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    1. The Zen of CSS Design : Visual Enlightenment for the Web
    by Dave Shea, Molly E. Holzschlag
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    Asin: 0321303474
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-18)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 104562
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    Book Description

    Proving once and for all that standards-compliant design does not equal dull design, this inspiring tome uses examples from the landmark CSS Zen Garden site as the foundation for discussions on how to create beautiful, progressive CSS-based Web sites. By using the Zen Garden sites as examples of how CSS design techniques and approaches can be applied to specific Web challenges, authors Dave Shea and Molly Holzschlag provide an eye-opening look at the range of design methods made possible by CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). By the time you've finished perusing the volume, you'll have a new understanding of thegraphically rich, fully accessible sites that CSS design facilitates. In sections on design, layout, imagery, typography, effects, and themes, Dave and Molly take you through every phase of the design process--from striking a sensible balance between text and graphics to creating eye-popping special effects (no scripting required). ... Read more


    2. Head First Design Patterns
    by Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
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    Asin: 0596007124
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
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    You're not alone. At any given moment, somewhere in the world someone struggles with the same software design problems you have. You know you don't want to reinvent the wheel (or worse, a flat tire), so you look to Design Patterns--the lessons learned by those who've faced the same problems. With Design Patterns, you get to take advantage of the best practices and experience of others, so that you can spend your time on...something else. Something more challenging. Something more complex. Something more fun.You want to learn about the patterns that matter--why to use them, when to use them, how to use them (and when NOT to use them). But you don't just want to see how patterns look in a book, you want to know how they look "in the wild". In their native environment. In other words, in real world applications. You also want to learn how patterns are used in the Java API, and how to exploit Java's built-in pattern support in your own code.You want to learn the real OO design principles and why everything your boss told you about inheritance might be wrong (and what to do instead).You want to learn how those principles will help the next time you're up a creek without a design paddle pattern.Most importantly, you want to learn the "secret language" of Design Patterns so that you can hold your own with your co-worker (and impress cocktail party guests) when he casually mentions his stunningly clever use of Command, Facade, Proxy, and Factory in between sips of a martini. You'll easily counter with your deep understanding of why Singleton isn't as simple as it sounds, how the Factory is so often misunderstood, or on the real relationship between Decorator, Facade and Adapter.With Head First Design Patterns, you'll avoid the embarrassment of thinking Decorator is something from the "Trading Spaces" show. Best of all, in a way that won't put you to sleep!We think your time is too important (and too short) to spend it struggling with academic texts.If you've read a Head First book, you know what to expect--a visually-rich format designed for the way your brain works. Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, Head First Design Patterns will load patterns into your brain in a way that sticks. In a way that lets you put them to work immediately. In a way that makes you better at solving software design problems, and better at speaking the language of patterns with others on your team. ... Read more


    3. The Photoshop Elements 3 Book for Digital Photographers (Voices)
    by Scott Kelby
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    Asin: 0321269055
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-11)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 1034
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    Book Description

    If you're ready for an Elements 3 book that breaks all the rules, this is it, because it does something for digital photographers that's never been done before--it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly "how to do it." It tells you, flat-out, which settings to use, when to use them, and why.

    This book is not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure things out on your own. It gives you the same settings used by some of the top digital pros, settings you can use today to get professional results you've always dreamed of.

    Plus, since this book is designed for photographers, it doesn't waste your time talking about how to frame a shot, setting your exposure, etc. and there's no talk which camera or printer to buy. It's all Elements, step-by-step, cover-to-cover in the only book of its kind, and you're gonna love it!

    Besides learning the inside tips and the tricks of the trade for correcting, editing, sharpening, retouching, and presenting your photos like a pro. You'll learn how to unlock the power of all the new Elements 3 features, including how to manage your photos using the new Organizer, how to use the new "pro tools" like the Healing Brush and the Shadow/Highlight controls, and how to master the new "Creation" section to take your photos to an entirely new level. Plus, you'll see it all step-by-step, in plain English, and you'll be absolutely amazed at how easy and effective these techniques are, once you know the secrets.

    You'll learn:

    • The secrets of how the pros retouch portraits
    • How to incorporate the amazing new features of Elements 3 into your work today!
    • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you'll be amazed at how they do it!)
    • How to repair and restore damaged photos
    • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter just on this!)
    • Dealing with common digital camera image problems, including removing noise and avoiding halos
    • When to use Quick Fix, and when to do to it yourself (using our step-by-step methods).
    • The most-requested photographic special effects
    • and much more!
    • But besides all that, this book has a "secret weapon" that makes it the most important, most useful Elements book yet. The reason is this--although Elements 3 offers some digital photography features Photoshop CS doesn't offer, there are plenty of features that Photoshop CS has, that Elements 3 still doesn't have (things like Layer Masking, Channel Mixer, etc.). But in this book, you'll learn some slick workarounds, cheats, and some fairly ingenious ways to replicate many of those Photoshop features from right within Elements.

      There's never been a book like it, and if you're a digital photographer using Photoshop Elements 3, this is the book you've been waiting for.

      ... Read more

    4. The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers
    by Scott Kelby
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    Asin: 0321330625
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-18)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 239
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    Book Description

    Scott Kelby, the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today, once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers the latest, most important and most exciting new Adobe Photoshop CS2 techniques for digital photographers.

     

    This major update to this award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that's never been done before–it 

    cuts through the bull and shows you exactly "how to do it." It's not a bunch of theory; it doesn't challenge you to come up with your own 

    settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step-by-step the exact techniques used by today's cutting-edge digital 

    photographers and, best of all, he shows you, flat-out, exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. That's why the previous 

    version of this book took the digital photography world by storm.

     

    But now, his new CS2, version is even bigger, even better, and exposes even more of the pros most closely guarded secrets, including a special chapter which shows, for the first time ever, step-by-step how to how to set-up Photoshop's color management. He does it by throwing out all the theory, all the techno-babble, and all the confusing charts and graphs and instead just shows you exactly what you need to do (and 

    nothing more).

     

    LEARN HOW THE PROS DO IT

    Each year Scott trains thousands of professional photographers how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same 

    questions, the same problems, and the same challenges–and that's exactly what he covers in this book. You'll learn:

     

    • The sharpening techniques the pros really use (there's an entire chapter on, just this!)

    • The pros tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast!

    • The step-by-step set-up for getting what comes out of your printer to match exactly what you saw on screen

    • The retouching secrets of how the pros retouch portraits

    • How to process raw digital camera images (plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features of CS2!)

    • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat (you'll be amazed at how easy it is–once you know the secret)

    • A whole chapter on the latest, most requested Photoshop special effects • How to reduce noise, deal with lens problems, avoid halos, and more

    • How to show your work like a pro!

    • Plus a host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick "insider" tricks to send your productivity through the roof!

     

    If you're a digital photographer and you're ready to learn the "tricks of the trade"–the same ones that today's leading pros use to correct, 

    edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their wor; then this is the book for you.

