Searching and Submitting Ideas to Tableau

Idea Bubble One of the great things about Tableau is the support provided to its user community, from their extensive product support to their wide array of training resources. Another great resource they make available is the Ideas Tableau support community, a space that allows Tableau users to submit new ideas and search existing submissions. The Ideas space also provides its user community the opportunity to upvote a submission. And since submissions can be reviewed and commented on by others, it’s also a good resource to find possible existing solutions related to your idea.

Tableau makes it easy to search existing submissions. A great feature of the Ideas space is the provided Tableau visualization, allowing users to search existing ideas and view them as marks with responsive tooltips and select URL actions that open the respective idea submission. Using the text search, date, and status quick filters in the viz, you can quickly locate existing ideas submitted by the community. The space also provides a link to view all submissions, a Top Ideas visual, a Recent Ideas section, and some useful articles related to submitting ideas to Tableau.

Tableau has incorporated many of these submitted ideas in prior releases. In fact, in my prior blog post (A Quick Look at Tableau Desktop 9.2) I commented on how the enhanced functionality to move the Totals display was an Idea favorite. Check out this article to learn how submissions from the Ideas support community are evaluated for possible release. So the next time you have a great idea for Tableau, make sure to visit their Ideas community support page.

Video Captioning: DIY Method Using YouTube

Video Captioning: DIY Method Using YouTube

Recently, Peter Ermey of UITS IT Training and Tomas Gregg of IU’s Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center (or ATAC) teamed up to demonstrate and explain how to use YouTube to generate caption files that will help to make your videos be more accessible. YouTube’s auto-captioning capability can create a great starting point, from which you can perfect and export a caption file to use with videos.

View webinar recording. View the webinar recording for “Video Captioning: DIY Method with YouTube.”

In this webinar, we covered:

  • how to sync a transcript to a video to create captions in YouTube
  • how to auto-caption a video and edit captions for accuracy in YouTube
  • how to export a caption file from YouTube for use in other programs
  • how to load a video and caption file in Kaltura

To register for additional upcoming IT Training online webinars or workshops, visit ittraining.iu.edu/live.

Earn a Certificate from IT Training

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Earning a certificate from IT Training is a great way to enhance your skills in areas like Microsoft Office, web development, and creating graphics.  You’ll take a series of related IT Training workshops designed to build your skills in applications or topics in a comprehensive way! After you’ve attended all of the workshops in a series (within a one-year period), you’ll earn your certificate.

We offer certificates in six different areas, so you’re bound to find something to meet your needs.

Office 2013 Productivity (6 workshops)

We’ll introduce you to a variety of Microsoft Office applications and demonstrate ways make them work together. You’ll learn the basic skills for day-to-day office activities from creating a spreadsheet in Excel to creating a PowerPoint presentation. The required workshops are:

1. Outlook 2013: Calendar Essentials
2. Outlook 2013: Managing Your Email
3. Word 2013: The Essentials
4. PowerPoint 2013: The Basics
5. Excel 2013: The Basics
6. Access 2013: The Basics

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Photoshop Books at IU Libraries

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Students walk in front of University Library as they go to classes Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Photoshop, in my opinion, is one of the greatest things since sliced bread. It’s a powerful piece of software, but you can’t fully realize that power until you learn how to use it. To help you along, I’ve put together a list of Adobe Photoshop related books you can get from an IU Library. Remember, you can use Interlibrary Loan to get books that are not housed on your campus. I found the books by doing a simple search on the term “Photoshop’ in IUCAT.

I limited the results to books falling under the Subject “Adobe Photoshop” that were published within the last three years. I got 15 books, but this list includes only the titles I found to be most relevant to the IU community.

Here’s the list:

And don’t forget to take advantage of your access to no-cost workshops from IU IT Training.

You can find our Photoshop offerings here.

