Computer Book Reviews

The Internet Writing Journal, May 2002

10 Minute Guide to Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition by Shelley O'Hara

Que, February, 2002
Paperback, 180 pages
ISBN: 0789727374
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10 Minute Guide to Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
 by Shelley O'Hara This handy, quick reference book contains concise solutions and instructions for using Windows XP and solving common problems. Authored by Windows expert Shelly O'Hara (the author of over 100 computer books), the book is well-organized and full of great advice and tips. The book is full of short lessons that are designed to last ten minutes or less. The lessons cover subjects like navigating folders, searching for documents, adding a printer, setting up your email account, browsing the Internet, using a scanner, sending a fax, customizing the desk top, uninstalling programs, using disk tools and home networking. This guide is best suited for users who already have some knowledge of the Windows environment. It might appeal most to users upgrading from an earlier version of Windows that do not need or want a large textbook to teach them how to accomplish tasks they are already familiar with. The book focuses on the most common Windows XP tasks -- for more complex procedures, a more detailed reference will be required.

Photoshop 6 Shop Manual by Donnie O'Quinn

New Riders, 2001
Trade Paperback, 1070 pages.
ISBN: 0735711305
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Photoshop 6 Shop Manual
 by Donnie O'Quinn Donnie O'Quinn, an author, graphics consultant and trainer, is well known for his popular Photoshop in a Nutshell series that was published by O'Reilly and Associates. This book picks up where the Photoshop in a Nutshell books left of and starts a new series for Photoshop users. The Shop Manual teaches users how to use and understand each aspect of Photoshop's interface and functions in complete detail. Every filter, palette and tool available in Photoshop is covered with advice about how to use them, advantages and disadvantages in using them, commonly made mistakes and inside tips.

Quinn has done a superb job of organizing this reference book, which contains lists and descriptions for each Photoshop tool with suggestions on what tools to use and cross-references to other sections in the book. The book also includes detailed instruction on Photoshop techniques and a section which contains a handy list of Mac and Windows keyboard shortcuts. This is an information-packed guide to Photoshop 6 that leaves no Photoshop tool unexplored. With the Shop Manual at your side you'll become a Photoshop Pro in no time at all.

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