Archive for February, 2010
Safety & Security in Windows 7
Continuing the general trend in increasing the security of its products with each release, Microsoft has shipped Windows 7 as the most stable edition of the operating system to date. The security features and functionality within the OS are designed to give users more control over their data, and stop many of the more dangerous elements from putting users at risk today.
Intelligent Virus and Malware Protection
While Microsoft has not introduced a full anti-virus package with itâ€™s OS as has been speculated in the past, it has put in some helpful tools and a robust defense against common types of spyware and malware that have become more commonplace in recent years. Windows Defender, which ships with Windows 7, is at the heart of this protection, and Microsoft offers its Security Essentials download from its site as another line of defense.
Security and Parental Controls
One of the main features users noticed in Windows Vista was the User Account Control function that alerted users when third party software needed access to sensitive system files. Unfortunately, the alerts were almost constant, and many users felt the notifications detracted from a seamless computing experience. The UAC in Windows 7 is intelligent and scalable, allowing users to adjust the settings to their own preferences and reducing the number of unnecessary warnings.
Parental controls are also improved in Windows 7, enabling users to place reasonable limits on the types of content and amount of computer use available to their children.
This Windows 7 Tutorial – Training CD from Infinite Skills will provide home and small business users with the knowledge they need to take total advantage of this new operating system. In this user-friendly training series, software expert Tony Northrup introduces the new features that Windows 7 makes available and guides you through the entire upgrade process and a wide range of specialized and everyday tasks.
Whether you are upgrading from an earlier edition of Windows or youâ€™ve just purchased a completely new machine, understanding how this OS is different from prior versions and how it fundamentally works will increase the fun and efficiency with which you use your computer. The tutorials in this video course all present a live view of the Windows 7 desktop. This means that the tasks performed by the instructor onscreen will look exactly as they should on your own computer. This eliminates the vague advice you often get in training books by presenting an interactive interface that mirrors real world performance.
Since Northrop covers so many topics, different users can take away their own benefits from the training. The lessons can be viewed in sequence or watched in the order you prefer. This frees you to learn at your own speed and derive the maximum benefit from the onscreen instruction.
The Windows 7 Tutorial – Training can be bought on disk from the Infinite Skills online store or viewed as streaming video through the websiteâ€™s affordable subscriber plan.
How Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 Simplifies Photo Management
As the latest release in an award winning product line, Photoshop Elements 8 takes what worked from previous editions and incorporates a number of innovations that make managing and editing personal photos that much easier. Based on the rich toolset that has defined Photoshop as an industry standard graphics tool, Elements offers a powerful but simplified editing process and combines it with organization functionality that the more expensive edition lacks.
Elements offers an easy interface for taking multiple images from your digital cameraâ€™s memory card and adding them to your personal library. Photos are straightened and automatically organized by the date and location they were taken so you can find them right away.
The visual tags available in Elements 8 let you categorize and sort your images by the content of your shots. You can narrow down your collection by people or place, and bypass obscure file names for labels that you choose.
Because thereâ€™s no cost to developing images, digital photo collections grow at an astronomical rate. Instead of clicking through one album at a time, Elements offers an instant search function that lets you look for images based on when and where they were taken as well as any keywords youâ€™ve associated with the files.
Every time you take a photo on a modern digital camera, information about your specific settings are stored within the image itself. Elements gives you a straightforward way to view this information, including camera model, exposure settings and optical zoom parameters. This is especially helpful for photography enthusiasts wanting details about their favorite shots.
Registered users in the U.S. Have access to a wealth of web-based tools from Adobe to supplement the software on their home machine. Syncing tools let you maintain your collection across multiple computers, and an online Organizer lets you view your images from computers that donâ€™t have Elements installed at all.
Managing an extensive photo collection is just one of the tasks Photoshop Elements 8 can handle. You also have quick access to a full set of tools for manipulating and enhancing images as well as a special interface for turning your favorite shots into calendars, cards and a lot more. This innovative Photoshop Elements 8 Tutorial from Infinite Skills covers an entire range of effective uses, from simply fixing red eye problems to adjusting a photoâ€™s contrast and exposure to make it look like it was taken by a pro.
Special media instructor Neil Oliver explains the software in depth, with seven hours of examples and advice that will help users explore their creativity, even where they have had difficulty with editing programs in the past.
All of the examples are shown within the actual software interface, so everything looks just like it will on your own edition of Elements 8 for Windows. Ready for purchase on hardcopy CD or streaming online, full information can be found on the product page.