Access Adobe Stock from InDesign and Increase Your Options (InDesign CC/CC 2014/CC 2015)

September 20th, 2016 No comments

Creating mockups for your clients can be stressful when you aren’t sure which stock art image they’ll prefer, and you don’t want to pay to download images you won’t use. There’s an easy remedy to this problem when you utilize Adobe Stock. It’s  easy to access Adobe Stock directly from InDesign, and you can save watermarked image previews right to your library for use in your mockups.

First, choose Window > CC Libraries. Type keywords specific to your search in the Search Adobe Stock text field at the top of the panel, and press Enter. The images will display in the panel, where you can click the cloud icon on the image to save it to your library, or right click on the image and choose Save Preview To > My Library. You can also right-click on the image and choose Find Similar On Web, to have InDesign launch your browser and take you to Adobe Stock online where you’ll get more search options. Once an image preview is in your library, you can click and drag any it to the page where it will appear with a watermark on it. Size it to your needs and send your client a mockup. In fact, do this with multiple images! Then your client can decide which image he wants and you only need to purchase the image that you know you’ll use!

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How to Maintain IT Sanity During Mergers, Acquisitions and Spin-Offs

September 20th, 2016 No comments

While mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs can create opportunities for an IT department, they can also be very frustrating events. Senior managers may not be aware of the IT ramifications, such as the need to transfer a domain or ensure that company email will still be available during the transition. This may result in inadequate lead time to ensure that these issues are handled smoothly. Mergers may also be a cost-cutting period, resulting in cuts to departments that are considered overhead. Furthermore, new management may not be aware of what IT staff spend their time doing and why it’s important. Both of these factors can result either in layoffs or in assigning additional side tasks to IT administrators that distract them from the work of keeping the company’s essential infrastructure running.

To help avoid these problems, be proactive about getting information as soon as you hear that any of these kinds of changes may be on the horizon. Make a plan regarding the key activities that will be necessary for a smooth transition. Document in a brief but clear way your transition plan, as well as your regular tasks (especially the ones you consider most essential). This should include what you do, how much time it takes, and why it’s important. Make a point of communicating your transition plan to the appropriate manager or executive, and be ready to refer to your documentation of essential ongoing tasks as needed. As the transition date approaches, keep the communication open with regular updates. If, despite your efforts, you’re asked to spend time on tasks you feel aren’t your main job, make an effort to shine in these, as they may be a test to see if your position should be retained.

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Change Paragraph Alignment From the Keyboard (2000/2002/2003/2004/2007/2010)

To change the alignment of a paragraph, you can click the Align Left, Center, Align Right, or Justify buttons on the Formatting toolbar (the Home tab’s Paragraph group in Word 2007 and 2010). You can also select Format | Paragraph, click on the Indents And Spacing tab, and choose the desired setting from the Alignment dropdown list. But, when you’re typing up the paragraph you need to align, where are your hands? They’re on the keyboard, of course. Instead of breaking the flow by moving to the mouse to apply alignment settings, you can keep your fingers on the keyboard using the helpful alignment shortcut keys listed in the table below.

Cut out this handy table and keep it next to your desk so you can use these shortcut keys on command.

Table: Alignment shortcuts

Alignment command Shortcut key
Align Left [Ctrl]L
Align Center [Ctrl]E
Align Right [Ctrl]R
Justify [Ctrl]J
Note: On the Mac, use [command] instead of [Ctrl]

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New Horizons Successful Again at 2016 EC-Council Global Awards

September 2nd, 2016 No comments

For the fifth time in recent years, New Horizons Computer Learning Centers has been recognized the 2016 EC-Council Circle of Excellence – Enterprise award winner. Also adding another notch to his belt is Pete Cortez, New Horizons Technical Instructor, who won an Instructor Circle of Excellence award for North America.

The Circle of Excellence Award is one aimed to recognize a training centers’ remarkable success of its students and top-notch execution of EC-Council instruction.

Standing out as one of New Horizons’ most decorated instructors, this year’s award marks Cortez’s tenth EC-Council and fourth instructor recognition, since joining the New Horizons team in 2001.

“Receiving the EC-Council Circle of Excellence award has been a tremendous and humbling experience,” notes Cortez. “Teaching EC-Council classes for several years has been the ultimate dream for me. I feel very lucky to be able to teach my passion on a daily basis.”

Fashioned in 2007, The EC-Council Global Awards program is an event showcasing their appreciation for the vast network of Accredited Training Centers, which spans the globe throughout 700 different centers, as well as a myriad of Certified EC-Council instructors.

About New Horizons Computer Learning Centers/5 Point Enterprises

5 Point Enterprises is an ownership group of 22 New Horizons Computer Learning Centers locations in North America. With broad capabilities and deep industry alliances, New Horizons is committed to actively and effectively managing life-long learning needs through a full range of technical, application and business skills training solutions. For over 30 years, in over 22 locations, New Horizons has been dedicated to producing a measurable and value-added impact on individuals and organizations, ensuring the highest return on a training investment. For more information, connect with us at nhcomputerlearning.com.

