on 2 October 2010
Knowing that a book would be necessary if I was to get to grips with the new software (Adobe offers only online/onscreen help) it was just a matter of choice. This one seems good so far, though I am not right through it yet, but be aware of one point. Like most similar books, it is quite expensive but also quite long (and has a CD of sample files to carry out the exercises on). In this case, however, the book has separate early chapters according to whether you are working on a Windows or Mac computer. This means that, of the 420-odd pages in the book, 90 are of no relevance if, like me, you work on a Mac, or 34 pages if you work on a Windows machine. And quite why it takes 90 pages to explain for Windows users what can be done in 34 on a Mac is a mystery. Possibly they skimp on the Mac side, perhaps the software sits better on a Mac (there are two different versions, unlike the book), or may be it's a comment on the users, I don't know. Having said that, the book is nicely produced and will certainly have helped me get to grips with the programme in a way I could not have done without.