Being involved in the day to day routines of running our business, we often forget how many valuable resources there are online that can help us out, network us, or educate us. Some of these are so obvious that we take them for granted.
This month I purchased a new MAC and updated my software so I'm on the receiving end of numerous Adobe and Apple newsletters. Having most likely unsubscribed to these in years past (I was just too darn busy to read newsletters, right?) I realize what a mistake that was.
2008, as readers here might remember, I declared as the year to expand my business and my skill sets. So I've been reading the newsletters and here is one resource I've found really helpful:
Adobe Online Seminars: OnDemand. You'll find valuable audio/visual seminars on all the Adobe products and information on how to best use them. The seminars are also topic oriented and will provide visual step by step instruction on topics such as CSS, HTML, Spry, Flash, Developing mobile content, Photoshop etc. Samples of seminars are: Photoshop CS3 and Dreamweaver to Design Websites, Flash 101 for Video Professionals, Independent Filmmaking, Sustainability and Printing, Quark to InDesign, Adobe Bridge for Print Professionals, InDesign In Depth, Color Management, and literally hundreds of others. The Design Center also offers an RSS on seminar events. eSeminars are also provided live and offer the ability to interact with the instructor. I've taken a few of these tutorials/seminars and they are excellent. Each one took about an hour. I sat at my desk, viewed the seminar on my computer screen and was still available to pause the thing if an important call came in. Best of all, I feel that every day I view a seminar I'm working toward my goals of developing my skill sets.