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Acrobat¨ PDF Bible / by Ted Padova

 

Amazon.com: The Acrobat PDF Bible preaches the gospel of the Portable Document Format (PDF) with religious thoroughness. Written by Ted Padova, a knowledgeable lecturer, businessman, and PDF zealot, it covers the
fundamentals of Adobe Acrobat; the process of creating and enhancing documents with links, movies, and sounds; and the benefits of PDF on the Web, on CD-ROM, and in the world of digital prepress. At over 700 pages, it's an impressive doorstop of a book. The writing style is clear if somewhat perfunctory. Screen shots are never merely decorative but rather are carefully chosen to enhance the reader's understanding, while the accompanying CD-ROM contains the stock selection of examples from the book, plus third-party shareware. The book particularly emphasizes third-party plug-ins--something you won't find in the "official" guide. To be frank, this title probably contains more than most people want to know about a technology that has never become quite as widespread as many people believe it should be. The voluminous Acrobat PDF Bible is a book for those who really want an in-depth, cross-application, comprehensive treatment of PDF. --Josh Smith, amazon.co.uk Selector's Note: As you see I buy a fair amount of third party books for software applications. As a result when I find one I wish to purchase but funds are low, I put it on the Amazon.com wish list. Thus is the case for this book. The selector hopes to purchase soon because the "Bible" series rarely goes wrong for her.

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The Non-Designer's Design Book : Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice / by Robin Williams


From the Back Cover: This book is for the secretary laying out an office newsletter, the entrepreneur designing her own advertising, the student wanting a better-looking term paper, or the professional creating a lasting impression
with a new client. As a book of general design principles, it doesn't matter what computer one is using, or whether one is using a computer at all - the principles and terminology of good design remain the same. Robin assumes that readers simply want to know how to make pages look better. She equips them with the four basic concepts used in virtually every well-designed job. Dozens of real-world examples enliven the text and demonstrate that Robin practices what she preaches: Good design does indeed capture the reader's attention. In the second half, the focus is on type, specifically the problem of combining multiple typefaces. Robin demonstrates that in page design, as in life, a relationship is established that is either concordant, conflicting, or contrasting. Each chapter is conveniently summarized, and there are practical design exercises, optional quizzes, and bibliography. Throughout the book, readers are encouraged to feel at ease in the often confusing world of graphic design
. Selector's Note: I don't know what I would have done without this little book when I was first starting. I probably would have made a complete fool of myself with stupid font designs. If you don't know how to design this is the book for you.

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The Non-Designer's Type Book : Insights and Techniques for Creating Professional-Level Type / by Robin Williams, Nancy Davis (Editor)


This latest addition to Robin Williams' Non-Designer's series, this book not only defines the principles governing type but explains the logic behind them so readers can understand and see what looks best and why. Armed with this knowledge, and putting into practice the secrets Robin reveals for making type readable and artistic, readers can then go on to create beautiful, sophisticated, professional looking pages on their computers for output as hard copy or for use on Web pages. Each short chapter explores a different type secret including use of evocative typography, tailoring typeface to project, working with spacing, punctuation marks, special characters, fonts, justification, and much more. It is written in the lively, engaging style that has made Williams one of the most popular computer authors today. And it uses numerous examples to illustrate the subtle details that make the difference between good and sophisticated use of type. The non-platform specific, non-software specific approach to the book makes this a must have for any designer's bookshelf-from type novices to more experienced graphic designers and typesetters.

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How to Boss Your Fonts Around, Second Edition / by Robin Williams

 


Fonts can make or break a layout, and good designers know it. Knowing what a bitmapped font is might not seem like a big deal...until you go to print it. The author, Robin Williams, explains how a font that is bitmapped will have
very different results on a printer than one that is not. How to Boss Your Fonts Around will also show you the merits of investing your time in organizing your fonts through a font manager. In a day when there are now "Beat Generation" fonts for the Mac, good font use and management is essential. Williams, Mac expert and the author of bestsellers such as The Non-Designer's Design Book and The Little Mac Book, goes into great detail on the origin and creation of great fonts. Did you ever wonder why so many fonts are named after big cities (such as New York and Geneva)? Turns out, they're all in the same font family, and knowing the characteristics of that grouping will enhance how you use them. Williams provides a full glossary of terms, and the book is rich with visual examples. She treats fonts as the tools they are, showing the reader all the necessary care and maintenance to allow for great design and for the text to shine through. --Jennifer Buckendorff

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Adobe® InDesign™ Bible / by Galen Gruman, John Cruise, Kelly Kordes Anton, Cathy Abes

 

The publisher, Stephanie Rodriguez: Master Adobe's next-generation desktop publishing system: If Adobe
InDesign can do it, you can do it too Adobe InDesign has been written from the ground up as a next-generation professional page-layout application. Adobe¨ InDesignª Bible shows you the program's innovative architecture and functionality and tells you everything you need to know to get up to speed. Whether you're an experiences designer, a novice, or somewhere in between, you'll find all the real-world tips and techniques you're looking for in this comprehensive reference. Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Adobe InDesign. Discover how InDesign stacks up against QuarkXPress and PageMaker. Get tips and techniques for unleashing the software's many ingenious features. Tap the power of multiple layers and master pages. Import clipping paths for more flexible graphics manipulation. Save time with automated layout steps such as multiple copy Optimize InDesign for efficient project workflow. Prepare documents for no-surprise color prepress Edit Photoshop, Illustrator, and PDF files from within InDesign Learn to export documents in HTML for publication on CD-ROM or the Web Use InDesign to open and work with existing QuarkXPress documents. SELECTOR'S NOTE: I have found this Bible to be as the blurb says. Having no experience with this program at all, it was easy for me to reference my questions FAST and with CONCISE understanding. As you see by the choices in the books in this section, I am impatient on having to weed through unnecessary verbiage and demand to the point illustrations and directions. This book does not fail me.

