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Screencasting with Jing!

Jing Screenshot

For those of you unfamiliar with Jing, let me introduce you.

We here at STS spend a lot of time teaching people how to use software. You know: the where to click, how to find features, what the hidden secrets of a program are, etc. Along with the face-to-face classes that we offer, we also have chat and emails services that allows UW Madison students to ask software related questions (it proves quite useful when students get stuck while working on a project). However, we have found that sometimes the answers to the students’ questions are to complicated to attempt to write out in an email or a chat.

Enter Jing.

Jing is a FREE screencasting software with Mac AND Windows versions that allows us here at STS to simplify our question answering service. We simply SHOW the student the answer to their questions by recording what we are doing on our computer screens, then send the video over. Bada-Bing-Bada-Jing. Questions answered. Jing also captures voice while recording the screen so us STSers can explain what we are doing while the screencapturing is happening. All your burning software questions solved.

To download Jing and start sharing all of your computer knowledge, click here.


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Juice Up Your Presentations with VUVOX


We here at STS teach a lot of PowerPoint, in timetable courses for faculty members and in our evening classroom courses, however, we have also recently started teaching VUVOX. VUVOX is an online presentation tool that allows users to incorporate text, video, sound and time lines into their presentations.  A little more snazzy than what we are used to seeing in PPT presentations, eh?

Check out a VUVOX project made by a UW student here.

Interested in setting up VUVOX training for your classroom? See this page!

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Adobe Fireworks. Seriously. It Rocks.

For some time we at STS have been teaching a course called “Graphic Design for the Web,” which teaches course attendees to use Adobe Fireworks to create great user interfaces (see this link to sign up for a class).

What I find interesting about our class is that we don’t call it Fireworks. Our Photoshop classes are called Photoshop, our Illustrator classes are called Illustrator, so why not call the Fireworks class by it’s name too? The answer is simple. No one knows what Fireworks is or how powerful it can be.

From my own experience, I know that I use Fireworks to slay all my web designs in record time and with style, but you don’t have to take my word for it.

The good folks at Smashing Magazine recently published an article called “The Power of Fireworks: What Can You Achieve with It?” The article not only discusses what Fireworks is and how it can be used, but it also gives quite a few friendly tips on designing.

Check out the article here!


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Create Your Own 3D Photos!


We recently Stumbled Upon (literally… http://www.stumbleupon.com/) a blog post from the geniuses at Threadless which teaches readers how to create 3D photos. The step-by-step tutorial takes you through turning a normal photo into a 3D photo that can be seen in the third dimension only with your three-dimensional glasses (of course). It rocks.

We know you all went to see Piranha 3D this summer, so you should have some glasses laying around from that show, right? Now you finally have another use for them!

See the tutorial and try it for yourself here.

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IE9: It’s Here!

IE 9

Check out the latest version of Internet Explorer from Microsoft here: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/

It boasts some snazzy new features for HTML 5 and “Pinning” your favorite sites!

The browser is in a “test drive” now, so try it now and let us know what you think!

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Manage your social life with these apps



Managing social network profiles is getting more difficult. As we sign up for more services, we need to split our time between multiple sites. But with the help of social aggregators, we can limit those issues. The following tools do a fine job of keeping your social life in one spot, helping you to monitor it more efficiently.

I should note, though, that these won’t be your path to social networking bliss. Some folks find aggregators too overwhelming.¬†They believe these resources only complicate matters. You might agree after trying some of these tools.

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Create your own ringtones



If you’re creating your ring tone from a CD, rip the song you want as a WAV (Windows) or an AIFF file (Mac). Using iTunes, specify this type of ripping in File/Preferences/Advanced/Importing. It’s a good idea to specify a new ripping location, too, so the ripped song doesn’t end up lost in the rest of your collection. In iTunes, set the “rip to” folder in File/Preferences/Advanced/General.

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