Two Photoshop CS5 Books
Book Review

On March 10, 2011, in Book Review, Photography, Tutorial, by Suzé Gilbert

The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers
by Scott Kelby
ISBN:9780321703569
$54.99 US, $65.99 CA

 

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers
by Scott Kelby
ISBN:9780321700919
$49.99 US, $59.99 CA
Published by New Riders Voices That Matter


When I first began learning Adobe Photoshop many years ago, I was frustrated because most of the literature didn’t address the digital photographer. I spent hours learning and googling information on how to tweak black and white images so they could be close to what I could experience in the darkroom. I remember the first time I purchased one of Scott Kelby’s books, The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers. Scott presented the tools within Adobe Photoshop in an articulate manner that a digital photographer was yearning for. Aside from his self-professed corny humor, Scott focused on how digital photographers could quickly fine- tune their images in Adobe Photoshop. He provided his readers with abundant information that enabled a swift fluency with the software. His newest offering, The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers does not disappoint.

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Macworld’s Mac Troubleshooting Superguide
Review

On February 1, 2011, in Book Review, by Mike Breed

Macworld’s Mac Troubleshooting Superguide
Company: Macworld
Price: PDF: $12.95 USD, Printed Book: $19.95 USD, CD-ROM: $12.95 USD

Most of us are well versed in using our Macs and troubleshooting the comparatively few issues that arise from time to time with their use. Every now and then we run into a problem we aren’t quite sure how to approach. For instance, if your printer stops working after an upgrade of your OS, do you zap your parameter RAM or should you try uploading new printer drivers from Apple first? If you’ve tried a number of fixes and just can’t figure out what to do next, the Macworld Mac Troubleshooting Superguide may have the answers you’re looking for.

The Mac Superguide provides tips on everything from installing software and operating system upgrades to solving issues with networks. It’s virtually an A to Z guide to fixing just about every common issue that faces users of the Mac platform.

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Cloud Computing Bible
Book Review

On January 31, 2011, in Book Review, by Elisa Pacelli


Cloud Computing Bible

by Barrie Sosinsky
www.wiley.com
$44.99 US, $53.99 CAN (under $30 on Amazon US)
496 pages

As technology advances, new buzzwords appear in the lexicon. Lately, we’ve been hearing more and more about “cloud computing.” If you use Google Docs, Evernote, Dropbox, or web-based email, you’re using cloud computing. According to Wiktionary.org, cloud computing is, “Computing in which services and storage are provided over the Internet (or ‘cloud’).” Pretty simple, right? Maybe for us, as the user, but there are a lot of details that need to be worked out to create a cloud service.

This is where Cloud Computing Bible by Barrie Sosinsky comes in. If you’re looking for a book that explains how to use some of the cloud services mentioned above, stop here. This is not a how-to book on specific applications or services. If, however, you’re looking to create a cloud-based service, whether for public consumption or your own private company, then continue reading.

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Five-Star Apps
Book Review

On January 3, 2011, in Apps, Book Review, iPad, iPhone, iPod, by Elisa Pacelli

Five-Star Apps
by Glenn Fleishman

Peachpit Press
204 pages
$19.99 US $23.99 CAN

You are now the proud owner of an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. First order of business is to fill it with apps: reading, music, games, video. How do you know which apps are a hit, and which apps are better left alone?

Combing through the iTunes App Store can be quite an intimidating experience. Luckily for us, author Glenn Fleishman did the leg work of sorting and testing thousands of apps, choosing what he feels are the almost 200 “must-have” apps published in his latest book, Five-Star Apps.

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HTML, XHTML & CSS All-In-One for Dummies
Review

On December 15, 2010, in Book Review, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

HTML, XHTML & CSS All-In-One for Dummies
by Andy Harris
Wiley Publishing, Inc.
www.wiley.com
$39.99 US, $47.99 CN, £27.99 UK

It seems like almost everyone has some sort of web presence. Maybe it’s a blog that’s used to keep in touch with family and friends around the globe. For others, it could be a site that shares their hobby with like-minded people. The web pages most of us are used to seeing are for businesses: from the small, independent craftsman to the Internet giants like Apple and Amazon.

Getting started designing a web page can freeze some people in their tracks. HTML, CSS, Javascript: sounds so intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. Wiley Publishing has released a new book, HTML, XHTML & CSS All-In-One for Dummies, by Andy Harris, that can help newbies create their first web site, while assisting more experienced designers to bring their sites to the next level.

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