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QuarkXPress 4 for Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide / by Elaine Weinmann


From the Publisher This is the perfect way for beginners to learn QuarkXPress because the step-by-step, illustrated guide teaches users how to master specific skills using clear, easy-to-understand instructions. It also
offers special tips to help new users avoid potential problems. Hundreds of illustrations with detailed captions offer additional reinforcement for new users. Users learn how to create a new Quark file, navigate through a document, work with text boxes, picture boxes, typography, and much more. This new edition of the book is also an invaluable tool for experienced Quark users because it offers them a chance to learn the new features of version 4.0 quickly and easily.

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Macworld® QuarkXPress¨ 4 Bible / by Galen Gruman, Barbara Assadi, John Cruise (Contributor)

Its one thing to learn how a desktop publishing program works, but its quite another to learn how that program can work for you. Galen Gruman, Barbara Assadi, and John Cruise, authors of the Macworld¨ QuarkXPress¨ 4 Bible, not only teach you how to master the tools in this sophisticated program, they offer real-world examples and years of design experience in explaining when, how, and why to use them. The Macworld QuarkXPress 4 Bible is an essential reference for publishers and designers new to the world of desktop publishing. Experienced QuarkXPress users will benefit from the detailed information on all of the new features of version 4. Topics covered include: creating a template, working with text, using special effects, output control, image manipulation, and printing. Accompanying the book is a CD-ROM packed with freeware, demos, and shareware that will add functionality to QuarkXPress and help you get the most out of your desktop publishing endeavors.

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busyoffice.gif (5449 bytes) Office 97 for Busy People : The Book to Use When There's No Time to Lose! (Busy People Series) / by Stephen L. Nelson

Providing an integrated approach to working with Office 97, this book treats the suite as one application rather than isolated pieces. It reviews the basic functionality of each component, and emphasizes the inter-operability and Internet-ability of the suite.




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busyword.gif (5627 bytes) Word 97 for Busy People : The Book to Use When There's No Time to Lose! (Busy People Series) / by Christian Crumlish


Designed to get busy people of any background up and running quickly and accurately on Word 97. Readers will find a focus on new Internet/Intranet orientation, Outlook e-mail and groupware program, and on integrating Word with other applications in Office.


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How to Use Microsoft Outlook 97 (How to Use Series) / by Deborah Lewites

 

Outlook 97, the newest member of the Office family, allows users to organize and communicate seamlessly across all applications. Using the easy-to-follow, step-by-step format of the best-selling How-To Use series, this must-have guide walks readers through everything they need to know to get the most out of this powerful groupware product. Shows how to compose email, track tasks, create and use the contacts database, archive Outlook items, customize the in box, and much more. Provides numerous screen shots and full-color examples to make learning easy and fun.
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Pagemaker 6.5 Complete / by R. Shamms Mortier, Rick Wallace, Shamms Mortier

 

If you're an intermediate or advanced user of PageMaker 6.5, this should be your primary guide. Throughout the book, which addresses both Windows and Macintosh versions of PageMaker, you get step-by-step tutorials for doing a great variety of tasks. For starters, Adobe PageMaker Complete covers fundamentals such as setting up preferences and master pages, formatting type and paragraphs, and using the package's drawing tools, graphics, and color options. But then it goes on to explain the most challenging tasks in PageMaker, such as trapping, indexing, writing scripts, understanding prepress issues, and working with printers and service bureaus. The book is current, covering new and enhanced features in version 6.5, including frames, annotations, layers, and Web output. Appendices on using master checklists, keyboard shortcuts, special characters, and plug-ins round out this thorough and imminently helpful book. Computer Graphic Editor's recommended book 4/01/97

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Classroom in a Book : Adobe Pagemaker Version 6.5; CD-ROM included

It's the easiest and fastest way for users to master the intricacies of this popular desktop publishing program. Based on the best-selling Classroom in a Book series, this self-paced, step-by-step training guide provides essential instructions and insight to make learning a breeze. Written by the Adobe PageMaker product team, this is a must-
have resource for users serious about learning this latest version. Special coverage of the latest tools and techniques of PageMaker, including frames, layers, scripting, and HTML filters. Extensive coverage of defining colors and tints, assembling multiple master pages, creating custom templates, converting files to PDF formats, and linking graphics> Includes full-color section that illustrates advanced PageMaker tips and techniques. CD-ROM contains all the art files, fonts, text files, and training materials necessary to complete the tutorial lessons within the book.


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