingbat font. On the computer you’re using right now, especially if you have a version of Microsoft Office installed, you probably have at least a handful of dingbat fonts available such Webdings, Wingdings, or Zapf Dingbats.

Unlike other types of fonts, which are collections of letters, special characters, and punctuation marks, dingbat fonts are collections of unique non-letter ornaments, symbols, and shapes. You’ve most likely checked out the dingbat fonts while trying to format a document, only to quickly dismiss them when you found there were no letters in those fonts. But dingbats can really come in handy at certain times.

Zapf dingbats features checkmarks, stars, scissors, and other useful icons.

For example, Zapf Dingbats is a large collection of stylized stars, checkmarks, scissor, and pencil icons, and other items that could be used for bulleted lists, flyers, or the like.

Wingdings includes mailboxes, pointing fingers, and the Apple Command key symbol.

Wingdings has flags, pointing fingers, religious symbols, and the cloverleaf command symbol found on Apple keyboards.

Webdings includes common signage and symbols, including a ribbon, the 'don't do what's inside this circle' symbol, and an information icon.

And many designers know that typing the letter C in the Webdings font is a quick way to create a single checkbox or even a series of boxes for credit card numbers on a form.

So take some time to browse through the dingbat type fonts installed on your computer, and you may find a couple of ornaments or shapes that will save you the time of firing up your image editing software to create graphics from scratch.