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on 13 August 1999
This book is the worst written of the series. It is vague about some steps, leaves out others, which can leave a beginner floundering and frustrated. It also assumes a fair bit of 'artistic' ability.It's good in that it can demonstrate some techniques very well, such a scaling - but it doesn't really help or encourage a beginner to 'get creative'. Which is the whole point of the application.
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on 23 October 1998
Speaking for a novice user, I really do not recommend this book. Constantly reference to the User's Guide makes this Classroom in a Book a bad option for beginners and all of us, new users. Trying to take the learning more seriously and our money well spent should simply warn us from buying this book!
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on 7 October 1998
Unlike some of the other Adobe Classroom in a book guides, this one was a great disappointment. Most of the lessons leave out half of the steps required to get to the "final" result, which is pretty frustrating if you are a beginner to the program, like I was. Buyer beware.
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on 22 March 1998
Adobe Illustrator 7, Classroom in a book is a well organized, comprehensive guide to the program. It's great if you are new to the program. However, it doesn't tell you much more than the tutorial that came free with earlier iterations of the program. If your looking for a book on advanced technique, this is not it.
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on 2 April 1999
In lesson 18 pages 246,247 the picture of the file (isometr1.ai)one is supposed to use for doing the lesson is not in the cd-rom, so the lesson cannot be performed. Additionally, when one draws the rectangles(doing exactly as instructed)for doing item 8, the instructions do not work. Lesson 16 is poorly written.
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on 8 April 1998
The first half of this book is an exact duplicate of the tutorials that come with the program. Only useful if you are a pirate, as if you purchased the program you already have it. The second half is filled with fairly lame overview tutorials that don't do much as far as real-world, professional techniques. Instead of the project oriented approach of the other Adobe Classroom In a Book titles (which are typically very good) this one just shows what a few of the tools do by letting you complete a half-way done task. This is definitely the worst of all the Classroom-In-A-Book titles. Save your money and buy The Illustrator Wow Book which provides a much more complete and professional treatment of this subject.
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on 11 July 2003
This book is awful, it was designed by programmers for programmers, it expects you to be completely conversant with the pack. There are much better books around than this, shop around
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on 23 August 1998
No one book is going to teach you all you need to know about Illustrator. Nice starting point for beginners. Not suited for anyone with intermediate and above knowledge. Crucial steps are left out of some of the tutorials. Writers assume too much of the readers (like they read the user manual cover to cover).
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on 27 February 1998
Unlike some of the other popular Illustrator books, this book is both concise and complete. It lacks some of the "personality" of the bigger books and the special effects of others, but provides the best system to mastery of the basics that I have seen.
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on 14 March 2012
Adobe Pagemaker 7 Classroom in a Book is the perfect companion to a great piece of software. The software may have been superceded by InDesign, but PM7 will be around for some time yet!

Why can't InDesign create an index? PM7 can!
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