Three iPhone books reviewed

On December 31, 2008, in Book Review, iPhone, by David Weeks

iPhone Pocket Guide, 3rd Edition
Christopher Breen

Peachpit Press
http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321564030
US $ 9.99
ISBN 978-0321564030
288 pages

iPhone The Missing Manual Second Edition (Covers the iPhone 3G)
David Pogue

US $24.99
ISBN 78-0596521677
376 pages
e-book edition available through iTunes Store $4.99 introductory price

The iPhone Book: How to Do the Most Important, Useful & Fun Stuff with Your iPhone, 2nd Edition
Scott Kelby and Terry White

Peachpit Press
http://www.peachpit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0321577833
US $19.99
ISBN 978-0321577832
336 pages
Adobe Reader PDF version for Mac and Windows only $15.99

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The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers
By Scott Kelby

New Riders
http://www.newriders.com
ISBN-10: 0-321-50191-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-50191-2
472 pages, paperback
US: $49.99, CAN: $61.99

The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers may have the longest book title I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing. This book was written by Scott Kelby who is the Editor-in-Chief of Photoshop User magazine, and President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. Scott is an award-winning author of over forty books on Photoshop and digital photography.

I am neither a photographer, nor am I anywhere near proficient in Photoshop CS3. Mr. Kelby says anyone can use his book to “learn how the Pros do it.”

Let’s see….

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Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Adobe Photoshop CS3
by Scott Kelby

Peachpit Press
ISBN 978-0-321-50192-9, 239 pages
US$49.99, CN $56.99, UK £29.99

Since last Summer I have increased my use of Photoshop CS2 and now CS3 on nearly a weekly basis. Much of the reason is because of the work I do as a wedding photographer, and the other reason because of my goal to take my Photoshop skills to an advanced level. In the last few years, I’ve taken a class on Photoshop basics and I have fumbled around with its buttons and tools until I’ve gotten selected photos to look better than the original version. My current skills are largely based on what I’ve learned from reading and using Scott Kelby’s numerous books and some useful Photoshop tutorial websites. But while I aced the Intro to Photoshop class and can easily follow almost any good tutorial, I have yet to develop a strong workflow in Photoshop whereby I can look at a photo and know step-by-step how to make it better.

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The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book
Book Review

On September 19, 2007, in Book Review, by Bakari Chavanu

The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book
by Scott Kelby

473 pages
ISBN: 978-0-321-50191-2
New Riders Press
www.newriders.com

Like so many other photographers and Photoshop users, I always look forward with delight when Scott Kelby publishes a new book or updates a previous edition of one of his works.

President of the National Association of Photoshop Users, Kelby has a canny knack for explaining things in short order form. You can always expect him to bring the latest techniques and useful shortcuts for getting things done. This new book, The Adobe Photoshop CS3 Book follows that tradition.

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The Digital Photography Book
Book Review

On October 10, 2006, in Book Review, by Bakari Chavanu


The Digital Photography Book
by Scott Kelby

Peachpit Books
http://www.peachpit.com
ISBN 0-321-47404-X
219 pages
$19.99 US, $13.99 CN £13.99 UK

Author, Photoshop guru, and photographer, Scott Kelby is widely known for his popular tips books about such creative software as Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Elements, Apple’s OS X, and even tip books for the iPod.

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Scott Kelby is a writing wildman. How does he produce so many clever, insightful books all at the same time? The following four are updated versions of texts originally created for previous editions of Mac OS (Jaguar) and Photoshop (v.7). Let’s get started!

 

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The Mac OS X Conversion Kit: 9 to 10 Side by Side

by Scott Kelby

Peachpit Press

ISBN 0-7357-1389-8, 267 pages

$29.99 US, $45.99 CN, £23.50 UK

Where the fudge is Disk FirstAid and how do I use it in Panther? Why are all my screen items such chubby icons? Where the heck is Extensions Manager in OS X?

You’ll find answers to these and other mysteries of Pantherlife in Scott’s Conversion Kit. Most mortals won’t justify spending $30 merely to learn a few “wherezits” and “whyzats,” but all computer tutors, educators, and serious learners should do so.

Two page spreads display the matter at hand, such as “Play a Music CD,” and then explain how it’s done in OS 9 (left page) and OS X (right page). Simple idea, but Kelby did it first and does it correctly.

His comments are chatty and personal, so before you realize it, you’ll be a power user in Panther, as far as the basics of conversion are concerned. Sections are organized into logical units of Mac activities. Want to select a printer? Look it up in contents or index, or turn to page 130. Special “new stuff” bottom bars indicate extra tips, which are valuable.

I carry my copy of The Mac OS X Conversion Kit: 9 to 10 Side by Side (plus the Jaguar edition) with me on my daily tutorial rounds, and both get plenty of attention. Our MyMac.com rating is 4 out of 5.

 

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Mac OS X Killer Tips: The Ultimate Collection of Mac OS Sidebar Tips (Without the Sidebars)

by Scott Kelby

Peachpit Press

ISBN 0-7357-1393-6, 309 pages

$29.99 US, $45.99 CN, £23.50 UK

“Not just tips. Killer tips!” That’s the claim. How’s his aim?

