Issuu

Issuu is a digital publishing platform that is used by a large number of publishers to publish their magazines, catalogs, and newspapers. Issuu includes an inbuilt exceptional browser that allows for life like browsing of magazines. It also includes an ability to download a published document in PDF format. Issuu allows the publication of a large number of documents. It boasts, as of date, 33 million monthly readers with over 2.4 billion impressions a month and nearly 250, 000 new publications per month. Issuu has won various awards including being one of the TIMES top 50 websites of 2009 alongside such websites as Google, Flickr, Facebook.

Issuu implements a highly realistic and customizable viewing of publications which includes items such as portfolios, books, magazine issues, newspapers, catalogues, brochures, reports and various other print media. Issuu integrates itself with various social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to promote publications uploaded onto its website. The publications on Issuu can be viewed online and downloaded if allowed. The view itself of the publication is animated with page flips and can be easily viewed in any web browser on a full screen. It is an immensely popular website that also allows users to engage with the publications and publishers thus allowing the publishers to build and increase their audience. Continue reading

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You’re Never too Old to Learn

You’re using the internet to read this post right now but chances are there are still a lot of things about the internet, and internet browsers, that are a mystery to you.  Well, Google has put together a nice little-book to help you learn more about the very tools you use every day, “20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web.”  Check it out—and not only will you learn something, but you might find ways to make your use of the web more effective.

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

SlideRocket brings web presentations to iPhone and iPad with HTML5

Since the dawn of time, traveling professionals have sought easier ways to present on the go. Pico projectors! Netbooks! Converting presentations to video to show them on iPhones! Then there was Keynote on the iPad, and it was good. Not great, however: presenters with libraries of PPT content have had to convert them over, and keeping your decks up to date with the latest and greatest from the sales department is a drag. Wouldn’t it be better and easier if there was a nice cloud-based solution that played well with Mobile Safari?

Enter SlideRocket’s new HTML5 player; the freemium web service now supports playing back (not editing) presentations on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with full-screen video, a handful of good-looking builds and transitions, and all the analytics and version control you want. While the normal SlideRocket player requires Flash or AIR to show content, this one works fine without them. Continue reading

Mac Skype Connection Issue

This past week, I encountered Skype connection issues on two different Apple computers.  The first was on a university owned MacBook and the second was on my new personal iMac.  When I tried logging in, Skype would sit at the “Signing in…” screen for 3-5 minutes before rejecting my login, saying something about a connection error.  After doing some research online, I found that others are having the same problem.

Luckily, we found a solution.

The problem seems to affect new installations of Skype.  In other words, if your Mac does not currently have Skype and you install the latest version, this issue may affect you.  The following steps should correct the bug:

  1. Completely uninstall Skype by removing the following files/folders:
    1. /Applications/Skype.app
    2. ~/Library/Application Support/Skype
    3. ~/Library/Preferences/com.skype.skype.plist
  2. Install Skype version 2.7.0.330
  3. Open Skype and log in
  4. After a successful connection, update Skype to the latest version:
    1. Click “Skype” on the menu bar at the top of your screen
    2. Select “Check for update”
    3. Run the update and relaunch Skype
  5. You should now have a working, up-to-date version of Skype

Skype has address the issue on their blog (located here) and says that it has been fixed.  That is not the case in some instances, as the problem affected me after the “fix” was released.

Wirecast, a video streaming tool for Mac and PC

Mika Lavaque-Manty is an Associate Professor of Political Science at UM and is interested in facilitating remote learning for students studying abroad.  In the attached he talks briefly about Wirecast, a comprehensive live video streaming tool for Mac or PC.  Mika will be the subject of our next Faculty Spotlight.

Using Wirecast

on the PDF and its continued and mysterious supremacy

A BBC article on the format that will not die, despite its many flaws:
The PDF is dead, long live the PDF

Blackmagic Video Recorder

As digital technology becomes increasingly affordable, many of us want to digitalize our older analog media that may be sitting on a shelf quietly degrading away as the years pass. The Blackmagic Video Recorder, designed for people who have a large [DVD], analog VHS or Video-8 collection and want to create digital copies, comes with all the pieces you need to copy those tapes to your computer.


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