Tutorials

Mac
Mac OS X Jaguar Fundamentals

Apple's revolutionary new Unix-based operating system was developed from the ground up. OS X has new features and usability that provide better stability, including multi-tasking and protected memory. Faster than previous Apple operating systems, OS X remains user-friendly to the point of affection. Even so, OS X is a radical departure from previous Mac operating systems. VTC author Matt Neutra will walk you through all of the new elements of OS X - including v10.2 - and show you how to maneuver it like a power user. He starts by familiarizing you with the interface, then guides you through the use of the Finder. You will learn how to set your preferences, how to use Sherlock, how to share files, the iLife applications, and more. You'll be introduced to various multimedia applications, including QuickTime, iTunes, and iMovie. Welcome to Mac OS X. To start learning right away, just click one of the movie topics below.

Macromedia
Macromedia Flash MX for Designers

Macromedia Flash MX is a wonderful tool for the creation of incredible web sites. Virtual Training Company's tutorial is aimed at designers, those who create graphical Flash content, such as animations, interactive web navigation controls, interactive web sites, games, and movies. Rick Martin, your instructor, starts off slowly by introducing you to the interface, setup, and the basics of Flash you need to know to get started, such as the difference between vector and bitmap graphics. He guides you through the many tools available. From there, he takes you through panels, timelines, and creating artwork. You will also learn to import sound, control movie clips, activate buttons, and much more. Get started right away by clicking one of the movie topics below.

Adobe
Adobe InDesign 2.0

InDesign 2.0, Adobe's exciting new page layout application, shares the language of professional designers, delivering unparalleled creative freedom, productivity, and precision for designing superb pages. It works seamlessly with Adobe's PhotoShop and Illustrator applications, providing a single integrated system that does not interrupt your creative process. Among some of the new features are transparency controls, tables, consistent color management allowed by Adobe Core Technology, and InDesign's Long Document support, which is great for allowing the creation of indexes and tables of content. Virtual Training Company author Andrew Hathaway begins slowly by introducing and explaining the interface and palettes of InDesign 2.0, setting up a new document, and how to use many of the tools, such as line tools and frame tools. He then moves on to adding text and graphics, formatting, editing, applying color, importing from PhotoShop or Illustrator, and more. VTC allows you to start learning from this tutorial right away, by just clicking on one of the topics below.

Adobe
Adobe After Effects 5/5.5 Essentials

Adobe After Effects is the design application that has become the standard for 2D/3D compositing, special effects, and animation, even among video and motion graphics professionals. In this Virtual Training Company tutorial, Jayse Hansen guides you through the use of After Effects 5/5.5, taking you from the basics of creating a clip, organizing, and how to work with compositions, to working with typography, audio, effects, fades, and transitions. Other lessons involve working with 3D layers, lighting, and cameras, importing from Photoshop and Illustrator, and 3D enhancements. He includes assignments to help you apply what you are learning. And for even more assistance, he gives you additional book and web resources so that you can explore After Effects even further. To get started today, simply click one of the movie topics below.

Microsoft
Microsoft Publisher 2002

Microsoft Publisher 2002 helps you easily create, customize, and publish materials such as newsletters, brochures, flyers, catalogs, calendars, and Web sites for the office or home. Learn to publish easily on your desktop printer, at a copy shop or commercial print shop, or directly to the Web. Linda Young is your instructor in this Virtual Training Company tutorial. She will guide you in planning your documents, including set-up, creating your own publications, creating logos, and inserting documents. It all becomes simple as she takes you step by step through using the newsletter wizard, web publishing, creating a business cards from scratch, and much more. To get started right away, just click one of the topics below.

Managing
Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Environment

Virtual Training Company's "Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network" tutorial is perfect for preparing for the MS Certification test # 70-218. Bill Ferguson, a certified Microsoft instructor, helps provide you with the knowledge you need to pass this exam. He explains how to manage an Active Directory, Data Storage, including dynamic disks, and Shares and Access Rights, such as the sharing of folders and printers. He will teach you how to configure and troubleshoot the Internet Information System (IIS), how to manage and monitor Network Security, including configuring user settings and groups, and how to manage routing by validating connectivity. You will also learn how to configure and troubleshoot TCP/IP, the language used on the Internet, and more. To start preparing, simply click on one of the topics below.

