Software resources & Digital file hints and tips
Helpful computer software/programs & Digital file hints & tips.
OFFICE 365 APPS
These are available to you for free: https://myapplications.microsoft.com/
LinkedIn Learning LinkedIn (log in with your College e-mail and password)
Ubuntu Studio: https://ubuntustudio.org/
Evernote - note capture software https://evernote.com/students
Grammarly - writing assistant; Add to Microsoft Edge. https://www.grammarly.com/
CAD / 3D modelling
Google Sketchup: http://www.sketchup.com
123D Design: http://www.123dapp.com/
(Yearly free subscription to most of AutoDesk software - stops on graduation)
GRAPHICS, IMAGE MANIPULATION
Black Magic: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/
FX Home https://fxhome.com/hitfilm-express
Software recommended for Actor Musicians
Music Module page (includes the Music resources above)
QLab the industry standard in sound, video, LX control.
The free download has limited functionality, however a Pro licence can be obtained from College.
The software to accompany the LRC’s Olympus Voice Recorders for PC (DSS Player V7.1.0.zip) can be found here: http://www.opdsupport.com/downloads
In both cases the licence activation code, which can be used on multiple machines, is: 83600101001405435200
Computers in the library have a variety of software installed to help users who may otherwise experience difficulties in using them.
One PC in the main library (the Assistive software PC - W4D7003A) contains:
TextHelp Read & Write GOLD V11
The other PC in the Main Library W4D7002D) has:
TextHelp Read & Write GOLD V11
Library computer room
The PCs in the library computer room all have:
TextHelp Read & Write GOLD V11.
Two PCs in the IT Room (W4D70001, W4D70005) next to the photocopier also have:
Documentation on how to use these assistive software tools is available in the leaflet display stand just inside the library door. This is also available in various formats and fonts.
DIGITAL FILES: Hints and tips
When uploading images or video content for inclusion on websites or e-portfolios, including Mahara, please be aware that the larger the uploaded file, the more valuable space it takes up on the server so we have put together some guidance.
- Use jpg or jpeg file types for universal compatibility. The quality should be set to a maximum of 90% to keep the file size down
- If you need transparency, then the png file type is required, but be aware that this increases file size
- Horizontal (landscape) – 1,024 x 512px (pixels)
- Vertical (portrait) – 800 x 1,200 px
These dimensions will render reasonably well on all platforms and at most resolutions.
The important dimension here is the largest one, so your horizontal images should be no wider than 1,024 px whatever their height and your vertical images should be no taller than 1,200 px whatever their width.
Most image viewing apps have a size adjustment tool built in. However, there are also a number of online tools that do the job, including:
- Use the mp4 file type for universal compatibility
- Horizontal (landscape) – 504 x 283 px
Again, the important dimension here is the largest one, so any video you upload should be no wider than 504 px.
There are several free media encoding and manipulation tools available that might be useful for reducing video sizes including Apple’s QuickTime, HandBrake and VLC Media Player. These may well offer video compression settings specifically for use on the web. However, there are also some online tools that will do the job, including:
PDF files are also sometimes oversized. This can be due to embedded images sizes, so care should always be taken when compiling these documents. However, these files can also be compressed using Adobe software or other third-part software including:
- Adobe Acrobat – Save As dialogue
- Mac Preview.app – Export dialogue
- PDF Compressor for Windows
You can also open the file in Adobe Reader – free on all platforms – and from the Print dialogue, Print to PDF. Explore the settings to achieve your required file size and optimisation.
As before, online tools are also available:
- And for print design: http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/articles/a-handy-guide-to-image-resolutions-in-print-design
FILE NAMING CONVENTIONS
In consultation with colleagues, including those in Programme Admin, we recommend the following naming conventions for the submission of assignments and the return of marks:
Surname - First name - Module - Unit - Year
Simpson Mark SM504 Written 2017-18
Surname - First name - Module - Unit - Year - Marker’s initials
Simpson Mark SM504 Written 2017-18 MS