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Creative Suites – Do You Know What You Are Missing

Posted in Did you Know? on December 18, 2007 by

By now you will have heard of some application suite identifiers such as CS2 or CS3, but you might not know what they deliver. The “CS” stands for Creative Suite, and “3” identifies the latest version. This particular group of Adobe design applications is all about publication development from websites to brochures and posters. Each application has specific fortes but they may be easily integrated into each other for impressive results. If you are serious about writing or graphic design, the following applications will be of interest to you…and keep in mind ITS TRAINING offers instruction for all levels: Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign Call us for more information!

MS OFFICE 2007 Compatibility Issues

Posted in Did you Know? on December 18, 2007 by

If you are the first on your block to use MS OFFICE 2007, keep in mind that any files created in the application can not be opened in an earlier Office Suite. For example, saving a new Word document creates a “DOCX” extension. In order to make this file readable as a Word 2003 file, the document must be saved again in 2003 format to ensure compatibility. (Better yet it should be saved as a PDF before distributing!).
On the other hand, if you’ve received a 2007 file that you can’t open with your 2003 office version, consider downloading a compatibility pack from the Microsoft Site which will convert the file into a readable format.

Training Schedule for the Week of December 17th

Posted in Uncategorized on December 18, 2007 by

Microsfot Outlook Tasks, Notes, Categries and Rules, Rm 161, Library
December 17, 2007 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Word – Footnotes, Figures, & Master Documents Workshop, John Mitchell Rm 281
December 18, 2007 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
UniFi – Extended FAST Queries, Kirk Hall 146
December 18, 2007 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Teaching with Clickers Arts 110A
December 19, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Training Schedule for the Week of December 10th

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2007 by

Digital Imagery – Introduction Course, Rm 175, Physics
December 10, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm and
December 12, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Office 2007 – “What’s New” Seminar, Rm 119, Kirk Hall
December 11, 2007 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Dreamweaver – Introduction Course, Arts 110A
December 11, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and
December 13, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
UniFi Plus – Demo (v7) Arts 214
December 12, 2007 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
UniFi Plus – Demo (v7), Arts 214
December 13, 2007 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
SiRIUS Permit/Override, John Mitchell 281
December 13, 2007 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Student Assignment Submissions in Blackboard 6 – You Asked…

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2007 by

Q. In WebCT 4, I used to be able to download all my student assignment submissions at one time to my computer so I could review them. They would download as a zip file that contained each students’ assignment submissions as a separate, identifiable folder. I can’t seem to find where this functionality is in Blackboard 6.
A. It is NOT surprising that you might not be able to easily find this functionality, as where it lives has changed SIGNIFICANTLY!

  1. Select the Teach tab
  2. Select Assignment Drop Box from the Instructor Tools pane
  3. Select the particular tab view you want in the Assignment Drop Box (ie, Submitted vs Not Submitted, etc)
  4. Select your View By: preference (this is a pulldown menu on the top right side, by default it is set to “All Assignments”
  5. Use the checkboxes to the left of the listed assignments to select the ones you want to review. If you want ALL of the listed assignments, click the checkbox at the very top of the list, to the left of the “Title” header
    NOTE: You may need to change your paging options (at the bottom of the window) to show ALL the assignments if they aren’t all listed on your first page
  6. (Here’s the not too obvious bit) Click the Create Printable View button at the bottom of the list of assignments.
  7. Once you have done that, it will create a printable view of the assignments you selected, including grades, comments and attachment names
  8. At the bottom of the listing of the printable assignments, there is a button titled “Save to File”. Clicking this button will save all those “printable views” into a zip file, which you can then download.
  9. Once you download and extract the zip file, you will be left with a folder filled with folders titled with Assignment Name, student name and a number.

Just in case anyone out there is still typing out a Table of Contents manually…

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2007 by

If you’ve been applying styles to your MS Word documents, you have the added convenience of generating a Table of Contents (TOC) with a few simple keystrokes:

  1. Open a document that has styles applied to it and create a blank page at the beginning of the document.
  2. Type a heading for the contents page and press the Enter key.
  3. To generate the TOC, from the main menu, select Insert|Reference|Index and Tables…
  4. Click on the Table of Contents tab and change the options as desired

Or just press OK to see the TOC appear before your eyes.
The TOC may be updated a number of ways, but an easy method is to:

  1. Make changes in the actual document.
  2. Return to the TOC, click on it and press F9.
  3. Click OK at the update prompt.

Windows Vista – What is ReadyBoost?

Posted in Did you Know? on December 2, 2007 by

Windows ReadyBoost, a new technology employed by the Vista operating system, allows you to use removable flash memory such as a USB drive to augment the computer’s RAM and boost performance. You can even specify how much space should be allocated from the flash memory. In order to be used for this purpose, a USB device must be between 256MB and 4GB, with at least 64MB of free space, and must support USB 2.0.
Note, as soon as the flash drive is removed, system performance returns to its usual level.