Posts Tagged ‘MAC’

Apple Mac skills increasingly important in I.C.T

July 23, 2006
Apple Macs are increasingly popular in education now

Apple Macs are increasingly popular in education now

Here at Longton City Learning Centre, we use Apple Macs extensively for education and training in many areas, and due to Mac OS X’s superiority in comparison to Windows, this looks set to become increasingly common in schools and businesses.

With the Macintosh now the PC of choice for many hard-core technology professionals, and Mac skills an in-demand speciality among IT pros, industry experts say that skills in Apple’s computer technologies are becoming increasingly important in IT.

“The Mac will be coming soon to a company near you, if it hasn’t already,” says Brian Vaughn, executive vice president of Dataprise, a network support and IT solutions provider. “If you’re a hard-core tech, having an OS X computer is the greatest thing in the world.” You not only have a consumer-friendly operating system, he says, but also “a world of open-source software” and all the possibilities offered by Unix.

While multimedia and design specialists have long used Macs, companies are now integrating the systems into their IT set-ups for a range of purposes. That means all sorts of techies should have some Macintosh expertise.

The skills IT professionals require — was evident to Vaughn when one of Dataprise’s clients, with about 100 computer users, made it clear that the company needed to have adequate Macintosh know-how. “Unless you can support our Macintosh enterprise, we’re not going to be able to stay with you guys,” Vaughn says Dataprise was told.

And now, with new Macs running on Intel chips, the Mac is capable of running not only Apple’s OS X and Unix, but also Windows. “This ability to have the best of both worlds on a single machine will result in further inroads of the Macintosh platform into the mainstream business environment — and increase the need for those who support company IT systems to be familiar with it,” Vaughn says.

If you would like information on getting or providing training in these necessary skills, or need help intergrating Macs into your own computer network, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01782 591040.

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Harpfield Animators Get busy

February 28, 2005
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Harpfield School create their stop frame animation

February 28th saw an Animation workshop from Harpfield Primary school. Children and teachers worked alongside CLC staff to produce unique animations in the one day session.
The models were made from paper, foam and pipecleaners. A range of films were produced and distributed to the school.

Teacher Animation Day Wins Hearts and Minds.

February 22, 2005
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animation in the classroom

February 22nd saw Teachers from 7 local schools visit the centre to learn basic Stop Motion Animation skils.

Each group of teachers produced a set of models and sets, which were then filmed and edited using iStopMotion and iMovie.

Jenny Hulme and Phil Gregory delivered the training session which was supported by Adam Churton.

A DVD was created to showcase the finished films and is available from the CLC.

iLife 05 Now installed

February 14, 2005
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iLife 05

All our Macintosh computers are now running the New Version of iLife. The improved programs allow you greater control over your projects.

The new iLife includes Garageband,which lets users create their own music tracks, using loops, or real instruments.

Fancy making a video diary? Why not ask at reception. We can provide you with the tools and the know how. Using iMovie, it’s easy to make a film project and create your own DVD too.