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  • Paperback: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (22 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470119381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470119389
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 5.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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"It features plenty of helpful screenshots and tips to help you get the most from the package." ( Twohundredby200, October 2007)

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Publish anything in print or online here′s the whole story

Whether you′re designing a complete book, creating an eye–catching ad, or producing your own newsletter, InDesign can make the job easier and more professional. More than a software how–to, this essential reference guides you through the complete process of publishing a document from start to finish. If you′re a veteran of previous versions, here′s the fast track to every upgrade; if you′re a recent InDesign convert, everything you need to get going is right here.

  • Develop stunning layouts using the new lighting effects
  • Create flexible business documents with text variables, TOCs, and more

  • Apply rich formatting to text and tables with enhanced style and typography tools

  • Build Web pages and eBook files to refine in your Web editor

  • Simplify workgroup operations with InCopy

Apply colors and gradients with quick and easy methods

Choose from a variety of effects to get exactly the right look

Manipulate text and images with expert attention to detail

Companion Web site
Visit for additional tools, updates, resources, tips, and more.

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Format: Paperback
After getting this book and after reading various reviews I was looking forward to getting my teeth into InDesign CS3as I use it at work.
This book is not for the novice (Me).
It is very detailed in it's explanation of terms and is aligned at the user who has a good working knowledge of InDesign CS3 .
This is not for the feint hearted as it is a very thick book 988 pages.
I'm sure after 12 months I may be able to purchase this again and use the knowledge contained init to brush up my InDesign knowledge.
As for now, it has been returned as it is far too complex for me.
Other users may find it it great and give it 5 stars, me, 2 stars as it is too complicated and long winded.
Have bought InDesign CS3 Visual Quickstart Guise by Sandee Cohen (Easier, less detailed and a very good reference book).
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It is a great book, that was sent in time and packed diligently against rain and shock should it fall down. It is a valuable inspiration for dealing with the programme and it really takes its time to browse through its wealth of pages. I am very glad, that somebody took the trouble to keep it in shape and was so kind to sell it now.
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I bought this book after reading the reviews on this site and have come to the conclusion that they must have been planted by the publishers. Be warned of the following:
1. This book is not for beginners (me).
2. This book seems to contain inconsistencies, even in the quick start section (I have not been able to get past it).
3. You will not be able to read the quick start section and go to that job interview the next day and demonstrate an ability to use Indesign (as the book promises - I cancelled the interview).
4. The screenshots are almost entirely in poor quality b&w and you need to have 50/50 magnifying vision to see them - preferably with a high-powered light box!
5. That being said, if I ever do find a manual to teach me the basics, no doubt I will visit this massive volume from time to time for reference.
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I recently took delivery of the subject book and I have slowly mulling over 988 pages of information relating to InDesign, a page layout application. In the past I have always made use of word processor, which has limited page layout capabilities. I was surprised by power and flexibility of InDesign. Adobe® InDesign® CS3 Bible takes up where the User Guide leaves. The book adds some some pretty useful and techniques to the User Guide. What I believe to be missing is a Glossary and "Function Location Maps". I have a fun and, I hope weekend. This is truly an excellent book like the other books in CS3 family
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One more amazing Bible - reference that you can't miss (Adobe InDesign CS3) 14 Oct. 2007
By Lana - Published on
Format: Paperback
With no exception this book is other great and complete InDesign (CS3) reference from Galen Gruman and Wiley Publishing.

For whom is this book? Really, for very wide auditory of InDesign users. I can recommend this books to people who consider themselves as beginners or advanced users of this program. This books will be also helpful to any designer making the switch from QuarkXpress to InDesign. Using the side-by-side comparison of features is much faster than trying to find the answers online, because in order to look up how to do something, you have to know what it's called in InDesign. With this book, you don't.

In fact, Bibles are the most convenient form of explaining of what software does that I've ever seen.
You have all information under your hand in any time of night and day. And users of Microsoft Vista will be very exited as book stays up-to-date. Book is written as for Windows users, as for Macintosh ones.

This Bible will sit next to you all day long. You can read it front to back and use it as a reference during your projects. And this book is worth it if you have or plan to purchase CS3, upgrade to CS3 or want to know more about InDesign CS3.

This book represents an excellent value. You will find anything you wanna in this book: starting from creating frames and using tables, applying color, special effects, working with images, master pages, using grids, and guides, shapes up to small color management course and output fundamentals.

If you just started with InDesign, most likely you not familiar with such terms as "leading", "kerning", "bleeds", "slugs" or other typographical terms mean, but you won't be lost in the jargon any longer. This book will bring you on right level with fine explanations.

End of the book represents summary of what we found out in whole book. Or from other hand maybe it's exactly the place to start read this book for people who just switched from QuarkXPress or PageMaker to InDesign. You can also in once to remember the most usable short cuts that will save you a plenty of time in future (in real there is 10 pages of short cuts but just start from couple and in time you will remember them all).

The most easy way to study yourself smth - just to start. Make some fake project for yourself and how to make it - this book will tell you. And i'm sure that after a couple of projects you will feel yourself almost a pro in InDesign CS3 (previous and versions that will follow, because main part of using program you will already know as 2x2).

I advice you also to pay attention to end of book to chapter number VIII and IX. If you familiar a bit with programming you will see the true value in chapter number X.

So, if you searching for good InDesign CS3 reference, put your finger on this Bible.

P.S. - If you just came from QuarkXpress, i would also recommend you other book of Galen Gruman "QuarkXPress to InDesign: Face to Face"
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far worth every penny and more - tremendous resource 27 Aug. 2007
By Mark T. Nelson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I knew very little about Indesign CS3 when I purchased this book. Easy to read, extremely well-organized and cross-referenced, this in-depth book gave me everything I need to take a document from "File-Open" to Printing production. The author writes in a clear and, surprisingly, engaging style (because long books about computer programs often work better than Narcotics to help you fall asleep). I learned priceless secrets as well as indispensable basics - I will read it again and again to pick up on more and more good, solid material that will continue to help me grow as a desktop publisher. I recommend this book without reservation!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars overall pretty good 25 July 2007
By yoggie epsony - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book has been a pretty good help to me. It helped me learn the program even before I got a copy of it. It is set up for just about any level of experience with the program and is organized into labeled chapters so you can skip any content that you already know or will never use (which may happen a lot if you are not a completely serious publisher). But I think this is a good help for me and I plan to keep it and use for future references with the program.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but lacking 7 Dec. 2008
By Amy S. Vastola - Published on
Format: Paperback
As noted, it's a fine reference, but that assumes that you are up to speed and just need to refresh on a feature. However, if you need to learn InDesign, save yourself lots of cash and buy the user guide from Adobe, they sell it for TWELVE dollars and it is comprehensive and designed for the new learner. Microsoft has trained us all by now not to look at the vendor documentation, but as we know, Adobe is another universe, buy their hard copy guide for a great start with InDesign.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In-depth reference for Print Output 16 May 2008
By MODkoko - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book had the most in-depth reference for output, which is the information I was looking for. Other books that are in the market are gear toward chapter by chapter 'training', and does not cover this information extensively like the Bible does. The Bible explains print output for your printer as well as for commercial printing, basic and advance output set up with explanation of what each set up do and what to do to get the results you want. This is a great reference for design/print professionals who are new to the field as well as experts.
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