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The dynamic simulation tools in Maya allow animators and visual effects artists to create convincing animations that would be too difficult or time consuming to keyframe by hand. This course covers the basics of the classic dynamics engine, showing how to build a simulation with passive and active rigid bodies, add attributes like bounce and friction, integrate the simulation with keyframes, and apply dynamic constraints. Author Aaron F. Ross shows how to apply these techniques to a realistic scenario, while explaining tools and concepts like the Rigid Body Solver, gravity fields, and dynamic constraints.

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Follow a practical guide to building 3D cityscapes for games. IAuthor Adam Crespi constructs a city block in 3ds Max utilizing low-polygon modeling and advanced texturing techniques. The course shows how to model common city elements such as buildings, intersections, curbs, and roofs and explains how to expand a city quickly and easily by reusing existing geometry in a modular way. The course also sheds light on simulating real-world detail with baking, lighting, and ambient occlusion techniques and offers a series of best practices for exporting to the Unity gaming engine.

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This course shows business analysts how to use SAP Crystal Reports 2011 to analyze and summarize data to make better decisions. Author Curt Frye teaches how to maximize the power of Crystal Reports and import and analyze data from a variety of places, including Excel, Access, HTML/XML files, and more. The course also shows you how to define and manage reports, summarize data, visualize data using charts, focus analysis by selecting which data a report summarizes, export report data, and connect to external data sources.

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In CSS for Designers, Molly E. Holzschlag and Andy Clarke expertly guide you through some of the most complex and useful techniques used in progressive Web design. Molly and Andy consider the topics from the point of view of creative, visual people rather than developers or programmers. Their unique approach helps give designers all the tools they need to create accessible, manageable, and beautiful websites.

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CSS for Developers is designed to give a working knowledge of CSS to web developers and coders who already have a firm grasp of XHTML/HTML and want to harness the power of style sheets to take their web sites to the next level. Instructor Bill Weinman reviews CSS fundamentals, including the benefits and limitations of the language, and then dives straight into creating styles. This course covers how to format text, images, and backgrounds; how to position elements on the page; and how to apply styles, both inline and via an external style sheet. CSS best practices and browser support issues are also addressed. Exercise files accompany the course.

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This course contains a high-level overview of Cascading Style Sheets, while exploring the basic concepts, terminology, and tools of the language. Beginning with an exploration of CSS syntax, author James Williamson explains how CSS modifies text, borders, backgrounds, and color; demonstrates CSS and HTML integration; and contextualizes the current state of CSS. The course also tours some of the most popular CSS editors and frameworks and lists online tools and resources for further study. This course is for people who want a big-picture overview before taking hands-on courses.

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Web designers and coders will be introduced to techniques to improve their results in CSS Positioning Best Practices. Beginning with a brief review of CSS, instructor Bill Weinman demonstrates how to position elements on a page using CSS instead of tables. He then goes step by step through the process of using CSS positioning to lay out pages that have traditionally been laid out using HTML tables. Exercise files accompany the course. 

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CSS gives Web designers control over the appearance of their web sites by separating the visual presentation from the content. It lets them easily make minor changes to a site or perform a complete overhaul of the design. In CSS Web Site Design, instructor and leading industry expert Eric Meyer reviews the essentials of CSS, including selectors, the cascade, and inheritance. The training also covers how to build effective navigation, how to lay out pages, and how to work with typography, colors, backgrounds, and white space. Using a project-based approach, Eric walks through the process of creating a Web page, while teaching the essentials of CSS along the way. By the end of the training, viewers will have the tools to master professional site design. Exercise files accompany the training videos.

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Ever find yourself wishing that CSS had features like variables, functions, or reusable classes? Look no further. LESS and Sass are CSS style sheet tools called preprocessors that add these features and more, simplifying the creation of complex CSS styles. In this course, author Joe Marini introduces the LESS and Sass tools in a two-part manner. The first section focuses on LESS (Leaner CSS) and how it can be used on both the client and the server. The lessons show how to work with variables, mixins, nested rules, and other features to easily create maintainable CSS. The second section introduces Sass (Syntactically awesome stylesheets), which contains many of the same features as LESS, along with a few new ones. Joe also compares and contrasts the two tools, and explains how your platform and needs may influence which tool you choose.

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In CSS3 First Look, staff author James Williamson provides an in-depth introduction to the newest CSS standard, detailing its modular format, history, and current level of browser support, while also demonstrating its capabilities and applications. The course includes tutorials on using new selectors, modifying typography and color, working with the box model, and understanding media queries. Exercise files accompany the course.

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