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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
To the point, fast and thorough


Some of the ideas in this latest work by Scott Kelby are worth the price of the book itself. I wish I had known about these shortcuts to photo enhancement a long time ago. I find this collection of easy yet powerful tips to be even more useful than Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks (another Kelby book I like). Work smart, not hard with The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Mining Cookbook: Modeling Data for Marketing, Risk and Customer Relationship Management
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Olivia Parr Rud
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
a good book, but has mistakes


Generally speaking, it is a good book. Contains a lot of real world examples. and it gets into a lot of details on modeling which you don't normally see in a data mining book. however, some parts of the book were pretty crude. It contains some mistakes. for example, in one chapter the author tries to compare a few repricing scenerios. she compared the account after rate increase with the account before rate increase. and before rate increase, the attrition rate is zero. and it is just not the right way to evaluate a strategy. normally, you would have to compare an account which got a rate raise with the same account as if it didn't receive the increase. and even without the rate increase, the attrition rate down the road can't be zero. normally, you have to use test and control group on this kind of situation. besides, the author made some calculation mistakes in the comparison table. the numbers simply don't add up. Anyway, overall the book is still a nice one if you can absorb all the nice information in it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Flash Enabled: Flash Design and Development for Devices
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Phillip Torrone, Branden Hall, Glenn Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This Book blows you away!


I'm trying to create an application for the pocket pc with flash as the UI. I saw the good reviews and thought I'd give the book a try. Okay, the verdict is in, you must get this book. Did you know that you can do tv commercials and shorts, in flash! This book tells you how. There's also a whole chapter about using flash to commnicate with Java. This means you can extend flash and do things like access databases, etc, etc. I love this book. Buy it!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside LightWave 8
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Dan Ablan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Benchmark


This is the second Inside Lightwave book I have purchased. I also had bought 'Inside Lightwave [6]' years ago and thought it was a great, even indispensible tool for not only learning Lightwave, but also, for picking up techniques I didn't even realize I should know.

'Inside Lightwave [8]' surpasses, even that edition. It's loaded with so much material, both in text and on the DVD-ROM, it's going to take me months to get through it and every minute of that is going to be fun. I've gone through a few chapters already and I really enjoy the tone of the book. It's not dry, it doesn't rush you, and it maintains a perfect balance between not assuming too much from the reader and not being condescending. It appears that author Dan Ablan performed the tutorials as he was writing them, thus enabling him to cover the steps thoroughly and anticipate pitfalls a novice user might fall into.

It is obvious that Dan Ablan really cares about Lightwave and its users. It shows in every sentence in the book and throughout the DVD-ROM. He is also an active participant in the discussion forums and offers Lightwave classes.

If only all software books and manuals were written with such care and thoroughness as this. Thank you Mr. Ablan.