Rapid Prototyping
Building Apps for Web and Mobile

Course Summary
Prototyping allows you to spend ten minutes — instead of ten hours — finding an amazing design for your product. This course will guide you through the iterative process of prototyping an app and conducting user research. You will start by making a low fidelity paper prototype, conducting research with users, and using that research to inform your next iteration. Together with InVision we’ll guide you through creating interactive prototypes. This means you don’t have to code an app before putting it in front of users! Along the way, you’ll learn how and where prototyping fits into your app design process and how you can use prototyping to become a better entrepreneur.

This course is part of our Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree Program, click here to learn more.

Why Take This Course?
Prototyping is an art that exists to save you time and money in the app development process. It allows you to identify design flaws quickly so you waste as little time as possible building a phenomenal app. By learning this art, you’ll create quality apps faster and have confidence in the viability of your products.

By the end of the course, you’ll be comfortable with the prototyping process, be able to get quality user feedback, and use the feedback to create great apps.

Prerequisites and Requirements
This course has no formal prerequisites, but you will get a lot more out of the instruction and exercises if you’ve got a product idea. If you’ve completed our Product Design course, you can leverage your app mockups from that course to get a headstart in this one!

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

What Will I Learn?
In this project, you’ll go through the iterative prototyping process – starting with a low fidelity prototype and using feedback to build a medium fidelity prototype. By the end, you’ll have an amazing prototype to share and a really insightful list of talking points for potential investors about the feedback from your UX research experiments.

You’ll learn basic paper prototyping, conducting user research, and understanding feedback on your app. You’ll also learn how to use InVision to create interactive medium-fidelity prototypes and conduct user research remotely. Finally, you will learn how to continue prototyping new features as you move further in the app development lifecycle and how to present your research to friends, investors, and anyone else who is interested in your work.

Lesson 1: Low-Fidelity Prototypes & User Research
In this lesson, you’ll learn the fundamentals of prototyping, as well as the process of making paper prototypes and presenting them to users.

Lesson 2: Medium-Fidelity Prototypes with inVision
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to incorporate feedback, make interactive prototypes using InVision, and how to conduct further user research remotely.

Lesson 3: Lifelong Prototyping
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to refine your prototypes further, how to involve prototyping and user research in new app features, and how to present your prototypes and research.





Product Design
Validation and UX through Design Sprints

Course Summary
There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. This course is designed to help you materialize your game-changing idea and transform it into a product that you can build a business around. Product Design blends theory and practice to teach you product validation, UI/UX practices, Google’s Design Sprint and the process for setting and tracking actionable metrics.

This course is part of our Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree Program, click here to learn more.

Why Take This Course?
Over the years, Silicon Valley startups have developed a series of frameworks and best practices for product design. Through startup case studies and interviews with industry experts, we want to bring you the best of Silicon Valley with lessons you can apply to influence the design of your mobile or web app.

By the end of the course, you will know how to perform a Google Design Sprint (developed at Google Ventures and exclusively taught in this course) to design, prototype and test your ideas. You will also learn to design low fidelity mockups for your product and capture appropriate metrics.

Prerequisites and Requirements
This course has no formal prerequisites. You just need to have a problem to solve and be open to feedback!

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

What Will I Learn?
This project will help you design a product people will love. By the end of this project, you will be able to summarize your product idea, build out wireframes or prototypes, articulate what you learned from user testing, and highlight metrics that will be important to measure for your product.

Lesson 1: Ideation & Validation
Life’s too short to build products no one wants. This lesson will help you develop, validate and refine your ideas to ensure you’re building for a product/market fit. Through case studies and interviews with founders, product experts, and investors, you will learn how to efficiently conduct user research and build an entrepreneurial mindset.

