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About the Author

James Karney has over 30 years experience as an award-winning professional photographer and teacher. He started as a wedding apprentice in high school and has worked as a photojournalist, medical photographer, studio photographer, and served four years as a US Marine Corps photographer. He developed and taught the 18-month photography certificate program at South Georgia Tech. He is an accomplished computer journalist, whose work has appeared in PC Magazine, Windows Magazine, Computer Shopper, and Internet World. His books include The Official Photodex Guide to ProShow, Mastering Digital Wedding Photography (Named a Book of the Year by Shutterbug Magazine), the Golden-Lee bestseller Upgrade and Maintain Your PC, The Power of CorelDRAW, and the Microsoft Press Training Kit for A+ Certification. He is a graduate of the US Navy Photographic School, and holds a bachelors degree in Communications from Excelsior College as well as a master of science in Computer Technology from Nova Southeastern University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (May 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598634089
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598634082
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,196,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Karney is an accomplished computer journalist, authoring articles and reviews in PC Magazine, Windows Magazine, Computer Shopper and Internet World. His books include the Golden-Lee best-seller 'Upgrade and maintain Your PC', 'Mastering Digital Wedding Photography', 'The Power of CorelDRAW', 'The Power of PowerPoint', and the Microsoft Press 'Training Kit for A+ Certification'.

Mr. Karney's classroom career includes teaching Computer Science and Graphics at the college level, developing and teaching the 18-month photography accredited certificate program at South Georgia Tech, authoring college courseware on website design and management, and producing technical training for the US Department of Energy and the Navy Printing and Publishing Service.

His formal training includes a Master of Science in Computer Technology from Nova Southeastern University, a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Excelsior College, and he is a graduate of the US Navy Photographic School.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By William Lane on August 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have used ProShow Gold for years and love it. I have produced dozens of slide shows for travel and photo clubs and have produced DVDs for sale with the program. This book is a total mess, just not useful. So many problems, where to begin. Each should be corrected in a totally revised version.
1. The book is a giant sales pitch for the much more expensive Producer version of the program. One cannot get past chapter 5 without Producer. The book should have been divided into sections with the beginning explaining common features of ProShow Gold and Producer. The end of the book could discuss features unique to Producer.
2. The CD files that come with the book are very frustrating to get to play with Windows Vista. There is no explanation of how to get them to play.
3. Many of the features of Gold are not mentioned. This book is of little help to a beginner. Many of the check boxes, choices and methods to produce slide shows are ignored or not explained in enough detail.
4. The book totally ignores how to deal with big digital photo files and small amount of computer RAM. Many will overload their computers unless they first convert photos to lower resolution. A resolution of say 1000 to 1500 pixels across is all that is needed. I convert my photos first before construction big slide shows.
5. The book ignores techniques for using adjacent copies of slides to produce creative motion effects. Again, it is a sale pitch for the more expensive Producer version without showing how to do great shows with the less expensive Gold version.
6. The book goes into great detail of moving boxes with the Producer version, showing how to create mind numbing multiple boxes, motion, zooms within boxes and frames and moving text all on one screen.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David C. Finton on July 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is loaded with highly detailed explanations of very technical operations, but it is also loaded with many typographical and spelling errors, incomplete or incorrect references, illustration errors, missing or vague instruction details, etc. After my first week with the book, I was thoroughly frustrated and mentally whipped from having to track down and verify all of the errors and dig through the software to make certain I understood the point the author was attempting to make. It is as if the editing phase never occurred - it certainly appears that the book was rushed prematurely to production before it was ready. Additionally, even though the book is touted as being appropriate for both ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer users, 5 of the chapters (almost half the book) are devoted exclusively to Producer and are worthless for those of us who had purchased ProShow Gold. Had I bought the book locally, I might have requested a refund.

A second printing of the book has been promised, with corrections incorporated. Hopefully the problems I encountered will have been resolved, and corrections/updates made available to those of us who purchased the first printing. (I have received .PDF files from other authors with updates to their publications.)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 19, 2008
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It's rare in the technical "how-to" genre to find a book as well done as this one. It truly is awesome.

Photodex ProShow has long been one of the staples for those who produce or wanted to produce high-class slide shows. Over the years, the product, along with everything else it seems, tended more and more toward becoming a multimedia platform. A few years back, this trend reached fruition in the immensely powerful ProShow Producer.

The problem was that both programs had more power than was adequately explained in the supplied help files. Don't get me wrong: Photodex provided great help files (as well as great support). It's just that programs, particularly ProShow Producer are capable of so much.

At last to the rescue comes James Karney with this masterpiece of a "how-to" book.

Every aspect of using ProShow Gold and ProShow Producer is explained through text and examples on the supplied CD. Karney explains his goal on the first page of the introduction: ProShow is "easy to use", but hard to master. "The novice can create a slide show in a minutes, but crafting a real multimedia production requires learning how to use special effects, keyframes, and output formats." Karney covers all these subjects and far more in 13 chapters and 340 pages.

As someone in the industry who must read dozens of technical books of the "how-to" variety, I know that most of the titles are just adequate and many are awful. It is truly refreshing to encounter someone like Karney who not only truly mastered his subject instead of just recycling the help file, but can also write. This is his 24th book.

Karney begins with the basics and then builds step-by-step into more elaborate productions using more and more of ProShow's features.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Ashbrook on June 10, 2008
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I've been using Proshow Gold and Producer for some time now and I found this book to be excellent for both beginners and those more advanced. Not only do you learn how to use the tools but you get good ideas on the artistic way to use these tools by seeing the various shows that are on the included CD. An experienced Gold user said "The deeper I get into Pro Show Gold and the book I find significant advantages to Producer."
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