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on 8 October 2009
I work in marketing and had dabbled with most of the CS4 suite, however i never felt that i was utilising much of the potential and was considering working towards becoming a professional designer.

this work books have opend my eyes to some of the possibilities of the software and have increased my confidence and ability to the point where i am now teaching others in the office.

i throughly recomend these books as a stepping stone into design or as a way of improving your understanding and utilisiation of the software.

from these you can then progress to the 'Real world' books from Adobe.
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on 9 January 2014
We enjoy this tv very much, it would help more if we could have a full program of facilities and uses. I know it says to download it from the web but even Toshiba does not name the tv in its repertoire. I suppose it is gueswork.
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on 24 February 2015
These Adobe Digital Cleassroom Books were a must have for my Media Production degree. I would recomend them to anyone wanting to learn any of thew Adobe Products. Fantastic!
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on 18 July 2016
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on 10 January 2015
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on 21 June 2015
Excellent purchase
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on 26 December 2009
The Adobe books are so good. And the product is superb as well. I've been using Adobe since the first release for Windows and now on my Mac wouldn't have anything else
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on 5 May 2009
In order to prevent potential users of this book from being put off by the only other reviewer who gave this book just 1*, I feel I should make the following early observations (although I'm only on chapter 3):

In lesson 2 (p31), you are shown how the Metadata panel in Adobe Bridge can be used to view information about the document, including which version of InDesign was used to create that document. This indicated that the lesson's work file on the CD-ROM was made with version 6 of InDesign, which is CS4. So I didn't suffer the other reviewer's file rejection problem.

I'm not sure which were the `two completely wrong instructions in the text' that upset the other reviewer. What I did find was that in the section in lesson 2 (p33) on using Preflight (the handy utility that monitors your work for potential problems later on), you need to examine the completed work file on the CD, not the start file (which you are working on at that time) in order to spot the errors mentioned in the text. In addition, the text states there are 33 errors when Preflight indicates there are 40. After this, everything seems fine so far.

So why am I giving 5* when I'm only on page 61 (of 406)?

I have previously worked through the InDesign CS2 Classroom in a Book (CIB) on which this CS4 book is based and updated with, thankfully, new work files and a new lesson on `creating rich interactive documents'. This covers (so the Index tells me) adding buttons, page transitions, and hyperlinks, as well as exporting as Adobe PDF or Flash, and converting a print document for online use.

When I was working through the InDesign CS2 CIB I had never used InDesign before. I thought at the time how well written the book was as an instruction manual and really appreciated the real-world examples it used during the lessons.
I've bought many a book and magazine on the strength that it was going to help me achieve something I was having a problem with - frequently only to end up disappointed for some reason. However, whilst reading the CS2 CIB I was able to put the instruction into immediate use as I went along to create a multipage house sale brochure. Stealing layout and formatting ideas from the CIB and using the templates built into Indesign, impressive, professional-looking results came fairly easily. However, I found it helps to know exactly what you wish to write beforehand and then import the text as Word files.

If you're new to InDesign, I'd thoroughly recommend reading the book from the beginning and doing every exercise, or at least from lesson 3 where you create a document from scratch. The CD contains all the files you need. Each chapter is self contained so you could jump around to non-consecutive chapters to read whatever topics are of particular interest to you. This would be useful if you hadn't used the software for a while and needed to brush up on certain areas.

The instruction is thorough without being pedantic, to the point without taking you through mind-numbing menu options, and, as I've already mentioned, the work examples are actually useful, not academic. I voted with my wallet - but then I am a fan of the CIB series.
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on 28 December 2009
If you're migrating from a Word / Pages / Publisher background then this book is an excellent reference as you'll already have a good idea on what most of the features mean - just no idea on how to do them in Indesign! Certainly if you are unfamiliar with the Adobe interface then this certainly sets you on the right track! The UI is very different if you're used to MS Word / Publisher or Pages and as such this book does an excellent of answering the "How do I put some text and change colours / add a drop cap?" type of question. The instructions are clear if somewhat brief and give you a good overview of what each of the panels / buttons do in each area. Thoroughly recommend this book.
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on 10 June 2010
This book is absolutely invaluable. It has opened up a completely new world for me. At first I used it as a reference book, looking up subjects as I needed when a problem arose. Using the book as the author intended has given me a foundation and has spurred me on to keep on learning more. The author's way of teaching takes nothing for granted and leads one on by easy steps, explaining everything. Having been an ardent apostle of Adobe PageMaker, which I have used for many, many years I got into the way of thinking PageMaker only. This programme seems to have taken a 'quantum leap' and, with this book to guide me, along with my assuming the role of a 'beginner', the future is certainly something to look forward to.
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