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Mac OS X Tiger Series

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  • Episode 1: Screenshot Shortcuts (1m49s, 7.5 MB)
    You can take a screenshot of your entire screen by using the shortcut Command + Shift + 3. In this movie, you will learn how to take a screenshot of a selection as well as how to take a screenshot of just a window.

  • Episode 2: The Dock (2m33s, 8.3 MB)
    The Dock contains shortcuts to your applications. In this movie, you will learn how to add and remove shortcuts to customize the Dock, as well as how to change your Dock preferences.

  • Episode 3: The Finder (2m30s, 10.1 MB)
    The Finder allows you to view and manage the files and folders on your computer. This movie shows you what the different buttons in a Finder window do.

  • Episode 4: Spotlight (2m25s, 9.6 MB)
    Spotlight is the system wide search feature built into Mac OS X. This movie shows you how to use Spotlight to find files and folders on your computer, as well as how to modify Spotlight preferences and how to save searches.

  • Episode 5: Exposé (29s, 2 MB)
    Exposé allows to view all of the windows you have open at the same time by pressing a keyboard shortcut (F9). Expose can be used to quickly switch windows.

  • Episode 6: Application Switcher (31s, 7.5 MB)
    The Application Switcher gives you a quick way to view all the running programs on your computer. You can then use a keyboard shortcut or your mouse to switch to a different program. This movie also shows you how to use the Application Switcher to close an application.

  • Episode 7: Dashboard (2m09s, 8.6 MB)
    Dashboard allows you to run a series of small programs in the background. These programs are known as widgets and can be used to perform a specific task or get information at a glance. This movie shows you how to open Dashboard, add widgets, and manage widgets.

  • Episode 8: Changing Background/Screensaver (1m18s, 5.3 MB)
    This movie shows you how to customize your computer by changing the desktop background or selecting a different screensaver.

  • Episode 9: Introduction to iChat (3m02s, 12.2 MB)
    This movie shows you the basics of iChat: how to change your status message, how to change your buddy icon, and how to start a text and video chat.

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Creating a Podcast with GarageBand Series

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  • Episode 1: Setting Up Microphone/Headset (59s, 1.4 MB)
    This movie shows you how to set up your audio preferences so you can use a USB microphone or headset to record a podcast.

  • Episode 2: Recording with GarageBand (1m32s, 16.3 MB)
    This movie has a brief tour of the Podcast Studio interface in GarageBand and shows you how to create a recording for your podcast.

  • Episode 3: Editing Features of GarageBand (57s, 10.2 MB)
    This movie shows you how to use the Track Editor in GarageBand to remove parts of your recording you don't need.

  • Episode 4: Adding Loops (54s, 9.8 MB)
    This movie shows you how to add a loop to your podcast recording. You can use a GarageBand loop to add intro or background music to your podcast.

  • Episode 5: Importing Music from iTunes (33s, 6 MB)
    GarageBand integrates well with the other iLife applications. This movie shows you how to import music from your iTunes library for use as background music.

  • Episode 6: Ducking (39s, 7.1 MB)
    Ducking is a new feature in GarageBand that allows you to designate a track as either a backing or leading track. When there is sound on the leading track, GarageBand automatically lowers the volume of the backing track.

  • Episode 7: Adjusting Audio Levels (34s, 6 MB)
    This movie shows you to access the volume curve to adjust volume levels in GarageBand and how to create a fade in/fade out effect.

  • Episode 8: Adding Images to an Enhanced Podcast (42s, 7.7 MB)
    This movie shows you how to use the Media Browser in GarageBand to add images from your iPhoto library to a podcast.

  • Episode 9: Editing Images for an Enhanced Podcast (37s, 6.8 MB)
    GarageBand allows you to edit the images in your podcast track so that they are the right size when the podcast is played back on iTunes or on an iPod. This movie shows you how to open the images in your podcast for editing.

  • Episode 10: Adding Chapter Markers (35s, 6.2 MB)
    This movie shows you how to add chapter markers that can be used to navigate through your enhanced podcasts.

  • Episode 11: Exporting to Disk (1m05s, 11.7 MB)
    This movie shows you how to export your podcast to disk so you can upload it to a web server and make it available online. If you're a USF student or faculty member you can upload the podcast to the USF web server using a free program called Fugu. The steps for uploading a podcast to the USF web server are covered in this movie (1m10s, 12.7 MB).

