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4.0 out of 5 stars very good
very nice book, although it has some errors (this challenges you to tackle any obstacles yourself) but it gets to the point and achieves its goal. recommending it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars GUI denial?
The book is stated to be an introductory rather than advanced course. As far as I have read, it seems reasonably structured for this, but the author instructs using keyboard commands or "shortcuts" rather than the icons of the GUI. GUIs were intended to replace keyboard interaction some 28 years ago so this is at best - disappointing.

Worse, unlike a...
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good, 12 April 2013
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very nice book, although it has some errors (this challenges you to tackle any obstacles yourself) but it gets to the point and achieves its goal. recommending it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stick with it!, 10 Mar 2013
Excellent intro to Maya 2013.
My only complaint is that, for a beginner, it can be confusing and almost too advanced but I guess that's how you learn :)
Why I only gave 4 stars? Well because of this book being updated for the latest version (think this book has been around since v. 2010) some tutorials are misleading and even tell you to use certain tools or menu items that now have moved or have been renamed from previous versions!

But stick with it! Even though sometimes it may feel like your in CSI trying to work stuff out! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Dec 2013
This review is from: Introducing Autodesk Maya 2013 (Autodesk Official Training Guides) (Paperback)
great product. everything as described.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GUI denial?, 30 July 2012
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The book is stated to be an introductory rather than advanced course. As far as I have read, it seems reasonably structured for this, but the author instructs using keyboard commands or "shortcuts" rather than the icons of the GUI. GUIs were intended to replace keyboard interaction some 28 years ago so this is at best - disappointing.

Worse, unlike a pictographic icon, nothing is memorable to a novice by ctrl-a or press 5 for ...? This is annoying especially in study away from the screen that further diminishes hope of memory retention.

To suggest learning shortcuts and add them as an appendix or beside the currently undisplayed and unmentioned icon would be an improvement, but currently the GUI, designed to make a program intuitive and easier to learn, seems ignored at every opportunity. For a book which is aimed at new users this is frankly bizarre.
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Introducing Autodesk Maya 2013 (Autodesk Official Training Guides) by Dariush Derakhshani (Paperback - 26 April 2012)
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