    ... Read more

    5. Apple Training Series : Mac OS X Tiger (Apple Training)
    by Robin Williams
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    Asin: 0321330226
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-28)
    Publisher: Peachpit Press
    Sales Rank: 271078
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    Book Description

    If you want to tame Mac OS X Tiger, but you want to do so in the comfort of your own home, this Apple-certified guide makes it possible! Now you can use the same curriculum that Apple uses at its own stores and training centers, but at your own pace and in front of your own computer! Best-selling author Robin Williams uses her trademark friendly teaching style to reveal exactly what you want to know: What's new in Tiger, what's great about it, and how can you get the most out of it fast! Focused lessons take you step-by-step through practical, real-world projects that teach Mac OS X Tiger inside and out. Covers everything from upgrading your Mac to Tiger and customizing and troubleshooting your system to all of Tiger's new goodies: configuring the spoken-user interface, audio and video messaging with multiple people at once, a Dashboard full of Widgets, the innovative Spotlight Search system, the enhanced Safari RSS browser, and more. ... Read more


    6. Beyond Bullet Points: Using MicrosoftPowerPointto Create Presentations That Inform, Motivate, and Inspire (Bpg-Other)
    by Cliff Atkinson
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    Asin: 0735620520
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-02)
    Publisher: Microsoft Press
    Sales Rank: 1167
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Not only Beyond Bullet Points...Beyond PowerPoint too!
    Caution!The information presented in this book has applications far beyond PowerPoint.If you read this book you may find yourself inspired to think outside of the "text" box.You may think of innovative ways to use this information to become a better salesperson, a better organizer or a better communicator in general.

    At least, that was my experience.

    I recently used the principles in Cliff's book to organize the 3-year cirriculum for my company's new corporate university.Using the story template ensured that each course was tied to the strategic goals of the company.I just wish I had discovered his book at the beginning of the project!By the way, my "meta-story" template is posted on Cliff's blog at www.beyondbullets.com.Be sure to check it out!

    I've also used the story template as a guideline for writing a letter (to convince a client to see something my way) and to structure a talk I gave in church recently.

    I'm even convinced that the principles in this book can be used for non-persuasive presentations (i.e. technical training, informative presentations, etc.) and I plan to prove it.I'm working right now on re-vamping several of my technical training classes using this approach.I've written several of the story templates, and I can already see the improvement!

    Order the book!Visit the blog!Get ready to change the way you communicate!



    2-0 out of 5 stars Maybe Not
    For those wanting the add FX to their PP presentations - this isn't the book.The PP stuff is 101 level.For those looking for a format for their presentations - this offers one.Will it fit all, or even most, circumstances?Not in my experience of coaching business presentations for 20 + years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stop putting your audience to sleep!
    I can't count the number of boring bullet point presentations I've sat through in my life. Unfortunately, my audiences probably say the same thing! With the help of Cliff Atkinson's Beyond Bullet Points, hopefully my audiences won't have to endure yet another boring bullet point presentation.

    If you are looking for a book to teach you PowerPoint or looking to transform yourself into a PowerPoint "power user" look elsewhere. If you want to learn to develop effective presentations that engage your audience and not put them to sleep, Beyond Bullet Points is a great book.

    The book presents Cliff Atkinson's three step approach to presentations: Focus, Clarify and Engage. The method is based on story telling with a few twists to compensate for the complex nature of presentations.

    Chapter 1 starts with a fictional presentation which the book will transform from a boring bullet pointed presentation to one that engages the audience.

    Chapter 2-3 (focus) guides the reader as Cliff describes the process of writing the script for the new presentation.

    Chapter 4-6 (clarify) builds upon the previous chapters as the reader is guided through the process of clarifying the presentation's ideas.

    Chapter 7 lays out the groundwork to create an engaging script that will certainly bring life to your presentation.

    Appendix A summarizes Richard Mayer's excellent research on multimedia learning.

    Appendix B discusses Cliff's excellent tool, Beyond Bullet Points Storyboard Formatter.

    While PowerPoint is used as the tool in presenting Cliff's idea of storyboarded presentations, the concept is certainly beneficial to anyone that uses alternate tools.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has transformed my business
    I am a professional speaker and workshop leader. People have always told me I am good. But now I look at my presentations and think, "I cannot believe I used to present this garbage and people responded." The ideas I got from this book have completely transformed my business.

    That may sound like a lofty claim but let me explain. I have never met Cliff Atkinson. Didn't know him from "Boo" before a month or two ago. I saw Cliff's book mentioned on a blog I read and began reading some of his posts. They were very useful and had a lot of great ideas. When this book was released, Cliff made an offer to do a makeover on a few presentations so that he could publically show people the results on his blog and in the discussion forum on his book site. When I saw that, I jumped at the chance.

    My sales presentation drives the majority of my revenue. Why wouldn't I? If I could make it better, great. If I didn't like the result, I could always stick with what I had been doing.

    Like it? Wow! The transformation has been amazing! You can see for yourself. Go to his blog and you can see my entire makeover process or you can see just a few before and afters in some of Cliff's blog posts. Look for Kim's makeover. I think you will agree the difference is truly amazing.

    But it didn't stop there. What Cliff is really teaching is a structure for presenting information. Storytelling is one of the most powerful communication tools out there. I was a good story teller - but my stories weren't tight. They were not concise. The Beyond Bullet Point approach gives my audience exactly what they need to keep them interested and answer their questions - no more, no less. It puts you in their shoes.

    I took Cliff's story structure and began to apply it in other areas. I have not only put it to work in other presentations, I tried a little experiment. I wrote one of my sixty second radio spots using Act 1 of Cliff's story structure. It began airing this week and right out of the gate it looks like it may be one of the best pulling ads I have ever run.

    But it didn't stop there either. I have been working with an ad agency to develop a positioning statement (some would call it a tag line) and a jingle. We had been going back and forth on the positioning statement. Nothing popped. After I finished the story template I used for the sixty second spot, I sent it over to the creative guy at the ad agency and we instantly knew we had a positioning statement. It came naturally right out of Cliff's story structure.

    So that is my story. I have never posted a review on Amazon before. I am an avid reader but I have no time to post reviews. For this book, I made time. I give this book my highest recommendation, which I will also do to readers of my newsletters and blog. I hope it is as powerful for you as it was for me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book teaches some essential writing skills!
    This book is the most pragmatic book on developing presentations, not just PowerPoint presos. It borrows from the craft of Hollywood that knows how to capture our attention, keep us entertained and influence us in more ways than we realize. The book is based on proven techniques used by the greatest storytellers for centuries and the author has boiled this down into a few principles that are easy to remember and use.

    I have already employed the techniques and I see a huge difference; my colleagues say so! Get this book and you will be guided to think a lot more critically about your audience, your message and more importantly your desired outcome. The Word template provided at the author's website is an awesome power tool, once you understand the concepts. ... Read more


    7. Adobe Photoshop CS Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book)
    by Adobe Creative Team
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    Asin: 032119375X
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: Adobe Press
    Sales Rank: 1878
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Photoshop is one of those programs that's so cool you just want to dive right in and start creating--but by plunging in head-first, without any guidance, you're likely to miss a lot. There's a solution: With this book, you learn by doing, getting your feet wet immediately as you progress through a series of hands-on projects that build on your growing Photoshop knowledge. Simple step-by-step instructions, review questions at the end of each chapter, and a companion CD with all of the book's project files make learning a breeze as the Adobe Creative Team takes you on a self-paced tour of the image-editing powerhouse. Completely revised to cover all of Photoshop CS's new features (including a new file browser, nonsquare pixel support, Layer comps for creating design variations, and more), the book starts with an introductory tour of the software and then progresses on through lessons on everything from Photoshop's interface to more complex topics like color management, Web graphics, and photo retouching. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Works for me!
    I'm not sure why other reviewers gave negative reviews - I think the classroom in a book is a great intro to Photoshop CS. I bought it, having zero experience with Photoshop, and in days I was manipulating photos in ways I never thought possible. My wife is working through the course now, and she's having similar results. I highly recommend this book to those who are new to Photoshop.

    I will say, however, that you have to have at least a double digit IQ to be able to understand and follow the steps in the lessons...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Step-by-Step Lessons Really Help
    In addition to the Lessons folder (which contains the art source files for 20 lessons), there is a Folder with 35 Fonts, so that you can do the lessons.

