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This post is part one of a two-part series on What’s New at the UCSF Tech Commons.
Mavericks has arrived at the UCSF Library! Stop by the Tech Commons (CL-240) on the second floor of the UCSF Library and try out Apple’s newest operating system, Mavericks. This is a great opportunity to try out the operating system before upgrading your work or personal computers (PS Mavericks* is free!).
Tech Commons staff have been testing Mavericks and discovering new features and applications that members of the UCSF community will be excited about. Members of the Tech Commons & Desktop Services (Benjamin Stever) and Learning Technologies Group (Dylan Romero) have collaborated to identify our top five new features with the biggest bang for their buck and listed them below (in no order of importance):
iBooks App (review by Dylan)
I am a sucker for creating multitouch books using iBooks Author. It is by far one of my favorite new applications for its ease of use and ability to produce stunning, interactive content. With the release of Mavericks, you can now view these multitouch books on your Mac computer and are no longer limited to viewing on an iPad or iPhone. This has instantly increased the audience for multitouch books, which means iBooks Author users have a lot of work to do!
Read more about the iBooks App http://www.apple.com/ibooks/
New iMovie (review by Dylan)
One of the most popular applications in the Tech Commons is iMovie. After filming using digital video equipment checked out through the Library, quickly edit your clips together and create a digital story in iMovie. With the latest release of iMovie, the process of editing your videos continues to get much easier. Check out the new iMovie interface, all new themes, as well as built-in story-boarding tools to help you prepare for your big production!
Read more about the new iMovie http://www.apple.com/imovie
And for more information on saving your iMovie project on Tech Commons workstations, please visit the Multimedia Support Center.
Keynote (review by Dylan)
We love to create presentations using Keynote! With the complete overhaul of the iWork suite, we are eager to try all of the new features and themes included in this release of Keynote (well, maybe not the Spin or Shimmer transitions). Keynote has an all new interface and inspector with a built-in “presentation coach” that will help you along the way while adjusting to the Keynote update. Check out the newest version of Keynote in the Tech Commons, I know we will!
Read more about the new Keynote http://www.apple.com/mac/keynote/
Finder (review by Ben)
Spring cleaning is upon us, so let’s get to work cleaning up that desktop clutter. The update to Finder makes it easy with the addition of tabs. Similar to tabbed browsing in most modern web browsers (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer), tabs give the option to manage multiple instances of Finder in one, clutter-free window. All the functionality you’d expect is there, from opening and closing tabs with keyboard shortcuts to merging all open windows. A small change to a fundamental component of OSX, but one we’re really excited about.
Read more about Finder tabs http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5840
Preview (review by Ben)
When it comes to PDF applications, the options are seemingly limitless. Preview has always been a great PDF reader, but with newly-enhanced annotation capabilities, it has emerged as frontrunner in a crowded pack. A robust selection of tools including highlighter, notes, shapes, color options, and signatures are now available. Browse your markups and stay organized with the Annotation Inspector. Annotations carry over to your iOS devices, as well as most other PDF applications. Check out the latest options in Preview under the Tools menu.
You can read more about Preview here http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2506
For a complete list of new features in Mavericks, visit the Apple website. And stop by the Tech Commons on the second floor of the UCSF Library any time the Library is open to use a Mac or PC workstation and contact LTG staff for assistance.
Image Credit: Apple
Take a quick 7 minute break to watch this newly digitized and previously rarely seen footage we presented at last night’s Bay Area Video Coalition’s (BAVC) program– Video Capsule: Treasures from Bay Area Archives! UCSF’s contribution was this amalgamation of clips from “moving memento” films of the 1930s. For a time the UCSF School of Medicine had a tradition of creating these dynamic mementos of each class of students of staff. The films are comprised of faculty and staff introductions and a variety of candid scenes around campus and in the hospitals.
Or watch the video on the Internet Archive.
In the previous post, we were introduced to Dr. Daniel Lowenstein and his “Last Lecture” presentation, which was both powerful and inspiring. Shortly after writing the post, Dr. Lowenstein contacted me, and we had an interesting discussion about his experience preparing for, and delivering that presentation.
I have always wanted to incorporate the voices of the instructors, students, and staff at UCSF, who work in the trenches and present or attend presentations on a daily basis. This post marks the beginning of a new series that will feature interviews of those people. I hope you enjoy the first episode of “5 Questions!”
5 Questions with Dr. Lowenstein
Bonus track: The Basement People
If you have any ideas about who the next 5 Questions interviewee should be, please contact me or leave your ideas in the comments section below.
Powerful. Inspirational. Emotionally moving.
Those are the words that best describe Dr. Daniel Lowenstein’s “The Last Lecture” presentation, delivered to a packed house in Cole Hall on April 25th. The Last Lecture is an annual lecture series hosted by a UCSF professional school government group (and inspired by the original last lecture), in which the presenter is hand-picked by students and asked to respond to the question, ”If you had but one lecture to give, what would you say?” Dr. Daniel Lowenstein, epilepsy specialist and director of the UCSF Epilepsy Center, did not disappoint. In fact, I can say with confidence that he delivered one of the best presentations that I have attended.
Rather than attempt to paraphrase his words, or provide a Cliff Notes version that doesn’t do his presentation justice, I will instead encourage you to watch the video recording of his presentation. The video is an hour in length, and if you have any interest in becoming a better presenter yourself, it is a must-watch. After the jump, we’ll explore my top “top 5 lessons learned” from Dr. Lowenstein’s presentation.
Last Lecture – Top 5 Lessons Learned:
To top it all off, Dr. Lowenstein spent the last few minutes of his presentation reviewing each of the 4 segments of his talk, and then related it all back to a single, clear message. That, my friends, is an example of storytelling 101, so I hope you were talking notes!
Continue on to part 2 of this post, where I interview Dr. Lowenstein about his experiences preparing for and delivering the Last Lecture presentation!
If you also found inspiration in Dr. Lowenstein’s presentation, please share your thoughts below, and I’ll see you at next year’s “Last Lecturer” event.