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PSE 9 Scott Kelby et al
on 11 February 2011
Quite a useful book though not quite in the same complete practical style as Kelby's earlier books for PSE. It seems to be assumed, that anyone who has recent versions of PSE has already got some familiarity with it. I think that is risky thinking. At the outset, the reader is informed that there will not be an full explanatory tour of the editing palette. Because his collaborator writes on one aspect of digital editing, a chunk of teaching information on layering is not included in this book. Instead, the reader is referred to the other author's book on the subject. It may be okay, but I am not inclined to buy a specialist subject book when what I want, at the moment, is generalised development.
I am not particularly amused by the introductions to sections...they are meant to be, I think, light hearted and humorous. Why not just say something like "digital editing is an interesting and fun subject if you want it to be, and serious for you who want to be serious. I enjoy it and that is how I/we write about it". Instead there are inane and irrelevant burbled partitions. I wonder if they are there to make the book look thicker. These elements are not needed, in all respects.
I like Kelby's approach to digital editing, which you get to when the irrelevancies (see above) are left behind. His books are very readable and useful. That does not mean other authors who take a different approach are not competent in their presentation of the subject. A number of them are very good for a variety of stages of development.
PSE9 is an application produced for PC and Applemac. As PSE 9 includes an Organiser for Applemac, there is a fair bit of detail about its workings and use. I prefer to use The Bridge that came with earlier version of PSE, and knowing more about the organiser confirms for me, my personal choice. Kelby does however, help the user to understand the functions of the Organiser in relation to the editing programme and in relation to whatever platform the user has. I have played around with the Organiser, following guidance from the book, to check out its function.
As usual, Kelby et al offer their skills and knowledge in an easy dip in and dip out style. There is no need to religiously follow section and chapter in sequence.
Kelby takes care to detail the keystrokes required for the mac user and points out where certain features are only available to the PC platform.