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Real World FreeHand 8 Paperback – 23 Jun 1999
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From the Back Cover
The earlier editions of Real World FreeHand won international acclaim and awards for their friendly, approachable style and clear descriptions of the workings of FreeHand, covering topics from the most basic (how to draw a line) to the most advanced (how to add new tools and options to the program itself).
Real World FreeHand 8 has the same goals: to provide clear, solid explanations of the basics; to make the most advanced techniques accessible to even the least experienced Macromedia FreeHand users; and to explain every tool and procedure from the point of view of the graphic arts professional. This new cross-platform edition also covers in depth FreeHand's new transparent lenses and its Web graphics creation features. And as with the earlier editions, Kvern's humor and engaging style make, as one reviewer put it, "learning this complex program almost as much fun as using it."
About the Author
Olav Martin Kavern designed documentation at the Aldus software firm before becoming one of the engineering designers of PageMaker 5. After leaving Aldus, he helped design and develop the new business drawing program, Visio from Shapeware. He has written for Macworld, Publish, and Personal Publishing and writes "Desktop Science," a regular column for Adobe magazine. With Steve Roth, he wrote the ground-breaking Real World PageMaker (Random House). In addition, Olav has designed many other books in the Peachpit catalog, and he has won dozens of awards for book design and illustration. Olav resides in Seattle.
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
But it's still a good book.
5 July 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
It's about the only resource you have left today, if you want to use this old SW Tool left-over from yester-year. But it's still a good book.
Simply the best
9 August 2002 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
Still the best FreeHand book on the market. Even though it would appear to be dated, as version 8.0 is now two version points behind (soon to be three in November 2002), Real World FreeHand 8 captures the software at what was an obvious peak; well-developed enough to stifle cries of quirkiness, the obvious superiority and power of this mighty software was free to emerge. FreeHand was The Daddy. Before the web, before it was bundled with Flash, before they changed the pen tool...but after they...the software really hasn't changed much since v.8, actually. Except for the pen tool, that is. (Kvern didn't offer a v.9 or a v.10 of his book.) Kvern is easily the best writer of third-party computer manuals EVER. An incredible knowledge of the software, it's history and utility with enough distance to be subjective and, at times, thorny, Kvern also speaks credibly though not obtrusively about his experience as a professional illustrator/designer. Definitely add writer to the list; Kvern makes his p.o.v. clear (he loves scripting! he encourages you to manually edit preference files!) and avoids the usual flat, obvious, dull attempts at humour that are killing this genre. It made me go back to FreeHand 8 while I wait to see whether the initials MX will prove to be a viable future for this once great and might app or RIP for FreeHand. While the recent developers of FreeHand have often seemed like dull, flat-footed, primitive, dull, unimaginative, erm, hopeless morons incapable of taking a right turn with the software, Kvern makes you believe in the possibilities. Don't miss his books on InDesign either!
The best book available
25 March 1999 - Published on Amazon.com
11 people found this helpful.
As an author in the process of writing a textbook on FreeHand for Delmar Publishing (due out in 10/99), I have to say that at the present time Olav's book is the only one given a positive review by any of my students.