Author Archives: melissa

Use Auto Fill to Quickly Add Data to your Excel Spreadsheets

Tired of manually typing in repetitive data in Excel? Let auto fill do the work for you! Auto fill is a nifty tool that will allow you to quickly add repetitive or sequential data to your spreadsheets. Imagine that you have a spreadsheet that keeps track of how many hours each employee works per weekday. Instead of typing out each weekday, simply type in Monday (or Mon if you prefer to abbreviate) and press the enter key. Now, select the … Continue reading

Remove the playback bar in Captivate

A few weeks ago I was working with a student who was interested in removing the skin (playback bar) during a portion of one of her Captivate projects. Her reasons for wanting to turn the skin off were fairly project specific, however I thought this tip might be beneficial to some of our blog readers as well. Why would I want to remove the skin? Well, let’s say that you’re working on a Captivate project and the first part of … Continue reading

Don’t forget to Backup!

We’ve all heard it, yet many of us fail to do it.  Sometimes it creeps into our brains as a passing thought that’s quickly dismissed, much as one might dismiss a mother’s warning about not going swimming right after eating.  And then the day comes when we beat our head against the wall saying “Why?! Why didn’t I save a backup copy of my project?!” Believe me, I am just as guilty as the next person of neglecting this critical … Continue reading

Microsoft Tips and Tricks

In the interest of making sure our Microsoft users are not left in the dust, I’ve decided to begin posting mini-tutorials focusing on several of the Microsoft Office products on our video resources page.  These tutorials will be fairly short in duration and will provide a brief overview of  various tools and features.  Check out the first video on how to apply conditional formatting in Excel 2010.

Adobe Announces eLearning Suite 2.5 and Captivate 5.5

Have you heard the news? Adobe announced the release of eLearning Suite 2.5 and Captivate 5.5 and there are some great new features that I can’t wait to tell you about! Let’s start with Adobe eLearning Suite 2.5. This Suite includes essential eLearning development tools including the updated CS5.5 versions of Flash and Dreamweaver, Photoshop CS5 Extended, Acrobat X Pro, Audition CS5.5 (which replaces Soundbooth for audio editing) and the newly released Captivate 5.5. You’ll be able to develop your … Continue reading

Adobe Captivate 5: Master Slides

You’re in the middle of developing a Captivate project and you think to yourself, “Boy, it sure would be nice to have my company logo appear on all of the slides.  And maybe a footer at the bottom of each slide that displays the course title.”   In the old days, the only option you had was to add an image or a text caption and set the Timing properties to display the object for the rest of the project.  Not … Continue reading

Is web conferencing right for you?

Last week Easel Solutions hosted an exhibitor booth at Infotec, an annual business technology conference put on by the AIM Institute in Nebraska. Over the course of two days, I spent a significant amount of time speaking to conference attendees about the new features in Adobe Connect 8, Adobe’s enterprise web conferencing solution.  I had a blast watching people’s expressions as I demonstrated Connect’s multimedia capabilities and collaboration tools and was amazed at the different ways that attendees saw themselves using web conferencing.   One … Continue reading

Text Display Issue in Captivate 4

Recently, a student brought a Captivate 4 issue to our attention. When creating a project, their text captions looked fine during development. However when published, it looked like bold formatting had been applied to the text. After digging a bit deeper, we discovered the issue was only occurring in transparent text captions. The problem? Anti-aliasing.    Anti-WHAT?? Anti-aliasing is used to smooth the edges of text and graphics on your computer screen.  Your computer screen is made up of pixels. Without anti-aliasing, your text would … Continue reading

Easel Solutions at ASTD’s Regional Event

ASTD-Lincoln and ASTD Nebraska have joined forces to bring in a full-day event that will place you in the same room as seven world renowned speakers who will help you Do More With Less. The ASTD Regional Event will bring together over 600 professionals, business and community leaders on May 18, 2011 at the LaVista Conference Center for Human Performance Improvement: Doing More With Less.  The highly anticipated conference features a networking reception the night prior to the event, seven … Continue reading