Archive for April, 2010 Joomla! author Jen Kramer at CMS Expo

Published by | Friday, April 30th, 2010

The CMS Expo is taking place May 3-5 in Evanston, IL. author Jen Kramer is the Joomla track leader, and one of many talented speakers who will be featured. This event is a great place to dive deep into Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, and Plone, and get tips on CMS basics like CSS, PHP, and JavaScript, business (including marketing and social media), and the cool cutting edge stuff (mobile phone development, video, new databases).

Use the code lynda when you register, and receive a 10 percent discount.

Creative Inspirations features Bert Monroy’s stunning photorealistic illustration

Published by | Friday, April 30th, 2010

OK. Wrap your brains around this: A hyperrealistic, 180-degree panorama of Times Square in New York City illustrated in Photoshop. The finished piece when printed out will be 60 inches by 25 feet. The flattened Photoshop file is 11.7 gigabytes. There are roughly a half a million layers. And it has taken Bert three years to complete.

Times Square, soon to be exhibited at the School for Visual Arts Theatre in New York, is only part of the story of this gifted digital artist who started with paper and rubber cement, graduated to the first Macintosh in 1984 and co-wrote the first ever book on Photoshop. From his home and studio in Berkeley, California, Bert creates art like no other. He is driven to share his gift and his techniques. I’m betting you’ll be as riveted as I was when I met and interviewed Bert for this installment of Creative Inspirations in the Online Training Library®.

10 Adobe CS5 Essential Training courses released today

Published by | Friday, April 30th, 2010

Click on any one of the following images to view the trailer for that course:
Illustrator CS5 Essential Training Course Trailer Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training Course Trailer After Effects CS5 Essential Training Course Trailer
Encore CS5 Essential Training Course Trailer Fireworks CS5 Essential Training Course Trailer Flash Professional CS5 Essential Training Course Trailer
InDesign CS5 Essential Training Course Trailer Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training Course Trailer Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training Course Trailer
Photoshop CS5 Essential Training Course Trailer

We’ve very excited to release 10 more courses into the Online Training Library® covering the products in Adobe Creative Suite 5: Illustrator CS5 Essential Training, Dreamweaver CS5 Essential Training, After Effects CS5 Essential Training, Encore CS5 Essential Training, Fireworks CS5 Essential Training, Flash Professional CS5 Essential Training, InDesign CS5 Essential Training, Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, Soundbooth CS5 Essential Training, and Photoshop CS5 Essential Training.

Following the product announcement on April 12, released 10 Adobe CS5 New Features training courses, one Essential Training course, and a Creative Techniques course. There are now over 100 hours of Adobe CS5 training available in the Online Training Library®, with more being released in the coming weeks. featured in article about growing technology companies in Santa Barbara

Published by | Friday, April 30th, 2010 was recently profiled in a Santa Barbara Magazine feature, Silicon Beach, highlighting the relationship between the ‘yang’ of founders Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin, and the ‘yin’ of then CTO and CFO, Ning Wang (Ning has since been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and retains her position of CFO).

Read the article on the Santa Barbara Magazine web site.

Reminder: Trust me. I’m a trained professional.™ t-shirts sale ends Friday

Published by | Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Our sale ends at midnight PST on Friday, so here’s a reminder to get a women’s or men’s Trust me. I’m a trained professional.™ t-shirt for just $9.95 (that’s $5.00 off) while they are still available. Another reminder: use discount code TSHIRT to receive 40% off on UPS Ground shipping fees on all domestic orders.

Steve Johnson, senior partner manager, Melody Misiaszek, marketing project manager, Ryan Hannington, quality assurance lead, Megan Read, author relations manager, Steve Shura, training solutions advisor, Mary Fairchild, sales manager, Paige O’Brien, training solutions advisor. VP of content Michael Ninness on Adobe CS5

Published by | Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
Michael Ninness and David Blatner

Michael Ninness and David Blatner

Michael Ninness, former Group Product Manager for the Design Segment at Adobe, and new Vice President of Content at, sat down with fellow author David Blatner this week to respond to InDesign CS5 critics. Check out the interview and see if you agree with Michael.

Now that tax season is over, training can help small businesses plan for next year

Published by | Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

If you’re still muttering to yourself about the drama that accompanied filing your business taxes, it isn’t too late to streamline the process for 2010. Personal finance expert and author Bonnie Biafore has this advice:

“Before you forget, jot down the information you were missing, the reports you needed but didn’t have, and the journal entries your accountant had you record again this year,” says Biafore. “Then, log in to your QuickBooks company file. Set up accounts to track all your income and expenses the way you report it on your tax return. Customize some reports to match your accountant’s requests. And memorize last year’s journal entries so you can reuse them next time around.”

If you don’t already use QuickBooks, Bonnie’s QuickBooks Pro 2010 Essential Training gets you up to speed in setting up your books, running reports, and managing your company files. If you do use QuickBooks, this course offers great advice for getting the most out of all the core features in the latest version.

P.S. If you’re a spreadsheet addict who does all your financial planning and tracking in Excel, has courses for Excel users at all levels. Use Numbers? We’ve got that covered. Google Docs spreadsheets? That, too. author Bill Weinman delves into the details of Perl 5

Published by | Monday, April 26th, 2010

In Perl 5 Essential Training, author Bill Weinman explains the fundamentals of programming in Perl, a flexible and powerful programming language that’s well suited for projects as varied as simple scripts to complex web applications. This course covers the details of the language, from conditionals, loops, and data structures to regular expressions, functions, and object-oriented programming. A quick-start guide is included for experienced developers who want to get up and running with Perl 5 fast.