About EC-Council

The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and security skills. EC Council is the owner and developer of E-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), License Penetration Tester (LPT) programs, and various others offered in over 60 countries around the globe. These certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies. For more information about EC-Council, please visit http://www.eccouncil.org

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New Horizons Crowned CompTIA Outstanding Partner of the Year

September 2nd, 2016 No comments

Outstanding. A word that simply means to be exceptionally good. To be exceptionally good, you must stand out. To stand out, you must possess phenomenal potentials. That is exactly what New Horizons Computer Learning Centers has done.

Receiving Top Honors
This month, New Horizons has been awarded the 2016 Outstanding Partner Award in the Platinum Partner Category by CompTIA, the leading global provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications. Held annually, the CompTIA Partner Summit serves to identify partners from all over the world in multiple categories of excellence. Their partnership awards recognize partners who have exhibited a genuine commitment in collaborating with CompTIA year-in and year-out. Regularly exploring new and innovative ways to teach CompTIA’s vendor-neutral certifications are among the many reasons why this award was bestowed upon New Horizons.


“We are so honored to receive this award from such a highly admired organization as CompTIA,” adds Mark Kassing, product specialist for New Horizons Computer Learning Centers/ 5 Point Enterprises franchise group. “Our partnership with CompTIA continues to be so beneficial because of their commitment and alignment to the New Horizons mission: ‘Empower people around the world to succeed through learning.’  The knowledge gained by our students through CompTIA’s curriculum, world class instruction and finally, certification, truly allows our students to be more successful.”

To the Ones Who Teach
Selected from an elite list of platinum partners, receiving this decoration is a direct result of the high quality training provided by our world-class instructors. Their expertise and passion for teaching are second-to-none.  To provide an exceptional service to every student is a top priority and something we at New Horizons take very seriously. It’s undoubtedly satisfying when the hard work and dedication can come together and be recognized amidst numerous other CompTIA partners who are just as deserving.

Keith Glass, director of training at New Horizons states, “It is both exciting and humbling to receive such an esteemed award, especially considering the other quality CompTIA – the voice of Information Technology training partners included in this group.”

Glass continues, “The credit belongs entirely to our Instructor team. These individuals are exceptional for a number of reasons, the primary being their true dedication to their students, as well as to their craft. This team of training professionals works continually to hone and refine their teaching and technical skills making certain they are on top of their certifications and the real-world application of the dynamic technologies they teach.”

Get Ahead in Your Career
New Horizons provides a range of CompTIA training from A+ to Advanced Security Practitioner to Train the Trainer+. Our collection contains award-winning courseware with breadth and depth across critical technology subject areas, continually developed to keep up with the constantly changing requirements for the professional certifications. Getting an IT certification can help you get ahead in your career.

Here are the top five reasons to get CompTIA certified:

  1. Learn Skills to Get a New Job - CompTIA certifications assure employers of a candidate’s basic technology skills and prove you know how to get the job done.
  2. Preserve Your Job & Salary - As the economic landscape continues to evolve, certifications can lock you into tiered salary levels and prove expertise that stands above the rest.
  3. Ready to Change Jobs? CompTIA certifications help candidates qualify for new job opportunities, or advance your career in technology.
  4. Stand Out in the Resume Pile - Validated CompTIA certifications on your resume help you stand out among other applicants, giving you a greater opportunity for an interview.
  5. IT is Everywhere! IT skills are needed in most companies and there are simply not enough trained IT professionals to fill these jobs.

Review all of our CompTIA offerings.

Categories: Company News

A Lack of Engagement in the Workforce

August 31st, 2016 No comments

Isn’t it vexing when you and your superior have differing viewpoints? Do you manage a team and sense frustrations amongst them? Maybe you’re a member of an executive team and are constantly feeling like there isn’t enough time to achieve goals? No matter your rank, these are all difficulties experienced in the workplace that fashion disruption. A lingering absence of communication and respect inevitably detours the culture of a company.

It’s universally understood that all companies want to run their business in a prosperous and successful manner with a positive company culture. If you have employees who feel undervalued, lack the ability to prioritize with little direction or possess the ability to accomplish more projects, these goals can seem far-fetched. If your team is experiencing this skills gap, there’s a solution.

Move from Struggles to Solutions

Whether an entry-level individual with little to no prior experience who lacks time management skills, a member of a management team, responsible for finding solutions on day-to-day challenges, who would like coaching on business acumen, or a senior executive who holds a high degree of influence and wants to engage with your workforce using clearer emotional intelligence, the solution is professional development training.

