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[5 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]


OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) by Microsoft gives you one place for all of your files, including photos, videos, and documents, and then access them from any of your Windows PCs or mobile devices (similar to Google Drive)

OneDrive provides 7GB free of space, but you can earn more free space by referring friends who do not already have OneDrive or purchase addtional space.  It will also give you another free 3GB when you upload photos to OneDrive.

One of OneDrive’s strength, if you are a Microsoft Office user, is the integration of free Microsoft Office online.  It works closely with Microsoft Office apps, such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint.  OneDrive users can collaborate on documents in real time like on Google Drive.  You’ll be able to see the changes they make as they make them.

For more details on how to use OneDrive, a video is shown below.

Click here to view the embedded video.



Browsers, Computer Lab, Digital Media Lab, Featured, Technology, Web 2.0, Websites »

[6 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]

Browsers3Some of you may or may not know that the Internet Explorer is not the only web browser available to use when browsing the internet, there are a few other web browsers that can be used to surf the internet.  The PC computers in the Skokie Public Library have 3 web browsers installed, they are Internet Explorer, FireFox and Chrome.  The Digital Media Lab iMacs have Safari, Firefox and Chrome installed.  All of these web browsers have very much the same basic functionalities for web surfing.  Internet Explorer is made by Microsoft, Safari is made by Apple, Chrome is made by Google and Firefox is made by Mozilla.  Feel free to use any one of these when you come in to browse the internet.

Computer Lab, Digital Media Lab, Featured, Fun Stuff, Just for Fun, Library Facts & Fun, Online, Technology, Web 2.0, Websites, Youth, YouTube »

[15 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]

Take a look at some interesting Internet-related stats from 2012 as compiled by Royal Pingdom.

There were….

2.2 billion – Number of email users worldwide.
425 million – Number of active Gmail users globally, making it the leading email provider worldwide.

634 million – Number of websites (December).
51 million – Number of websites added during the year.
(Here is one of the 634 million websites, the Skokie Public Library’s website: www.skokielibrary.info.)

87.8 million – Number of Tumblr blogs.
17.8 billion – Number of page views for Tumblr.
(Check out the Skokie Public Library on Tumblr at skokielibrary.tumblr.com.)

59.4 million – Number of WordPress sites around the world.
3.5 billion – Number of webpages run by WordPress viewed each month.
(Hey did you know that this blog is run by WordPress?  Read some of the Skokie Public Library’s blogs at blogs.skokielibrary.info/.)

246 million – Number of domain name registrations across all top-level domains.
100 million – Number of .com domain names at the end of 2012.
(The Skokie Public Library’s domain name is skokielibrary.info.)

2.4 billion – Number of Internet users worldwide.
274 million – Number of Internet users in North America.
(You are welcomed to surf the internet here in the Skokie Public Library.)

1 billion – Number of monthly active users on Facebook, passed in October.
300 million – Number of new photos added every day to Facebook.
(You can friend us too.  Skokie Public Library on Facebook at facebook.com/skokielibrary.)

200 million – Monthly active users on Twitter, passed in December.
175 million – Average number of tweets sent every day throughout 2012.
163 billion – the number of tweets since Twitter started, passed in July.
(Give us a tweet or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/skokielibrary.)

1.2 trillion – Number of searches on Google  in 2012.
(Next best thing.  You can also search for books and other Library materials on the Skokie Public Library’s catalog at discover.skokielibrary.info.  Or you can search contents from the the Skokie Public Library website here.)

1 billion – PSY’s Gangnam Style video became the first online video to reach 1 billion views (currently over 1.3 billion) and it achieved 1 billion views in only 5 months.
4 billion – Number of hours of video we watched on YouTube per month.
(Yes, the Skokie Public Library has their own videos made that you can watch on youtube.com/user/skokielibrary.)

5 billion – The total number of photos uploaded to Instagram since its start, reached in September 2012.
(Well, you can check out the Skokie Public Library’s photos on Flickr at flickr.com/photos/skokiepl.)

To see more stats related to internet from 2012, click over to Royal Pingdom, an uptime monitoring company.

That’s a lot of people using the internet.  How much do you think year 2013 will exceed (or decrease) last year’s numbers?

The Skokie Public Library has full service internet computers on the 1st and 2nd floors.  Feel free to browse the internet at your leisure and be part of the amazing Internet population.

Computer Lab, Design, Digital Media Lab, Digitization, Equipment, Featured, Gadgets, Hardware, Photography, Productivity, Technology »

[12 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]

Intuos5 touch Large
is a professional quality graphics tablet, It is approximately 102.4 square inches of active working area.   Whether you are a photographer, illustrator, cartoonist, designer, or someone who wants professional results on your artwork, the Intuos5 lets you alternate between using multi-touch gestures with your fingers to position and navigate your artwork and the pressure-sensitive pen to sketch, paint, retouch, and edit.  The tablet is available for use here at the Skokie Public Library, it can be checked out at the Computer Commons desk.


