Question: Do you ever provide training for Mac Office users?
Answer: Unfortunately, we seldom offer classes for Mac users, primarily because we do not have Macs in our training room. We will consider offering some future demonstration sessions for Mac users, however. In the meantime, check out this Microsoft website for Mac Office 2008 resources http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/Office2008/default.mspx . It is a great “secret.” We also have staff at our Helpdesk 559-7700 or firstname.lastname@example.org who have access to a Mac and are eager to help you.
Question: Is there a location on campus where I can use applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator if I don’t have it on my computer?
Answer: Our Faculty Development Center located in the Business Service Center (4230 Bldg) room 2093, is available 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Other hours by appointment. Four development workstations – 3 PC and an iMac are available. Photoshop is available on both the PC and Mac platforms. Other software loaded on the various machines include:
- Adobe Premiere
- Adobe Illustrator
- Articulate Presenter
- Final Cut Express
- Sorensen Squeeze
- Microsoft Office products
- Flash Encoder Suite
- Various other useful utilitarian utilities such as Fetch, Adobe Soundbooth, WSFTP, etc.
We have the ability to capture video from DVDs, VHS tapes, digital videotape (both HD and SD formats). We can also encode video to Flash, Quicktime, RealMedia, and WMV formats. There is a slide copier, as well.
The FDC also has a Wacom tablet for aspiring artists and other technicians who need to be able to draw in a digital format. If there are any other particular programs of interest, just ask and I can tell you whether we’ve got it.
For more information you may contact Matthew Rutledge, 559-4048.
Question: What kind of help resources are there for the new Office 2008 suite on the MacIntosh?
Answer: Microsoft has a “Mactopia” web page for Mac users – http://www.microsoft.com/mac/default.mspx. Training and other help is available at the Help and How To link on that page. Another resource are “The Missing Manuals” series of reference books. There are several for the MacIntosh http://search.oreilly.com/?q=mac&submit.x=13&submit.y=5 . There are probably other good references books available too, by doing a google search. We also have a few Mac “experts” who support the MacIntosh at the Helpdesk or Workstation Support area of ITS too. (call 559-7700)