brian on 2007.12.03
at 12:37 am
Instead of working on my final project for my Introduction to Instructional Design grad class, due tomorrow, I decided now would be an appropriate time to update the blog.
This is my first post here from Leopard, and I’m happy to report things are going swimmingly. If I’m not editing podcasts with it at work, I’m writing papers and designing presentations with it from school. No issues yet, and many positives (much better network disk access, Back to My Mac, Screen Sharing, QuickLook, free upgrade to 802.11N, Safari 3, more robust Mail.app)
I thought I’d take a picture for posterity of what my desktop looks like at full speed when I’m chugging away. I’d love to see what other people in my position were using on there Macs, so here’s my submission.
Here’s what’s going on:
Pages.app is in the foreground, I’m assembling pieces of the project that I’ve assembled previously in TextEdit.app. Pages is simply a fine application with which to layout a large project. I’m quite fond of it.
To the right we see Preview.app with a pair of PDFs… one is the instructions from the professor on what to write about in that section of the project, the other is a flow chart I’ve built which will be in an appendix at some point. It is a major piece of the project. The most time consuming, in fact. It was built in OmniGraffle, but I’m viewing the PDF I made to upload to WebCT.
The whole project will be converted to a PDF tomorrow for uploading. The PDF of the flow chart will be added as one appendix, as will some Keynote slides, also converted to PDF. They comprise some sample learning material.
Most of my classmates upload Word docs, which are a pain to review on the web. A handful of thoughtful classmates upload PDFs. Including the guy who works for Microsoft. He gets the web. No offense to them, but most of my classmates are not technical nor understand the difference. Otherwise they’re good people.
My advice is if you have an online course, upload PDFs unless someone needs to edit your work within Microsoft Word. Otherwise, Word docs effectively break the web. PDFs cling to web legitimacy by a thread, thanks to the near ubiquitous PDF browser plugins. If you don’t have the software to convert to PDF (if you have a Mac, there’s the option to save as PDF in every print dialog), check out Google Docs, which can save any document save therein as a PDF. Free.
PDF viewers are available on every platform, for free. Viewing a Word doc requires paying an unnecessary Microsoft tax, plus you can’t view them in most browsers.
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