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From the Back Cover

When you need the ultimate reference to the ultimate desktop publishing software, this is the place to turn. Acknowledged Quark master David Blatner provides comprehensive coverage of everything Quark: using the Tool palette, building a document, working with graphics, adjusting color, and more. Even better, this best-selling classic has been updated to cover all that's new in what promises to be a significant update: native support for Mac OS X and Windows XP, an enhanced Undo feature, full-resolution preview of on-screen images, reorganized menus, new commands, and more. In friendly, easy-to-read style, David offers an indispensable collection of industrial-strength tips and tricks, as well as in-depth discussions of the core concepts that drive QuarkXPress use in the real world. Whether you're new to QuarkXPress and need a thorough grounding or an old hand looking to get up to speed quickly on all of its new features, you'll find what you need here.

About the Author

QuarkXPress, InDesign, and Photoshop expert David Blatner has written or co-written numerous books, including QuarkXPress Power Shortcuts; Real World Adobe Photoshop 7; Real World InDesign 2; and the previous editions of this best-selling

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press (October 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321199596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321199591
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,661,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Blatner is the author of 15 books, translated into 14 languages with over a half-million copies in print, including "Spectrums," "The Joy of Pi," "Real World InDesign," and "The Flying Book." As an expert on digital publishing, he has lectured in five continents over the past two decades. He and his wife and two sons live, explore, and write outside Seattle, Washington.

Customer Reviews

I did like the general way it is written in a casual but professional style.
dela
Or if your looking for information on page numbers, the actual text that deals with them falls between the pages stated in the index.
B. Barbato
If you are buying this book as a reference book, then you may want to skip this one and purchase another one.
Wendy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Concepcion on October 31, 2004
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I've been a Quark authorized trainer since 1994, and a Quark-using designer since a couple years before that, and there is no way I could use this program to its fullest extent without a current version of Blatner's QuarkXPress book at my side.

Though Blatner is writing a lot about InDesign now, he is still the acknowledged Quark expert in the field. His book goes into detail on every nook and cranny in the program, with copious, well-annotated screen shots throughout. (And contrary to another reviewers griping about figures seldom being on the same page where they're cited, that's totally wrong -- the opposite is true. Just look at the "look inside" excerpt that Amazon provides right here. I flipped through my copy and found that only once in a while are figures are on the next page. And in that case, big whoop! Don't know what's up with that guy.)

I like how he carries on a conversational tone even in the screen shots, like he's sitting next to you showing you stuff. For example on pg. 265 he goes through a series of 6 screen shots showing the same 2 blocks of text that were set on a master, modified on the doc page, then modified on the master and what happens to them subsequently on the doc page. How doc items can remain "partially" linked to their master page sources -- an item link vs. a content link -- are one of the most difficult things to teach let alone understand. But he takes his time with each shot, explaining what's happening and why (for #4 in the series of 6 shots: "Because I broke the item link for the second box, it doesn't get updated. The first box is updated because only the content link had been broken.")

I think if you ask any seasoned Quark user which book they *must* have, they'll tell you it's Blatner's.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Barbato on August 2, 2004
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Using this book as a reference is a nightmare. As far as I can tell the index has no correlation between itself and the rest of the book. For example if your looking for info on null boxes the index shows you to a page about bezier curves. Or if your looking for information on page numbers, the actual text that deals with them falls between the pages stated in the index. Now if you can find the specific item your looking for there is usaually some good info there. However I find it more frustrating than helpful.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2004
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If you have to put up with the quirks in Quark, then David Blatner's book is essential. I don't know him, have nothing to do with his book, but I do know he's a heck of an instructor and writer. Quark (the company) is useless when you need help. Quark is an average software made good by Blatner's book. He's the Lynda Weinman of Quark. Get it. You'll be elated that you did.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on January 19, 2005
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I bought this book because I was very happy with Blatner's Real World Quark 4 book. However, when I got this one, the index did not match the book at all. So I returned it to Amazon with instructions for a replacement book with the correct index. I received the second book and its index was incorrect too. So beware! If you are buying this book as a reference book, then you may want to skip this one and purchase another one.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry A. Stark on May 5, 2004
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First let me say this is a great book of information. One can find it very useful and apply the authors techniques just fine.
Having said that it's very annoying to read and use as a reference.
Fist issue is it's BULK (3 actually 2.98 pounds for my copy) and the size 9.5 x 7.5 x 1.875. With over 900 pages (908) there is a lot of redundancy and extraneous reading.This is a Two Handed Whopper to hold. Which makes it difficult to use at the computer unless you have a big desk to hold it for you.
Next issue is that the author references Figures constantly. They give the reader a great visual of what he's intending you to see however: The page he references you to SEE a figure on is more often than not on the page that the figure is on.
IE on page 441 he tells you to: (see Figure 7-14). You will find Figure 7-14 on page 442 but that figure is on the page behind what your reading. So now your turning the page to look at the figure only to have to go back to the previous page to keep reading. The reader will find this in almost every instance ... notice I said ALMOST ... because there were a FEW instances where the figure was actually on the page I was reading ... but not very often.
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