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ITEC Workshop: Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful video editing program used by professionals and hobbyists to create their video projects. This software is available on all computers in the Library. What follows below is a summary of information covered during the ITEC workshop sessions on Premiere Pro. The information below includes steps for common tasks related to projects that may occur as part of a class project or other video project.

Customizing the Workspace in Adobe Premiere Pro
The default view of Adobe Premiere Pro can be a bit overwhelming the first time you open the program. Adobe includes a number of built-in workspaces suited to different tasks in Premiere. If you are familiar with iMovie or Final Cut Pro the Editing workspace will feel more similar to what you are used to. Each of the panes within the program window may be resized to your liking. If, for instance, you need the Timeline to be larger, you can click and drag the edge of the pane to resize it. You may also add panes by s…

Google Doc's + Keep

Google recently announced that it is now possible to integrate Google Keep into Google Docs. This means that a person is able to click and drag notes from Keep directly into a Google Doc.

To be able to see your Keep notes in a Google Doc, click on Tools > Keep notepad. 

Once you have done this, you will see your keep notes appear in a sidebar on the right.
You can then click and drag your notes into your Doc. This works for URLs, images, bullet lists, and text.
You can read more about this integration here:

PDF Forms

On Thursday, February 16, ITEC presented a workshop on creating PDF forms as an addition to this semester's series of workshops. As a companion to this guide, you may wish to check out our summary of the session on making PDF documents accessible. What follows is a summary of the information shared about creating PDF forms.

Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Pro The easiest, most straight forward way to create a PDF form is accomplished through the use of Microsoft Word (Word) and Adobe Acrobat Pro (Acrobat).
12 The recommended workflow is to create the form initially in Word. It is much easier to format text, tables, and other elements from within Word than it is in Acrobat. This speeds up the creation process and ensures that the resulting form looks the way it needs to. This also makes it easier to go back and edit the form later if changes are needed. The one downside to this workflow is that it will require a re-do of the steps below in Acrobat.

Microsoft Word This post will not…

Google Hangouts Temporarily won’t support phone and video calls on Mozilla Firefox

If you use the Firefox browser to access and use Google Hangouts, please be aware that there is a temporary issue causing phone and video calls to not work in the Firefox browser. 
The work-around is to use another browser. Hangouts will continue to work in Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer.

Please see this blog post for the full details:

Some Levity via ACOMIK

This is something that I found that points out a common frustration.
The conclusion: Save early, save often.


UPDATE: Accessible PDF session notes

The post containing notes from the Accessible PDF sessions has been refined and updated to include a better workflow for making PDFs accessible, notes about having a PDF read aloud, and working with PDF scans from books in which two book pages exist on one page in the PDF.

Please contact ITEC if you have any questions about any of this information.

Adobe Acrobat Pro: Working with Book Scans

Many times a PDF document is scanned from a book, placing two book pages onto a single page in the PDF document (example below). While this saves time in the scanning process, it can produce some difficulties for those accessing the document from a screen reader or using the read-aloud tools because the PDF reader doesn't know where the correct page order.

There is a way to split these two pages into single pages within the PDF. Know that there will be clean up to do after this is complete. The tools mentioned in this guide will help with the document cleanup.

The steps to convert a book-scanned document into a single-pages document is as follows:
Click File > Print.Choose Adobe PDF as the printer.In the print dialogue:
- Click Properties > Layout > Advanced...
- From the Paper size drop-down select PostScript Custom page size.
- Enter the desired height and width. In this case I used 11" for the width and 8.5" for the height.
- Click OK.
- Click OK.
- Click OK.Click P…

Adobe Acrobat Pro/Reader: Read Documents Aloud

It is possible to have Adobe Acrobat Pro or the free version, Adobe Reader, read documents aloud to you.

This is a great tool for those who learn best by hearing. Listen and reading can also help with comprehension. The only requirement to be able to do this is that the document has rendered text. if you need to render the text through running character recognition, you can read how to here.

To have a document read to you:
1. Click View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud
2. Click View > Read Out Loud, and then choose the option you wish. You can have it read to the end of the current page or to the end of the document.

Once the document is being read, you can access the same menu to pause, stop, or deactivate the reading.

ITEC Workshops Spring 2017

We will be continuing our series of workshops this semester investigating topics related to teaching and learning. We are especially excited this semester about having guest presenters for a number of the sessions. Please do make an effort to support our colleagues.

The spring rotation starts February 6 and runs through April 14. Sessions will be scheduled two days per week at different times.
Monday sessions will be held 4-5PM. Thursday sessions will be held from 12-1:00PM. Locations and links to RSVP are listed below.  We hope that this staggered schedule will maximize opportunities for people to attend.

Click here for a downloadable, printable copy of the schedule.

If you are interested in attending a session, but unable to do so, please feel free to enter your information onto our waiting list form. The form can be found here:

If you have questions about any of the sessions or suggestions for topics that we should include, please contact

Spring 2017: PDF Accessibility Workshops

The Library, IT, and LEADS offices are offering four sessions on creating accessible PDF documents. These sessions are meant to be a hands-on look at working with PDF files in Adobe Acrobat. Please feel free to bring your own computer to work along with the presenters.
The four sessions are:
Wednesday, 1/11/17, 10:30-11:30 am, Science Center 150
Wednesday, 1/11/17, 2-3 pm, Learning Studio (Library)*
Monday, 1/23/17, 12:30-1:20 pm, Science Center 150
Friday, 1/27/17, 12:30-1:20 pm Learning Studio (Library)*
RSVP Form Please let us know if you will be attending one of the sessions by using the appropriate RSVP form above.
If you are interested in attending a session, but are unable to do so, please feel free to enter your information onto our waiting list form. The form can be found here:
*The seating will be limited to 12 for the two sessions which will take place in the Learning Studio.