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Computer Lab, Design, Digital Media Lab, Digitization, Featured, Music, Technology, Video »

[8 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

If you like video editing, you might enjoy using Final Cut Pro X, a video production suite.  Our Skokie Public Library had recently upgraded to the latest and greatest version of Final Cut Pro in the Digital Media Lab on DML #4.

Some of the features included in Final Cut Pro X (from the Apple website:

“Unified Import
Use the new single-window interface to import from all sources, including file-based video cameras, DSLRs, external hard drives, and network locations. Choose the customizable List view to display a variety of clip metadata, or switch to Filmstrip view for a visual representation of all your footage. Even add commonly used locations to the Favorites sidebar for fast access.

Streamlined Share
Deliver your work faster than ever from Final Cut Pro. Choose from export presets optimized for a wide range of uses — including iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Or build custom settings in Compressor and easily access them in Final Cut Pro. Export an entire project, a single clip, or a selected range in your project or event. Bundle multiple destinations to deliver different versions of the same project in a single step. And add Chapter Markers right in Final Cut Pro to quickly move between sections within a QuickTime file, DVD, or Blu-ray disc.

Multichannel Audio Editing
Edit multichannel audio faster than ever. A simple keystroke reveals separate audio channels when you need them and collapses them when you don’t — right in the timeline. Easily disable individual channels or select ranges for fine control of timing and volume. And access the Inspector to view details of any audio file, rename individual channels, or hide them in the timeline.

Dual Viewers
Compare shots and match action by enabling a second viewer on demand, which displays the media you skim, select, and play in your Event Browser. You can choose to show video scopes for both viewers, making it easy to grade and match footage.

RED Camera Support
Import RED media directly into Final Cut Pro X and start editing right away with native support for .r3d files. Convert to either ProRes 4444 or ProRes Proxy in the background while you work, and use the optional RED ROCKET card to accelerate transcode, render, and playback. Even adjust essential debayer and color settings to get the look you need without leaving Final Cut Pro.

MXF Plug-in Support
Work natively with MXF files using third-party plug-ins by developers including Hamburg Pro Media and Calibrated Software. Import MXF files from your media library, archive, or other video source and export directly from Final Cut Pro in the MXF format.

Copy and Paste Attributes
Easily copy and paste specific attributes between multiple clips. A new interface allows you to see the source clip and choose exactly which effects you want to transfer.

Flexible Clip Connections
Control how Connected Clips respond to changes in your timeline. Choose to keep them connected to clips as you edit or — with a simple modifier key — have them remain in place when slipping, sliding, or moving clips in the Primary Storyline.

XML 1.2 with Metadata Import and Export
Enjoy richer integration when moving projects and media between applications. XML 1.2 includes new standard metadata fields such as Reel. And Final Cut Pro X XML now includes custom project and media metadata, so you can import from — and export to — third-party apps and media asset management systems.

Edit multicam projects faster than ever before with a collection of innovative features. Select videos and photos, then create a Multicam Clip by automatically syncing different angles based on time of day, timecode, markers, or audio waveforms. You can change, add, or delete camera angles at any time and work with different formats, frame sizes, and frame rates without conversion. When it’s time to cut your multicam project, simply click in the Angle Viewer or use keyboard shortcuts to switch between video and audio on the fly. You can even combine audio channels from multiple cameras with a click.
New Range Selection Functions
Speed up your workflow by creating, preserving, and exporting ranges in the Event Browser. You can even maintain multiple ranges on a single source clip.

One-Step Freeze Frame
Create a freeze frame from your timeline or from source media in your event and add it to your project with a single keystroke.

Drop Shadow
Add dimension to text and objects by applying a drop shadow right in Final Cut Pro. Use intuitive onscreen controls to adjust position, edge falloff, angle, and more. Or access the Inspector for a complete set of adjustments. A 3D-lighting model dynamically adjusts shadow orientation for a realistic perspective.

Enhanced Compound Clips
Compound Clips are now automatically saved to the Event Browser, making it easy to consolidate edits and reuse them in multiple projects. And Compound Clips work just like Multicam Clips, so changes you make in the Event Browser instantly appear wherever the clips are used.

Optimized for MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Final Cut Pro X has been optimized to work beautifully on the MacBook Pro with Retina display. So on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display you can view your video in pixel-accurate 1080p HD and see your editing workspace onscreen at the same time. The processor, graphics, and memory in MacBook Pro with Retina display are built around an all-flash architecture — giving you unprecedented mobile video editing power in Final Cut Pro X. Smoothly edit multicam projects with up to nine streams of 1080p ProRes 422 (HQ) content or up to four streams of 1080p uncompressed 8-bit video, right from your internal flash storage.”

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[13 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]




The super speedy Universal Serial Bus Three (USB 3) may be coming to a computer near you!