Lesson 2: UI/UX
They say good design shrinks the gap between what a product does and why it exists. This lesson takes you beyond visual style to understand material design, building for accessibility, user flows and personas. You’ll hear about how startups make design decisions and learn from senior designers at Google on how they use design to emphasize the purpose of their products. By the end of the lesson, you will analyze the user experience of another product and start documenting a user flow for your own product.

Lesson 3: Design Sprint
Created by Google Ventures, the Design Sprint Process is widely used by teams seeking to design, prototype, and test their ideas with customers. In this lesson, Google’s leading Design Sprint Master will help you go through all the steps required to validate your ideas and build mockups of your product. You will also get a first-hand look at how design sprints happen at Udacity and how you can design & conduct your own.

Lesson 4: Key Metrics
In the final lesson, you will learn to identify common metrics for websites and apps relating to traffic, customer satisfaction, and engagement. You will learn tools that can be used to monitor metrics and examples from startups on what metrics not to measure.

At the end of the lesson, you will identify actionable metrics that will work best for your own product.





Research, Reading and Discovery Tools
The first step to creating great content is understanding the industry and the audience you are writing for. The tools below will help you get plugged-in to the best content, discover new sites, and connect with the best bloggers in your vertical.

  • Feedly – In the wake of the Google Reader shutdown, Feedly has emerged as the best way to subscribe the RSS feeds. RSS is still one of the best ways to monitor your industry for news and content. Feedly’s mobile apps and UI make this a better replacement for your old Google Reader. Don’t underestimate the power of RSS feeds.
  • Instapaper – You never knew how badly you needed Instapaper until you’ve tried it. It’s a great way to save articles for offline reading. It also cleans up saved articles to minimize distractions. Set it up on all of your devices to collect content for later.
  • Pocket – This is basically the same thing as Instapaper and an equally great product.
  • Prismatic – One of my favorite ways to “unearth” new content. Subscribe to just about any blog or category to find new and useful information.
  • Digg – Digg is back, baby! The new Digg is a highly-curated feed of “the most interesting and talked about stories on the Internet right now.” The daily email newsletter is also a must-read.
  • Fre.sh – Created by BuzzFeed, Fre.sh is constantly updated feed of the 50 most popular stories on the web. Not surprisingly, most of the links send readers to BuzzFeed stories but there are links to great across the web.
  • IFTTT – Their tagline, “Put the internet to work for you,” is pretty accurate. Connecting different sites and services is a powerful way to automate your workflow. For example, automatically save new Cornerstone Content articles to your Pocket account or feed content you’ve written to Buffer. According to The Verge, the owners wants to “open up IFTTT as a platform and let anyone make a channel” meaning writers and publishers should be paying close attention.
  • Google Trends – Track the popularity of keywords in Google Search over time. This is a simple but powerful way to see what people are interested in. The graphs can also be used as visual objects in your own content.

Content Creation and Curation Tools
Content needs to be more than text to maximize social sharing. Here are few tools to help content creators add engaging, social objects to any article.

  • Timeline JS – Create embeddable, responsive timelines. Using Google Spreadsheets, Timeline JS allows you to build rich timelines that include videos, photos and tweets. See an example.
  • ThingLink – This is an easy way to make images interactive. Upload an image, tag it, then embed it on your site. See an example.
  • Piktochart – Infographics are awesome tools for displaying data-driven content but hard to create from scratch. Piktochart uses template and drag-and-drop tools to make the process much easier. See an example.
  • Infogr.am – Another tool for creating infographics but this one works best with spreadsheets of data. See an example.
  • Storify – Curating tweets, Instagram posts and YouTube videos is a quick and easy way to cover breaking news and cover an event. Storify makes this simple and allows users to embed their work on their own sites. See an example.
  • Wordle – Word clouds are a cool way to add context to a presentation, like the State of the Union and an iPhone launch. Visual elements like this make content infinitely more shareable. See an example.
  • Polldaddy – Surveys and quizzes are another way to make content interactive and interesting. One idea: Create trivia questions about old content to breath new life old posts. See an example.
  • Google Public Data – There is an insane amount of data here and Google has made it all very easy to navigate and share. See an example.
  • Docurated Content Marketing App – This app helps marketers analyze and discover the best content for each marketing/sales support scenario.