  • Episode 12: Creating an RSS Feed File (2m14s, 24.4 MB)
    This movie walks you through the sections of a basic RSS feed file and shows you how to create a feed by hand (download the sample RSS feed file). You will need to upload this file to a web server before it can be used to subscribe to your RSS.

  • Episode 13: Converting to MP3 Using iTunes - Part I (38s, 6.8 MB)
    The podcasts created with GarageBand are in the AAC format, which is an Apple format. This movie shows you how to transfer your podcast to iTunes so that you can convert it into an MP3 file, which is a more universal format.

  • Episode 14: Converting to MP3 Using iTunes - Part II (1m18s, 14.2 MB)
    This movie shows you how to use iTunes to create an MP3 version of your podcast. The MP3 version will not include still images or chapter markers.

  • Episode 15: Sharing to iWeb (24s, 4.4 MB)
    iWeb is the web design application introduced by Apple with iLife 06. With iWeb you can easily create a web page to share your podcasts online. This movie shows you how to send a podcast from GarageBand to iWeb.

  • Episode 16: Creating a Podcast Page in iWeb (50s, 9.1 MB)
    This movie shows you how to edit the podcast page created when you send over a podcast project from GarageBand to iWeb. You will need to publish your page to make it accessible online.

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iPod Interactive Experiences Series

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  • Episode 1: Getting Started with iQuiz Maker (1m28s, 1.3 MB)
    This movie shows you how to purchase the iQuiz game and how to download the iQuiz Maker program. iQuiz Maker allows you to create your own quizzes for the iQuiz game, which can be purchased from the iTunes Store for 99 cents.

  • Episode 2: Creating a New Quiz (2m39s, 1.7 MB)
    This movie shows you how to set up a new quiz and add questions to it. iQuiz support true/false and multiple choice questions, and you can use the program to preview what the quiz will look like when it's transferred to the iPod.

    Episode 3: Modifying a Quiz (1m14s, 916 KB)
    This movie shows you how to purchase the iQuiz game and how to download the iQuiz Maker program. iQuiz Maker allows you to create your own quizzes for the iQuiz game, which can be purchased from the iTunes Store for 99 cents.

  • Episode 4: Setting the iPod to Disk Mode & Intro to Notes (1m45s, 2.1 MB)
    This movie shows you how to set your iPod into disk mode so you can access the Notes folder. The movie also introduces the Notes feature of the iPod.

  • Episode 5: Setting up a Mogopop Account (2m13s, 2.9 MB)
    Learn how to set up an account on Mogopop.com, a website that allows you to use a web interface to create Notes content for the iPod.

  • Episode 6: Linking to Media Files in Mogopop (1m43s, 2.3 MB)
    This movie shows you how you can add links to media files in your Mogopop pages.

  • Episode 7: Publishing a Project with Mogopop (2m14s, 3 MB)
    Learn how to publish a project with Mogopop. Mogopop automatically creates a web page where the project can be downloaded.

  • Episode 8: Using the Mogopop Manager (1m27s, 2 MB)
    The Mogopop Manager is a free program used to transfer Notes projects downloaded from Mogopop to the iPod.

  • Episode 9: Creating a Note (1m49s, 2.3 MB)
    After watching this movie, you will know how to create a simple note that can be displayed on the iPod. You can have up to 1,000 notes, which are small text files that can hold up to about 1,000 words in them.

  • Episode 10: Linking to Another Note (1m2s, 1.2 MB)
    Learn how to link two notes together using the HTML tags supported by the Notes feature of the iPod.

  • Episode 11: Linking to an Audio File (1m5s, 1.3 MB)
    This movie shows you how to link to an audio file in a note. You must use the name of the audio file as it is displayed on iTunes, not the file name displayed in the Finder.

  • Episode 12: Linking to an Image (42s, 808 KB)
    This movie shows you how to include a link to an image in a note. The iPod only supports the JPEG format.

  • Episode 13: Linking to a Video File (1m2s, 1.2 MB)
    This movie shows you how to link to a video file in a note. The name used in the link is the name that appears in iTunes, not the file name displayed in the Finder.

  • Episode 14: Using Folders to Organize Notes (46s, 936 KB)
    As the number of notes on your iPod grows, you can use folders to organize the content. This movie shows you how to link to a file inside a folder.