 

Spring 2016 webinars: Explore topics & register

Join IT Training for upcoming webinars

IT Training will host a variety of webinars on special topics of interest this Spring. These quick demos and discussions are designed to get you up to speed quickly on technologies you use or want to learn more about.

See a topic you’re interested in? Join us! Register today.

Using LinkedIn for Hiring* — Learn more & register
2/24/16 Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
*Must have an IU username and passphrase to attend.

Adobe CC 2015: Exploring New Features  — Learn more & register
3/2/16 Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

IUanyWare: An Overview  — Learn more & register
3/7/16 Monday, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Infographics: How to Plan, Create, & Share  — Learn more & register
3/29/16 Tuesday, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Creating Accessible Documents at IU  — Learn more & register
3/31/16 Thursday, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

CourseNetworking: An Overview  — Learn more & register
4/6/16 Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Mobile: How to Use Common Meeting and Communication Apps at IU (iOS)  — Learn more & register
4/21/16 Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Mobile: How to Use Common File Sharing and Collaboration Apps at IU (iOS)  — Learn more & register
4/28/16 Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Learn SQL and get paid

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Attend a workshop on how to use SQL for data retrieval and earn a $25 gift card when you participate in an upcoming UITS study designed to evaluate IT Training instructional events.

Join us Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Choose one of the following sessions:

Register for 8am – noon
or
Register for 1 – 5pm

In this workshop, you will learn more efficient ways to retrieve data from a database. To participate, you should already know how to work with relational databases, plan to attend Access 2013: The Basics in Bloomington on March 23rd, or review Access 2013: The Basics (PDF).

Contact IT Training to learn more details

Want to Travel to Australia, Kenya, Chile? Here’s Your Chance!

“Adobe is working with Passion Passport to give six students from around the world the chance to travel to one of three of the world’s most protected natural environments.

On location, students will use Adobe Creative Cloud to capture and interpret the environment’s sights, sounds, and sensations.

Each student’s creative output will be showcased through an immersive, multimedia installation that recreates their expression of the protected landscape in an urban environment.”

**Students who are currently enrolled in a college or university, from all majors and backgrounds, are eligible. You must be 18 years of age, or older. Application deadlines are 2/23/16

Click on this link for more information:
http://blogs.adobe.com/education/2016/01/20/passport-to-creativity-with-adobe-students

 

Our Adobe representative sent this information to me yesterday, and since it is such an exciting opportunity, I wanted to share it with you. If I was a student, I would be posting my most creative videos and photos in Instagram and tagging them with #MadeThis and #PassportToCreativity right now!

Don’t wait in the cold – use DoubleMap

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When the wind chill goes below zero, getting from one end of campus to another can be downright brutal. You might think of taking an on-campus shuttle bus, but sometimes standing still and waiting in the cold is worse than walking. Ah, but you don’t have to stand in the cold – at both IUPUI and IU Bloomington, there’s a bus tracking service run by DoubleMap that can be found at One.IU; just search (“bus” is enough!), click on the tile for your campus, choose your desired bus line, and see where the bus is – in real time! You can wait inside a nice warm building, out of the wind, until the bus is almost at your nearest stop.

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Not near a computer? There’s an app for that, of course. Just download DoubleMap (available for iOS and for Android devices) onto your mobile device, and choose the appropriate campus (you’ll be surprised to see all the places DoubleMap serves).

The Best Apps for Taking Notes

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Whether you’re taking notes on a computer or on a mobile device, there are tons of applications out there to help you find a process that works for you. Taking notes should be smooth, simple, and should work well with your learning style. Applications are a great way to take notes, and here are a few I think that you need to be aware of!
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Tech Resources at Indiana University

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We live in an almost entirely tech dependent world–like seriously! I can almost guarantee you that 90% of the people in your dorm won’t even go to the bathroom without bringing their phone along, and it’s just down the hall! But with more technology comes more problems and more issues to fix. Even though you have six different devices that you love and cherish, you don’t have to be super tech savvy. You might not know how to fix every issue on your devices, so where can you find help?

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