Content Production Tools
Here are a few tools to help content creators hack their productivity.

  • Mou – Stop writing web articles in Microsoft Word. Markdown is a basic text-to-HTML conversion tool that makes writing for the web easier. Mou is the best app for writing in Markdown, loaded with keyboard shortcuts, live previews and custom CSS.
  • Editorially – The reason that most writers use Word is because their copyeditors want to track changes. If you write in Markdown, Editorially fixes this problem by allowing multiple people to edit the same article (like Google Docs), track changes and see previous versions.
  • Pixelmator – Every content creator should have basic image-editing skills but Photoshop is overkill. Pixelmator is Photoshop’s little brother and at just $15, it’s an amazing image editor.
  • Cloudup – This is an easy way to share images, files and especially screenshots. If you ever publish screenshots, this little app will save you time (and storage space).
  • Clipboard Cleaner – Removes formatting from your clipboard so you easily move text without styling. It’s a lifesaver for web writers (especially if you are using Microsoft Word).
  • Cloud Clip – This nifty app saves your clipboard history in case you need to access it later.

Other Awesome Content Marketing Tool Lists
This isn’t the only great list out there. Here are few others that you should bookmark.




The Cloud (part B):


Install ESXi in a VMware Workstation virtual machine VMwarebits.com
VMware Workstation 10 Documentation Center
VMware vSphere 5 makes it even easier to run ESXi on ESXi, and now supports 64-bit nested gue
VMware vSphere 5.1 lab on our laptops popravak
codero.com knowledge base How can I mount a local ISO using vSphere
101 VMware and Windows Interview Questions Part 1 System Admin Guide
Top 10 PowerShell Scripts that VMware Administrators Should Use Virtual-Strategy Magazine
VMWare Top Interview Questions with Answers wintual

CentOS – Hyper-V – No network adapter – HowtoForge Forums HowtoForge – Linux Howtos and Tu
CentOS – Hyper-V – No network adapter – HowtoForge Forums HowtoForge – Linux Howtos and Tut

CentOS 6 on Hyper-V – network adapter doesn’t work (no checksum feature)
Expanding Virtual Hard Disks with Hyper-V
Step By Step Guide To Install CentOS Linux Virtual Machine in Windows Hyper-V Server

Install a Guest Operating System
Step by Step Guide to Create Windows Hyper-V Virtual Machine
Hyper-V virtualization – Setup and Use in Windows 10 – Windows 10 Forums

Welcome to VMware ESXi 4
XenServer 5.6.0
CentOS VMware Tools Installation and verification

FREE VMware video training from previous VMworld sessions
Pearson VUE – Home
Rasmus Haslund – Google+
VMware Testing with Pearson VUE
VMware Workforce Mobility Fundamentals




50 Blogging tools to help you work smarter

Brainstorm blog topics
1. Portent Title Maker
Enter a subject and get a captivating headline for your posts in a split-second!

Portent Title Maker
2. Blog About
Whip up creative titles for these topics: Saving time, saving money, productivity, a challenge, management, customer service, preparation, growth, your opinion and improvement.

Blog About
3. Quora
Answer people’s questions in your area of expertise and grow your presence at the same time. You can write about it on a blog post, then link it back onto Quora.

4. Tweak Your Biz
Generate hundreds of blog titles with one topic.

Tweak Your Biz
Write smarter and faster
5. Grammarly
Guarantees that everything you write is “easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.”

6. Hemingway
Highlights segments of your writing that’s hard to read, so you can simplify it.

7. Title Capitalization
Automatically capitalize your blog title.

Title Capitalization
8. Egg Timer
Does a countdown of how much time you should spend writing.