  • Episode 15: Creating a Menu (53s, 1 MB)
    This movie shows you how to create a menu that can be used as the top level navigation for a presentation using the Notes feature.

  • Episode 16: Changing Notes Preferences Part 1(1m18s, 1.5 MB)
    This movie shows you how to change the preferences so that the iPod boots into "museum mode." In museum mode, only the notes are accessible when the iPod boots up.

  • Episode 17: Changing Notes Preferences Part 2 (45s, 832 KB)
    In this second movie about notes preferences, you will learn how to keep the iPod from displaying the Now Playing screen when a link to an audio file is clicked on.

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Google Earth Series

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Introduction to GIS with AEJEE

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  • Episode 1: Downloading and Installing AEJEE (2m50s, 8.9 MB)
    This movie shows you how to download and install Arc Explorer Java Edition for Education (AEJEE). This is a great free program for getting started with GIS in the classroom.

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Del.icio.us Series

Social Bookmarking with del.icio.us Screencast: Subscribe with iTunes button

  • Episode 1: Registering for an Account (1m51s, 2.5 MB)
    This movie shows how to register for a del.icio.us account so you can start saving your bookmarks online and sharing them with others.

  • Episode 2: Saving Bookmarks (2m04s, 2.4 MB)
    This movie shows you how to save bookmarks to your del.icio.us account by using a special browser button or by entering the URL on the del.icio.us website.

  • Episode 3: Tags (1m22s, 1.7 MB)
    Learn all about tags in del.icio.us. Tags are labels you can use to organize your bookmarks in del.icio.us so you can find them later.

  • Episode 4: Bundles (1m04s, 1.6 MB)
    This movie shows you how to use bundles to organize your tags into categories.

  • Episode 5: Managing Bundles (1m, 1.5 MB)
    This movie shows you how to remove tags from a bundle and how to rename and delete bundles.

  • Episode 6: Managing Tags (39s, 900 KB)
    Learn how to delete and rename tags.

  • Episode 7: Importing Bookmarks (1m13s, 2.1 MB)
    This movie shows you how to import your bookmarks from your web browser into del.icio.us so you can access them from multiple computers.

  • Episode 8: Accessing Bookmarks (1m01s, 1.5 MB)
    There are several ways to access your bookmarks. The easiest is by using the special "my del.icio.us" browser button. This movie shows you how to access your account using your browser's address bar, including how to access individual tags or a set of tags.

  • Episode 9: Del.icio.us RSS Feeds (55s, 1.3 MB)
    One of the best features of del.icio.us is that it automatically creates RSS feeds for most pages. This movie shows you how to access those feeds.

  • Episode 10: Changing del.icio.us Privacy Settings (50s, 1.3 MB)
    By default, del.icio.us bookmarks are public (except for imported bookmarks). This movie shows you how to change your privacy settings.

  • Episode 11: Adding Users to Your Network (29s, 752 MB)
    Del.icio.us allows you to add other users to your network so that you can share bookmarks with them. This movie shows you how to add someone to your network.

  • Episode 12: Adding Users to Your Network-Part 2 (30s, 780 KB)
    This movie shows you another way to add a user to your network, while you are on their del.icio.us page. It also shows you how to remove users from your network.

  • Episode 13: Network Privacy Settings (24s, 556 KB)
    This movie shows you how to block other people from seeing who is in your network.

  • Episode 14: Using the for: Tag (33s, 796 KB)
    This movie shows you how to share a bookmark with another user with a special for: tag.

  • Episode 15: Using Subscriptions (30s, 736 KB)
    This movie shows you how to subscribe to a tag in del.icio.us. You can subscribe to multiple tags in del.icio.us. By subscribing to a tag, you can track all bookmarks saved with that tag in del.icio.us.

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Flickr Series

Online Photo Sharing with Flickr Screencast: Subscribe with iTunes button

  • Episode 1: Setting Up a Flickr Account (1m10s, 1.7 MB)
    This movie shows you how to set up a free Flickr account. Flickr is an online photo sharing site.

  • Episode 2: Uploading Photos: Part 1 (1m23s, 1.9 MB)
    This movie shows you how to upload photos to Flickr once you've set up your account.

  • Episode 3: Uploading Photos: Part 2 (1m17s, 1.9 MB)
    You can also upload photos to Flickr using one of the uploader programs available on the site. This movie shows you how to upload photos using the Mac uploader.

