Introduction to the UDML


  1. Using the iMacs
  2. Adobe Software Available in the UDML
  3. Equipment Checkout
  4. FileZilla for Uploading Webpages
  5. Adobe Spark and Learning Journal
  6. Lab Marking
  7. References
  8. Homework

1. Using the iMacs

Probably the most important highlight of this lab!

1.1 Logging in:

1.2 Accessing Network Storage (small files only please)

There are two ways of accessing your network drive:

  1. Using the icon on the Desktop labeled 'I-Drive':

  3. Using Finder:

Note: anything that is saved on the network drive will be available on any computer in the room. Anything that is saved to the Desktop, will only be on that machine.

1.3 Storage Notes:


2. Adobe Software Available in the UDML

2.1 Finding and Using Applications:

  1. Applications Folder
  2. Spotlight Search
  3. Dock

To stop a program you should go to the applications main menu and select quit, or use Command-Q. Often Mac programs will keep running even if all their windows are closed. Look for the black dot under its icon. Right or control click and choose quit to stop it completely.

3. Equipment Checkout

From time to time you may wish to checkout the equipment available in the Media Production Department. We may use some of this equipment in the labs but you may also wish to use it for your class project. Equipment includes:

The location of the Media Production department and the contact person therein is as follows:

The Computer Science department also has five JVS HD Everio video cameras. They will be available to borrow for a week at a time, which gives you time to learn the camera and record your projects.


4. FileZilla for Uploading Webpages

If you want to upload webpages to Hercules (or Hyperion) when you are on a Mac, you can use an application called FileZilla (sorry, there is no WinSCP for macs; but this is almost better!). It is free to download for all platforms. To use FileZilla:

  1. Use Spotlight to look for and start FileZilla.
  2. In the lab, you will see the following "Site Manager" dialog window.
    Filezilla on Open
    Ensure that hercules (or hyperion) is selected under "Predefined Sites", then click on the "Connect" button.

  3. You will see the following dialog box to fill in your username:
  4. The first time that you run FileZilla, you might get the message shown below. Check off "Always trust this host, add this key to the cache" and click on OK:

    Hercules Authentication
  5. Fill in your password:
    Filezilla Password

  6. You are now good to go. The left pane is your local host. The right pane is hercules (or hyperion). The idea is that you can change directories by clicking on their names. To transfer files, you can drag and drop files and directories from one side to another.
    Drag and Drop

Note: If you are at home, you will not see the "Site Manager" dialog. Another way of connecting is by entering the information in the "Quickconnect" bar:
Connect At Home

5. Adobe Spark and Learning Journal

You will be using Adobe Spark Pages to create an online learning journal.

The following are a couple of sample learning journals:

Things that you can put in your journal:

  1. a heading for each lab
  2. an image or link to what you created in the lab (or at least the description of what you did)
  3. any things that you learned that you might want to remember how to do later
  4. any challenges that you faced and how you got around those challenges

You will be creating you journal using Adobe Spark which is accessible by going to the following webpage:

You will have to create a username and password. If you have the Adobe software (creative cloud licence), you can use your Adobe ID and password.

Click on the plus sign in the middle of the page once you have logged in and select "Pages"

Things to play with:

6. Lab Marking

6.1 Mark Distribution

6.2 Submission

For most labs a final product, source materials and a description of the techniques you used are expected. Please organize them all into one folder.

Lab work is due at the beginning of the next lab. Your lab instructor is experimenting with submission mechanisms. You may be asked to use special software or an online service. You may also be asked to move your files to a USB device that is passed around during the lecture.

6.3 Note on Lab Material

The lab material will be posted on this website: Dr. Hepting and I are working together to improve the lab material, so labs may change topic or content shortly before the week's lecture begins.

What is an "Open Lab"

An open lab: an opportunity to explore something of interest based on the preceding lab, inspired by something discussed in class, or found on the web. This is your chance to do something that interests YOU!

An open lab is an opportunity to get hands on experience with some topic in a situation with some guidance. It could be connected to an individual project.

8. Homework

For next week's lab orient yourself thoroughly: