Sometimes you want to watch an entire lynda.com course to learn a new skill, and other times you need the answer to a specific question. But when your search terms apply to multiple content areas, you may end up with search results that are of little help.
Recent improvements to our website now allow you to easily refine your search results to quickly find what you need. I will walk you through two examples.
We hope you have had a chance to organize courses you want to watch into playlists. We’ve expanded this feature, and now you can share your playlists too (and create an unlimited number of playlists!). Give your playlist a name and description, and then email a link to your friends and colleagues or post it to Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Share playlists to help others follow the same path, recommend a list, or to show what you’ve accomplished.
Creating a playlist
Get started by creating a new playlist. Make sure you’re logged in to your account, and then add courses to a new or existing playlist from the flyout menu on the + button. Create new playlists on the spot when you select add to a new playlist… from the flyout menu or select go to playlists to view and manage all of your playlists.
Sharing a playlist
Go to your playlists page by selecting playlists from my courses in the black bar at the top of any lynda.com page. Choose which playlist you want to share, and then click edit near the playlist name to add an optional description for the people you’re sharing it with.
Check the box next to share and we’ll generate a unique public URL for your playlist.
Now that Microsoft has officially launched Office 365, we’d like to introduce you to our lineup of new Office training content.
You can use our new playlist feature to create your own personalized Office learning path. First determine which version of Office you’ll be using: Will you be starting with the cloud-based subscription Office 365? Or will you be taking the more traditional route with Office 2013? Note: if you are running Office 365 on a Windows 7 or 8, your version of Office will have the new features of Office 2013.
If you’re unfamiliar with the new Microsoft subscription model, I would suggest adding both David Rivers’s Up and Running with Office 365 and Curt Frye’s Up and Running with Office Web Apps to your playlist. David’s course introduces the Office 365 subscription model and how it works. Curt’s course takes you into the individual applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
The best course to start with to get an overall view of the latest Office features is David Rivers’s Office 2013 New Features. David walks you through the major applications in the suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, OneNote, and Outlook. Get a peek at integrating Office with the cloud. David covers the changes to the user interface, key new features, and product enhancements.
David Rivers shows you the suite.
David Rivers takes you through the changes in Office 2013.
David Rivers shows you how to use SkyDrive with Office 2013.
Once you’ve watched Office 2013 New Features, you’ll probably be ready to dive into your favorite Office application. We have more coming over the next few weeks, but to start you off we have Essential Training courses ready for SharePoint, Excel, Word, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
If you use SharePoint, start off with Gini Courter’s SharePoint Foundation 2013 Essential Training. The Essential Training covers all the basics and features. You’ll also get a deeper look at how SharePoint integrates with all the Office applications.
Next up is David Rivers’s Word 2013 Essential Training. Learn the basics of creating and editing documents, using templates and building blocks, sharing and collaborating in documents, and working with tables.
If Access is more your thing, then take a look at Adam Wilbert’s course on Access 2013 Essential Training. Adam demonstrates how to create and work with tables, forms, reports, and macros and how to use that data in other Office applications such as Excel and Word.
We’ve just added a new playlist feature on lynda.com that lets members create multiple lists of courses. Members can now build as many as 10 playlists, with the queue acting as the primary playlist.
Use playlists to set and manage learning goals. For example, if you want to master Photoshop, you might create a playlist of Photoshop and design courses to help you reach that goal. Or, create multiple playlists to organize courses already in your queue.
Add courses to your playlists
To start, log in to your lynda.com account. Add a course to one or more of your playlists from the flyout menu on the + button. Create new playlists on the spot when you select add to a new playlist… from the flyout menu or select go to playlists to view and manage all of your playlists.
Find playlists on the lynda.com homepage
Once you’re logged in, access the courses in your playlists from the my courses area on the lynda.com homepage. If you have multiple playlists, the dropdown menu will show them all. Select a playlist, and you’ll see the first five courses in that playlist. Click view all to go the playlists page, which includes your queue and all your playlists. You can also navigate to the playlists page from my courses in the top navigation bar on any lynda.com page.
On the playlists page you can see all of your playlists, create a new playlist, and reorganize the courses in your playlists. To reprioritize the courses in a playlist, click on a course, drag it, and then drop it where you like. Or grab a course, drag it, and then drop it in to a different playlist.
To learn more and to see playlists in action, watch lynda.com author Garrick Chow demonstrate how to add, find, and manage your playlists in our how-to video:
We want to know what you think!
Let us know what you think of playlists by posting in the comments section below, or contact us via the site feedback button in the bottom right corner of every lynda.com page.
Right on schedule Adobe has released another update to Adobe Muse and this time the focus is on creating mobile friendly sites. While the last update had bits and pieces for a variety of users, this time the update is mainly focused on adding the ability to create tablet and smartphone optimized websites from Adobe Muse. We have updated Muse Essential Training again to help you stay on top of the latest features and enhancements that have been added. For a more detailed look at what has been added, please read the following list of new features, changes, fixes.
Mobile Friendly Features
• Swipe within widgets: This provides gesture support within widgets; that is, swipe to move through a slideshow when Horizontal transition is selected.
• Menus: This includes menu and submenu selection via touch (bug fixes)
• Touch Support: Widgets and links work on tablet and phone devices; tapping on the link shows the Mousedown state. On Android devices, it shows the Mousedown state while your finger is on the item, and shows rollover when your finger leaves it. iOS devices show the rollover once your finger has stopped touching it, which is native behavior.
