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Registration for Fall Workshops is Now Open

Campus Technology Services has come out with the fall lineup of workshops for campus faculty and staff. Topics include:

  • LakerApps
  • Lecture Capture
  • Microsoft Office
  • Apple Mavericks
  • Mailing Lists
  • Personal Computer Maintenance
  • Web Conferencing

Go to our workshop registration page to read the session descriptions and times offered.

New Google Bar Arriving in LakerApps

Google recently announced the launch of the new Google bar and is rolling it into LakerApps starting 10/31.

According to Google’s notice, this change “is designed to be simpler and more consistent with Android and Chrome OS.”

For LakerApps users, the black bar across the top of the page with links to Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Sites, etc. has been replaced by a grid icon located next to your email address in the top right of the page.  It looks similar to the following.

 

grid

 

Indeed, it appears that there will now be at least two clicks to get to other apps – one to open the grid icon, a second to launch one of the core apps.

 

In some changes that Google makes, they allow a period of time for users to opt-out of it until Google decides to make it permanent.  There doesn’t appear to be an opt-out option for the new Google bar.  This one is here to stay.

For more info:  http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2013/09/updating-google-bar-many-products.html and http://whatsnew.googleapps.com/.

Tell us what you think of the new bar in the comments!

Google’s New Compose and Reply Experience

If you have not already received prompts to preview the new compose and reply experiences in LakerApps Gmail, you can expect to soon.  Google is allowing users to preview the new experiences prior to rolling them out as permanent features.

In his blog post dated October 30, 2012, Product Manager Phil Sharp says “We’re always trying to make Gmail faster and easier to use, so today we’re introducing a completely redesigned compose and reply experience that does just that.”

You’ll know when you are able to preview the new compose experience the next time you compose a new message.  If the feature has been rolled out to you, a window similar to the following will display.  When you are ready to start, click the blue “Got It” button.

 

 

 

From then out, a separate “New Message” window shows up in the lower right corner of your screen, overlaying your inbox.

 

 

One of the reasons for this change is to allow you to easily refer back to email messages without leaving your new message. You can also do email searches and monitor new mail as it arrives. If the new message window is obstructing your view while referring back to messages, simply click the minimize button in the upper right to temporarily get it out of your way.

Some additional features include:

  • Automatic resizing of the compose window based on the length of your message.
  • When typing in your list of recipients, you’ll now see photos in the autocomplete feature.
  • Ability to insert images inline with your text.
  • Formatting and attachment options are now at the bottom of the compose window.
  • Minimize, pop-out the message as a separate window or save it as a draft for later ( the “x” button) using the icons in the upper right.
  • Full discard of a message using the trash can icon in the lower right.
  • Insert a calendar invitation.
  • Coming soon – inserting emoticons and read receipts.

The new reply experience also introduces some changes. In the same blog post dated October 30, 2012, Phil Sharp says the “reply experience has been designed to fit better inline as part of your conversation — replies take up much less vertical height, intelligently expand to fit your content, and always keep the recipients and other controls in view no matter how long your message gets.”

Similar to how the new compose features were introduced, you’ll be notified of using the new reply experience the next time you hit the reply button. If the feature has been rolled out to you, a window similar to the following will display. When you are ready to start using it, click the blue “Got It” button.

 

 

 

 

From then out, a separate “New Message” window shows up in the lower right corner of your screen, overlaying your inbox.

 

 

 

For additional help in using the new compose and reply experiences, please refer to “Gmail’s New compose and reply experience.

 

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Professional Development

CTS is working on scheduling summer workshops.  We plan on offering workshops on Windows 7, Elluminate Web-Conferencing Software, LakerApps and more.  Please check the workshop schedule as summer approaches for offerings.

In addition to instructor-led workshops, feel free to check out our self-paced, on-demand tutorials available from our iTunesU site.  Tutorials covering Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and LakerApps Sites are currently available.

Other technical training opportunities:

  • ANGEL workshops are available from the ANGEL website.
  • Updating your department web site with Ingeniux workshops are available at the Ingeniux Training site.
  • The Skillport e-learning software is available to all students, faculty, and staff.  Skillport includes business and technology-related courses (including Office 2010) as well as courses and test preps needed to prepare you for many business and technical certifications.   Get started at the Skillport home page.
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Tech Tip

Have some important events on your LakerApps Calendar that you wished stood out from the rest?  Give it a special color.

While viewing the details of an event, click a color in the “Event Color” section.  A small palette of colors is available.  Save the event.  When you view your calendar, especially in “Day” or “Week” view, you’ll see your event stands out from the rest.

