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By Jess Stratton | Monday, November 11, 2013

Recent changes to the Google navigation bar

The new Google app menu

If you use multiple Google Apps, such as Google Drive, Gmail, Calendar, and YouTube, you might have noticed that the way you switch between products on Google product pages has recently changed.

Previously, the list of Google Apps could be found in a black bar across the top left of the page; you could easily switch between the various apps this way. Last week the black bar disappeared, but don’t worry—you can still toggle back and forth quickly between Google apps.

By Chris Meyer | Wednesday, September 11, 2013

After Effects CC 12.1 Update Announced

Leading up to the annual IBC trade show in Amsterdam, Adobe has announced major updates to the Creative Cloud versions of its video software, including Premiere Pro and After Effects. As a longtime After Effects user, I’m particularly excited about some of the updates appearing in this next version.

AE CC Mask Tracker

The new Rigid Mask Tracker.

One of the most interesting new features is a Rigid Mask Tracker. Users have long been asking for a way to connect AE’s motion tracker to mask points for easier masking of moving footage. To date, we’ve been working around this by using solutions like the Tracker2Mask script from Aescripts.com, or the combination of mocha and its “shapes” as track mattes (demonstrated in Chapter 3 of my course After Effects CS5 New Creative Techniques). In the next version of After Effects, when selecting an existing mask, the Tracker panel will track the region of the frame defined by the mask’s shape and transform that shape over time as the object moves from frame to frame. As suggested by the name, the object you’re tracking must maintain roughly the same shape—such as a window or poster as opposed to a person running— although it can change scale and perspective over time. And since the result is a normal animated mask path, you can edit the mask’s points after the fact.

By lynda.com Partner Team | Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Partners site launches!

We’re excited to announce that we’ve completely revamped the affiliate portal to make it easier for you to manage your campaigns.

Designed with a friendlier interface for simpler navigation, the new lynda.com Partners site includes these major improvements:

Partners_img1_Get-assets

Get assets

  • New tools let you embed lynda.com videos on your site, and generate custom links.
  • We’ve added more links and banners to choose from.
  • It’s easy to filter and search links, banners, and videos.

Partners_img2_Track-perf

Track performance

  • Now it’s easier to compare various campaigns.
  • View graphs that show your sales, commissions, or clicks over time.

Help + resources

  • Watch videos that explain how to find things and use features on the lynda.com Partners site.
  • Click on the Partners_question icon on any page for quick answers and helpful tips.

The program itself hasn’t changed; your existing campaigns and commission structure are the same as ever. But we hope the new site improves your experience as a lynda.com partner.

Keep an eye out for Partner Program newsletters and watch the News + updates section of the lynda.com Partners site for program updates, tips on how to be a successful partner, and limited-time special offers.

Since we began working with affiliates in 2009, we have seen fantastic growth in sign-ups, clicks, and sales. It’s been wonderful partnering with you to introduce lynda.com to others, and to reward you in the process.

By James Fritz | Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Adobe Muse features for Q4 2012

Right on schedule Adobe has released another update to Adobe Muse and this time the focus is on creating mobile friendly sites. While the last update had bits and pieces for a variety of users, this time the update is mainly focused on adding the ability to create tablet and smartphone optimized websites from Adobe Muse. We have updated Muse Essential Training again to help you stay on top of the latest features and enhancements that have been added. For a more detailed look at what has been added, please read the following list of new features, changes, fixes.

Mobile Friendly Features

Mobile friendly features

• Swipe within widgets: This provides gesture support within widgets; that is, swipe to move through a slideshow when Horizontal transition is selected.

• Menus: This includes menu and submenu selection via touch (bug fixes)

• Touch Support: Widgets and links work on tablet and phone devices; tapping on the link shows the Mousedown state. On Android devices, it shows the Mousedown state while your finger is on the item, and shows rollover when your finger leaves it. iOS devices show the rollover once your finger has stopped touching it, which is native behavior.