    It starts by telling you how to navigate the application, such as understanding the tools and palettes, using the image browser, defining and saving work spaces, and jumping to Image Ready and back. (Photoshop comes with a powerful application for making image maps, animated GIFs, rollovers for the web, etc. Chapters 14 - 18 cover Image Ready and its Photoshop features.)

    It tells you how to use the automated features for output. You can create a PDF presentation from the File Browser, save photos into a Web Gallery, make a Photo Package or a Contact Sheet.

    Lesson 6 is all about masking and its many variations, such as gradient masks. Hidden in this chapter is the Extract command, showing you how to extract an image from its background.

    It covers retouching and repairing photos, painting and editing, which includes blending images into a background and use of the History Palette.

    Advanced layer techniques (Lesson 11) include creating clipping paths, adjustment layers, knock-out masks, importing layers from other files, using the liquify tool and more.

    Thereƕs even a pretty good discussion of Camera Raw (page 64) and the stuff you should know about it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful.
    Taught me everything I needed to know, and quickly.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good starting point for unseasoned Photoshop users
    Like many people out there, I've been using computers for decades, and while I've dabbled with Photoshop over the years to do layer-based image touch-ups, enhancements, resizes, and related simplistic tasks (making tape/CD covers, greeting cards, etc.), I've never taken the time to work through a book to learn the other features of the program.

    Adobe Photoshop CS Classroom in a Book (CIAB) is a worthwhile starting point for users who know how to use their computers, but might only know how to use some of the functions of Photoshop. This book spends most of its time on layers, masks, pen tools, and webpage basics (slices, animation, and image maps).

    I found the pen tool chapter to be the most useful, since I had never really understood how vector-based drawing worked, and I am now eager to learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator CS as well.

    The webpage chapters are also good for those who have lots of ideas in their mind about how their webpage should look, but don't have intuitive tools to do it. ImageReady CS (included with Photoshop CS or Adobe Creative Suite) makes creating precise web graphics, image maps, etc. almost too easy.

    I found several errors in the book that occur in later chapters, but none of them prevented me from completing the lessons. There are some spelling, grammatical, and formatting errors throughout the text. However, these will not prevent the average user from running into roadblocks. The biggest error occurs in Lesson 15, where the image references in the sample HTML file do not correspond with the actual image filenames. Basic HTML/text editing can fix this, but as an official Adobe product, this should have been found before duplicating the CD-ROM which accompanies this book.

    Otherwise, the lessons are presented well and are very easy to follow. The text is clear and easy on the eyes. I was able to complete all 20 lessons in about 4 days. To get the most out of this book, it would be wise to complete a lesson, and then apply what you learned to your own project to help with retention of the material.

    Overall, a good first step to other more in-depth texts. I'd like to see full-color in future installments, as well as more detailed descriptions on why certain selections and options are chosen. Also, I think the monitor and color calibration chapters should be moved to an earlier part of the book. It's odd that these are the last topics covered, especially since topics like levels and color correction precede it.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not very accurate...
    This book would be good for beginners except for the fact that it skips some important steps that need to be taken. This was obviously written by someone who knows photoshop very well, however instead of going step by step as if writing for someone who has never touched photoshop he skips steps that more advanced users would catch on to, but a beginner would be left far behind wondering what they did wrong.
    Fortunately it has a pretty cover and a nice price tag along with a few helpful items.

    If you are a beginner....look elsewhere. The manual is a better place to start. ... Read more


    8. Adobe After Effects 6.5 Studio Techniques
    by Mark Christiansen
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    Asin: 0321316207
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-08)
    Publisher: Adobe Press
    Sales Rank: 637921
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    Book Description

    How many times have your eyes glazed over long before you've found your answer in a comprehensive book on a piece of software? Many such tomes offer so much theoretical info that they've lost their readers by the time they reach their destinations. Not so this one on After Effects 6.5! Offering in-depth explanations guaranteed to make the knowledge stick--but in a loose and friendly style that makes them fun to read--veteran author Mark Christiansen focuses on the concepts, features, and techniques that are key to mastering After Effects 6.5. If you're new to After Effects, you'll get the grounding you need to begin importing and managing footage, viewing and editing layers, animating type, and more. And if you're a veteran user, you'll find comprehensive coverage of all that's new: improved motion tracking, more than 250 new animation presets, and more. Beautiful full-color examples demonstrate what's possible, and a companion DVD with tutorials and lesson files shows you how to achieve it.

    ... Read more

    9. Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One
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    Asin: 0596006187
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
    Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
    Sales Rank: 1011
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Photoshop is an essential, powerful, and sometimes a befuddling tool. Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One clears the fog, taking you from graphics newbie to Photoshop warrior, under the watchful, easygoing guidance of Photoshop master Deke McClelland. This full-color book, accompanied by nearly two hours of video tutorials on CD, is an up close and personal training experience. Deke's classroom approach takes you step by step through real-world projects that help you gain Photoshop proficiency. Along the way, you'll get a good dose of graphics theory, best practices, and tips for avoiding Photoshop disasters.This one-of-a-kind approach fills a gap in the available literature and delivers a unique learning experience. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars O'Reiley Grand Slam!
    I've been entertaining Photoshop "how-to" books since the big old "Classroom In a Book" version 3 and can only say that now I'm just as excited about Photoshop as when I got that first tutorial book. I've been through a lot of them since then, and nothing has ever done as much justice to this awesome program as Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One! Some of the things covered I knew, but the way those famliar things are unveiled are once again motivational. Not to mention the things I didn't know about. Software upgrades happen quite frequently, and at times we need upgrading as well. You owe it to yourself, if you are the least bit serious about this app, to work with it and reap the rewards for doing so.
    O'Reiley - (hint-hint) the one-on one series could be a good thing for numerous titles and series, I think. By series, I mean - - (for example) CSS One-on-One (beginner to intermediate), CSS One-on-One (intermediate to advanced), etc. Same thing with Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Flash etc. BUT ONLY IF - they are done with the same care, authority, and visually supportive print work, organization and attention to detail as Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One!
    Anyway, that's my review, way to go Deke! I'm in love with Photoshop once again!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent...
    I'm not sure if I can add much to the positive reviews so far. This is an excellent text - do yourself a favor and read all the reviews.

    For me, I really appreciated the sidebars and "Pearls of Wisdom" scattered throughout the text. In these, the author gives quick insights like; why one tool works better than another or a keystroke reminder or a technical definition.

    This book does much more than just tell you how to do something, it also explains why your image changes when using the various tools. In other words, it goes beyond just getting you from A to B. There are a million different ways to get from A to B in Photoshop, so it's nice to learn a few new ones to add to my current Photoshop knowledge.

    I use Photoshop basically for two things. Fixing up photos I've taken with my digital camera or scanned in from the family archives and creating images for my personal web site. I found the chapters about highlights, midtones, and shadows and color correction invaluable, especially when trying to fix up some old color pictures of the family from '70s. =)

    Excellent book, visually pleasing, highly recommend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best guide to Photoshop on the market
    O'Reilly has a knack of publishing really excellent computer books, and this knack is continued with Adobe Photoshop CS one-on-one. The book is published with colour examples throughout, and the author, Deke McCelland, also presents an included CD of video tutorials. These complement the book superbly.

    The author covers the major features in Photoshop, but usefully also explains when you should you a specific feature rather than another one. For example, he usefully suggests that the 'Brightness/Contrast...' option can result in pretty awful results, and explains how to change brightness and contrast in a more satisfactory way. The result is that anyone with this book will quickly move from being an amateur user of Photoshop who just gets by, to being an expert who knows how to get the very best results.

    The book is very practical, and not a dry run-through of the toolbox. McClelland uses examples - like removing scratches from a scanned image or improving the focus of a photograph - that may well make the reader load up their own pictures half way through a chapter to experiment. The text is very readable, and broken up well with headings.

