Tutorials

FileMaker
FileMaker Server 8

FileMaker Server 8 is intended for both FileMaker Developers and IT administrators and explains all of the important concepts of what FileMaker Server is and what it does. The tutorial covers installation, configuration, monitoring & troubleshooting and best practices. A great deal of time is also spent on how data hosted on FileMaker Server can be used in other applications. To begin learning FileMaker Server today, simply click on one of the movie links.

Mashups
Mashups (Web 2.0 Web Apps)

Mashups let you combine data and data presentations (such as maps) from a variety of sources. It may be your own data, or what you bring to the mashup may be a unique way of combining or presenting data. Mashups require a little technical knowledge about a lot of different Web technologies. VTC author Jesse Feiler walks you through every step of the development of two mashups guiding you through the use of some of the most common technologies: MySQL, PHP, REST, JavaScript, and XML. You'll see how to retrieve and parse data from an SQL database and from Amazon.com's product listings; you'll also see how to produce Google maps from your own data. The techniques here are common to many mashups and will help you get started with other sites including eBay and Flickrs. To begin learning simply click the links.

ColdFusion
ColdFusion MX 7

ColdFusion is a powerful platform-independent server-side technology used to create powerful database-driven applications. Built into ColdFusion is an application server which uses the ColdFusion Markup Language (CFML). ColdFusion MX7 can be run on various web servers, and includes a JRUN web server that can be used for development purposes. CFML offers built-in tags and functions so users do not have to have a background in programming in order to use ColdFusion. ColdFusion MX7 provides for customized tags and components making it much easier than other languages to extend and customize the language to fit the needs of any application. VTC author Candyce Mairs guides you through the use of these features to build your own site. Included are work files so you may work along with her. To begin learning simply click the links.

Autodesk
Autodesk Combustion 4

Autodesk Combustion 4 is an exciting compositing application that offers the creative tools, speed and interactivity that professionals need and artists crave. The ability to paint, animate, edit and compose in 2D and 3D are combined in an integrated environment based on Autodesk's legendary and easy to use interface. VTC author Dwayne Ferguson shows you step by step, how to get the most out of this powerful software. Learn animation, 3D compositing, particle effects and much more. To get started today, simply click on one of the Combustion 4 lessons.

Macromedia
Macromedia Flash 8: ActionScript for Designers

Macromedia Flash 8: ActionScript for Designers is intended to teach those who understand the basics of Flash design the necessary tools to add powerful interactivity using ActionScript. It is not assumed that the viewer is familiar with much ActionScript, so the tutorial starts with simple explanations of ActionScript principles. By the end of the course, the viewer will have an excellent grasp on how ActionScript works, how to read and write complex code, and how to create dynamic Flash applications. To begin learning, simply click on one of the links below.

linux
Linux Security

The Linux Operating System has proven time and time that it reigns supreme in configurability and security. Being well versed in Linux Security can make the difference between a highly available web server and a compromised warez distribution point. Understanding Linux Security can make or break your ability to survive in the world of ever-changing Computer Security. VTC Authors Brad Causey and Bobby Rogers work together to present Linux Security so you can carry the knowledge back and use it in a practical manner. To begin learning simply click the links.

garageband
GarageBand 3

Apple's GarageBand software is virtually a "recording-studio-in-a-box". It comes with everything you need to create, edit, mix and master professional quality multi-track audio recordings, podcasts, movie scores and more. In this course by Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus, author of "GarageBand For Dummies", users will learn everything they need to create music, podcasts, and video scores. "Dr. Mac" will even discuss equipment choices, environment, proper set-up and recording practices, mixing and mastering. But even if you've never created an audio recording in your life, this hands-on course has everything you need to begin creating your own high-quality recordings, podcasts and video scores right away! Work files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the GarageBand links.

Macromedia
Macromedia Dreamweaver 8: Advanced

Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 is the most popular Web design and Web development tool available today, and has become the industry standard. In this course, VTC author, Lucinda Dykes, demonstrates everything you need to know to use Dreamweaver 8's advanced features to create dynamic database-driven Web pages with ASP, PHP 5, and ColdFusion MX 7. You don't need to be a programmer or a database expert to use Dreamweaver's advanced features, but you do need to be familiar with Dreamweaver's basic features, including creating HTML pages and Web sites with either Dreamweaver MX, Dreamweaver MX 2004, or Dreamweaver 8. Lucinda shows you how to work with Web servers, application servers, and databases to create dynamic pages. Work files are also made available, so you can follow right along! To being learning Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 Advanced today, simply click on one of the links below.

Adobe
Adobe Video Bundle Essentials

The Adobe Video Bundle is the complete suite of Adobe's video applications. This includes Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Encore DVD, Audition, and even Flash! This training series covers the basics of every application in the suite, as well as how each program integrates with the others within the suite. This course is taught by author, consultant, funny guy, and Adobe Certified Expert, Chad Perkins. This training series is the best way to get up to speed with all of these amazing applications. And whether you're completely new to some, or all, of these great programs, or whether you're a seasoned expert in them, there are essential tips and tricks in this series that will completely change your workflow. Chad Perkins is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, After Effects, and one of the world's first Adobe Certified Experts in Adobe Encore DVD, and a well-seasoned software trainer that will entertain as well as educate. A DVD containing work files is included. To begin learning today, simply click on one of the Adobe Video Bundle Essentials movie links.

Adobe
Adobe Photoshop Advanced Artistry II

Adobe Photoshop Advanced Artistry II, is a course designed for professional designers and photographers who use Adobe Photoshop CS2. The course is designed to showcase cutting-edge creative techniques in many artistic disciplines such as digital imaging, color correction and manipulation, photo retouching, advanced production techniques and other popular graphic effects. This practical step-by-step tutorial by certified Photoshop Trainer Rita Amladi, is guaranteed to raise your knowledge level, and it will inspire you to apply these successful techniques in your own projects right away. In addition, several "Mini-Tutorials" shed light on key concepts and tools covered in each section. An entire section is devoted to teaching you about color management, which will ensure that you get the best possible results on screen and when printed. Work files are provided. To begin learning more, simply click on one of the Adobe Photoshop Advanced Artistry II movie links.

* Please note that onOne Software, Inc. has provided a 10% discount on downloads to VTC customers (both CD and Online users), on any of the Edge Effects used in this tutorial. PictureQuest has also provided free low-res images and a 10% discount on downloads to VTC customers, who want to upgrade to the high-res images used in this tutorial.

Carrara
Carrara 5

Carrara 5 is an easy-to-use but extremely powerful 3D application for both PC and Macintosh/MacIntel. Able to produce high resolution, lithography quality art to animated movies complete with particle effects, Carrara is one of the most universal 3D toolsets for any studio or work environment. This simple to follow how-to course functions on two levels: 1) Introduces someone new to Carrara software to the ins and outs of 3D content creation with this amazing tool, and 2) Demonstrates advanced capabilities for more experienced users - building on top of fundamentals. Work files are made available, so users can successfully explore and discover the secrets of working with Carrara! To begin learning Carrara 5 today, simply click on one of the movie links.

ajax
Ajax

Ajax, shorthand for Asynchronous Javascript and XML, is a set of technologies that allows you to create Web applications that don't need to refresh Web pages in the browser. You can operate behind the scenes, connecting to the server, uploading and downloading data, and display the results in the browser using dynamic HTML. Using Ajax gives your Web pages the feel of a desktop application-the whole display will no longer flash when you click a button. VTC Author Steve Holzner helps you get started developing and building your own Ajax capable web pages. A familiarity with JavaScript, XML, PHP is recommended for this course. To begin learning, simply click the links.