May 2, 2011
I’ve finally moved my blog from the free hosted service at http://www.wordpress.com to Network Solution’s hosted WordPress service. It’s a pretty good deal at only $49.50 per year. The only problem I’ve seen so far is that the maximum size for videos you can upload is 25 MB. That’s doesn’t work very well when my five-minute videos are usually 100 MB. So I uploaded my wedding video to YouTube and linked to it.
Please visit my new site at www.ifcatscouldwrite.com, since I’ll be taking this one down soon.
January 26, 2011
There is a much easier way to record and edit Webex presentations than what I previously posted in How to Record, Edit, and Distribute WebEx Meeting Recordings.
Just record the meeting during the Webex session, then play back the Webex recording while recording it with Camtasia Studio 7. Then you can edit it, add a title page, table of contents, etc.
I had tried other ways to do this, including Webex’s recording editor, Captivate, and even Jing. I was not able to capture the audio from my Webex recordings (arf) with Captivate 5, even though I followed the instructions in Captivate’s startup message and ran Captivate as the Administrator, then set the audio input device as Stereo Mix. I tried this with Jing 2.4 and couldn’t get the audio either, even though I set it to Stereo Mix.
I was able to capture the audio and video with Camtasia Studio 7 without a problem.
Here are the steps:
1. Record the meeting during the Webex session.2. Download the recording from Webex. (You don’t have to convert the arf file).
2. In Windows 7, right click the sound icon on the taskbar and select Recording Devices. Make Stereo Mix the default.Note: If you don’t see Recording Devices, go to Start > Control Panel > Sound and select the Recording tab.
3. Then in Camtasia, select Record System Audio from the Recorded Inputs dialog (this automatically opens when you start a recording).
4. Play back the Webex recording while recording it with Camtasia Studio 7.
5. After you record the Webex recording in Camtasia, you can add markers to create a table of contents. (See http://www.techsmith.com/learn/camtasia/7/use-markers-to-create-toc/).
Camtasia is $299 and well worth it, in my opinion.
December 6, 2010
When I upgraded to Windows 7/Word 2007 from XP/Word 2003, I noticed that it was very difficult to see selected text in a Word 2007 document. When you select text, it’s pale blue. That doesn’t help when you’re working with long documents. However, you can change the color of selected text in Windows 7.
- Right-click your desktop in Windows 7.
- Select Personalize.
- Select Window Color at the bottom.
- Select Advanced appearance settings…
- On the Window Color and Appearance dialog, select Selected Items from the Items drop-down list.
- Select a color from the Color drop-down.
- To create a custom color, select Other from the Color drop-down, then find the color you want in the palette, and click Add to Custom Colors. Then click OK on the on the Window Color and Appearance dialog.
- On the Change the color of your window borders…window, click Save Changes.
Now when you select text in Word 2007, your color will display.
December 6, 2010
You can create folders for your tasks and then organize them into groups on the Tasks pane in Outlook 2007. (I couldn’t find this in Outlook’s online help.)
- To create a folder for your tasks, in the Tasks view in Outlook, click the drop-down on the New button on the menu, then select Folder.
- Enter a name for your folder, then click OK.
- To create a group, click Add New Group (this displays beneath “Current View” on the Tasks pane).
- Enter a name for your group. Once you create the group, you can rename it by right-clicking the group name.
- Drag the folder you created (under My Tasks on the Tasks pane) and drop it on top of your new group.
November 19, 2010
I haven’t been posting much about tech writing since the summer. That’s because I’ve been taking an art class to maintain my teacher certification. I’m certified to teach French, and in the state of Florida, you can maintain your teacher certification by taking 6 credit hours every 5 years from an accredited college or university (see Florida Educator Certification Renewal Requirements). At least 3 of those credit hours must meet specific requirements (see Appropriate Categories for Renewal). I took a French class 2 years ago, so I was able to take a class of my choice. (The 6 credit hour requirement is for teachers that are not currently teaching — those who are can use inservice points.)
My professor is Erika Greenberg Schneider. It’s been a great class. Here are some of my drawings from the class:
November 19, 2010
I was having trouble with low volume output with my headphones and my new Windows 7 PC (HP Compaq 6000 Pro Small Form Factor). After finding all kinds of complaints on the Web about it, I was able to resolve my problem with a really simple fix. I had been plugging in the headphones in the back of the CPU. I didn’t realize there was a jack in the front, and when I plugged it in there, it works fine now.