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Power, Speed & Automation with Adobe Photoshop: (The Digital Imaging Masters Series) Paperback – 27 Jul 2012
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About the Author
Geoff Scott is a Senior Computer Scientist at Adobe Systems, Inc.
Jeffrey Tranberry is an artist turned software developer who has been at Adobe Systems for over 9 years and is currently a Product Manager for Digital Imaging, with a concentration on customer advocacy.
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However, all of the content is taken from, and is directly applicable to, Photoshop CS5. For a book for which the copyright status is given as 2013, this is really problematic; given that Photoshop CS6 has been available as the newest release since the Spring of this year. The same applies to several of the associated applications covered in the book also, such as Adobe Configurator. In this case what the book actually covers is version 2.0 - the 2012-issued software is Configurator 3.0. The book mentions "ScriptingListener" as one of the key Adobe utilities - the newest version is actually available as ScriptListener (and seems to have been called by this name since at least the CS4 era). It does not install in Photoshop CS6 by the same procedure as is given in the book.
Another disappointment is that there is no dedicated website for the book itself. Though there are links provided (at the end of the book) to resources at and associated with Adobe, they do not include the Adobe support forum (for scripting) nor any pointers to independent centers of expertise or downloadable material. Just about every current book which is covering the feature set of Photoshop CS6 in a comprehensive way, for either beginners or advanced users, has a companion CD (even DVDs in some cases) and/or an online repository of example work, projects, etc.
If you are interested in working to improve your skills with automated workflows in Photoshop, this book can be useful. But it does not cover Adobe's newest software, and not so the new initiatives with CS Extensions either. It does not even give the reader (access to) just a few Action samples or Sets which would represent good and current practice in recording a range of multiple use routines or project examples. Overall, as a guide and manual, this book seems best characterized as missing more opportunities than it will assist the reader to create.