    This is quite possibily the best guide to Photoshop on the market. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful and useful book...
    To say I am "graphically challenged" would be an understatement. For whatever reason, I just have a hard time envisioning what I can do with images and colors. To help solve that issue, I got a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS one-on-one by Deke McClelland. In short, this book is packed.

    The book is organized into the following 12 lessons: Open and Organize; Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows; Correcting Color Balance; Making Selections; Crop, Straighten, and Size; Paint, Edit, and Heal; Creating and Applying Masks; Adjusting Focus; Building Layered Compositions; Text and Shapes; Layer Styles and Adjustments; and Printing and Output.

    Each lesson starts out with an "About This Lesson" page, which gives you an idea of what you're going to cover. It ends with a "What Did You Learn?" exercise where you match the concept with the description. And in between is the excellent material on how to do what it is that's being covered. Interspersed throughout the text are "Pearls Of Wisdom" which are short 5 to 10 line sidebars that explain a concept or a slant on the material that you may not have realized. And McClelland doesn't just explain how to do things, either. He goes into the concepts behind how graphics and color work, such as how to read a histogram or the difference between 8 vs. 16 bits per channel. So when you get done with the book, you should have a greater understanding and appreciation for the art of graphical manipulation.

    But you're not done yet. The book comes with a CD that includes video lessons that follow along with the book, as well as the files you'll need to do the exercises. Unlike most CDs that are included in a book, this is one that actually enhances the value of the material instead of just allowing the publisher or author to charge more for stuff you may never look at.

    On the aesthetic side of things, the book is really stunning. High-quality paper and beautiful colors on the examples. The only flaw I can mention is that my copy must have gotten a bad batch of paper at the printers. A small number of pages are flawed (ingrained folds) and a couple of the graphic screen shots are blurred to the point of not being able to read the text. Even with that, there is nothing that takes away from the usefulness and quality of this effort.

    If you use Photoshop and want to learn how to utilize it to the fullest, you owe it to yourself to check out this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Basic photoshop use from end to end
    This book is organized as lesson plans, which is great if you like that sort of thing. I don't, so while I will try to be fair I am a little biased.

    Lesson plans aside I would say the book is a cut above the average. It gives ample space to the philosophy and doesn't just concentrate on technique. There is value in understanding why something works and not just the key combinations.

    There are lots of helpful hits. The examples images are great. Though some turn out a little cheezy after too much digital work. The chapters are pretty consistent throughout, no one topic stands out as either getting too much attention or too little.

    If you want a book on basic Photoshop use from end-to-end you should seriously consider this one. There are lots of books on Photoshop out there, but this one has O'Reilly's attention to detail, fine writing and editing. ... Read more


    10. GPU Gems 2 : Programming Techniques for High-Performance Graphics and General-Purpose Computation (Gpu Gems)
    by Matt Pharr, Randima Fernando
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    Asin: 0321335597
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-03)
    Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
    Sales Rank: 18594
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    11. Persuasive Online Copywriting: How to Take Your Words to the Bank
    by Bryan Eisenberg, Jeffrey Eisenberg, Lisa T. Davis
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    Asin: 0971476993
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-15)
    Publisher: Wizard Academy Press
    Sales Rank: 22487
    Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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    Writing for the web.Web word wizardry.Web writing that works.What does that mean?Your online copy must persuade - it’s integral to getting your visitors or readers to register, subscribe, qualify as leads, and yes, even buy from you.It’s writing that must earn its keep.And to effectively manage the quality of your online writing, you need to understand what works, why it works and how to make it work better for you. Whether you are the marketer responsible for the bottom line or the writer creating the copy,Persuasive Online Copywriting provides the tools you need to get results. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Draw in your customers
    Are you like me in buying every self-help or non-fiction book to bring in more business? One problem. When do we have the time to read them? This book simply won't let that happen with its short chapters, personable style, and valuable information on how to keep visitors clicking until they make the buy.

    This book is the how. How to take all the theories and whys discussed by other authors and make it happen. I have trouble with theories because they don't help me visualize the application of such theories. This book stays away from whys and shows you how.

    When I started reading the book, several big projects got thrown my way leading to late night reading being replaced by late night working. Every now and then, I took a break and breezed through this book reading many pages in a brief time while gaining new knowledge and a refresher in creative writing as it applies to online copy.

    Non-fiction is my thing when it comes to writing. Over time, I have forgotten creative techniques for adding spice to copy. The authors jolted memories of high school English classes where we learned about the different poetic styles (iambic pentameter, alliteration, meter, etc) and to avoid using passive verbs. Not only that, but also they cover how to write for different personalities.

    Already getting high traffic to your site? That means you know how to draw attention and interest. But, how are you doing in building desire so that they take action? Hmm... could that be the challenge? The authors drive toward long-term results by engaging your visitors and leading the way for them to get what they need and be satisfied with it.

    I'm familiar with a few techniques discussed in the book, but many may not be. It depends on what you do with regard to the Web site. I understand making a Web site usable and getting visitors to the site. My Web site's weakness is converting visitors into customers. Marketing pros may succeed with creating a desire, but have trouble with visitors taking action. The authors cover all the areas needed to persuade via the Internet from "notice me!" to "be happy with me!"

    Are you thinking, "More technology! We need more technology to make this work?" We've taken technology for granted, but all it can do is what human programmers program it to do. Technology doesn't know human nature. It doesn't know how to feel or need something. People do and can convey what they know with words. Words make the sale. Technology ensures the words get their say (by quickly loading the Web page and functioning the way it should) and to push the sale through the back-end process (taking the order, managing inventory, etc.). This is where conversion principles apply. The authors share simple processes for improving conversion rates.

    A splash page is the "introduction" page to a Web site. It's flashy, colorful, and cool. But it's a waste of time. It gets in the way of the core material. Customers don't care how good your designers are, they care about what you can give them and that comes through words and good online copy. It's time for the online world to get what print mastered many years ago. The authors' witty writing style makes the book enjoyable to read without sacrificing wisdom. They practice what they preach and it's no wonder that GrokDotCom.com, the site behind Future Now, Inc. is a success.

    Time has come to let go of what's in it for the company and think of what's in it for the customer. In time, you shall reap the rewards at the bank.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If You Read only one book on the Internet, make it this one.
    Internet Marketing is here to stay and it's getting better every day. And the authors of this book are a big part of the reason why.

    1998-2000: Money fell like rain from heaven and the streets were flooded with stories of teenage millionaires. These halcyon days were fueled by a mentality that "if you build it, they will come." Investors drunkenly bought into the Internet's promise of a "new economy" and billions of dollars were pumped into spec-tech and dotcoms, never to be seen again. But when the investors saw that the 'net's realities didn't quite match up to the glowing promises, investment capital dried up faster than alcohol on a summer sidewalk.

    There were fundamental problems with Internet marketing that could not be overcome with mere advances in technology. What Internet marketing needed was someone who truly understood the fundamentals of human persuasion and could apply them to the Internet."

    Today it is my extraordinary pleasure to announce that those people have been found.

    Jeff and Bryan Eisenberg were talking 'conversion' back when 'eyeballs' were the thing and conversion wasn't even in the lexicon. Their work was greatly accelerated when they added Lisa Davis to the team.

    Bryan, Jeffrey and Lisa graduated with honors from Wizard Academy and have since gone on to accomplish a number of internet marketing miracles. Consequently, they were chosen to become adjunct faculty at Wizard Academy, where they now teach a curriculum that has punched Internet ROI through the ceiling for every company that has sent a delegate. This book, for a [low price], contains an extremely important portion of what they teach.

    Prepare to be amazed.

