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Great Introduction but needs attention to detail
on 14 November 2012
InDesign is a magnificent piece of software. It is also quite confusing if you are new to Desktop Publishing. For this reason, you'll need help. This well-written book lifts the veil of confusion... partially. I have worked through most of the lessons now, and have to say I am a little more familiar with the software. I do have a couple of issues with the book: 1) this kind of book needs to pay attention to detail - one missing piece of information can send the reader off at an unhelpful tangent; 2) knowledge is no good if you cannot remember it. As I've worked through the lessons I have become increasing irritated at the errors. One vital missing piece of information led to a 15 minute search of Adobe Help to find the solution - one line in the text could have precluded this diversion. This is inappropriate for a book of this nature. Whilst I have successfully completed the lessons, I believe I'd have to redo the lessons to have any chance whatsoever of being able to transfer the skills to my own projects - the content is just not 'sticky' - not memorable. Educational publishers need to pay attention to stickiness. Since I haven't invested in any competitor to this book, I've nothing to compare it with, but I will finish my lessons frustrated knowing that there is much more work to be done before InDesign becomes a familiar tool for my workflow.