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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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.

New Google Docs

I don’t know how we missed this update, but on April 15th, Google debuted an updated Google Docs editor with real-time collaboration!  One of the biggest issues people have had with Google Docs is that it takes a little while for the edits to show up on the collaborators’ screens.  Not anymore!  It now updates in real-time, similar to Google Wave.

Check out Google’s blog for more information and instructions on how to enable this and other new features: A rebuilt, more real time Google documents

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How to Manage a Group Project in Google Wave

The mere promise of Google Wave inspired a rainbow of potential use cases, but Wave’s best real-world use boils down to this: it helps a group get things done together. Here’s how to manage a group project in Wave. Continue reading

Teaching Through the Flu Prep Workshops!

These workshops will introduce faculty and support staff to the various technological solutions recommended in the LSA Teaching Through the Flu web guide (http://bit.ly/LSAFlu). Participants will learn about various ways to handle posting lectures or media, communicating and collaborating online, collecting and distributing files, delivering live lectures over the internet and conducting tests and quizzes online. Check the workshop sessions below, or follow this link for workshop registration!

A Tale of Two Screencasting Tools: Screencastle and Screenr for Twitter

Screenr

“Screenr.  For Twitter.”  I do realize how ridiculous that sounds (I mean, just say it out loud).  However, for those of you who are frequent tweeters, or those who think you might become frequent tweeters if you ever find a use for it, Screenr might be just the kind of add-on you need.

Twitter has amassed a variety of add-in type services designed to allow you to stretch that 140 characters as far as you can.  For instance, what if you want to add a long link to your tweet?  Use bit.ly or Tweetburner.  What if you want to share images?  Twitpic.

And now you can even do short video tweets using Screenr. Continue reading