April 11: Create eLearning with Captivate

Interested in creating eLearning modules with Adobe Captivate 7? Learn about

  • the various types of projects
  • how to add audio, including narration and sounds
  • how to add quiz questions
  • how to import and convert slide decks from PowerPoint
  • how to make projects accessible
  • publishing options, including PDF, SWF and HTML5

 About the presenter

Donna Blumberg teaches Captivate and other Adobe and Microsoft software products, builds elearning modules, web sites and coaches on web site content management.

Date: Friday April 11, 2014
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100. Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

March 14: Creating Accessible PDF documents

Learn to create accessible forms using Adobe Acrobat Professional. This class covers creating a “fillable” PDF form from a Microsoft Word Form. You will also learn how to FIX items on the front end to PREVENT problems on the back end, a phase I have coined, “Comprehensive mitigation prevent excessive remediation.”

About the Presenter:

Cornelius Chopin is currently an Accessibility Specialist at the Texas Department for Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS). He received an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) title in Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver and teaches at night at several schools including the Art Institute of Austin. He completed his Master degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies (ISLT) from the Missouri University in December 2012 with emphasis on E-learning and Mobile Application development.

Date: Friday March 14, 2014
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100. Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

 

February 14: Learning Lightroom

Before celebrating your love on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014, join the Austin Adobe User Group on Friday afternoon, 1:15 pm – 3:30 pm, and fall in love with Adobe Lightroom. Is it an alternative to Photoshop? We’ll discuss that. More than an image database and selection tool, Lightroom can be used for quick and easy non-destructive image adjustments:  photo resizing and optimizing, image correction and retouching, radial filters, video slideshows and more. Karen Kreps will share why she resisted using Lightroom for a long time, but has succumbed to its power and she’ll offer a bouquet of feature demonstrations. Chocolates are, of course, welcome.

About the Presenter:

Through her company Net Ingenuity, Karen Kreps enables other people’s success by providing content strategy, website production and WordPress coaching. She’s had a more than quarter century experience developing online, interactive media and she’s been an active member of this group since its inception as a Macromedia special interest group.

Date: Friday February 14, 2014
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100. Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

 

January 10, 2014: Working with Acrobat Pro XI

Interested in learning what Adobe Acrobat Pro XI can do? Learn how to

  • Create PDFs – multiple ways (from another document, combining multiple files into one PDF or portfolio, and more)
  • Edit or add text or images and headers/footers
  • Add and comments as part of a review
  • Check for and improve document accessibility
  • Create interactive (fillable) forms that can be saved in the free Acrobat Reader using Acrobat Pro and FormCentral
  • Redact text
  • Create a secure PDF

About the Presenter:

Donna Blumberg has used Acrobat Pro to create fillable forms that can be uploaded to the web, accessible documents and more. She builds web sites and teaches classes in Microsoft Office and several Adobe products, including Acrobat.

Date: Friday January 10, 2014
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100. Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

December 13 – An Introduction to Adobe Edge Animate

Presenter Luci Rios will discuss and demonstrate Adobe’s Edge Animate program. Topics include

• What is Adobe Edge Animate? A brief history

• Demonstrating a sample Edge compositions or projects

• Sample websites that display Edge compositions

• Looking at the interface

• Step by step construction of a simple composition of an image slider in Edge Animate

• Uploading and displaying a composition in a WordPress  site using the Edge Suite plugin; slideshow example of  the WordPress plugin.

About the Presenter:

Luci Rios is a retired Adult Basic Math Teacher who taught basic bath to adults for 28 years in Bell Gardens, California. She ran a math lab and used individualized instruction to prepare students to take the GED and the (CAHSEE) California High School Exit Exam as well as prepare students for Community College Math. After retiring she returned to Austin.

For over 5 years she has used Flash and ActionScript3 (the language of Flash) to develop bilingual basic math tutorials using animation and interactivity and now is transitioning to other software tools like Edge to migrate some of her materials to mobile devices.

Date: Friday December 13, 2013
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100. Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

November 8, 2013: Create 3D Objects with Adobe Illustrator

While many users have created simply 3D objects in Adobe Illustrator, many have not explore many of its advanced capabilities. In this presentation, you will learn how to:

  1. Use the pathfinder tool to create 2D shapes that will be converted into 3D objects
  2. Manipulate 3D objects in 3D space
  3. Manipulate 3D objects shape, color, etc.
  4. Apply texture (symbol) to 3D objects
  5. Use the 3D Revolve and Extrude effects effectively
  6. Create an exploded view of a CAD drawing
  7. Draw with the pen tool effectively and then create 3D objects from the drawings
  8. Create multiple 3D objects from a single 3D object

About the Presenter:

Cornelius Chopin received an Adobe Certified Instructor (ACI) title in Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver. He is currently an Accessibility Specialist at the Texas Department for Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and teaches at night at several schools including the Art Institute of Austin. He completed his Master degree in Information Science and Learning Technologies (ISLT) from the Missouri University in December 2012 with emphasis on E-learning and Mobile Application development.

