WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide, 3rd Edition
Authors: Matt Beck and Jessica Neuman Beck
Publisher: Peachpit
Price: $27.99 for either Book or eBook; $40.24 bundled
276 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-95761-0
ISBN-10: 0-321-95761-X

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Are you thinking of starting a blog, but are unsure of how to begin? WordPress: Visual QuickStart Guide by Matt Beck and Jessica Neuman Beck would be a good place to start.

One of the big questions people ask about WordPress is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. This question is answered in the book’s introduction, along with an explanation of why you might chose one service over the other.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

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Book review: Photoshop CS5 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide
By Elaine Weinmann and Peter Lourekas
Publisher: Peachpit Press

Price: $34.99 with free shipping

This book is not a dictionary, although it works as a kind of operations lexicon for users of Photoshop CS5, and it offers readers a more exciting experience than a dictionary. The bright typography and compelling layout, coupled with the large number of images, illustrations, and screen shots, make for a book that invites browsing.

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About Ian Scott-Parker

After training as a cartographic surveyor and then draughtsman, Ian worked in the haulage and manufacturing sectors before retraining to operate a short-run digital-color print studio. He spent the larger part of the last century of the previous millennium in the UK and the larger part of the present millennium in the USA, but claims to look younger than that makes him sound. Now retired, he lives as an Internet recluse with his wife Beth, whom he met through MyMac, and three unruly rescue dogs, Sammy, Tika, and Gracie.

Automator For Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Book Review

On January 24, 2008, in Book Review, by Bakari Chavanu

Automator For Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
by Ben Waldie
Peachpit Press
www.peachpit.com
ISBN: 978-0-321-53935-9
US $29.999 CN $32.99 UK £21.99

I’ve written in the past two years at least three separate how-to articles (here here and here about Apple’s automation creation program, Automator. Since the program was introduced with Tiger, I’ve always looked for ways it can help me automate certain mundane tasks on my computer. Each morning, for example, I can come to my computer with five of my most frequented Web site feeds opened and ready for me to peruse. Thanks to an Automator workflow initiated by a daily iCal launch, I don’t have to individually pull up those same Web sites each day in order to view them. Automator and iCal do the work for me. I have about eight other workflows like this that I use on a consistent basis.

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Book Review
iMovie 2 For Macintosh, Visual Quickstart Guide

On March 14, 2002, in Book Review, by Jeffrey McPheeters

iMovie 2 For Macintosh, Visual Quickstart Guide
Jeff Carlson

Peachpit Press
ISBN 0-201-78788-1
US $19.99 CA $29.95 UK £14.99
182 pages not including Index

iMovie is Apple Computer’s solution to nonlinear video editing for the rest of us. It’s currently at version 2 and runs natively on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. If you have purchased a computer from Apple in the past 2 years, you probably have this software. It’s part of the included software package on nearly every Mac sold.

It runs only on a Mac, and it is the overwhelming favorite among reviewers and users alike, causing some to actually switch platforms from the world of Windows just to experience the ease of use and power available in this incredible piece of software. It comes with no manual.

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