• Hyperlinks: Automatic redirects to device-specific layouts. When you browse a Muse site on a smartphone or tablet, the code generated by Muse will automatically load the appropriate layout for the device. You can also explicitly link to a page designed for a different device (i.e., a link for “Show Mobile Site”).

• Pinning Tablet/Smartphone Layouts: Due to lack of support on some tablet and smartphone browsers, pinning is disabled in Muse for tablet and smartphone layouts.

• Sticky Footer option: When selected this option maintains the minimum height for the page as the browser window height. There the page footer “sticks” to the bottom of the page until/unless the page is taller than the browser window. It is available in a separate Site Plan and in turn unique layouts for Master and Page Properties dialogs. Default behavior is off for existing .muse files from prior Muse versions and on for all new sites created in Muse.

• Site Plan: Now includes the ability to create a separate Site Plan and in turn a unique layout for Desktop, Tablet, and Phone layouts. There may or may not be a one-to-one relationship for pages between these layouts.

• Add Layout: This option offers support for copying Site Plan and Master/Page backgrounds when creating second and third site layouts for a tablet and/or smartphone.

• Viewport Scaling: Sites generated from Muse will rely on Viewport Scaling to ensure that a webpage will “fill” the width of the current screen of tablet or smartphone devices, both in landscape and portrait orientation.

• Device Preview: Muse Preview now has the ability to reflect the dimensions of a target device (smartphone or tablet). Multiple device types are included in a Preview Device dropdown. Note that Preview displays the height and width of the device, but does not attempt to simulate device-specific features or nuances for the browser on a given device.

Forms

CAPTCHA verification

•  CAPTCHA — The Forms widget now includes a CAPTCHA field option to prevent automated form submissions (spam). Form widgets in general and the CAPTCHA option require server-side support and thus require hosting on Adobe Business Catalyst.

Hyperlink UI

Hyperlink UI

• Search/filter: Hyperlink dropdown menu (consistent with Font dropdown menu) allows search and partial filtering.

• Device specific: Hyperlinks dropdown has been revised to differentiate between pages in Desktop, Tablet, or Phone layouts.

• Link support for mobile: Phone numbers (e.g., tel:2065551212) and email addresses (e.g., mailto:dani@adobe.com) result in touch-enabled links to a smartphone dialer or mail client.

Go To Page

Go To Page

•  Go to Page (Command + J): Quickly go to any page on your Adobe Muse site. Press Command+J, then type in the page name you want to go to.

Updates to Muse Essential Training:

Introduction

• 00-04 What is New in the December 2012 Update

Chapter 9

• 09-01 Creating a hyperlink (update)

Chapter 11

• 11-09 Exploring the Muse Widget Gallery (new)

Chapter 12

• 12-04 Working with Twitter (update)

Chapter 14

• 14-01 Creating a Mobile site (new) • 14-02 Adding a tablet site (new) • 14-03 Adding a mobile phone site (new) • 14-04 Previewing mobile sites (new) • 14-05 Linking between alternate layouts (new)

Interested in more?

• View the entire Adobe Muse Essential Training course on lynda.com • Courses by James Fritz on lynda.com • All Adobe Muse courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:

Photoshop for Web Design• Designing a Porfolio Website with Muse• Fireworks CS6 Essential Training• Dreamweaver CS6 New Features

By Crystal McCullough | Friday, August 20, 2010

iPhone and iPod Touch Essential Training updated for iOS 4

We’ve just released an updated version of our course, iPhone and iPod Touch Essential Training, to include information about iOS4. Garrick Chow provides in-depth instruction on all aspects of the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, including making calls, emailing, browsing the web, managing time, getting around town, taking notes, taking photos, and listening to music. This live-action course includes hands-on demonstrations of how to accurately type and efficiently use finger gestures, and includes tips for setting up the iPhone and iPod Touch so they behave as expected. An extensive section on troubleshooting helps when the occasional glitches happen.

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