Date: Friday November 8, 2013
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center, 300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100. Turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

October 11, 2013 Using Adobe Illustrator to Create Cool Designs

During this demonstration, presenter Veronica Primeaux will

1. teach a few basic tools and tricks to use with Adobe Illustrator.
2. show how professional graphic artists create their dazzling images.
3. demonstrate how to play with gradients to create dramatic contrast.
4. use the blend tool to generate detailed images and make changes to shape, color, or position.
5. Use text to create unique designs using tools that play with outline, path, and color.

About the presenter

Veronica Primeaux is a graphic artist with over 20 years of experience in the field of computer generated art.  She works for Texas Department of State Health Services, creating posters, brochures, presentations, and web graphics. Before then she was an art teacher in Laredo public schools and also a commercial artist creating advertising designs. In her spare time she works with oils on canvas and watercolor.

Date: Friday October 11, 2013
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center (300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100) turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

September 13, 2013 – What is Instructional Design anyway?

The Sep. 13 presentation provides answers to the question, “What is instructional design?” Instructional design is the framework for knowledge transfer. This presentation ranges from established standards of the formal science of instructional design (ID) to evolving technologies that create new rationale, from the academic research of cognitive psychology to the daily details of multimedia formatting and integration. Our speaker, Wayne Vermillion, will provide multiple viewpoints while referencing Adobe products and Adobe competitors in instructional design. For instance, participants will understand the skills required in instructional design (ID). You’ll understand the training and education to impart those skills, and you’ll be able to relate your own abilities and even your own personality to the field of instructional design. This is an interactive, dynamic session of knowledge transfer, so come prepared to expand your horizons and learn about instructional design.

Note that this presentation is NOT a Captivate lesson (there will be a Captivate demo), as Captivate does not equal instructional design. You’ll learn that Captivate is just one tool referenced in two of the several phases of instructional design. You’ll learn when Captivate is and is not indicated for best use in instructional design, and how Captivate has been frequently over- and mis-used. Speaking of “nots,” you’ll also be challenged with new, accurate knowledge when the presenter busts some myths about learning.

About the Presenter:

Wayne Vermillion is one of Austin’s most senior and most wide-ranging instructional designers, leveraging an M.S., PMP certification, and a quarter-century of worldwide instructional design success. Wayne is proudest of his success in every phase of the ADDIE instructional design model, experientially rising above many instructional designers who practice only in one or another phase of ID. He has designed and developed thousands of hours of courseware in various media, and is a twice-published technical author (“End to End DSL Architectures,” Cisco Press, and “Multimedia is an Adjective,” Univ. of North Texas Press.) At the program level, Wayne has created several multi-course, blended-learning curricula and whole programs. Wayne says he loves instructional design because he gets to exercise both sides of his mind, the creative and the analytical, in practicing the “art of the possible.”

Date: Friday September 13, 2013
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center (300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100) turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

August 9, 2013 – Photo retouching & glamorization with Photoshop

Adobe Certified Photoshop Instructor Carolyn Coffey will do a live demo tutorial about retouching and glamorization. Carolyn teaches Photographic Retouching at Austin Community College and is currently finishing a book on Photoshop CS6.

Carolyn says “Photoshop is another tool for all of us photographers to use in our quest for an amazing image. The viewer of stunning images are growing less concerned about whether something was Photoshopped. In fact, they expect it. So it has transformed from “whether or not” into “where is it.” Retouchers should leave no trace. They should also always respect the character of the person in the photograph. Enhance only, never destroy.

“This seminar will be based on the above principals. I will demonstrate ways to clean up distractions without compromising the original intent of the photographer. Then I will show the art of glamorization to enhance the beauty of a young woman.”

Date: Friday August 9, 2013
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center (300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100) turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event

 

Using Styles in InDesign CS6 – July 12, 2013

Presenter Lori Luza (loriluza.com) will demonstrate how to use the various types of InDesign styles – paragraph, character and nested styles – to format document easily and quickly. Create  tables, including of contents, tables of figures, indices, cross references. Also learn about inserting images into the text.

About the presenter

Lori Luza is a long-time Adobe user (InDesign, Photoshop and other programs) and also has extensive experience in training groups and individuals.

Date: Friday July 12, 2013
Time: 1:15-3:30 p.m.
Place: New Horizons Computer Learning Center (300 E Highland Mall Blvd. Suite 100) turn north onto Jonathan and park in the Visitor parking area
RSVP: To help our host New Horizons Computer Learning Center select a room that comfortably seats everyone, please RSVP to this free event