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1.0 out of 5 stars Some good lessons spoilt by unnecessary and unchecked errors and omissions, 11 Nov 2013
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As a seasoned web designer, but a beginner to web page animation, this should have been a good way of learning Edge Animate. Unfortunately, the comprehensive content is spoilt by far, far too many errors plus missing, incorrect or ambiguous instructions. The author is certainly at fault for not fully understanding the needs of non-experts who (at least in the early chapters) are likely to be unfamiliar with much of the detail and need, for example, to be told exactly where to find a particular, tiny icon hiding somewhere in a huge workspace. The publisher is also at fault for poor proof reading and, more importantly, not having used non-experts to work their way through the exercises and thereby find any missing or ambiguous steps. This level of checking might be costly for the publisher, but it is after all a very expensive book. One unnecessary error in the first chapter is typical, where the instruction is to press "CTRL+;" when in fact it turns out to be "CTRL+U". In the same instruction, MacOS users are told to press "CTRL" and not "CMD" as it should be and is elsewhere in the book.

Each chapter is given an estimate of how long it should take (typically an hour). Unfortunately, none of the chapters are error free, so you may have to double these suggested times. In one exercise, for example, I spent some 15 minutes and reached the end of a section only to find that the illustration in the book was not what I had on my screen! It was not a simple matter of undoing the last step, but I had to go back to almost the start of the exercise. If you are placid and tranquil by nature, this may not worry you. However, I suspect that many people reading this Classroom in a Book are doing so in order to get up to speed with the program's features as quickly as possible. Unnecessary delays (caused by poor checking before publication) are frustrating.

Perhaps, by the time this book comes to its 3rd printing, the authors/editors will have eliminated most of the errors and omissions. At that stage it would probably deserve 4 or 5 stars. At present, although the table of contents offers so much, the actual exercises fail to live up to the expected standard of the Classroom in a Book series. Don't let me put you off; there is not much competition for this book. Just keep a bottle of tranquilisers by your side, have soothing music or whatever you find helpful to stop you hurling the book across the room in frustration.
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