    Roy H. Williams
    NY Times bestselling author of
    Secret Formulas of The Wizard of Ads

    2-0 out of 5 stars No Background In Copywriting? Find Another Book.
    I bought this book to try and gain more of an understanding on copywriting for the net. My honest opinion is that unless you have a background in professional writing or copywriting, this book won't be much of a help. The book makes references to things like Fraking, Poetic Meter, etc and then gives you a very short paragraph description on what they mean that doesn't give you an understanding of the term, but rather a definition. I was for lack of a better term, lost by the time I was 60 pages in.

    Maybe if you do have a background in copywriting, this book will be quite useful in helping you understand how to adapt regular copywriting to the web. But, if not, you won't get much of an "education" but rather a "how to adapt" approach that isn't very useful to someone who hasn't had a some form of formal education on the topic. I did give this book two stars because there was a "nugget" here or there that anyone could have gleaned, but overall I was disappointed by the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The GROK knows all
    This was my third of three copywriting books I read. While actually being the smallest, this book probably had the most content. The beautiful thing is that each topic is in its own small 2-3 page chapter which is very convincing, logical, and easily accesable for further usage.

    One of the better internet books on the market.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Will Open (and Blow) Your Mind - A Must Read
    This gem of a book offers the most comprehensive (and immediately useable) information on "how to make your website profitable" in the fewest amount of pages that I have yet seen.

    As a bonus, it is priced a fraction of most of the available information on this subject. I've paid hundreds of dollars for information that was not nearly as useable as this. (OK I admit I'm a marketing information junkie)

    I have purchased dozens of products (printed and ebooks) within the last year alone on this subject. Most of the others talk about search engine tricks, pop-ups, hard sell copy, and basically manipulating your site visitor into doing what you want.

    Manipulation may work a little in the short run, but is self defeating in the long run.

    This book is much smarter than that. It is in a whole different league.

    This book teaches what is really important to long term profits. That is, engaging your visitors and making sure your site is offering them exactly what THEY want.

    It shows you how to write extremely effective copy. It also tells you how to discover exactly what your customers are asking you to provide them by watching your stats and web logs.

    The basic premise of this book is that without a high conversion ratio, there is no point in buying more traffic. It is much more cost effective to use the techniques contained in this book to increase your conversions than to chase traffic. That comes later. They make a valid point that most folks are doing this backwards.

    This book is about way more than just copywriting, by the way. It does an excellent job of enlightening you to many useability factors that may be hurting your sales.

    I can't imagine anyone who manages a website and uses even a small percentage of the wisdom contained within not getting a hundred times their investment back.

    In conclusion, just buy it and read it. You can not go wrong with this book. ... Read more


    12. Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
    by Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
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    Asin: 0072226846
    Catlog: Book (2002-12-11)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
    Sales Rank: 2667
    Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
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    Revised and updated by one of the co-developers of the (310-035) Programmer exam, this edition offers complete coverage of the Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 exam objectives and newly added, complete coverage of both portions of the Sun Certified Java 2 Developer's exam. More than 250 challenging practice questions have been completely revised to closely model the format, tone, topics, and difficulty of the real exam. An integrated study system based on proven pedagogy, exam coverage includes step-by-step exercises, special Exam Watch notes, On-the-Job elements, and Self Tests with in-depth answer explanations to help reinforce and teach practical skills.

    Praise for the author:

    “Finally! A Java certification book that explains everything clearly. All you need to pass the exam is in this book.”

    —Solveig Haugland, Technical Trainer and Former Sun Course Developer

    "Who better to write a Java study guide than Kathy Sierra, the reigning queen of Java instruction? Kathy Sierra has done it again—here is a study guide that almost guarantees you a certification!"

    —James Cubeta, Systems Engineer, SGI

    "The thing I appreciate most about Kathy is her quest to make us all remember that we are teaching people and not just lecturing about Java.Her passion and desire for the highest quality education that meets the needs of the individual student is positively unparalleled at SunEd.Undoubtedly there are hundreds of students who have benefited from taking Kathy's classes."

    —Victor Peters, founder Next Step Education & Software Sun Certified Java Instructor

    “I want to thank Kathy for the EXCELLENT Study Guide. The book is well written, every concept is clearly explained using a real life example, and the book states what you specifically need to know for the exam. The way it's written, you feel that you're in a classroom and someone is actually teaching you the difficult concepts, but not in a dry, formal manner. The questions at the end of the chapters are also REALLY good, and I am sure they will help candidates pass the test. Watch out for this Wickedly Smart book.”

    -Alfred Raouf, Web Solution Developer, Kemety.Net

    "The Sun Certification exam was certainly no walk in the park but Kathy's material allowed me to not only pass the exam, but Ace it!"

    —Mary Whetsel, Sr. Technology Specialist, Application Strategy and Integration, The St. Paul Companies

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book For All Levels
    I just started programming 8 months ago, I found that Java is the best language that I can study, and I found that the fastest way to learn is to get certified from the source, they know what you need, I bought that book and started studying.
    Because I'm new to programming, it took me 6 months to prepare for the test, I took the test and got 88%.
    The book gave me everything I need for the test, here is the full preparation set I used for the exam:
    1- Studying the book.
    2- J2SE APIs documents.
    3- Java compiler.
    4- Included cd exams.
    5- javaranch.com
    6- SUN site exams.
    By the way I made the localization for a huge militarian project and I made it neat, great thanks for the book authers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent guide for the SCPJ 1.4 exam
    Imagine this: you're in college, studying for the final exam -- and the teacher gives you all of her notes that spell out EXACTLY what you need to know, what you DON'T need to worry about, and even points out all the little traps she'll try to catch you in when you take the exam. Kathy Sierra, the co-developer of the 310-035 Programmer's exam, with the help of Bert Bates has done just that.

    The 3rd edition of Osborne's Sun Certified Programmer and Developer for Java 2 is an awesome book. Get this -- it's actually entertaining to read, very easy to understand, and the mock exams more closely resemble the real thing than any other mock out there. The "Two-minute Drills" are an excellent resource to help you review before you take the exam. The Exam Watches interspersed throughout the chapter point out all the traps you might fall in during the exam, and the On The Job blurbs give you a practical application for the knowledge you just learned.

    The end chunk of the book discusses what you need to know to pass the Developer s exam. It won't teach you Swing or Threads - but what the exam assessor's are looking for - the things you need to pay attention to in order to pass that exam. I fully recommend this book.

    Make sure you check the author's website for the errata -- the first printing was a bit buggy, many errors have been fixed in the 2nd printing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Scored 95%
    I gave SCJP1.4 in July 2004 & scored 95% (58/61). I would like to share my success story to all fellow aspirants who wanna clear SCJP1.4 with top score.
    Kathy's book is must. Kathy & Bert have an awesome writing style & they literally burnt the core concepts into my head.

    Here is my success story.
    1) I read Java 2 Programmer by Exam Cram first. This gave me good kick start.
    2) Then I read chapters which I was weak on from different books.
    a) Threads - Head First Java : Would give you a thorough understanding of what thread programming is
    b) Threads - From Simon Robert's certification book.
    c) Inner Class - From Simon Robert's certification book.

    2) This book (by Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates). You can skip first few chapters but solve all their review questions. Read method overloading, exceptions, inner class, Threads, Collections, java.lang, hashcode & Garbage Collection completely.

    3) Gave all related topic tests from www.javaprepare.com, Dan Chisholm's single topic exams.

    4) Read Topics : method overloading, exceptions, inner class, Threads, Collections, Garbage Collection from Marcus Green website

    5) Gave Marcus Green mock test.

    6) Kathy's book simulator exam.

    7) Whizlab - SCJP1.4 : Those guys are awesome. Their tests are real tough & tricky. Their exam quick prep is the best. If you score above 75% in their test I can say you can crush SCJP1.4 easily. I could not complete all 9 mock exams though but I completed 4 for them & just before the test I gave final mock exam. I scored 78% in their final mock exam. I knew that time I would be scoring 85% plus atleast in the grand finale.. :-)

    8) Do review questions from Khalid Mughal's book on method overloading, Threads, Garbage Collection & collections topic.

