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Held Friday afternoons in Turing Auditorium, Tech Briefings are informal, interactive seminars on computer-related topics of interest to the Stanford community. These sessions are intended for power users, Expert Partners, and those with IT responsibilities, but are open to everyone - faculty, staff, and students. The Tech Briefings, led by knowledgeable IT Services staff or other IT professionals, run from 2:00 to 3:30 P.M. No registration is required - just come on by and learn something new. No fees. No fuss.

The first session of each month will tie in to the monthly series.


Winter 2008 Quarter's series: Adobe Creative Suite 3


Turing Auditorium is Room 111 of Polya Hall. See this map to Polya Hall.

The success of these sessions depends on you! Questions from attendees are strongly encouraged. Topics are announced in advance through the techbriefings mailing list and on this web page.

Because we are presenting emerging technical topics, please feel free to contact the Tech Briefing coordinator with any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns. Call 723-4391 or send email to

Winter 2008 Tech Briefings

  • January 4: No Tech Briefing (end of Winter Break)
  • January 11:Creative Suite 3 Series -- Illustrator CS3
  • January 18: Update on the Forsythe Data Center
  • January 23: Apple Presents: What's New From Apple (Special Wednesday Tech Briefing)
  • January 25: Remedy 7.0 Jumpstart
  • February 1: No Tech Briefing (All-Day Security Class)
  • February 8:Creative Suite 3 Series -- InDesign CS3
  • February 15: Drupal
  • February 22: What's Up with Eudora and Email at Stanford
  • February 29: Wikis: Growing Wiki Use in Teaching and Research
  • March 7: Creative Suite 3 Series -- Fireworks vs. Photoshop
  • March 14: ESS: Software and Stuff
  • March 21: Using Open Source Software and Other Freebies
  • March 28: Windows Domain
Date Topic Presenter(s)
January 4

No Tech Briefing (end of Winter Break)

January 11

Creative Suite 3 Series -- Illustrator CS3

Adobe® Illustrator® CS3 software allows you to create sophisticated artwork for virtually any medium. Industry-standard drawing tools, flexible color controls, and professional type controls help you capture your ideas and experiment freely, while timesaving features such as easier-to-access options let you work quickly and intuitively. Improved performance and tight integration with other Adobe applications also help you produce extraordinary graphics for print, web and interactive, and mobile and motion designs.

Philip Guindi, Group Product Manager for Emerging Creative Technologies at Adobe, will present.

Philip Guindi, Adobe
January 18

Update on the Forsythe Data Center

In this session, we will provide an overview of the enhancements being made to the Forsythe Hall Data Center as part of the renovation project. Topics covered will include mechanical, electrical, and emergency power system upgrades.

Bob Moya, IT Services
January 23

Apple Presents: What's New From Apple

Come hear Stanford's Apple rep Wyn Davies talk about the exciting new Apple products, direct from Macworld 2008.

Wyn Davies, Apple
January 25

Remedy 7.0 Jumpstart

In this session, Ammy Hill and Chris Lundin of IT Services will be going through an overview of the changes to Remedy and HelpSU. They will look at some minor changes to HelpSU and also go over some fabulous new features in Remedy:

- the ability to create a personal “signature file” for emails sent from Remedy,
- the ability to create Tasks and assign them to other groups while maintaining control of the original ticket
- the new web-based client that will allow easy access for Macintosh users
- quick access from computers where Remedy is not installed.

Ammy Hill and Chris Lundin, IT Services
February 1

No Tech Briefing (All-Day Security Class)

February 8

Creative Suite 3 Series -- InDesign CS3

Explore more creative possibilities and experience new levels of productivity using Adobe® InDesign® CS3 page layout software. Built for demanding workflows, InDesign integrates smoothly with Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator®, Acrobat®, InCopy®, and Dreamweaver® software; offers powerful features for creating richer, more complex documents; and reliably outputs pages to multiple media. With its sophisticated design features and enhanced productivity tools for streamlining repetitive tasks, InDesign CS3 lets you work faster and better than ever.

