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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book


I would recommend this book to anyone that needs to script for NT. I just wish that it came with a PDF or HTML format so I could have it on my laptop at all times! Tim Hill has done a great job in bringing it all together in one concise, yet complete volume. A MUST have for NT Admins!!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Robert Penner's Programming Macromedia Flash MX
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Robert Penner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Math, physics, and movement all in one place


Math, physics, and movement all in one place. Flash Designers and Developers have been waiting for a reference book like this for a long time.
Robert's style of coding is clean, optimized, and organized... habits that his approach and reasoning instill in all of his readers.
A must have.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise Solution Patterns Using Microsoft .Net: Version 2.0 : Patterns & Practices
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Must read for an Architect (.NET, Windows, Microsoft)


This is a very good book for an architect who designs Microsoft platform based solutions or integrates legacy solutions with Microsoft platform. The electronic version of this book is available on MSDN online. I found it after I bought this book, but I did not regret it.
The examples of the pattern implementations are not comprehensive, but they are a good start. I like this book, because it put many concepts and design paradigms together.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements One-Click Wow! (3rd Edition) (One-Click Wow)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jack Davis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Why reinvent the wheel?


Alright, all you Photoshop and Photoshop Elements geeks, here's a way to truly amaze your friends with your hidden artistic talents. No longer will you have to spend hours experimenting or following intricate step-by-step directions in other expensive and wordy books to create professional effects with photos, types and graphics. With One-Click Now!, all it takes is a click of the mouse to create stunning effects that will make you an instant PS artist! No kidding! And the price is right! With AAUG's 20% discount at Peachpit Press, this book and CD costs less than $25!

This is the third edition of the popular One-Click Wow! series by Jack Davis and it works with Photoshop Elements 2 and 3. Looks can be deceiving: the "book" is only 97 pages long, and only 21 pages are tutorial text, the rest are full color samples and explanations of the styles that are on the CD. The treasure lies in the CD that accompanies the book as it contains over 300 custom styles that can be applied with a click of the mouse to create remarkable effects.

The instructions are easy to follow. One-Clock Wow! is copied into the Presets folder in Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 or 3. To start using the layer styles, open PSElements, under "Widow" open the "Styles and Effects" palette and then a menu listing of the "WowPSE" effects will appear. There are 21 categories of effects: Edge Styles, Frame Styless, Tint FX Styles, Color FX Styles, Darkroom Styles, Grain Styles, Texture Styles, Chrome Styles, Metal Styles, Glass Styles,, Gem Styles, Plastic Styles, Wood Styles, Rock Styles, Organic Styles, Fabric Styles, Stroke Styles, Halo Styles, Glow Styles, Button Styles, Overlay Styles. Figuring out which style to apply to ehance your photo, text or graphic can be done through experimenting with the many layers of each style. Better yet, consult the book to see samples of each style. The book divides styles into three categories: Styles for Photos, Styles for Type and Graphics and Other WOW! Presets. In each category there are samples to save you the trial-and-error effort. Layer styles can be combined and also modified to create an almost endless array of effects to jazz up your photos, put zest into your text or create eye-popping effects. The book presents many examples of combined layers that show the versatility of PSElements. I spent hours recreating samples that were provided in the book and experimenting. I caution you to be judicious in the use of your color printer to see your handiwork as you can use up expensive cartridges quickly!

My one recommendation to improve the book is to simplify the text which explains the samples. The book designer uses a running column of text which makes it a bit challenging to follow. Here is an excerpt from the book:

26 Glow 10 turns the lines of
this logo into neon tubes in the
"off" state. 27 Glow 08 turns
the neon "on." 28 Stroke 18

Here's how I would have preferred it to appear:

26) Glow 10 turns the lines of this
logo into neon tubes in the "off" state.

27) Glow 08 turns the neon "on."

Adobe Photoshop Elements One-Click Wow! is an exceptional value and it will turn any amateur PSElements user into an instant semi-pro. Volunteer to produce a flyer or poster and use a couple of the layer styles included in One-Click Wow! and your friends and co-workers will be amazed by your talents. I know of one professional graphic artist who uses One-Click Wow!, afterall, why reinvent the wheel? For less than $30, you get the entire wheel and a whole lot more!