    9) Please read each line of code, each question sentence to avoid careless mistake.

    2 weeks of real study should take you to achieve real good score.

    Once again, SCJP1.4 is not simple as such. Its tricky. Questions on threads, method overloading, OOPs, Garbage Collection were on same toughness with Whizlab tests.

    I credit my success to Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates. I had fun studying for SCJP1.4. Passing is easy but scoring is tough!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars book for the exam, this is (as Yoda says)
    I'm an experienced Java programmer. I passed the SCJP(310-035) with 98% (answered 60/61) recently. This is *THE* book. Everything is very well explained, gets you hooked on like a novel. The mock exams were very similar to the real one I faced. I recommend this book to any experienced Java programmer planning to take up the exam.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helped me pass
    I passed the SCJP with 93%. This book was my primary reference while preparing. It covered the topics well, and more importantly, introduced me to the various (and indirect) ways those topics would be tested on the exam.

    I found it useful to compile and run some of the code (don't use an IDE). The practice exams identified some areas I was weaker in, and I made sure to write some test code that would make me more familiar with those areas. It helped me get comfortable with garbage collection, bitwise operators, threads and inner classes. I was familiar with those topics before, but rarely had to implement them in code. Integrating the code snippets into code took very little time, and helped me understand those topics better. I also chose to not use an IDE so that when I made a mistake, I had to go and figure it out myself rather than have the IDE catch it up front.

    Of course, the mock exam links on www.javaranch.com are very useful. I took as many tests as I could, even ones that were clearly created for previous versions of the exam.

    Over all, the book did what I purchased it for: it helped me to pass the SCJP. It didn't give me all the answers, and I had to put into practice some of the information presented to make it sink in effectively, but that's what I expected. ... Read more


    13. Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book)
    by Adobe Creative Team
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    Asin: 0321294009
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-21)
    Publisher: Adobe Press
    Sales Rank: 5478
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    Book Description

    If you're like most Acrobat users--creative, business, and engineering pros who work with complex electronic documents--you can ill afford to miss a beat in your production workflow. Then again, you can ill afford being left behind when it comes to mastering the newest version of the important tool on your desktop, Adobe Acrobat 7. Not to worry: Adobe has brought the classroom to you in this handy volume, completely revised to cover all that's new and different in Acrobat 7. Through a series of self-paced lessons (each of which builds on the last and includes hands-on projects that the you can create using the files on the accompanying CD-ROM), this guide acquaints you with all of Acrobat 7's features for creating, reviewing, editing, commenting on, restructuring, and preflighting PDF files, including the newest: a tool for creating 3D objects, improved security, new tools for repairing errors in print preflight, structured bookmarks, the ability to export comments to Word docs, and more. Professional tips and techniques are scattered throughout!

     

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    14. WCDMA for UMTS : Radio Access for Third Generation Mobile Communications
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    Asin: 0470870966
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-03)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 50850
    Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Written by leading experts in the field, the first edition of WCDMA for UMTS quickly became established as the best-selling and most highly respected book on the air interface of 3G cellular systems. 
    Fully revised and updated the third edition now covers the key features of 3GPP Release ‘6 ensuring its position as the leading principal resource in this constantly progressing area.

    Features new sections on:

    • Multicasting MBMS
    • End-to-end performance
    • WCDMA field measurements
    • Smart antenna beamforming in WCDMA
    • Enhanced uplink DCH concept – beyond 3GPP Rel’6
    • Chinese TD-SCDMA
    • An IMS Case Study

    The third edition provides a deep understanding of the WCDMA air interface, its capabilities and its optimal usage  - the key to success in the UMTS business, making this practical approach highly accessible to operators, network and terminal manufacturers, service providers, university students and frequency regulators. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Read "a different" book before this one.
    Otherwise it might be somehow confusing. This book is a must for professionals as another reviewer stated but it is not very suitable as the first book on UMTS technologies. This book serves best as supplementary reading. For example new-beginner readers might get confused talkink about SIP at the first chapter before explaining W-CDMA and core-network layout. Anyway, this book contains wealth of information on UMTS technologies and warmly recommended for serious readers.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Informative but not lucid
    Its a good book for starters and people getting to know the subject of wcdma and umts. But, the language is very bland and looks more of an ieee paper. Recommended for people who are indireclty associated with umts or similar products.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Useful compilation of standards, if you need them
    If you like to read standards or have to in the course of your work, this book offers a useful and succinct compilation. Other than that, there is nothing to recommend this book as it does not help improve your understanding. Then again, this is not the kind of book which people who do not have to work with standards will want to read.

    There is a short chapter on cdma2000 at the end.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not for newbies, must for pros
    This book delivers exactly what it promises: a profound, compact and clear description of WCDMA for UMTS. The reader is expected to understand quite advanced concepts of mobile communications, hence it is not a good book for managers who want to know what 3G is all about nor for undergraduate students who want to learn cellular system basics. It is an excellent book for experienced network planners, protocol designers or research engineers, for example, who want to move from 2G to 3G. Simple test: if you don't know what are Erlang-B, orthogonal codes or layered protocol architecture, you want to study them first from another book.

    2-0 out of 5 stars umts
    With UMTS you must read what you can get - unfortunately what you can get is not aleays what you want - so with this book. Although the authors seem well informed, they are not god communicators - their explanations are alternatively trivial or incomprehensible, their diagrams, in most cases copied slavishly from the specifications, explain nothing. Perhaps this book is useful as a reference after the subject is comprehended. Comprehension does not lie here. ... Read more


    15. Digital Image Processing Using MATLAB
    by Rafael C. Gonzalez, Richard E. Woods, Steven L. Eddins
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    Asin: 0130085197
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-05)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 14530
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    This is the first book that provides a balanced treatment of image processing basics and software principles used in the practical application of image processing. Working in the MATLAB computing environment, it provides a stable, well-supported set of software tools capable of addressing a broad spectrum of applications in digital image processing.The major areas covered include intensity transformations, linear and nonlinear spatial filtering, filtering in the frequency domain, image restoration and registration, color image processing, wavelets, image data compression, morpohological image processing, image segmentation, regions and boundary representation and description, and object recognition.For software developers working with image processing. ... Read more


    16. Java How to Program (6th Edition) (How to Program (Deitel))
    by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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    Asin: 0131483986
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-04)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 40905
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    Book Description

    The Deitels' groundbreaking How to Program series offers unparalleled breadth and depth of programming concepts and intermediate-level topics for further study. The books in this series feature hundreds of complete, working programs with thousands of lines of code. This edition is completely up-to-date with The Java 2 Platform Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.5. Now includes topics such as autoboxing, enumerations, enhanced for loops, static import statements, variable-length argument lists, and much more. Presents each new concept in the context of a complete, working program, immediately followed by one or more windows showing the program's input/output dialog. Enhances the Live-Code Approach with syntax coloring. Provides Helpful Programming Tips, all marked by icons: Good Programming Practices, Common Programming Errors, Error-Prevention Tips, Performance Tips, Portability Tips, Software Engineering Observations, Look and Feel Observations. Includes CD-ROM with every book that contains JavaTM 2 Platform, Standard Edition 1.5, Netbeans, Apache Tomcat, JCreator LE version, jEdit, jGRASP, BlueJ, MySQL, source code for all the book's examples, and Hyperlinks to valuable Java demos and Internet resources. A valuable reference for programmers and anyone interested in learning the Java programming language.

