Simple Markup: Easy on the Eyes

Recently I’ve been exploring some of the new features in Office 2013. While there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of major upgrades to the Office Suite, there are a few changes that I really do like. One thing in particular is the Simple Markup enhancement to the Track Changes feature in Word.

If you’ve previously used Track Changes, you know that just opening your document can cause stress, let alone try to collaborate easily in it.

Here’s a snapshot of a document I recently worked on in Word 2010.  And, boy is that red text seriously making my blood pressure rise!Markup Capture

Take a look at the same document in 2013. I can actually read it easily when I first open it. If I want to dig in deeper and look at what was changed, I can. The document still opens with Track Changes on but by default will display in the Simple Markup view. Changes that were previously made are indicated by the red bars on the left. If you click on a bar, you’ll still see the markup. This new format definitely makes it much easier on the eye.2013 track changes

This is just one of a variety of new features I’ve been toying with.  If you’d be interested in taking a tour of what’s new in Office 2013, consider joining me in one of my upcoming webinars, and I’ll show you a whole lot more!

The Cloud is Rolling In


I can hear the thunder. Adobe Creative Cloud is almost here! This fall we will be updating from Adobe CS6 to the most current CC (Creative Cloud). Aside from getting the most updated version of Creative Suite, SMU machines also get a host of other goodies, like Muse, After Effects, and Premier Pro.

While all of us designers eagerly anticipate all the new tools that will come along with the update later this fall, we’ve put together our second Adobe Tech Day on September 25 from 9am-12pm in the Hughes Trigg Forum.

Come join us to see:

  1. What’s new with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign CC @ 9am
  2. How to use Illustrator to create iPad, iOS, and Surfase Apps @ 10am
  3. How to use Adobe MUSE & EDGE to create HTML5 Web Design & Animation @ 11am.

Remember, these demo workshops are to wet your whistle for what’s to come later this fall. Check out IT Training’s webpage for workshop schedules that are updated every semester.  There’s still a few seats left in InDesign Intermediate, one of my classes. Wink, wink.


Check out this video below to see what another university is doing with InDesign:

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