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Learn how to find, access, and view courses in the lynda.com training library. Staff author Garrick Chow explains how to find the "need to know" material quickly and browse other subjects you might be interested in. A full rundown of the types of training offered is included, from in-depth essential training on specific software packages, to first looks at up-and-coming technology trends, to inspirational documentaries following creative professionals working in a variety of disciplines. Garrick also shows how to use special library features such as bookmarks, the queue, certificates of completion, frequently asked questions (FAQs), and more, as well as where to turn for help when you need it. Plus, learn to access lynda.com on the go, either through our mobile site, or the iOS app, which also supports playing videos on your TV via AirPlay and an Apple TV.
Many websites these days offer news, announcements, and other constantly changing information in the form of RSS feeds and Lynda.com is no exception. In case you're not familiar with the term RSS, it could stand for rich site summary or really simple syndication, depends on who you ask. But the point of an RSS feed is that it allows content providers to offer information in a form their users can subscribe to. Subscribing to an RSS feed means you don't have to remember to visit a website for updated information. All you need is an RSS reader, sometimes called a news reader or a news aggregater. And you'll automatically receive up-to-date information from any RSS feed you subscribe to.
For example, Lynda.com offers a latest releases RSS feed, which keeps you updated on our newest titles and courses. Here on our homepage, I'll find the RSS link button here and clicking it takes you to our new releases RSS feed. The address here in the address bar is our feed address and it's this address that you can copy and paste into which ever news reader you prefer. There are many third party RSS reader applications available for both Mac and Windows PCs. But you can also subscribe to RSS feeds through any number of online services like Netvibes.
You can sign up for a free account at netvibes.com. Then, all you have to do is start adding subscriptions by adding the RSS feeds you want to subscribe to. I'll go back to the Lynda.com feed, select the address, copy it, and I'll go back to Netvibes. And in this case, I click Add Content. I'll choose to add a feed. And here I can paste in that address. I'll click Add Feed. The feed appears here. I can select it.
I can see a preview of what it will look like here, and I'll click Add to My Page. And that's all there is to it. The feed now appears on my page. Depending on the service you're using, you may also be able to customize how the feed is displayed. For example, here in net vibes, I see a standard text display of the feed, but I can click on the Settings button and change the view to say the magazine layout. And that now displays the feed to include thumbnail images, and I can browse through the feed using the Next and Previous buttons.
If I'm interested in reading one of these stories, I can click on it, and here I can read the entry. I can also see the other stories in the feed here on the left. And you can add more feeds as you like. For example, at Lynda.com we also have a frequently updated blog at blog.lynda.com. So instead of having to visit the blog in my web browser when I remember to do so, I'll just go to its RSS feed, copy the address and then paste it into Netvibes.
Again I'll go to Add Content, Add a Feed is already selected, delete that and paste in the new address. And I'll add that to my page. So, now I have two subscriptions. So, you can see how convienent it can be, to have all your frequently visited pages RSS feeds in one place. Rather than having to visit them individually in your web browser. I can just come in here, click on any article I want to read and then close it. Most RSS readers also keep track of the new articles that you haven't yet read, so you can see at a glance, if new content has been added to a feed.
So if you haven't played around much with RSS feeds and news readers, you really should give them a try. Especially if you find yourself frequently visiting the same sites for the latest information. If an RSS feed is available, you can subscribe to it. And really cut down on your surfing around time. And we hope you'll add the Lynda.com new releases and blog feeds to your news reader.
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