Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual
Review

On October 12, 2011, in Book Review, by Neale Monks

Dreamweaver CS5.5: The Missing Manual
Author: David Sawyer McFarland
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Format: 1216 pp, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-4493-9797-5
Price: Paperback $49.99; e-book (various formats) $39.99

Dreamweaver (reviewed elsewhere on MyMac.com) is probably the most respected web design program on both the Mac and Windows platforms. It’s an application that’s respected for its versatility and fluid interaction with web technologies such as Flash, but at the same time it’s more than a bit feared because of its complexity and the steep learning curve necessary to make the application pay for itself. But once you understand the application and come to terms with its idiosyncrasies, Dreamweaver CS 5.5 is the sort of application that revolutionises the way you get work done. The split screen interface for example let’s you edit code on one side of the screen while also reviewing or modifying the finished web page on the other.

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About Neale Monks

Neale Monks has used Macs since 1990, when he was won over by the simplicity of printing from a networked Mac compared to doing the same thing with networked PCs. Since that time he's written for several Macintosh magazines including Macworld and Macformat as well as MyMac.com, InformIT, Peachpit, TidBITs, and the now-defunct AppleLust web site. Besides using Macs to make his living every day of the week, he likes to tinker about with vintage Macs, and a few years back wrote an e-book called 'Buying Used Macs' published through MyMac.com. Neale has a degree in zoology and a PhD in palaeontology. He lives in the market town of Berkhamsted on the edge of the Chiltern Hills.

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Adobe CS 5.5 InDesign
Review Part 1

On August 23, 2011, in Review, by Jackie Richards

InDesign CS 5.5
Adobe
Upgrade, single application, suite, and academic pricing available

I begin this review with a caveat. Adobe loves the word “professional.” I mean really! Their CS Suites are for professionals, and I can tell you right now, those people will leave me in the dust with their skills. But I am here to say that we ordinary people will love CS InDesign 5.5. This review is in two parts. The first will cover basic publications, PDFs, booklets, and the useful controls  and workspaces that pertain to the print world. The second part will zero in on interactive publications, including the very lucrative and expanding field of ePub.

With InDesign 5.5, you too can design and publish your church newsletter. You too can design posters for your art group. You too can produce interesting interactive PDFs that can be used on the Internet. And yes, you too can publish your own ePub book as a tutorial, or for a family reunion or for pure vanity’s sake. I did, and I am not a professional by any stretch of the imagination.

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About Jackie Richards

Jackie Richards is a self taught digital artist who uses her computer as a creative tool much the same as she uses her potter's wheel, spinning wheel or jeweler's saw. She began working with computers in the late 70's, writing her own software programs as a personal challenge. Although sometimes setting herself up for failure, she says she gains the most pleasure from attempting something she has never done before. She is a mixed media artist working in ceramics, textiles and as a silversmith. Perhaps the best description of her approach to art is construct, deconstruct, reconstruct. She loves her collections of tools of which her iMac, iBook,IPad and iPhone are an important part.

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