on 16 July 1998
The 400 or so pages of this 'authorized' manual are utilized very well to spell out a basic foundation for the use of this program. The authors start out slow laying ground work for the more complicated lessons that follow. They are careful to explain background info and scenarios a typical user might find themselves in. While this book is a terrific starting point for anyone interested in learning this program, it really only covers about 1/2 of what you need to know. After reading it you will be prepared for doing lots of experimenting, but experiment you must in order to take your competence to the next level. I would like to have seen a little less repetition for the sake of clarity, and a little more information for the sake of completeness. Over all a very well written book, especially for a newcomer to Freehand.
on 28 February 1999
It's a very thorough book - and it does get repetitive at times, but that helps to sink in the fundamentals of this wonderful software package. It can be used as a reference, too. The large, uncrowded pages make it easier to find where you were after applying a step. The book also suggests an "On Your Own" project after each of the lessons to further help. My ONLY complaint is that Freehand doesn't included this book with the software program as it's tutorial. The one that comes with the program seems more designed as marketing tool to show what it can do rather than teach you how to use it.
on 15 March 1999
This book is excellent choice for users who want to learn about FreeHand, this book is well organized and easy to follow. A person can learn it within a matter of days, it teaches you everything you need to know about FreeHand 8.0.