We at New Horizons are happy to announce that we have designed and are eager to implement our very new professional development series. This series of courses will be delivered by dedicated instructors and leadership professionals with years of experience on professional growth. It’s imperative to us that each employee receives the best instruction possible. With teachers, mentors and coaches who are fully devoted to this professional development series, we are confident in knowing that’s exactly what will happen.

Tiffany Wallace, vice president of business development for New Horizons Computer Learning Centers states, “While we at New Horizons have provided professional development training for many years through our online training platform, we are further recognizing the need for improving transferrable skills of today’s workforce and expanding our client offerings.”

Wallace continues, “Expanding our curriculum of courses to offer in-depth leadership and professional development training is another example of New Horizons rising to meet the demands of our clients. Advanced soft skills topics address the holistic training needs of the organizations we work with every day. These top-of-the-line courses consist of interactive workshop-style deliveries that include real-life scenarios. Students will take what they learn with us and be able to immediately apply those skills back at their jobs.”

Customized Training for Professionals at Any Level

We have an extensive list of available course offerings which will all be provided through a customized private event approach. We’ll feature multiple levels of instruction, from beginner to executive level. Each series is curtailed to serve any student’s needs and generate an optimal learner experience, including: Essential, Intermediate, Management and Leadership, and Executive and Strategic.

Essential and Intermediate Series

Both of these series are geared towards individuals with limited to no prior experience or who are new to a particular field and in need of general skill development.

Management/Leadership Series

This series is for individuals who are responsible for solutions on day-to-day challenges, while managing processes and maintaining daily tasks.

Executive/Strategic Series

This series is for leaders who have a high degree of influence with years of experience and their knowledge is well beyond the novice level.

We are excited to launch this new professional development series http://ow.ly/jWgC303Mczk that will empower everyone to succeed through their newly developed skill sets.

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Tips for New Microsoft Office Feature: Navigation Pane

August 29th, 2016 No comments
  • View tab > Show group > Navigation Pane
  • Rearrange the document by dragging and dropping text with heading styles within the pane. For example, move the first-level heading and all the text under it just by dragging the heading where you want it in the Navigation pane. No need for cut and paste
  • Markers on left of text collapse and expand sub levels
  • Three buttons:
    • Browse the headings in your document
    • Browse the pages in your document
    • Browse the results from your current search
  • Enter search information in the top white box for a rapid search. Occurrences are highlighted in list with corresponding page numbers as a screen tip Ctrl+F also activates the Navigation Pane. Consider using Ctrl+H to display the legacy Find/Replace dialog
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Categories: Tips & Tricks

Save some time and use Illustrator’s handy pre-made patterns (Illustrator CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015)

August 29th, 2016 No comments

Creating seamless patterns is a cumbersome process, but the good news is you don’t have to go through that hassle. Illustrator comes with a number of pre-configured patterns that you can apply directly to an object as a fill. Select Window > Swatches to open the Swatches panel. Click on the options button and choose Open Swatch Library > Patterns, and then choose from one of the resulting libraries. Illustrator will open a new panel with that pattern library, displaying a number of pattern thumbnails. Then, with an object selected, click on one of the thumbnails in the library’s pattern panel to fill it with the pattern. It’s so easy!

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Categories: Tips & Tricks

How to Insert Hyperlinks

August 29th, 2016 No comments

Hyperlinks add the capability of moving from one position to another quickly and easily, such as linking to another slide, another file, or even to a web site.

  1. Highlight the text or graphics to link
  2. Insert Tab > Links command group > Hyperlink
  3. Choose the target (Place in this document)
  4. Choose the slide

Once a link has been followed, the linked text will change color. You may want to create a “Return” hyperlink.

One advantage of hyperlinking to a separate file is that the size of the presentation file remains smaller than if the file was inserted into the presentation. A disadvantage of linking separate files is that if the name of the linked document changes or if it is moved into a different directory, the link will be broken and the information will not be accessible.

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Reduce costs and hassles with a paperless fax machine

August 29th, 2016 No comments

While the fax machine is a pretty standard office fixture, it may actually be an unnecessary burden for some offices. Often, the only reason to send or receive a fax is because that’s the protocol preferred or required by an outside vendor. Paper faxes may be difficult to read and often end up in the shredder or recycling bin. The wasted paper and maintenance hassles associated with keeping a fax machine running can be largely eliminated with a fax server that lets you send and receive faxes electronically.

Fax servers come in both hardware- and software-based varieties. Some potential options include FaxFinder from MultiTech Systems (www.multitech.com/en_US/PRODUCTS/Families/FaxFinder), GFI FaxMaker (www.gfi.com/products-and-solutions/email-and-messaging-solutions/gfi-faxmaker), and RightFax Fax Server from OpenText (http://faxsolutions.opentext.com/rightfax-fax-server.aspx). In addition, there are a few open-source software-based fax servers that work on UNIX/Linux, such as HylaFAX (www.hylafax.org) and ICTFAX (http://ictfax.org).

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