  • Episode 4: Editing Photo Information (1m8s, 1.5 MB)
    This movie shows you how to add tags and a description to your photos once you upload them to Flickr, as well as how to edit the additional information stored with each photo.

  • Episode 5: Adding Notes (1m9s, 1.5 MB)
    Learn how to create annotated images on Flickr using the Add Note feature.

  • Episode 6: Flickr Slideshows (1m7s, 1.5 MB)
    This movie demonstrates the slideshow feature of Flickr.

  • Episode 7: Organizing Your Photos Using Sets (54s, 1.1 MB)
    This movie shows you how to organize your photos into sets. Sets can be used to group similar images together.

  • Episode 8: Using the Organizr (48s, 1 MB)
    This movie shows you how to work on more than one photo at a time using the Organizr. The movie shows you how to add multiple photos to a set, but the Organizr can be used to add the same tag to multiple photos and perform other batch actions.

  • Episode 9: How to Subscribe to Groups (1m6s, 1.6 MB)
    Groups allow you to share photos with other Flickr users and to have discussions about them. This movie shows you how to find and subscribe to groups on Flickr.

  • Episode 10: How to Add a Photo to a Group Pool (34s, 736 KB)
    This movie shows you how to add a photo to a group pool so that it is shared with other group members. Any group member can then add notes or comments to the photo, regardless of the privacy settings.

  • Episode 11: How to Remove a Photo from a Group Pool (45s, 1 MB)
    This movie shows you how to remove a photo from a group pool so that it is no longer accessible to members of that group. The photo is not removed from your account.

  • Episode 12: Creating Your Own Groups on Flickr (1m2s, 1.5 MB)
    This movie shows you how to create a group on Flickr. There are three types of groups that can be created on Flickr: public, public (invitation only), and private.

  • Episode 13: Setting Up Blogging Support for Flickr (1m41s, 2.5 MB)
    This movie shows you how to set up blogging support on Flickr. The movie shows you how to configure Flickr to post to a Wordpress blog, but the steps for configuring other blogs are very similar.

  • Episode 14: Posting a Flickr Photo to a Blog (57s, 1.3 MB)
    This movie shows you how to create a blog post with a Flickr photo.

  • Episode 15: Downloading Photos from Flickr (43s, 1008 KB)
    This movie shows you how photos can be downloaded from Flickr. You can download each photo at different dimensions.

  • Episode 16: Maps Feature (1m39s, 2.2 MB)
    Flickr recently added the ability to add location information to photos (known as "geotagging"). This movie shows you how to use the map feature of Flickr to add location information to your photos.

  • Episode 17: Exploring Flickr (1m38s, 3.5 MB)
    This movie shows you three ways to explore the photos uploaded to Flickr by other users: by data, using tags, and by location.

  • Episode 18: Creative Commons (1m21s, 2.7 MB)
    Learn how to find photos on Flickr that have been shared with a Creative Commons license. This is a type of license that allows you use other people's photos as long as you follow the guidelines of the Creative Commons license they have used. Creative Commons is the equivalent of "some rights reserved" as opposed to copyright which means "all rights reserved."

  • Episode 19: Flickr RSS Feeds (1m15s, 2.1 MB)
    Flickr automacially creates an RSS feed for your photos. This movie shows you how to view the feed using an RSS-compatible web browser or the web service Bloglines.

  • Episode 20: Creating a Flickr Badge (1m13s, 2.3 MB)
    A badge is a small widget that can be used to display your Flickr images on your website without taking a lot of space.


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Podcasting with Audacity Series

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This series is available on FCIT's Tech Ease for Windows site. However, Audacity is a cross-platform program that is also available for the Mac. The movies below show you how to install Audacity and the LAME Encoder (a plug-in that allows Audacity to export MP3s) on the Mac.

After you have installed the plug-in, you need to tell Audacity where it is located. You do this by going into the Audacity preferences (Audacity > Preferences on the Mac) and clicking on the Find Library button in the File Formats tab . Instead of looking for a file named lame_enc.dll (that's the one you would use on Windows) you will look for a file with the .dylib extension.

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Microsoft Office Tips

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iLife/iWork Tips

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  • Episode 1: Installing an FCIT Keynote Theme (2m38s, 3.8 MB)
    This movie shows you how to download and install a Keynote theme from FCIT's Presentations ETC site. This site has many free themes you can use to add variety to your Keynote slideshows.

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