9. Moom
Easily moves and zooms windows from one display to another so you can see everything that you’re doing on your MAC. It’s $10, but worth every minute of your day.

10. Calmly Writer
Write without distractions with this simple (but professional) text editor.

Calmly Writer
11. The Readability Test Tool
Calculates the readability of your blog posts, which tells you how easy your content is to digest.

Readability Test Tool
12. Coschedule Headline Analyzer
Analyzes the overall structure, originality, and readability of your headlines.

Coschedule Headline Analyzer
13. Trello
Keep track of your work by organizing it from the big picture to the small details.

14. Evernote
Create notes across your computer and mobile device and share them with others, wherever you are.

15. WorkFlowy
Organize your notes, ideas, and lists into one place.

Create an email list
16. Rabbut
Collect emails on Medium, Linkedin, and personal sites and automatically send a newsletter to your subscribers whenever you hit “publish.”

17. Mailchimp
Manage your subscribers, send emails, and track your results.

18. Campaign Monitor
Send beautiful, customized email marketing campaigns to your subscribers.

Campaign Monitor
Find free, high-quality images
19. Unsplash

20. Stocksnap.io

21. Pexels

22. Getrefe

23. Albumarium

24. LibreStock

25. Lifeofpix

26. Fancy Crave

27. Magdeleine

28. Death to the Stock Photo

Customize images, quotes & art
29. Canva
Create beautiful designs and professional graphics by simply dragging-and-dropping. Perfect for blog posts, ads, social media, and web presentations.

30. Pablo
Create nice designs for your social media: Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Linkedin.

31. Stencil
Turn images into visually appealing designs for your blog.

32. QuotesCover
Turn ordinary quotes into stunning quote pictures. Use it for social media, e-cards, desktop or mobile wallpaper, posters, or print designs.

Create infographics
33. Piktochart
Create high-quality infographics using 500+ professionally-designed templates.

Record videos & GIFS
34. Screencast-o-matic
Record and share what’s happening on your screen. Free if recording is under 15 minutes.

35. Licecap (for MAC), Licecap (for Windows)
Create animated GIFs by recording the content on your screen.

Mass-promote your content
Build or choose pre-built scripts to automate tasks with the statement, “if this, then that.”

37. Zapier
The same purpose as IFTTT, except geared more towards businesses.

38. Buffer
Share content on your social media platform (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google +, Pinterest, and Instagram) by pre-scheduling your posts. You can schedule up to 10 for free, at any time.

39. Tweet Jukebox
Now called Social Jukebox. Recycles your tweets and schedules your post to Facebook and Linkedin, automatically.

Tweet Jukebox
Outreach to influencers
40. Who.is
Search for people’s emails by their IP Address, domain name or website. Use this as last resort when outreaching.

41. Alexa
Pinpoints the ranking of a site across the world.

42. Click to Tweet
Create a tweet CTA link for your blog post or email.

Click to Tweet
43. Bloglovin
Follow and connect with bloggers in the same industry as you.

Track Analytics
44. Google Analytics
Tracks where and how much traffic your blog is getting and generates reports to help with your marketing.

Google Analytics
45. Google Webmaster Tools
Gives you detailed information and statistics on how Google sees and crawls your website.

Google Webmaster Tools
46. Typeform
Get user feedback through conversational surveys, quizzes, contests, product feedback, landing pages, and much more.

47. iA Writer
A simple and clean text editor that’s designed to bring you a focused writing experience for business proposals, essays, white papers, poems, novels, etc.

iA Writer
48. Butterick’s Practical Typography
A practical guide on how to use typography and format your posts.

Butterick’s Practical Typography
49. Pixelmator
Enhance your photos with Pixelmator’s advanced features: Painting, effects, layers, vectors, color adjustments, retouching and much more.

50. PicMonkey
Completely turn your idea into reality by designing, editing your photos and putting them together in a collage.


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