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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QuarkXPress 6 for Windows and Macintosh (Visual QuickStart Guide)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Have you ever read the dictionary cover to cover?


Reading this book in order to learn QuarkXpress is akin to reading the dictionary cover to cover in order to learn the English language. Can it be done? Maybe. But it is not recommended.

This book may be useful as a detailed reference guide on a given subject but it should not be used to learn Quark. After attempting to read this book cover to cover for 70+ pages I had to put it down and find another quick start book to learn Quark.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside SolidWorks
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: David Murray
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not Worth the Effort to Read


This book is full of errors when it comes to SolidWorks 2003. Not only that, it attempts to present long involved lectures about the functionality that I guess you're supposed to memorize. It offers page after page of "how to's" instead of practice in real usage. One feels the author was too lazy to create a real world set of examples and instead loves to hear himself expound on his CAD knowledge (which sadly is very faulty).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside SolidWorks
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: David Murray
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
From no previous experience to expert in 3 weeks!


Unbelievably easy quick-start with solid model-type CAD systems. I am a typical Silicon Valley engineer who never touched a CAD system before in my life and whose employer dumped a very complex "Design it- build it- and get it running in 5 weeks" job involving a very complex chemical reactor assembly. Within three weeks of receiving Inside SolidWorks I was designing very complicated solid parts and assemblies of parts that machinists could actually understand! Actual parts all assembled just like in the computer with not even one single error!
13 chapters, 480 pages. Read the first 90 pages as an introduction to "what the software expects from the user." Then complete the design tutorial in chapter 4, 33 more pages. You actually need no more help from this point on...you'll get the hang of it by then. Use the remaining 9 chapters merely as reference as you rip through your design projects. The key to learning fast is to already have a pretty complicated design project that you have to complete when you sit down to learn SolidWorks.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art of Photoshop
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Daniel Giordan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great book...breaks the mold.


Wow..what a beautiful book. The author has created some very artistic images, which he uses to teach advanced technique. He also documents exactly how each image was created, giving a glimpse into the creative process. He has posted all of the source images at his website so that readers can follow along with each step. Most Photoshop instruction books use sample images that are functional or utilitarian at best. This one stands apart.
In addition, the book itself is beautifully designed..it takes more advantage of its 4 color printing process than any book i've seen. It's a feast for the eyes, informative, and it makes me want to jump into my own work with recklss abandon. Who could ask for more?