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    17. iMovie HD & iDVD 5 : The Missing Manual (Missing Manual)
    by David Pogue
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    Asin: 0596100337
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-21)
    Publisher: O'Reilly
    Sales Rank: 1174
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The latest versions of iMovie HD and iDVD 5 are, by far, the most robust moviemaking applications available to consumers today. But whether you're a professional or an amateur moviemaker eager to take advantage of the full capabilities of these applications, don't count on Apple documentation to make the cut. You need iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual, the objective authority on iMovie HD and iDVD 5.

    Even if you own a previous version of iMovie, the new feature-rich iMovie HD may well be impossible to resist. This video editing program now enables users to capture and edit widescreen High Definition Video (HDV) from the new generation of HDV camcorders, along with standard DV and the MPEG-4 video format. iMovie HD also includes "Magic iMovie" for making finished movies automatically. The feature does everything in one step--imports video into separate clips and adds titles, transitions, and music. The finished video is then ready for iDVD 5, which now includes 15 new themes with animated drop zones that can display video clips across DVD menus, just like the latest Hollywood DVDs.

    This witty and entertaining guide from celebrated author David Pogue not only details every step of iMovie HD video production--from choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto DVDs--but provides a firm grounding in basic film technique so that the quality of a video won't rely entirely on magic.

    iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual includes expert techniques and tricks for:

    • Capturing quality footage (including tips on composition, lighting, and even special-event filming)
    • Building your movie track, incorporating transitions and special effects, and adding narration, music, and sound
    • Working with picture files and QuickTime movies
    • Reaching your intended audience by exporting to tape, transferring iMovie to QuickTime, burning QuickTime-Movie CDs, and putting movies on the Web (and even on your cell phone!)
    • Using iDVD 5 to stylize and burn your DVD creation
    iMovie HD & iDVD 5: The Missing Manual--it's your moviemaking-made-easy guide. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    Like the new iPhoto 5 Missing Manual, this one is in full color as well.

    What I liked best about this book is that it spends a majority of the time discussing how to take better shots, how to give the editing a more polished look, and generally how to improve your finished product.Along with showing you how to use iMovie, the book goes over when and why (or why not!) to use the varioustransitions and special effects.Always with an eye toward "professional techniques".

    All told, a must have book on iMovie HD.

    One thing I was looking for but couldn't find was some discussion on iMovie HD vs Final Cut Express HD - what the differences are, why I would use one or the other, when to upgrade advice, etc.

    Oh, yeah - the information on iDVD is also great - plenty of tips and tricks on getting the most out of iDVD.Once you get great looking movies, iDVD makes putting together a great looking DVD a snap.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent technical and content coverage
    This is an excellent guide to both of these applications. What I find particularly appealing is that the book doesn't just concentrate on the tech. It also teaches you about how to shoot good video and edit it well. So you can learn both the technique and the technology from a single source. That's the way it should be, and it's what makes this book so different from the rest.

    Of course all of the basics are covered. The graphics are possibly a little overused. But that's ok for a walkthrough book. The use color throughout certainly adds to the appeal. The writing is solid. It's not so funny as to be distracting or too clinical as to be dry.

    4-0 out of 5 stars very refined product
    The prolific David Pogue has come out with another book. This one explaining iMovie HD and iDVD, while supposedly bemoaning the lack of an official Apple printed manual. He goes into how Apple offers a very affordable digital movie editor to the general public. Not as intricate as Avid and its ilk, but far less expensive. En passant, iMovie (and this book) is another testament to the continued efficacy of Moore's Law, as massive functionalities become available at ever lower prices.

    iMovie is rather refined. Even in little things like how it periodically touches base with Apple's website, looking for a newer version of itself. If it finds such, then it offers you the choice of letting it download and install that version. For those of you who have struggled with finding out about, getting and installing other software updates, then you can appreciate this feature of iMovie.

    Sometimes though, Pogue lets slip a remark that may totally bemuse a non-American reader. As when he describes that iSight as being the size of a Hostess Ho-Ho. Come again? Someone reading this book in Chennai or Wuhan will be befuddled by this piquant Americanism.

    iMovie is shown in the text to be easy to use. At least after you have read the book. But there is one trait that Pogue accurately calls a blessing and a curse. Emptying the trash might not free up any space?! If it has portions of clips, but not the entire clips. This is one of those features that can cause much gnashing of teeth. ... Read more


    18. Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
    by Steve Krug
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    Asin: 0789723107
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-13)
    Publisher: New Riders Press
    Sales Rank: 2473
    Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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    Usability design is one of the most important--yet often least attractive--tasks for a Web developer. In Don't Make Me Think, author Steve Krug lightens up the subject with good humor and excellent, to-the-point examples.

    The title of the book is its chief personal design premise. All of the tips, techniques, and examples presented revolve around users being able to surf merrily through a well-designed site with minimal cognitive strain. Readers will quickly come to agree with many of the book's assumptions, such as "We don't read pages--we scan them" and "We don't figure out how things work--we muddle through." Coming to grips with such hard facts sets the stage for Web design that then produces topnotch sites.

    Using an attractive mix of full-color screen shots, cute cartoons and diagrams, and informative sidebars, the book keeps your attention and drives home some crucial points. Much of the content is devoted to proper use of conventions and content layout, and the "before and after" examples are superb. Topics such as the wise use of rollovers and usability testing are covered using a consistently practical approach.

    This is the type of book you can blow through in a couple of evenings. But despite its conciseness, it will give you an expert's ability to judge Web design. You'll never form a first impression of a site in the same way again. --Stephen W. Plain

    Topics covered:

    • User patterns
    • Designing for scanning
    • Wise use of copy
    • Navigation design
    • Home page layout
    • Usability testing
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The farmer and the cowman should be friends.
    This book walks it's talk. It is written and arranged exactly as a useable web site should be, clear and concise, with scannable (as well as enjoyable) text. The clean attractive design and graphics accurately and efficiently illustrate the text, which is easy to read and to understand. I love the use of cartoon people with thought balloons to suggest how people think while using a web site.

    There is no clutter of technical gibberish or endless verbose rambling on statistics. The chapter on usability testing takes us step by step through the process and is descriptive and instructional instead of theoretical. Steve Krug doesn't feel he has to sacrifice creativity, visual interest, individuality, or effective advertising in order to develop a usable web site. "Good tag lines are personable, lively, and sometimes clever. Clever is good, but only if the cleverness helps convey - not obscure - the message."

    I can't agree with those who dismiss this book as nothing but common sense. While I see nothing wrong with publishing a reference and instructional manual that is full of common sense, this book also presents the reasoning behind every method that is suggested. The clashes between designers, programmers, and advertisers are explored and addressed. While I agree that the simple and obvious conclusion is that the focus should be on the user, it is refreshing and helpful to find a book which distills information from all of the varied and opposing developer viewpoints, and applies to them to that end. The book is, after all, subtitled "A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability." Also, like most common sense, it isn't really so obvious until after someone has pointed it out to you.

    Here are a few things you won't find in this book, which makes it all the more effective and convincing. You won't find anything that claims this is the "right" way to design web sites. There will be no discussion of business models or predictions for the future of the web. The best omission of all is that there is no bad mouthing of poorly designed sites. According to Steve Krug "Designing, building, and maintaining a great web site isn't easy. It's like golf: a handful of ways to get the ball in the hole, a million ways not to. Anyone who gets it half right has my admiration."

    This book gets it more than half right.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Last Word on Web Usability. Period.
    Some products are hard to improve upon. For example, I believe cars will have 4 wheels for centuries to come despite the fact that it is possible to produce cars with 3 or 5 wheels.

    This book, in a similar fashion, is hard to improve upon. The title summarizes the most important web usability principle there is. However, from my own 5 year experience as a web designer and developer, I know that that is the hardest for a client to accept. Clients sometimes want to go for the most complicated and busy type of designs since otherwise they think they are not getting their "money's worth." They sometimes don't understand that we are actually designing these web sites not for them but for their customers/users. And once the users start to think, they are gone. They click and disappear.

