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Rotating Guides in Illustrator

Image of guides and trianglesI was creating triangles in Illustrator recently when I accidentally rotated one of the guidelines in Illustrator. I didn’t even realize this was possible.

If you ever need to rotate guides so you can align an object to the guide, here are the steps:

  1. Create a guideline.
  2. Right click the guideline, point at transform and click rotate.

The Rotate dialog box will appear.

Rotate dialog box in Illustrator CC 2015

  1. Specify the angle you want and click OK.

If you want to see this demonstrated take a look at this video on YouTube:

Guide Tricks in Illustrator

Adjusting Perspective in an Image with Photoshop’s Perspective Crop

Recently I was taking photos of control screens for technology in classrooms around campus. To make these screens easier to view they are often mounted at an angle. This made getting a photo at a 90-degree angle difficult.

The control panel for technology in a classroom

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12 Free Courses from Adobe KnowHow

partial listing of free courses on Adobe KnowHow.I just got an email from Adobe KnowHow about free courses available on popular programming languages.  When I went to investigate, I discovered that Adobe KnowHow is a learning platform providing training on various Adobe programs. While most of the courses on KnowHow are not free, there are 12 courses, including the Try an Hour of Code for Free, which are available without charge.

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Preventing cat-like typing

I was assisting in one of our online workshops from home recently. After my cat’s morning nap, he decided to join me. My laptop had been on for quite some time and was warm. So Bailey, of course, decided that was where he wanted to sit.

When I am working from home, I have a monitor, keyboard and mouse attached to the laptop, so I didn’t really mind that he was sitting on it. However, the laptop keyboard still was active, so the folks attending the workshop saw something like this:

Chat window from Connect with several messages of random characters that were entered by cat sitting on a laptops keyboard.

 

 

 

Luckily he didn’t hit manage to step on enter again after he proceeded to type in an entire paragraph of c’s.

So what can you do about this?

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Decorate a Tree with Code

Did you noticed the Made with Code link on Google yesterday? If you didn’t take a look, you are missing out on a really cool project.

Animated lights on treeGoogle has partnered with the National Park Foundation to allow you to design lights for a Christmas tree. The best part is that you get to pick a tree in the President’s Park outside the White House and have your lights displayed in real life. You can also save an animated gif of your tree.

Once you’ve designed your lights, pick one of the 56 state or territory trees to display your light pattern. You are then assigned a date and time when your lights will be displayed. The trees are being displayed starting tonight at 5pm EST through January 2nd 2015.

This holiday coding project is part of Google’s Made with Code initiative which is designed to get girls more interested in computer programming and coding. The tree project and other projects that are available on the Made with Code page were created with Blockly, a web-based graphical programming editor which Google developed. Blockly is also used by code.org and MIT’s App Inventor.

Visit Holiday Lights to design a tree.

Free Training from Adobe

Just received an email today about two free training opportunities from Adobe.

Sowing the Seeds for a More Creative Society is a webinar on September 17th at 4pm EDT. Learn how to prepare students to participate in a more creative society in this webinar, presented by Mitch Resnik of the MIT Media lab. For more information, go to: http://go.iu.edu/efZ

If you are wanting to build your first website, or help students create one of their own, check out this two-week online Muse CC immersive boot camp.  Learn how to design sites for web, mobile and tablet. The course starts on October 10th. Learn more at: http://go.iu.edu/efW

Oh and by the way, if you are part of the IU community, you have access to Muse CC through IUanyWare.

Allowing Multiple Filters in Pivot Tables

While working on metrics for our web site, I discovered that by default you are only allowed to apply one filter per field when using a Pivot Table. So if you try to apply a second filter, the first filter will be removed. In good news, you can change the PivotTable Options and allow more than one filter to be applied to the same field.

Here is a video I found that shows specifically how to do this:

Jen

Internet Explorer and YouTube problems?

The last week or so I’ve run into a problem with IE where when I try to view some YouTube videos I see a flash of the screen that should load and then I’m redirected to a page where I see this error:
This page can't be displayed

In looking for a solution, I found some comments from other people having the same problem. They had come up with two options to solve the issue, either:

  1. Use a different browser like Firefox or Chrome
  2. Log out of Google+

Not sure why logging out of Google+ fixes the issue but I found it worked for me.

Jen

Firefox: Adding Sites to the New Tab Page

Recently, I wanted to add a website to the new tab page that appears in Firefox when a new tab is opened. In looking at the help pages from Firefox, I found it showed how to work with pages that were automatically added and how add a bookmarked page. However, it seemed to me that bookmarking a page first shouldn’t be required. I searched on Google and found other people with the same issue. At this pointed I decided to just try some things, and I found that it is possible. The screen cast included below shows how to add a website to the new tab page:

Word: Removing unneeded line break after a table

Found a really great tip the other day over at Penn State. Unfortunately the page is now giving me a 404 error, so I’m reproducing the tip here.

Have you ever added a table to a the end of Word document and ended with an extra page that you couldn’t get rid of? The problem is that when you add a table at the end of a Word document, Word automatically adds paragraph mark after a table.

Most of time this paragraph doesn’t cause a problem, but sometimes there isn’t room for the paragraph at the end of the document and you end up with an extra blank page.

To get rid of the extra page:

  1. Open the document.
  2. If necessary, go to the Home tab on the ribbon.
  3. Turn on the formatting codes by clicking the Show/Hide Button. See Figure 1.

    Image showing the location of the Show/Hide button on the Home tab of Word.

    Figure 1

  4. Find and select the extra paragraph mark.
  5. To open the Font properties dialog box, click the dialog box launcher. See Figure 2.

    image showing location of the font dialog box launcher

    Figure 2

  6. In the Effect section of the Font dialog box, select the Hidden checkbox. See Figure 3.

    Image showing the Fonts dialog box with the Effects Hidden option location highlighted

    Figure 3

  7. Click OK to accept the changes.When you look at the page, it appears the extra space is still there.
  8. Turn off the formatting codes by clicking the Show/Hide button again.

You now should see the document without the extra page.

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