Presentations

Technical Writing

I’ve been a technical writer for a few years, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I gave a talk on technical writing.

  • The Techaddicted Guide to DocumentationGiven at Edinburgh Tech Meetup on 10 July 2013
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Denise Marshall talks about Documentation from TechMeetup on Vimeo.

Inkscape

I’ve done several small drawings in Inkscape Vector Editor and found it to be an amazing tool. No bells and whistles, it does just the basics. If you’ve got a simple drawing that you’ll need to resize a lot, Inkscape should do the trick.
This presentation was done as a live demo covering topics such as:

  • What the Inkscape is and how it is different from other drawing programs
  • The menus and tools of Inkscape
  • How to create simple shapes (circles, squares, lines)
  • How to use vectors to create more complex shapes
  • How to use fills and transparency

Inkscape Vector Drawing

  • Given at Falkirk Linux Users Group in May 2013.
  • Given at Edinburgh Linux Users Group in March 2012.

LaTeX

I’m a strong supporter of the LaTeX document markup system. I scarcely use a word processor, preferring LaTeX for managing large documents such as linguistics papers and dissertation work. I’ve given a number of talks introducing LaTeX to different groups as well as created some materials for practice.

I was considered by some to be a LaTeX expert (I’m not) yet the more I learned about it, the more I realised that I had a lot more learning to do. Even though I don’t know most things (and have forgotten more), I like the problem solving so if you have any questions (even after thumbing through my slides), feel free to contact me and I’ll see what I can rummage up on Google.

The slides for some of the presentations I’ve given can be found here:

  • LaTeX for Undergraduate Linguists – Given at The University of Edinburgh on 14 October 2008, 28 October 2008 and 6 October 2009

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  • Using LaTeX – Given at Valley Technology Ltd. on 25 September 2008 and at the Edinburgh Linux Users Group meeting on 4 September 2008

Denise Wood – LaTeX from Edinburgh CompSoc on Vimeo.

The Gnu Image Manipulation Program (G.I.M.P)

The G.I.M.P. is a free and open source image editing program. Despite its unfortunate name, it is a wonderful tool which is capable of producing the same quality of work as Photoshop. The aim of the G.I.M.P. is not to copy Photoshop, but to simply be an open-source image editing tool. Because I use the G.I.M.P. often for post-processing my photography, I’ve become familiar with its more useful features.

This presentation was done as a live demo covering topics such as:

  • What the G.I.M.P. is and how it is different from Photoshop
  • The menus and tools of the G.I.M.P.
  • How to create simple shapes (circles, squares, lines)
  • How to use layers and the alpha channel (transparency)

An Introduction to G.I.M.P. as a Free and Open Source Alternative to Photoshop

  • Given at The University of Edinburgh Computing Society Open Learning Session on 3 February 2010.
  • Given at Valley Technology Ltd. on 19 August 2009.
  • Given at the Edinburgh Linux Users Group on 1 October 2009.