• Hyperlinks: Automatic redirects to device-specific layouts. When you browse a Muse site on a smartphone or tablet, the code generated by Muse will automatically load the appropriate layout for the device. You can also explicitly link to a page designed for a different device (i.e., a link for “Show Mobile Site”).
• Pinning Tablet/Smartphone Layouts: Due to lack of support on some tablet and smartphone browsers, pinning is disabled in Muse for tablet and smartphone layouts.
• Sticky Footer option: When selected this option maintains the minimum height for the page as the browser window height. There the page footer “sticks” to the bottom of the page until/unless the page is taller than the browser window. It is available in a separate Site Plan and in turn unique layouts for Master and Page Properties dialogs. Default behavior is off for existing .muse files from prior Muse versions and on for all new sites created in Muse.
• Site Plan: Now includes the ability to create a separate Site Plan and in turn a unique layout for Desktop, Tablet, and Phone layouts. There may or may not be a one-to-one relationship for pages between these layouts.
• Add Layout: This option offers support for copying Site Plan and Master/Page backgrounds when creating second and third site layouts for a tablet and/or smartphone.
• Viewport Scaling: Sites generated from Muse will rely on Viewport Scaling to ensure that a webpage will “fill” the width of the current screen of tablet or smartphone devices, both in landscape and portrait orientation.
• Device Preview: Muse Preview now has the ability to reflect the dimensions of a target device (smartphone or tablet). Multiple device types are included in a Preview Device dropdown. Note that Preview displays the height and width of the device, but does not attempt to simulate device-specific features or nuances for the browser on a given device.
• CAPTCHA — The Forms widget now includes a CAPTCHA field option to prevent automated form submissions (spam). Form widgets in general and the CAPTCHA option require server-side support and thus require hosting on Adobe Business Catalyst.
• Search/filter: Hyperlink dropdown menu (consistent with Font dropdown menu) allows search and partial filtering.
• Device specific: Hyperlinks dropdown has been revised to differentiate between pages in Desktop, Tablet, or Phone layouts.
• Link support for mobile: Phone numbers (e.g., tel:2065551212) and email addresses (e.g., mailto:email@example.com) result in touch-enabled links to a smartphone dialer or mail client.
Go To Page
• Go to Page (Command + J): Quickly go to any page on your Adobe Muse site. Press Command+J, then type in the page name you want to go to.
Recently lynda.com released lyndaEnterprise, the newest lynda.com multi-user solution. lyndaEnterprise is an opportunity for any kind of company, whether you need to help designers keep their skills sharp, or your focus is more on smooth software transitions.
With lyndaEnterprise, employees quickly set up their own accounts from the company’s network without any setup administration. Members then get unlimited access to lynda.com anytime, anywhere, on PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones.
Intended for both beginners and experienced veterans, lyndaEnterprise allows employees to choose what to learn, set their own pace, and track their usage with course-tracking reports (which are available company-wide as well as individually).
If you’re interested in lyndaEnterprise or any of our multi-user products, use the Contact Us form on the lyndaEnterprise homepage to reach a Sales representative.
Our new queue feature lets you create a list of courses that interest you, prioritize them, save them for future viewing, and track your course completion progress over time. Want more information about the queue? Watch lynda.com author Garrick Chow give a demonstration:
Add courses to your queue
Log in to your lynda.com account. Add a course to your queue with the + button. These + buttons will appear almost everywhere a course title is listed. For more options, click the arrow button to select add to top of queue or go to queue. The first option, add to top of queue, will add this course to the top of your list of stored courses. The second option, go to queue, will take you to the queue page, where you can manage your list.
Once you’re logged in, the lynda.com homepage features the new My courses pod with tabs that show the first five courses in your queue and course history. Note: you must be logged in for queue to appear.
The queue area of lynda.com can be accessed in three ways:
By selecting go to queue from the arrow button to the right of the + button (see “How to add courses to my queue” section above).
By going to the my courses menu in the top navigation bar on any lynda.com page.
By selecting the queue tab within the lynda.com My courses homepage-pod and clicking the view all link at the bottom.
You can prioritize and manage all your courses on the queue page. Drag and drop courses to quickly reorder your list, or type numbers into the priority boxes to chronologically organize your courses in the order you want them to appear. To confirm your reorganization, hit enter/return or click on the update queue button on the bottom left.
We want to know what you think!
Let us know what you think of the new queue by posting in the comments section below, or contact us via the site feedback button in the bottom right corner of every lynda.com page.
Earlier this week, Adobe released a public beta version of Lightroom 4, its popular photo-editing and asset-management software for Macs and Windows PCs. The new version is free for the testing: you can download it, try it out, and provide feedback that may influence the final version.
To help you get up to speed with what’s new, we’ve published Photoshop Lightroom 4 Beta Preview with Chris Orwig. It’s a two-hour tour of Lightroom 4′s new features including its enhanced photo- and video-editing features, its ability to tag your photos to a map, and its Blurb book-layout module.
And because free is a very good price, we’ve made the entire course free, meaning, you don’t have to be a lynda.com member in order to watch it. But as they say on the TV commercials for knives that can slice through Kryptonite, act now to take advantage of this limited-time offer. The Lightroom 4 beta software expires at the end of March, and when it does, we’ll retire this course.
We will be updating the blog periodically with posts that spotlight some of Lightroom 4′s new features, but if you’re curious to see what’s new right now, download the beta preview and check out Chris’s course. Just keep in mind that the software is in prerelease form. It likely has bugs, and you shouldn’t use it for anything critical, including slicing through Kryptonite.