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GarageBand-like applications for Windows Wednesday, 15 July 2009

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Quite a common question, especially after using GarageBand (included with iLife, from Apple) — Windows users would like something similar that they could use at home.

Fortunately, there are alternatives such as:

My advice: Magix Music Maker. Yes, it’s not free, but I find it worth the money. Cheaper than getting a Mac.

Word 2007 Tutorials Wednesday, 4 March 2009

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Do you know how to automate the creation and updating of a table of contents, reference and citation tools, change tracking, and so on?

Read the following tutorial teaching everything you need to know (and then some more) about Microsoft Word 2007.

http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2007/Word/index.asp

Windows Movie Maker Wednesday, 11 February 2009

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Please visit the following web pages if you need tutorials on Windows Movie Maker:

or

Free Video Editor Wednesday, 11 February 2009

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If you need video editing software alternatives to replace Windows Movie Maker, try

or

iWeb links Sunday, 1 February 2009

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The following link(s) will help you to revise and learn how to use iWeb ’08 to create a web site.

http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html

Go through all the tutorials shown on this web page. Start with all the text tutorials and then move on to the video tutorials, or follow the recommended order below.

*Note: Please ignore references to MobileMe and Google AdSense, and remember that when you want to publish your work, you have to publish it to your Web Documents folder.

Recommended order to go through the tutorials:

  1. Designing web sites
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=designtip
  2. Using the inspector Toolbar
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=inspector
  3. Changing font sizes
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=fontsize
  4. Duplicating page templates
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=dupetemp
  5. Creating a web site
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=createwebsite
  6. Customising your pages
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=customize
  7. Adding Hyperlinks and Navigation
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=nav
  8. Adding a Google Map
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=googlemap
  9. Adding live web content (“Web widgets”)
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=livecontent
  10. Creating a blog
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=blog
  11. Adding more entries to your blog
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=moreentries
  12. Publishing your site*
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=publish
  13. Managing your web site
    http://www.apple.com/findouthow/web/iweb08.html#tutorial=manage

How stuff works Thursday, 20 November 2008

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If you haven’t visited this site, do so. It may be useful to your projects, or to satisfy your curiosity.

This link will take you to the computer channel, but there are others. Explore!

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/

Backup & Sync Firefox Bookmarks Monday, 3 November 2008

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I’ve put together a couple of tutorials (basic and more detailed) on how to install and configure Foxmarks, an add-on or extension for Firefox.

Tutorial shows Firefox v3.0.3 under Windows Vista Home Premium SP1
http://my.ofs.edu.sg/user/m_drienvargas/ofs/support/foxmarks/ (basic)
http://my.ofs.edu.sg/user/m_drienvargas/ofs/support/foxmarks2/ (detailed setup of additional computers)

Create a web page with OpenOffice.org Sunday, 26 October 2008

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Not my first option to create web pages, but it may make things easier sometimes…

Steps:

  1. Open OpenOffice.org Writer (text document)
  2. Enable and use the toolbars shown in the “OOo web options/toolbars” screenshot
  3. Create your document
  4. Save it (ODT or your favourite format) – as a backup
  5. Go to File > Save as… (screenshot: “OOo Writer Save as”) and choose HTML as shown in the “OOo Save as HTML” screenshot. I’d recommend you to save to a folder specifically created to store your webpage. Later you can upload the whole folder to your Web Documents at school.
  6. Open the HTML file with a web browser to check the results. Writer is not a web page editor per se, so don’t expect it to be a replacement for Adobe Dreamweaver!
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OpenOffice.org resources Sunday, 26 October 2008

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This is just a starting point. There are many resources on OOo (OpenOffice.org), which we will regularly add and update, time allowing.

OpenOffice.org video tutorials from Netosis.com

News article on OOo v3.0 (Linux Format web site)

How to create a web page (Kompozer) Sunday, 26 October 2008

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Here are some links that will show you how to use Kompozer (the web creation software available at school). Kompozer is free, and it also has a Linux and Windows version, besides the Mac OS X one that we use at school.

There is a very handy 2 page Kompozer tutorial included in Linux Format Issue 112 (December 2008) – Get creative!

The article is “Get creative: make a website – Anybody who’s anybody has a web presence thesedays. We show you how to create a website quickly and easily with the help of WYSIWYG tool Kompozer. (Mike Saunders)

Kompozer guide with screenshots

A good, but not very visual, Kompozer tutorial

Quick Guide

Konpozer video tutorial by netosis.com

And of course, you could search for “Kompozer tutorial” on youtube, or any of your favourite online resources.

Video Tutorial (Windows, resolution’s horrible, though, but it’s narrated):

Firefox add ons Sunday, 26 October 2008

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I came across this good article on the top 5 Firefox add-ons. May be useful to some of you, even if it is just to show you that you can actually expand and improve Firefox.

Cnet/Download.com video

Firefox add-ons page

OOo Calc: Gradebooks Wednesday, 22 October 2008

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This post contains links to a video tutorial divided into a few sections.

It will show you how to use OpenOffice.org’s Calc spreadsheet in order to keep your grades.

This is the tutorial webpage I’ve set up. It has short explanations under each video clip.

Time allowing, I will re-record and add some clips. Please feel free to comment on this video, it’s a quick and rough attempt at a tutorial and any feedback will be useful to create better resources in the future.