If you've ever tried to copy and paste from a PDF into Office software, you'll know how frustrating it can be.
Luckily, with Acrobat XI you can easily export information to any Office program - you can even just export snippets of information.
In my example, I've been sent a report and I want to do three things:
- Import the data into Excel to perform my own analysis
- Use the key points in a PowerPoint presentation
- Use insights in my own Word report
Here's how to do each task using Acrobat XI:
Convert PDF to Excel, PowerPoint & Word
This process works great for exporting data, text and graphics from PDF files and even allows you to keep your formatting.
Perspective Warp is easily my favourite new feature of the 2014 Photoshop CC update.
Imagine you take a photo and in post-processing you think 'I wish I'd taken that on the other side of the building!' - well now you can retake your photos with Perspective Warp.
Before we get started, choose a photo to work on. I've found that the process works best with photos with clear straight edges in.
If you want, you can download and use our sample photo to follow along with the tutorial.
To learn more cool Photoshop tricks, our 2-day Photoshop workshop is the best place to start.
Please note: this tutorial only works on the 2014 version of Photoshop CC. Open your Creative Cloud app to download the latest version.
Using questions in training is the most effective way to engage with your group and encourage participation.
Questions give you instant feedback on how well your sessions are going while keeping discussion moving forward.
There are a number of questioning techniques and each is useful for different purposes and situations. They are:
- Pass On
- Question, Wait, Select
- Send Back
- Send Out
Before I go into each technique in more detail, I'm first going to run through why questions are important in good training sessions and what constitutes an excellent question.
We recommend that new and inexperienced trainers attend our 2-day Train the Trainer workshops. We will help you deliver more effective, engaging training sessions.
Effective personnel management is one of the hardest tasks for any manager but it's also one of the most important.
Managing large teams can feel like a never ending task. The minute you think you have a grasp of the team's availability and capabilities, something changes and it can feel like going back to square one.
You need to approach the different aspects of personnel management in the right order, at the right times, for the best chance of success.
In this post I outline my 5 Steps to Effective Personnel Management. Read through and see how they compare to your processes.
Facebook has rolled out the new page design for the majority of business pages.
If you haven't already updated, then your page is currently in what I like to call 'limbo'.
The new design is visible to page admins, but not to fans or anyone else dropping by your page until you click the 'Update' button.
The update button is found on the new fixed admin frame to the right of 'Settings'.
If you're managing your page and still seeing the old layout then don't worry, there is a chance that all pages are getting the upgrade by June 6th.
Don't be confused when you update, read through my tips and find out what you need to know about the new Facebook Business Pages.
Find out how to get more out of your social media presence, including Facebook, with our two day Social Media course and see results within weeks.
Project Management Software. Helpful tool or just another complication?
From free online apps to enterprise solutions, there are hundreds of tools for collaborative and personal projects.
We want to know what the project management community really thinks about PM software.
Do you use free or paid software? Has PM changed for the better or worse?
We don't require any personal information and all answers will remain anonymous unless you agree for us to use a quote.
MS Project is the most widely used tool for managing projects, but how does it shape up to the latest online apps?
Sass stands for Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets. After a quick look, I thought that it was better suited to larger sites and involved programming. After a second look, the scales fell from my eyes. Sass organizes your stylesheets efficiently and drastically cuts down on your development time. It uses some programming tools, e.g. variables, while being accessible to non-programmers.
What is Sass?
Sass is a CSS preprocessor. You start off by creating a Sass stylesheet, e.g. style.scss. You then use an app or the command line to output that file into a normal CSS file, e.g. style.css.
We believe that the best way to learn is practical, face to face training with an expert on-hand to help solve any problems.
However, we recognise that not everyone is able to take the time off from work for classroom based training (especially if retraining for a new career).
We have scoured the web to find the best resources to help you learn to code for free online and at your own pace.
We also offer HTML & CSS workshops for beginners.
Is it possible to increase search visibility without building links?
At BrightonSEO in April Semantic Search was a popular topic that featured in many talks and I also had the pleasure of taking part in a Semantic Search Roundtable discussion, sponsored by Intelligent Positioning.
It is also worth reading Krystian Szastok's follow up post 'I Became an Entity: How I'm on the Knowledge Graph' which gives further evidence of becoming an entity with some additional tips.
Andrew and Krystian's posts are both excellent reads, but they focus on individuals and the knowledge graph.
I also want to focus on businesses.
How can businesses get themselves into the knowledge graph, and also take advantage of the other features of semantic search?
First, a bit of theory about why this is so important.
After the success of our last collaboration with Rackspace, we're happy to announce that we're hosting another free Rackspace Academy course in Brighton on the 3rd & 4th of July.
This two-day Advanced Cloud course is for anyone who is already familiar with the cloud and wants to really take advantage of its power.
Hybrid Cloud Solutions Architecting
A Rackspace Academy Brighton Free Course
Thurs 3rd - Friday 4th July 2014
Silicon Beach Training
86 Gloucester Road
This is a hands on-on course run by cloud computing experts from Rackspace Academy.
Our last Rackspace course was very oversubscribed so register early to secure your place. There are only 10 places available.