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Of limited value
on 20 September 2012
The issue with a book such as this is that the software packages to which it relates are occasionally updated and new features are added and methods changed. Were this otherwise true, there would be no need for the two-year cycle of new releases of books for Photoshop and for many other popular software products. When an update is released, and there has been one major update only very recently, the relevant portion of the book loses some of its relevance.
As one who has used most of Nik's products at some time or another, and they all perform their jobs quite well and provide tools otherwise missing from Photoshop or make that task simpler, it will soon become obvious to a new user that most of them share a similar approach and interface. Once you have a familiarity with its products, there is little need to explain them ad infinitum whenever the topic of discussion is changed - once will suffice. The company provide fairly extensive User Guides for each of its products which are downloadable should the printed version be lost from the boxed versions (unless you purchase via download or if they have since ceased to provide them). These guides often extend to 50 or more pages and cover the use of that plug-in, its various controls and options.
There is very little more in this book beyond that information available from within the various guides. Were you to download them and sum the various page lengths, you will arrive at a number not dramatically dissimilar to those of this book. There may be some additional data within, but it is limited and not that easy to locate or identify.
For those for whom downloading a few PDF files is too complex, are who do not have the skills to locate them, then this book will provide a valuable function. Otherwise, I am less sure.