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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction but needs attention to detail, 14 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Adobe InDesign CS6 Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book (Adobe)) (Paperback)
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.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2012 16:04:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Dec 2012 16:05:06 GMT
Anita says:
If you're still having trouble remembering features of this software package, I would suggest you purchase InDesign CS6 Visual Quickstart Guide by Sandee Cohen. It's an excellent reference book and takes the reader into the nitty gritty of the software. There's also a video on sale entitled: Adobe InDesign CS6 - Learn by Video_Video2Brain. Both teachers are excellent and I can highly recommend you take a look at these aids. Hope this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2012 16:24:46 GMT
Thank you so much for the recommendations, Anita... this kind of exchange really adds value to Amazon, and I appreciate your time and thoughtfulness.

Posted on 15 Apr 2013 12:09:21 BDT
P. Greasby says:
I agree with the reviewer here. A teach-yourself style guide must be accurate and error-free. It must also be designed to maximise retention (stickiness) and I believe most books fail here. I am always interested in whether a book goes through logically by features or focuses on different workflows. The latter is, in my opinion, far more preferable as you put lessons into practice and in context. I am reading your review because I am investing in the three tools I use most often; InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Your review has made me consider whether I should splash out on this or look elsewhere, which to be honest is a positive. One comment I would like to make regarding your review is that on occasions where an error appears in a tutorial I find resolving the issue myself, while frustrating, does reinforce what I've learned more effectively. I am not condoning this of course, and really publishers should test books with a typical audience not just proof read them.
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