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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Real World Adobe InDesign CS (Real World)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Olav Martin Kvern, David Blatner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
In depth knowledge you get nowhere else


If you want to really get to learn InDesign from the bottom up also with its more advanced functions, this is the book you should get. Granted, it is not for beginners in the first hand, but for those of us who work with the application all the time and need to dig deeper to understand what it can do, be it nested styles, tables, master pages or whatever.
The authors have deep knowledge and insight of the application and there are no others that could share their knowledge better. It might not teach you how to do design, but it teaches you how to use and understand the application. And it give you a level of depth that no other book about InDesign does.
I have had the Real World InDesign book as a reference for when I want to have things explained so I understand them since the very first version of this book, when Ole was the only author of it. With the addition av David Blatner as a co-author also came the understanding of what QuarkXPress users might want and need to know to get started with InDesign, now that more and more of them are converting to Indesign.
That Ole works for Adobe does not mean that he is a non-critical advocate for the application. He runs his own race here and not Adobes.
The Real World InDesign CS book is the best reference book you can buy if you want real deep knowledge of the application, and not only one more manual (which the Classroom in a Book is in my opinion).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum : Why High Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alan Cooper
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Business Justification for Interaction Design Ever!!!


I am the silicon valley chapter president of the Association for Software Design and World Wide Institute of Software Architects, and I'm always on the look out for really good books on what design is. Most books miss the boat entirely.
I had the pleasure to read the galleys before the book went to the publisher. As always, Alan has a very engaging and provocative writing style.
A lot of people confuse Design with programming. This is like confusing Architecture with construction engineering. But really they are very different, even in a legal context, for the design and architecture about fitness to purpose, and programming and construction are about appropriate implementation a design. It's easy to construct a house without an architectural design, but it can be very frustrating to move around and use the space. You can also program software without design, and the result is "software that needs to be spanked", as Alan says.
What is really great about this book is that Alan shows what software design is, in contrast to programming, and shows that while it is not an engineering science, it isn't touchy feely mumbo jumbo either. In the later chapters he talks about an actual methodology he uses in his company to do design, and these techniques can and should be widely copied.
You'll learn a lot from this book: you'll know what software design really is, AND how to do it. And unless you are a programmer with a fragile ego, you'll split your sides with laughter as well.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best C book Ever For Beginners


I've tried over and over to learn C++, and every book on the subject didn't really give me a good handle on the syntax. Considering that it was my very FIRST language I was trying to learn, it was extremely frustrating. Then I run into this book, and voila, 10 days later, I'm a new man! I read about 50 pages a night (not hard to do, trust me, its easy reading! ) and spent days 8, 9, and 10 brushing up. With this background, the other supposed "beginner" C++ books were a breeze! Hats of to Greg on this one!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop Elements 2 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Deke McClelland, Galen Fott
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I learned a lot.


I thought this book was a good introduction to the program. It gave a lot of background information about digital pictures, and also some practical, hands on techniques for making your photos look better. I recommend it.