FileMaker
FileMaker Pro 5 for the Web

FileMaker Pro 5.0 is a powerful cross-platform database application that takes the headache out of organizing your business and information. Virtual Training Company's FileMaker Pro 5 for the Web tutorial takes your working knowledge of FileMaker and teaches you how to make it work for your web site. Before you begin, it is recommended that you have a working knowledge of FileMaker Pro (see VTC tutorial ISBN#1889347876 for a refresher), web publishing (ISBN#1930519729), and HTML (ISBN#1889347663). Author David Bylund takes you through 3 approaches to learning FileMaker Pro for the Web: Static, which helps you create html pages behind the scenes of FileMaker; Instant Web Publishing, which gives you limited control over the layout and information from FileMaker on your web page; and Custom Web Publishing, which gives you complete control over what information to include from your database, interface, layout, and graphics. He makes learning easier by guiding you through setting up a sample online store so you can learn through real-life examples. Get started now by clicking on one of the topics below.

Microsoft
Microsoft FrontPage 2002

Microsoft FrontPage 2002 is a web site creation and management tool that enables you to create attractive web sites. With FrontPage 2002, you can easily set up, monitor, and update sites. In Virtual Training Company's tutorial, author Linda Young teaches you how to create a professional looking web site with ease. Beginners and experienced users alike can benefit from her in-depth training. She starts out slowly, allowing you to learn the building blocks of FrontPage 2002, before taking to the next level. You will learn how to add hyperlinks, how to construct tables, site management, and much more. Gain the knowledge you need to create an incredible web site now by clicking one of the links below.

PHP
PHP

**NOTE** This course explains an outdated version of PHP. If you have installed PHP recently it is highly likely the code shown here WILL NOT WORK in your scripts. We highly recommend viewing this PHP title instead.

PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) is a tool that lets you create dynamic web pages. PHP-enabled web pages are treated just like regular HTML pages and you can create and edit them the same way you normally create regular HTML pages. Virtual Training Company's tutorial is taught by Joshua Mostafa and shows you how to get the most out of using PHP. He begins with the basics and takes you smoothly through all you need to know to use PHP in creating an incredible web site. To start today, just click on one of the topics below.

Adobe
Adobe Photoshop 7

As Virtual Training Company Adobe-certified trainer Andrew Hathaway claims in this tutorial, Photoshop 7 is "the mothership of all imaging needs." You can create art, paint, edit images, create Web site content, and add special effects to images. Some of the exciting features new to Photoshop 7 allow you to preview all of your images with File Browser, save presets for your workspace, spell check your text, create enhanced Web output in conjunction with ImageReady 7, customize your brushes with new options, and distort images with new liquefy effects. Andrew Hathaway starts easily by going over the basic aspects of Photoshop, including the interface, palettes, and setting up and saving your workspace. He moves from there on to selection basics and masks, working with color and color modes, and introducing you to the many brushes available in Photoshop 7. You will also learn how to work with layers, vector tools, shape modes, filter techniques, and more. Get started on becoming a Photoshop expert today! Just click on one of the movie topics below.

Microsoft
Microsoft Windows XP Administration (70-270)

Virtual Training Company's Microsoft Windows XP Admin tutorial is an excellent resource in preparation for the Microsoft Certification Exam #70-270. Certified Instructor Bill Ferguson guides you through installing Windows XP, including automated installation, troubleshooting the boot process, and configuring your hardware. He also helps you with managing the desktop, both for a user and an administrator, and with connecting within a network and through remote access. At the end of this tutorial, he will give you some tips helpful for taking the Microsoft Certification test. To get started, simply click one of the topics below.

Email
Email In-depth W/ Outlook Express 5/6

Need to know more about email? Try Virtual Training Company's tutorial Email In-Depth with Outlook Express. Nan Price will show you all you need to know to set up your own personal mailroom. Not only will she guide you through sending and receiving mail, but she will also help you learn how to include pictures, documents, and videos, and even how to send a fax through email. Learn how to set up multiple identities, create individual folders, and how to personalize your emails by using stationary. This tutorial is especially great for those new to computers or email. To get started, click on one of the topics below.