 

Check out the new look of LakerApps powered by Google.

LakerApps’ New Look Now Permanent

Over the course of the Fall semester newsletters, we have been letting users know that Google has been working on changing the interfaces of their Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites apps.  Google allowed users to preview the interface and then switch back to the “classic” look for a temporary time frame.  Google has now made the new look permanent across all apps.

 

Google also announced that it would no longer be supporting older versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer (IE).  If one of the apps is not working properly for you, please refer to our December Newsletter article title “Google No Longer Support Older Firefox and IE Versions” for information on how to see what version you are using and how to upgrade.  Please note that CTS upgraded all older versions of Firefox to version 7 on all SUNY-Oswego owned computers in December.

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Did You Know?

Did you know you can use LakerApps Gmail when clicking an email address on a web page viewed with the Firefox browser?  Did you know you can send email to your entire class when in myOswego?  There is just one small configuration change needed in Firefox to make it all happen.

From the Firefox Tools menu select “Options” then click on the “Applications” tab and scroll down in the list of applications until you see “mailto.” Under the Action menu, select “Use Gmail.” Now when you click on an email link in a web page, it will allow you to send your message using Gmail. If you are not currently logged into LakerApps at the time you click on the email link, it will first ask you to login and then direct you to a compose window to compose and send your message.

All faculty and staff who receive a new machine will have this change automatically applied to their Firefox browser.

With this change applied, faculty may now use myOswego to send email to their entire class.  The HELP links for Detail Class List and Summary Class List within myOswego have been updated to outline how to send email to the entire class.  In addition, a reminder has been added to the top of each page outlining how Firefox can be used to email the class. There are no known restrictions for class size when using LakerApps Gmail.

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Professional Development

The CTS Spring semester workshop calendar and registration is now available. Workshops on using the Elluminate web conferencing software, Windows 7 operating system, beginning and advanced Apple Lion operating system, LakerApps Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sites, beginning and advanced MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint are available. Most workshops have multiple offerings.

In addition to instructor-led workshops, feel free to check out our self-paced, on-demand tutorials available from our iTunes U site.  Tutorials covering Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and LakerApps Sites are currently available.

Other technical training opportunities:

  • -  ANGEL workshops are available from the ANGEL website.
  • -  Updating your department web site with Ingeniux workshops are available at the Ingeniux Training site.
  • -  The Skillport e-learning software is available to all students, faculty, and staff.  Skillport includes business and technology-related courses (including Office 2010) as well as courses and test preps needed to prepare you for many business and technical certifications.   Get started at the Skillport home page.

Featured Article: There’s a New Look Coming to a Google App Near You!

It is expected that Google will be introducing a new look to the LakerApps suite of applications for all users in the December/January timeframe. This includes the Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites apps.

In June of this year, Google announced it would be working on creating new user interfaces for its primary applications.   Google cites three primary reasons for making these changes.  Focus for streamlining a new look across all the apps and reducing clutter, elasticity for consistent user experience no matter what device you are using – computer, tablet or mobile, and effortlessness for incorporating the latest technologies in their products to quickly bring new features to users.  Google has also been working diligently to make their products more effective for users with disabilities who may be accessing them through adaptive or assistive technologies.What does this mean for users?  It means a more consistent look across all the apps and across all devices whether you are using them on a PC, a tablet computer (like an iPad) or a smartphone.  It also means a little bit of change…

Since their announcement in June, Google has been letting users preview the interfaces and provide feedback on what they like and dislike about the changes.  Google is then incorporating any necessary revisions to be included in a final product release.

For our LakerApps suite of applications, the preview option is currently available for all four applications – Gmail, Calendar, Docs and Sites.   The FAQ article on the Google Apps New Look page describes how you can opt-in to the new interface for each app and then also how you can opt-out of it to continue using the “classic” interface.  CTS encourages you try the new look.

While you can opt in and out of the new interfaces right now, it is expected that the new interfaces will become permanent in the December/January timeframe with Docs and Sites going permanent in December, and Calendar and Gmail in early January.  You will actually see the new look in Gmail mid-December as the default look, but will still be able to opt-out of it until January. Once they become permanent, the options to switch to the “classic” interface will no longer be available.

You should also be aware that Google is no longer supporting Firefox 3.6 and below nor IE 7 and below with its applications, especially the new interface for Gmail.  If you are using one of these browsers, please see the article “Google No Longer Supporting Older Firefox and IE Browsers.

For more information about the interface changes in each of the apps, please visit the Google Apps New Look Page.