This book is an intermediate user’s dream come true. Did you know you can customize Apple’s Mail toolbar to your individual requirements? How about gaining total control of managing your Dock and everything inside it? Is tabbed browsing second nature to you?

The Panther edition of Mac OS X Killer Tips picks up where The Mac OS X Conversion Kit leaves off. My tutorial clients don’t see me studying Scott’s Killer Tips tome, because they think I was born with this knowledge. Far from it. Panther is still an acquired taste for Nemo, with my comfort zone increasing with every page I absorb from this book.

I wish my colleagues David Weeks or Owen Rubin got to this Kelby klassic before I did, since they are already power geekers. Perhaps they’d be more critical. With snappy writing and years of Mac wisdom, Scott created a reference work disguised as a heavy duty quickstart guide. iTunes’ Visualizer, a personal favorite, has its own series of tips, so put on your Grateful Dead LPs and take this groovy winner for a ride.

Highly recommended, with a MyMac.com rating of 5 out of 5.

 

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The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers

by Scott Kelby

New Riders Press

ISBN 0-7357-1411-8, 373 pages

$39.99 US, $60.99 CN, £30.99 UK

The only way our pending pile of Photoshop and digital photography titles will ever be reduced is for us to plow through them in chunks. If these capsule reviews don’t satisfy your curiosity, let us know and we’ll try to prepare more extensive critiques.

This one is a how-to volume, with exercises broken into detailed steps, each having screen shot and/or image sample for illustration. Scott Kelby is a world-class Photoshop guru, so his instructions are precise and well-tested.

I’m glad he includes “Removing the Signs of Aging,” beginning on page 187, because my wrinkles are heading toward the Southern Hemisphere. Ditto for “Stitching Panoramas Together,” to help me create 44-inch long banners featuring the glorious views from out here in the Arizona desert.

A ton of work went into creating The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers, and I applaud everyone involved. You can’t blast through these projects like you can with the tips in the Panther books mentioned above.

Hey! Here’s one I was just trying to figure out for an art project my wife is working on: “Using the Crop Tool to Add more Canvas Area.” Thanks, Scott. I’m a hero now at home (for a little while).

It will take months or years for readers to become familiar with every tutorial in this splendid beginner/intermediate Photoshop and digicam recipe book, but each of you should begin by taking Scott’s lessons seriously, such as “Color Correcting Digital-Camera Images,” which is crucial.

With beautiful production values and high-class instructions, here we have another MyMac.com rating of 5 out of 5. Bravo, Scott.

 

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Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks

by Scott Kelby

New Riders Press

ISBN 0-7357-1353-7, 313 pages

$39.99 US, $60.99 CN, £30.99 UK

This text is more dense than in the book reviewed above, because special effects in Photoshop are more complicated to explain than are essential lessons. Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks uses a three-column format per page, with specific Quick Tips in outside margin columns, numbered steps in middle columns, and pertinent illustrations within inside columns. This presentation layout works perfectly.

Intermediates and other serious Photoshop users will appreciate the creative intensity Scott brings to each project. Paper stock and image quality are first-rate, meaning the publisher believes strongly in this volume.

In an ideal world your intrepid reviewer would first master everything in basics books such as The Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers, reviewed upstairs, before plunging into Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks, but life is short and new titles keep arriving. My strong hunch is this Tricks cookbook will turn out to be worth its strong MyMac.com rating of 4 out of 5.

 

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Thanks, Scott Kelby and associates. We’re your loyal admirers, here at MyMac.com. Keep those terrific books coming!

 

 

 

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Mac OS X Killer Tips (10.2)
Book Review

On October 28, 2002, in Book Review, by Tim Robertson

Mac OS X Killer Tips (10.2)
Author: Scott Kelby

Publisher: New Riders
Price: US $29.99

Hi, my name is Tim Robertson, and somehow I seem to have become the official reviewer of all books Kelby. Scott Kelby that is, author maniac who seems to have a new book published every other month over there at New Rider Publishing. I mean, a Photoshop 7 Killer Tips book, The Naked Truth book, Photo-Retouching book, a Down and Dirty Tricks Photoshop book, and now a Mac OS X Killer Tips book. (I just noticed something. Dirty, Secret, Naked…is Scott Kelby writing for Penthouse on the side as well?)

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MacRelevant
The Naked Truth

On April 4, 2002, in Opinion, by Tim Robertson

With apologies to Scott Kelby for the title of this MacRelevant column, The Naked Truth, I decided to write a brief article on his book of the same name.

Recently MyMac.com writer Chris Seibold wrote a review on Scott Kelby’s latest book, Macintosh… The Naked Truth. I even emailed Scott before we published it, telling him that Chris gave him pretty high marks for his book. (Writers HATE hearing from people who liked their book, in case you were wondering.) Then, a week later, Scott asked me to go read the review of his book at Amazon.com by Paul Thurrott, News Editor of Windows 2000 magazine. I did, and if anything, it simply proves the point Scott made in his book.

In response to Mr. Thurrott’s review, I present this from Scott himself.

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