Thursday, June 19, 2014

Takeaways from Adobe's Everything is New Again Event

Guest blog post by Bobby Willis, Post-Production eLearning Manager & Sarah Holder, Instructional Designer at Atomic Training
Adobe Creative Cloud logo
During yesterday's keynote address of today's Everything New is New Again event on the Adobe® Creative Cloud, numerous updates and additions were shared. Members of our eLearning team listened in, and are excited to share their takeaways on some of the many cool new features now available to Creative Cloud users.

Adobe Creative Cloud has re-imagined the creative process and made digital workflows even more streamlined with nearly 1,000 updates to the popular application for video, design, web, mobile, and beyond.

You can view the keynote online, or simply check out our highlights below for a quick summary. 

Video
  • Premiere Pro
    Overall productivity has been improved and workflow pain points have been removed. You can perform color grading/correction in Speed Grade, then jump back to Premier with "Direct Link"—no rendering required!

    You can now also easily match a frame's tones, colors, etc. with "Match Look," apply masking features on effects, and access new and improved Ultra HD (4K, 5K, and 6K) native playback and workflow in Premiere Pro.
Design
  • Photoshop
    The new and improved Photoshop Creative Cloud includes a variety of timesaving tools, including a font locate function with Creative Cloud type kit—no more missing fonts warning! Another handy update are real time measurements on smart guides to simplify placement of objects, text and graphics.

    Additional updates include the "Focus Area" selection feature that recognizes the focal point of an image and places text behind the image rather than adding layers and having to cut areas out, spin and path blur options to create realistic movement, and tools to make it easier to manipulate 3D images/objects, update a 3D model in 2D workspace, and create 3D prints.
  • Illustrator
    The popular Illustrator program included some simple (but powerful) updates, including new and improved pencil and pen tools to create better lines and strokes, and live updates between a team of designers with improved smart objects that update saved changes to an Illustrator file within Photoshop.
  • Lightroom
    It is now easier than ever to create collections in both desktop and mobile environments. Additional enhancements include a keyboard shortcut to Photoshop from Lightroom, perspective warp to manipulate 2D photo in a 3D space, and full-fidelity smart previews.
  • Lightroom for iPad
    You can now easily edit photos on your iPad in Lightroom—such as holding down three fingers to view before and after image edits—and sync images to the creative cloud and desktop.
  • Lightroom for iPhone
    Quickly share photos from your iPhone to social media sites.
Web Design
  • Adobe Muse
    The new and improved Adobe Muse offers greater design freedom, including tablet and phone views to see how your web design will appear on different devices, in-browser editing to streamline updates, and simplified options for adding animation of objects/images.
Mobile
  • Adobe Sketch
    This new mobile sketch pad app features a variety of handing features, including social media connectivity.
  • Adobe Line
    For more technical drawings, Line offers precision drafting options to create complex, and beautiful, designs.
  • Adobe Ink and Slide
    Optional Pen and Ruler tools now available for working in both Sketch and Line apps.
  • Photoshop Mix
    New tools to edit photos for social media sharing—complete with a shortcut link to Photoshop desktop app.
Another addition that didn't fit into any one category was the Creative Cloud Market, which is designed to offer access to an ever-growing library of images, illustrations, icons and graphics—all royalty free!

Can't wait to get your hands on these updates? We can't either! Watch for training on many of these exciting new features from Atomic Training in the upcoming months.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders

In an attempt to provide a glimpse into the future, an IBM report compared undergraduate and graduate students’ perspectives with those of business CEOs. The findings provide a unique look at the changing workplace, customer service, and leadership.

Within the study, there are several standout statements, including:
The employer-employee relationship has changed over the years. The relationship, which was once based on loyalty and job security, is now based on flexibility and continuous development of skills.


Businesses that fail to provide options for their employees to develop skills to increase efficiencies, streamline processes and better themselves are not only failing to maximize their human resources, but also failing to meet the base expectations of their employees.

One simple way to encourage continuous development and self-improvement is through online training resources, such as Atomic Training. Atomic Training's online solution provides your entire company with training on over 150 common software applications, including Microsoft Office®, SharePoint®, SPSS and more.  This not only allows your employees to increase efficiencies, but also gives them the flexibility to obtain these skills when they need it, with online, on-demand training.

