Series: Adobe Creative Suite
Paperback: 784 pages
Publisher: Course Technology; 1 edition (September 3, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 9.1 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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My review isn't based on the content of the text, I want to say that up front. I ordered this book twice from . The first time the disc with the student files used during the chapter lessons was cracked. I sent it back and ordered another copy. The disc in the second copy would not work. I'm sent that copy back to and resorted to buying this at the school bookstore. The disc in the copy purchased from the bookstore worked, but only on my PC. On the outside of the disc, it lists the system requirements for both PC and Mac. As my CS5 software is on my Mac only, I called tech support and was told the disc was only for PC. The misinformation is incredibly irritating. They shouldn't list Mac if the disc isn't compatible!Tech support for this textbook isn't great. When I called about a replacement disc after receiving the cracked disc, I was told that they can't send me a disc as they are serviced by a third party, and since I did not purchase the book directly from them, I would have to return everything to . After calling a second time for the second and subsequently third books I ordered I was told they do not have a disc compatible for Mac and the only thing I could do was use my PC and copy the data files on to a flash or disc and move them over to the Mac. This did work. Also the rep admitted to not knowing Mac and couldn't really help me there. He suggested I hit "esc" on the Mac when the disc is trying to load, which would prevent the Mac from spitting it out after three failed attempts at trying to read it. He said the disc would pop up on my desktop and I could drag the data files from there. I tried this and while it did stop my Mac from ejecting the disc, nothing popped up on the desktop.After reading the other two comments on this text, I'm thinking it's an epic fail.
This is a terrible Textbook! The book gives very little help in understanding the material. The lessons are too complicated and not well thought out for relating how and where to find the material to answer the lesson questions. Believe it or not I am a A student in E business and this the was the most confusing book yet. The book needs to be smaller and more condensed to focus on only one part of CS5 instead of 5 Topic, as usual the authors like to load lots of material into one book instead of specializing and going into depth with one subject which is what in needed. Hint ...slow down hint..give more examples Hint... give a tutorial for each lesson a the student does the material!!! Adobe is complicated to begin with . Do not buy book until authors get it right. Of course the authors will probably never read this, if so please share your comments. I would like to know why you think you did such a good job??
There is a dearth of books out for Fireworks CS5. I bought this book on the off-chance that it had a good section on Fireworks CS5--it doesn't. The only books I could find for Fireworks CS5 are Adobe's two "Classroom in a Book" books. This is the 2nd "Revealed Web Collection" books I bought, and both books are cr*p. Invest in Lynda.com instead.
When the book arrived, the CD was already cracked in half. I attribute this to the flimsiness of the book and CD sleeve. If a publisher wants to include a CD as part of their product, they should design the packaging in a way that protects the CD.As for the material itself, there is nothing in this book that goes beyond the many tutorials that can be found online for free. I suggest avoiding this book if at all possible and looking elsewhere for your CS5 learning needs.
This book isn't worth even a quarter of the cost. $100? Seriously? These are the absolute worst textbooks ever written. They are designed to rush you through a course by following steps with no context; no real understanding of what's going on. This type of instructional writing is dangerous and I'm hugely offended by the incredibly outrageous price. I HAD to buy it for a course, and really regret it. DO yourself a favor and steer clear of THOMPSON Course technology and any authors employed by them. Garbage.
This book is well written and my teacher follows it to a T.It is easy to understand and to follow. It have good examples and shows you what the review is suppose to look like.
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