Already found on some external backup hardisks, smart phone and tablet devices will soon be sporting the 10-times-faster USB 3 ports, which are also possibly destined for new laptops, netbooks, and Windows 8 machines. Other mobile devices may also implement USB 3, but manufacturers want to make the port smaller first.

USB 3.0 is Coming

Apps, Computer Lab, Digital Media Lab, Equipment, Fun Stuff, Hardware, Technology »

[24 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]

So after all the TV commercials about Apple products (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, etc.) you’ve finally been convinced about the wonderful world of Apples. Maybe you already use an iPhone and you know you love it. You’ve been wanting to replace that old pokey dinosaur of a PC you’ve been suffering with for too long, and now’s the time. And you’ve also concluded that maybe it’s time for a Mac. Wise choice, indeed. So you’re on the way to the Apple Store and you’re thinking, “What happens to the programs I have in Windows?”

No worries, Apple has you covered. Built into each new iMac and Macbook is something called BOOT CAMP, an app which will allow you to run both Windows and Mac apps on the same machine. How cool is that? The only catch is that you’ll have to pony up for a new copy of Windows 7 to install on the Mac. Bit of a hint; for a few $$ more have the techies at the Apple store do it for you. You just tell them how much of the Mac’s hard drive you want for each system. Say your iMac comes with a 1 Terabyte (that 1,000 gigabytes) drive. I’d suggest 250 gigs for Windows 7 and 750 gigs for the Mac OS.

If you still have your copy of Microsoft Office from the old PC, you can install it in the Windows side of your new Mac. And those games you had that were made to run in Windows only, load ‘em right back in. But now you also have that good stuff that comes with every Mac, like iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes and Garage Band just to name a few.

Now that thanks to Boot Camp the double installation has been done, how do you go back and forth from Mac to Windows? It’s as easy as a restart. When you click on “Restart” from either side you then hold down the “Option” key on the Mac keyboard and wait for the screen to appear where you choose either/or. Double-click on the Windows or Macintosh icon and in a few seconds your computer will boot into whichever you selected. And off you go. imac desktop imac-windows7

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[20 Mar 2012 | No Comment | ]


Atomic Learning is now becoming Atomic Training!  Remote (offsite) access will now be allowed, with your SPL card number and last name, but lessons will be available for only 35 applications.

Also, library patron’s ability to remote access Lynda.com will expire at the end of June.  At that time Lynda will be restricted to in-library use only, and only on specific computers (TBD).

Here are the programs included in the new Atomic Training, in alphabetical order:
Access 2010, AutoCAD 2012, Dreamweaver CS5 (Mac), Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Facebook, Final Cut Pro X, Fireworks CS5 (Mac), Flash CS5 (Mac), Garageband ‘11 (Mac), Gmail, Google Docs, Google Earth 5, Google Sites, Illustrator CS5 (Mac), iMovie 11, InDesign CS5.5 (PC), iPad/iPad2, Outlook 2010, Photoshop CS5 (Mac), Photoshop CS5 (PC), Photoshop Elements 9 (Mac), PowerPoint 2010, Premiere Elements 9 (PC), Premiere Pro  CS5 (Mac), Publisher 2007, SharePoint Server, Windows 7, Windows Live Movie Maker 2011, Word 2010, Word 2007      

And there will also be four online workshops available:
Facebook for Students, Google Custom Search, Podcasting and Vodcasting, Searching the Web


Computer Lab, Digital Media Lab »

[27 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]

Cross posted from The Explorer

The Youth Services Digital Media Lab is now open! Come on over to the Youth Services Computer Lab and check out this awesome new space for kids! The lab is equipped with 2 iMac computers, 2 microphones, a Midi keyboard, a video/still camera, a tripod, a Bamboo drawing tablet, and an external hard drive for saving and transferring large projects.

In this space, children can play and record music, create graphic designs, shoot, enhance and manipulate photos, and film and edit their own video recordings! The featured software includes Garageband, iMovie, Comic Life, Photobooth, iWeb, and Photoshop Elements.

You can also listen to Library staff discuss the new YSDML here!

Stop by the Youth Services Lab for more information.

Browsers, Computer Lab, Digital Media Lab, Online, Productivity, Technology, Web 2.0, Websites »

[26 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]


Part 3: HTTP Versus HTTPS

When doing online banking or making online purchases or payments, one quick way to check whether you’re on a secure website connection, is to look at the web address in the top browser window.  Does the URL start with http (hypertext transfer protocol), or https?  Https (hypertext transfer protocol secure) adds an additional level of security, beyond http, with SSL (secure sockets layer).

Https provides this extra encryption layer to create a secure channel for your communication, even if your side is insecure.  This prevents eavesdropping by third parties.  While not infallible, https is used by banks and credit card payment websites.  Always check for https before entering sensitive information into a website.

For more information check out these short articles:
BizTech: HTTP vs. HTTPS
WiseGEEK: What is the Difference Between http and https?
Digital Purview: HTTP vs. HTTPS