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InDesign CS5 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide 1st Edition

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Adobe InDesign CS5 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide highlights the important new features, as well as covering the ones readers have relied on in previous versions of InDesign. Complete coverage of InDesign CS5's new features includes: tools for interactive documents, including the new animation panel; simplified object selection; multiple page sizes; track text changes; new layers panel, live captions; production enhancements, and print to digital capability. Using the task-based, visual approach that readers count on in the Visual QuickStart Guides, this volume introduces readers to all aspects of InDesign CS5. Users will learn how to create and automate documents, import and style text and objects, manage long documents, export files for a wide variety of purposes, and much more.

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Product Details

  • Series: Visual QuickStart Guide
  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (August 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321705203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321705204
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DebMerr on April 30, 2011
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As a professional InDesign trainer, I used 75 copies of this book - purchased from Amazon - during my training seminars this month.
The black and white format allows adult learners to effectively make notes and mark up important items with a red pen.

With a background in graphic design, I appreciate the clean 2 column pages, large and plentiful screen captures and indented step by step instructions. Adequate white space avoids overwhelming visual clutter typical of other books.

A consistent thread of lighthearted reference to the Wizard of Oz in graphic examples keeps you smiling while learning the software.

Sandee Cohen is an expert in InDesign, graphic design, technical writing and teaching this material - a winning combination.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gerard on January 23, 2011
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I use In-Design and have found this to be a great quick reference guide to help when you have a question. It is also great to review before you purchase In-Deisgn so you know what it can do. I recommend this to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louis P. Solomon on November 28, 2011
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The author did a superb job of focusing her information in an orderly manner, and then presenting it using two techniques which make it virtually impossible to not understand the process. First, on one half of the page she gives you the Commands and Actions required; Second she shows you on the second half of the page images of what you should select. I find that this book is clear, precise, and extremely valuable, certainly for the new user of InDesign. Finally, she provides a detailed, carefully presented Index so you can find solutions to the problems you wish to solve. I recommend this book without reservations, and find the price very reasonable InDesign CS5 for Macintosh and Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual Quickstart Guides)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kamuela on September 14, 2014
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Pretty good, very detailed. "quick" is something of a misnomer. On the other hand, EVERYTHING i want to know about InDesign is there, and stuff I never thought of. A great reference, not a good choice if you're not already up to speed on InDesign.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F.C. on June 6, 2011
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Two complaints I have read about this book are that it has no color pictures and that it tells you little about design. The reasons are as follows. This is a $20 book that is packed with functional information. It has an enormous amount of information in regard to the use and function of InDesign. Add color and you are adding ten to fifteen bucks to the price and getting the same information. The illustrations are slightly low resolution, but they are still perfectly clear as to relay specific information.

This book is not a book on design. There are many great books on design, many are expensive, and they have great, high resolution, illustrations and photo's. This book is here to show you how to use InDesign. It assumes you already know how to design.

I am an experienced designer and really appreciate the information in this inexpensive book. I use it as a reference on the new features, and to refresh myself on older features I may not use every day.

This Quick Start guide is a very good reference and a great guide to getting started. Just as the title states.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Buse on January 28, 2014
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Most of my work centers on writing, but when I need to generate anything withInDesign, this book serves as a handy reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Fusco on January 11, 2013
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Although I have used InDesign for years, I buy the QuickStart Guide after every version of the program is published to stay up to date and learn what ever has changed and improved in the program quickly. Because of it's design I can skip around to what I need brushing up on quickly. I also use the Quick Start Guide for other programs as well because I don't want wordly lengthy explainations of stuff I mostly already know about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael M. Newman on June 27, 2014
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I am a Photoshop users but didn't know InDesign at all. I downloaded the Kindle edition of this book three hours ago and I am starting my first document. Any software this powerful will require some learning. This book makes it less painful with clear instruction and graphics. I recommend it.
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