Kathryn Chinn, Adobe
February 15


Drupal is a free, open-source modular framework and content management system (CMS) written in the programming language PHP. Drupal, like many modern CMSs, allows the system administrator to organize the content, customize the presentation, automate administrative tasks, and manage site visitors and contributors. Although there is a sophisticated programming interface, most tasks can be accomplished with little or no programming. Drupal is sometimes described as a "web application framework", as its capabilities extend from content management to enabling a wide range of services and transactions.

Join Tim Torgenrud (IT Services) and a panel of experts for a discussion of how Drupal is being implemented on campus, and how it might be of benefit to Stanford groups and departments.

Tim Torgenrud (with Marco Wise, John Foliot, Zach Chandler, Jon Robertson, Dave Ream, and James Jacobs)
February 22

What's Up with Eudora and Email at Stanford

Eudora has been discontinued by the vendor (QUALCOMM). Join Mark Branom and Jason Cowart (IT Services) as they discuss how, when, and why you might want to move to a different email program.

Mark Branom and Jason Cowart, IT Services
February 29

Wikis: Growing Wiki Use in Teaching and Research

Looking to spur wiki adoption? Want to grow from 10 users to 100, 1000, or more? Wikis are the future of classroom and research collaboration, so improving adoption and effective use in teaching and research is key to realizing benefits such as more deeply engaged students, constantly refined curriculum materials and more streamlined research from data gathering to journal publication. Want to know more about how to achieve this?

Stewart Mader will share strategies he has gathered on wiki adoption from his own experience teaching, collaboratively developing curriculum materials and working with the likes of Brown University and Johns Hopkins University. He'll discuss and the practice of applying patterns to help coordinate peoples' efforts and guide the growth of content, as well as recognizing and resolving anti-patterns that might otherwise hinder growth, so that your wiki has the best chance of success.

Stewart Mader works with business, academic, and non-profit organizations to grow vibrant collaborative communities. He is Wiki Evangelist for Atlassian, publishes Blog on Wiki Patterns (, and founded He is the author of two books: Wikipatterns: a practical guide to improving productivity and collaboration in your organization, which is being published by Wiley in early 2008, and Using Wiki in Education , an online book on how the wiki is transforming education and research.

Stewart Mader, Wiki Evangelist for Atlassian
March 7

Creative Suite 3 Series -- Fireworks vs. Photoshop

When Adobe purchased Macromedia, many thought the Fireworks product would be eliminated, since both Photoshop and Fireworks are image editors. What's the difference between the two applications? When should I use Photoshop? When should I use Fireworks? In today's session, Mark Branom answer these questions as he demonstrates these two programs.

Mark Branom, IT Services
March 14

ESS: Software and Stuff

Even technical people need to know how to find the software tools they need for their work at Stanford. This presentation, provided jointly by the IT Help Desk (Essential Stanford Software - ESS), Software Licensing, Procurement, the Campus Bookstore will demystify the various sources of software on campus.

Mark Branom, IT Services with Jason Cowart (IT Services), Software Licensing, Procurement, Stanford Bookstore
March 21

Using Open Source Software and Other Freebies (a.k.a. Alternatives to MS Office and Sound, Video, and Graphic Manipulation software)

Do you wish you had office applications at home? Is your department running out of funds because you're spending too much on licensing fees for tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Illustrator, and Photoshop? Come to this Tech Briefing as our instructor, Mark Branom, demonstrates Open Source and other free alternatives. Topics will include, Audacity, Picasa, GIMP, Google Docs and Spreadsheets, and Google Page Creator.



Mark Branom, IT Services
March 28

Windows Domain

In this session, Ross Wilper and Sean Riordan will be presenting an overview of the current state and the future of the Stanford Windows Infrastructure.
Find out about the services provided and how you can take advantage of them:

  • Domain services
  • Exchange support

Also, hear about upcoming changes to the services:

  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
  • Domain Services upgrade
  • Exchange 2007 support upgrade
Sean Riorden and Ross Wilper, IT Services


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