Start your week off right. Get a new happiness tip every Monday to help you live a happier life. Coach Chris Croft provides practical, actionable techniques for finding more time for the things you love and maximizing your day-to-day happiness. Over the coming year, he'll release over 50 tips, on topics such as understanding your options, focusing on the bigger picture, being grateful, savoring experiences, choosing how you spend your time, and more!
As brands, studios, and performers look to make a statement in a media-saturated world, a range of multi-faceted design firms are creating fascinating work beyond the constraints of traditional screens and linear timelines. In this course, learn how to fuse multiple disciplines using real-time graphics software to create engaging content for deployment beyond the traditional screen.
This course focuses on using interactive hardware controllers to drive real-time 3D scenes in TouchDesigner and Unreal Engine. In TouchDesigner, look at a MIDI controller with sliders that you can use to drive the creation of effects in a real-time rendering system. Next, learn about using TouchOSC to build a custom UI that you can transfer to an iPad that sends OSC messages to TouchDesigner. Then, learn how to use those messages to move particles and objects around on screen. To wrap up, learn how to get data off of a Kinect sensor into TouchDesigner so you can control that same particle and object movement. The course also covers MIDI, OSC, and Kinect as they apply to Unreal Engine. (Author: Scott Pagano)
Add flexibility to your illustration process and achieve high-quality results by exploring digital compositing—combining layers of visual information into a single, adjustable illustration. In this course, comic illustrator and digital artist Daniel Lieske shows you how to bring your digital illustrations to the next level. Daniel demonstrates how to split objects and background elements into separate visual components—like light, color, and reflections—and how to use these elements in your final composite. This hands-on course goes beyond classic illustration techniques to help you expand your creative process and even handle rendering of challenging lighting effects including ambient light, sunlight, bounce light, and specular highlights.
The need for connection, respect, engagement, and fulfillment doesn't shut off when you walk into the office. In fact, recognizing the power of these basic needs can help you unlock new opportunities and thrive professionally. In this course, Jodi Glickman reveals how to cultivate a spirit of love at work by building relationships, increasing engagement, and being authentic. She explains why adopting a love-oriented mindset at work is vital, and explains how to get started using the GIFT model—generosity, initiative, forward momentum, and transparency—to get ahead in your career.
For many developers, the computer games they played as kids sparked their interest in programming. While most developers end up building business applications and tools instead of games, even non-game developers can write apps that run on the Xbox One. In this course, Walt Ritscher walks step-by-step through building a video app that runs on all Windows 10 devices. Learn how to set up a development environment on your Xbox. Explore reasons to create a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app on a PC, mobile device, Xbox One, and more.
Already comfortable with a few essential Swift programming concepts? Apply those budding skills to the creation of a practical application—a long-exposure calculator. In this project-based, hands-on course, follow Mike Wong as he walks you step-by-step through the elements of the app, what the finished product will look like, and how to write the code. Plus, learn how to customize your app by adding a splash screen, setting the background color and fonts, adding instruction screens, and more.
Demonstrate your knowledge of PowerPoint by becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). This course, created by certified MOS Master Instructor Megan Hoffman, prepares you for exam 77-729. She covers the five main areas of the PowerPoint 2016 MOS exam: creating and managing presentations; inserting and formatting text, shapes, and images; inserting tables, charts, SmartArt, and media; applying transitions and animations; and managing multiple presentations.
Megan begins with an overview of the certification program. She then walks through all of the certification objectives, and provides you with downloadable sample documents so you can get hands-on experience with each of the concepts as you go. The course concludes with a full-length practice test that emulates the PowerPoint 2016 MOS exam, together with solutions to each of the exam challenges.
Learning how to speak the language of the "Twitterverse" can help you tap into a worldwide conversation and express—in 140 characters or less—your own ideas and opinions. In this course, learn the ins and outs of Twitter, one of the world's most prominent social media platforms. Explore the conventions and lingo of the microblogging social network, including tweets, retweets, direct messages, follows, and mentions. Discover how to create an account, write tweets, include images and links in your tweets, find people you know or who have shared interests, download and install the Twitter app on a mobile device, and more. (Author: Jess Stratton)
If you're preparing for exam 70-346, Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements, or you just want to improve your Office 365 administration skills, then this course is for you. Instructor Brian Culp looks at three objectives in the Monitor and Troubleshoot Office 365 Availability and Usage section of the exam—analyzing reports, monitoring service health, and isolating service interruptions. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to tackle this section of the exam, and will have a better understanding of the troubleshooting and reporting tools available to Office 365 admins.
Delegates can be tricky, even for seasoned iOS developers. If you've ever been frustrated getting data from one storyboard scene to another using delegates, then this concise course is for you. Get the foundation you need to understand delegates and the theory of how they work. View examples demonstrating the steps to build a delegate in both the iOS and watchOS context, and learn about the delegate's sister, the data source. The course wraps up with a demonstration of a factory method in iOS for two classes that use a data source. (Author: Steven Lipton)
Following a user-centered design technique puts you more in touch with your users' true needs, which helps you develop solutions that really work for your intended audience. The approaches described in this course help development teams pool their diverse perspectives and collaborate to understand how to turn thoughts, feelings, frustrations, and desires of users into the design for a product.
Join Chris Nodder as he provides a road map to his series, UX Design Techniques. Each technique in this series builds on the data and output from the previous techniques. The user data from observations is used to identify user pain points and create personas. The pain points and personas are used during the ideation phase to create multiple possible solutions. Scenarios and storyboards take these multiple possible solutions and narrow them down to a working set, from which you build a paper prototype that you can usability test with some more representative users. At any point, you can follow the trail all the way back to data you gathered from your initial observations.
Learn how to create stunning visual effects with one of the most widely-used and highly-regarded compositing applications on the market—Adobe After Effects CC 2017. Although this is an introductory course, if you're brand new to After Effects, check out After Effects CC 2017 Essential Training: The Basics; in that course, instructor Mark Christiansen starts from the very beginning, introducing you to the interface and other basic concepts to help you get up and running with the popular program.
In this course, Alan Demafiles dives into the fundamentals you need to start creating visual effects with After Effects CC 2017. Discover how to work with green screen footage, use rotoscoping to separate foreground from background, track footage, and add your own 3D elements to a scene. Learn how to use particles to create fire, use noise to replace the sky, and more. In the final, project-based chapter, reinforce your new skills by putting techniques into practice using real-world scenarios.
Learn the intermediate-level skills you need to implement storage in Azure, the cloud offering from Microsoft. This course covers the basics of Azure storage, as well as how to use and monitor the service. Explore topics like managing access, implementing Azure SQL databases, configuring diagnostics and analytics, and using Azure storage for your backup solutions. The course also helps you prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-533, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions. (Author: Sharon Bennett)
Advance your command of Swift 3 by going beyond the fundamentals. Scott Gardner helps you strengthen your programming skills by providing additional hands-on coding instruction. In this course, Scott covers playgrounds, operators, strings, sequences, collections, labels, reference types, protocols, generics, and access control. Prepare to exercise your skills as a developer as you follow along and explore using labels, defining properties, working with higher-order functions, subscripting, nesting, and more.
This course describes how to install and configure Apache HTTP Server, MySQL database server, and PHP, known collectively as the AMP stack, on a local development computer. David Gassner covers different installation approaches, including installing the components separately on Windows, macOS, and Linux and installing the prepackaged WampServer and MAMP bundles. Plus, learn how to troubleshoot port conflicts and other AMP-related issues.