    This short book that you can read within an hour or two makes such good sense that it should be required reading in every web design class.

    Especially important for me were the last chapters on testing, busting one myth after another, and explaining the merits of "going-out-of-business-sale usability testing."

    The blow-by-blow sample usability test session in Chapter 10 is invaluable for all small business owners who cannot afford big-budget testing performed by third parties.

    Designing a web site before reading this book should be declared illegal all across the English-speaking world. Buy it today, keep it next to your keyboard and flip through it once a month.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Required Reading
    This book should be required reading for not only web designers, but anyone who owns a website. The book was a bit on the thin side and when I got it I thought it should have been thicker for the money. I was wrong.

    This book takes you through every facet of usability and is as applicable to a single person with one site as it is to a multi-level corporation who owns 30 sites. His writing style is fun and humorous and the book is an easy read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Web Usability
    If there's a book to use when introducing someone to the ideas of usability on the Web, I'd have to say that I think this is it. Not Nielsen, and not Cooper (at least not to start with). Steve Krug's "Don't Make Me Think" has the most no-nonsense and easy-to-follow approach I think I've ever seen, and best of all, he makes SENSE.

    First of all, Krug deconstructs some of the sites we all know and use often, and he does so to help us see what we should be doing, as well as what we should not. I remember being especially impressed with his in-depth analysis of Amazon.com's navigation scheme (Chapter 6 - "Street Signs and Breadcrumbs"), from the use of tabs to the structure of the sub-navigation to color changes, he covers it all with a sense of humor, clear pictorial examples, a sharp eye for detail, and a clear concise explanation of what works and why. The reader is left with a greater understanding of not only why Amazon has been so successful, but also what choices they made that helped them find this solution.

    The chapter on usability testing (Chapter 9 - "Usability Testing on 10 cents a day") was another fine example of clear communication and great ideas. Krug's breakdown of how the usability process should be conducted, and why it's needed in the first place, is concise and not preachy, as some usability authors are, and it really gives the reader an excellent idea of how they can fit usability into their process. This is probably the best way to "sell" usability to someone, and he does a great job of it.

    The whole book is like that, really, but those chapters were highlights in the book for me. His ideas on simplicity of presentation and home page design were also well-taken, both as a designer and as someone who uses the web. Perhaps that is what makes his book so excellent, is that really, anyone could get something out of it. Whether it's the person who surfs the web now and again or the one who designs the pages for it or the one who's paying for the person to design pages for it, anyone could read this book and benefit from it, without having to wade through piles of needless verbage or proselytizing.

    In the end, "Don't Make Me Think" seems to be an example of what it advises... it keeps things simple and accessible for a wide variety of people, and thereby makes itself useful as an excellent resource. The next time someone asks me what Web usability is all about, this is the first book I'll be recommending to them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Don't design your website without this book!
    This book is a definite MUST HAVE for any website designer, newbie to web design and anyone and everyone who has an online business. Simple, easy to understand visuals compliment the text, which is written in a very simplistic manner. This book is wonderful - magnificent - excellent, and will help you greatly understand the elements of successful web design. I've used it to consistently update my own website, at:
    http://www.aei.dli.com

    If you don't have this book, you're missing out on your single-most-important investment in your professional life! ... Read more


    19. Digital Image Processing (2nd Edition)
    by Rafael C. Gonzalez, Richard E. Woods
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    Asin: 0201180758
    Catlog: Book (2002-01-15)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 15242
    Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A non-commonly found textbook on Digital Image Processing
    I've been a senior researcher in Image Processing for more than 20 years, and my opinion of the book Digital Image Processing of Gonzalez and Woods, is that it is significantly superior to current books on image processing. The contents of the books are in the mainstream of work in this field, and the level of coverage is complete and written at a level that makes it an ideal textbook for seniors and first-year graduate students. The experience of the authors shows through in the way the material is presented and illustrated. The complementary web site is an outstanding teaching aid.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A good text book in image processing class
    A good book, clear and easy to understand, and it is also easy to implement the algorithms mentioned in the book into a real world program. I used it as a text book in image processing class. Compared to other books in image processing, this book is a clear winner. The only drawback is the price. Other thing to remember is that this book is old enough in the ever-progressed image processing and computer graphic field.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Needs some enhncements
    The book is fairly good but it lacks of examples

    5-0 out of 5 stars Low Price Edition
    On this site, there are already good reviews of this book.
    So I would like to post only a comment on the "Low Price" or "International" or "Indian" edition:

    IT IS VERY VERY CHEAP and LOW QUALITY

    The pages are almost transparent. While reading a face of a page, you can guess what is written on the other face. Definitely annoying.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Serious Image Processing for Students and Practitioners
    This volume covers the waterfront of image processing from a reasonable introductory level. Refreshingly, it is much more than a cookbook. The authors pay attention to the physical principles that imaging and image manipulation are based on. With many quality images and examples, there is much for the less mathematically inclined to cut their teeth on while brushing up on their advanced math skills. The inclusion of many well chosen problems makes the book a valuable volume in a student's library. The book's associated web-site is a major bonus for the reader. I did find that some of the figure captions were challenging to interpret but the problem does not seem pervasive. Overall, I liked the book. It is a valuable addition to the image processing literature and to the image processing textbook selection. ... Read more


    20. Photoshop CS2 Workflow: The Digital Photographer's Guide
    by Tim Grey
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    Asin: 0782143962
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-29)
    Publisher: Sybex Inc
    Sales Rank: 780
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This highly anticipated full-color book from best-selling author Tim Grey is the first workflow-oriented guide to Photoshop. If you're a digital photographer interested in maximizing the quality of your images using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, here is your definitive guide to image optimization. Emphasizing the processes for making images as good as they can be, topics covered in this book include: sorting images, RAW conversion, basic adjustments and cleanup, advanced adjustments, automation, and output processing. An accompanying website provides you with images from the book. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A What to Do When Book, Not a How to do it.
    When you first start working with digital photographs, that is beyond the shoot and store on hard disk, you wind up working with Photoshop. And when you start working with Photoshop, you are faced with a bewildering assortment of things that you can do. You're going to spend lots of time with your computer. If you're like most of us, you will try this and that, and eventually find that you can spend an enormous amount of time manipulating an image. Some of the things produce dramatic impact, many do not.

    Most people want to go shoot pictures and not spend too much time staring at a computer. This book is about applying some organization to using Photoshop. If you follow a procedure to first look at your pictures, then decide what to do and in what order, you can get better pictures faster, leaving more time to go shoot more.

    This book is about all of these steps. It is a mixture of what to do to an image (it is not a how to do it, that's a Photoshop book), in what order, and how to wind up with a spectacular picture quickly.

    This is a different concept from any of the Photoshop books I've read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE definitive new digital photography book
    Tim has done it again! His new book, Photoshop CS2 Workflow; The Digital Photographer's Guide is a "must read" for all levels of digital photographers.Easy to read and well organized, it is an excellent guide in helping to optimize our digital images.

    Dr. Ben Pridemore, Jr.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Work To Date
    Yes, I know, you can't exactly trust a review posted by the author of the book. But I can honestly tell you this book is my proudest writing achievement to date. I'm very happy with the final result, and think all photographers will find it incredibly helpful as they try to develop an appropriate workflow for optimizing their images.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An advanced subject made easy to understand!
    Tim's books have all been excellent and this one is no exception! His writing is especially easy to follow. With all the new features offered in Photoshop CS2, beginners will especially appreciate all the well placed screenshots that go along with his instruction. There's no guessing as to what is being talked about! ... Read more


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