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on 1 September 2010
I'm old enough to remember when all software came with one or more manuals - actual hardcopy. Nowadays, software for ordinary users is very well-designed and quite intuitive, so you can learn to use it by trial and error. Yet if you want to use powerful software properly, and become an expert with it, you need to read a book. I like the book to be on my desk, made of paper.
This book is on my desk. It is made of paper, and beyond that it is excellent. It is well structured, making it possible either to start learning from scratch or to skip to a section covering a particular problem or technique. I bought it after downloading a trial version of the software, and it taught me enough about special techniques in a day or two to know that I wanted to buy the full product.
Many such books are unbalanced; not this one. The introductory section was a small part of the book, which was good, as I didn't need reminding of some simpler concepts. Many guide books contain little more than such elementary lessons.
Once I got into the body of the book it was full of meaty, practical guidance. I could tell the writer had tackled the kind of problems I have with photos, and I could easily follow the step-by-step approaches to getting the results I wanted. I expect to spend many days absorbed in the process of photo-processing, and the book will always be beside me.
Note: I think the software itself is a bargain, especially with two free software packages that came with it.
I have only one suggestion for the publisher, and I offer it to publishers of all books on practical subjects: offer this book in spiral-bound format. When I'm using a book like this I want it to lie flat, without a flower pot on the edge of one page and a dictionary on the other. (This suggestion applies also to guitar tutorial books, receipe books, DIY books, and many others.) My fee for this piece of consultancy work? - A free copy of the spiral bound edition, thanks.