Learn more by visiting www.AtomicTraining.com/business-staff-training

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Windows XP Apocalypse

According to a recent USA Today article, Microsoft® plans to discontinue support for their ever-popular Windows® XP operating system in early April.
 
The many folks who still rely on Windows XP will have their own major concern to deal with in a few weeks. On April 8, XP reaches the end of the line. No, your XP computer won't suddenly blow up on that date. But it does mean that official support from Microsoft ceases. Microsoft will no longer issue patches or system updates to protect the machine against viruses, spyware and other malware that could result in crashes, or worse, the theft of personal information. If you run into any other kinds of snags, you won't be able to call Microsoft for technical assistance.
 
Unless you're among the brave few willing to muddle through without support, there are several considerations to be taken regarding whether you upgrade affected devices to the latest system (Windows 8.1), or purchase replacements. The article highlights several of these, including a link to a compatibility checker for software programs.

If you do upgrade to any of new Windows® versions (or convert to Mac), be it one device or 700, don’t panic. Atomic Training is ready to help ease the transition! The links below highlights a few of our most popular trainings on common operating systems.
Don't currently have access to Atomic Training? Request more information on how our just-in-time online training tutorials can help make your school's transition to a new operating system as painless as possible.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Infographic: Who's Making the Move to Windows 8?

Is your organization thinking about making the switch to Windows® 8? See how your organization's plans compare to others, by viewing the inforgraphic below. Also, make sure to check out Atomic Training's Windows 8 training, to help make your transition even easier:

Windows 8 - What's New Training

Windows 8 Training
Windows 8.1 Training


Inforgraphic source: TechRepublic

Friday, November 22, 2013

Gain a Better Understanding of Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft® Outlook® 2013 is an email application available in the Microsoft Office® 2013 suite and designed for users to manage their personal information and communicate with others. The application includes features like task manager, calendar, contact manager, note taking, and more. The platform can be used by multiple users to share mailboxes and calendars. The Outlook 2013 platform delivers a fresh and intuitive experience to users.

Outlook components:

Mailbox: The most common use of outlook is to create and manage emails.  Providing a multi-page view for easy browsing of your mailboxes, the platform keeps in view today's email needs. 

Calendar:  Keep track of your schedule, appointments and meetings in one easy location. You can even see coworkers and employees’ schedules, all through Outlook's calendar management tool.

Contacts: Outlook can help people in staying connected with friends and co-workers. Use the contact area to keep track of people you know and any relevant information you may know about them. 

Tasks & To-Do Lists: Keep track of tasks you need to complete.  Tasks give you the ability to set due dates and reminders, making sure you never miss a deadline. You can also create to-do lists to help keep your day or week on schedule.

Learn how-to use all of these features and more with Atomic Training’s Microsoft Outlook 2013 training, and gain confidence in using this email communication application.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Windows 8 and the Different Versions Available

Windows 8 is another innovative product by Microsoft. Windows 8 will change the way you work on your personal or professional computer. Its smooth user interface gives you instant access to your contacts, apps, emails etc. so that you spend less time searching and more time working.

There are three versions of Windows 8:

Windows 8: This edition includes features like start screen with semantic zoom, live tiles, Windows Store, Internet Explorer 10, connected standby, Microsoft account integration, the Windows desktop and more. Ability to login with a picture password using gestures on your touch screen PC is a unique feature of Windows 8.

Windows 8 Pro: This version is designed for the enthusiasts and business users especially. It includes all the features and apps of Windows 8 plus Desktop server, Encrypting File System, Hyper-V, Virtual Hard Disk Booting, Group Policy as well as Bit Locker and Bit Locker To Go. Windows 8 Pro also provides an ability to participate in a Windows Server domain.

Windows 8 Enterprise: This edition is targeted for advanced users.  In addition to the Windows 8 Pro features, Enterprise Edition supports features like VDI enhancement, app locker and direct access to corporate networks. 

Once you determine which version of Windows 8 is right for you, take advantage of this operating system's new features and benefits with online training courses available on www.atomictraining.com.  

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Check Out Atomic Training's Site Redesign

We have recently given our site a fresh new look! Make sure to visit www.AtomicTraining.com and take a look around.

Atomic Training site screenshot