ActionScript 3.0

ActionScript is the programming language integral to the Adobe Technology Platform. It began as a simple scripting language for creating interactivity and animation in Flash, but is now used to create full-featured Web applications, not only in Flash but in Flex. ActionScript 3, introduced with Flex 2, is now a full-fledged object-oriented programming language, and the need for teaching materials, for both newcomers and veterans, is great. This task-based tutorial is for students with no programming experience as well as those programmers who have learned earlier versions of the programming language and now need to learn the new version. The book walks a reader through all the fundamentals, then moves on to creating interactivity, working with data, looping and decision making, programming visualizations, and working with multimedia. It’s a complete end-to-end tutorial.

Joomla!

Joomla! is one of the fastest growing Open Source Content Management Systems on the market today and has won multiple awards since it’s release in 2005. Currently, Joomla! has the largest 3rd party developer and designer community, with over 160,000 current registered users, over 2,000 templates, and 3,000 extensions. This task-based guide to creating, customizing, and maintaining a dynamic Joomla! 1.5 web site starts with the fundamental concepts and advantages of a Content Management System and then walks the user through setting up a server environment, downloading and installing Joomla!, adding and structuring content, using components, modules, and plugins, and administrating from both the back and front-ends. The book finishes with more advanced topics, including CSS, search engine optimization (SEO), and customizing templates and the Joomla! framework itself. It’s the perfect guide to getting started with Joomla or for those users that want to expand their skills.

Microsoft Expression Blend 2 for Windows

This task-based, visual reference guide uses step-by-step instructions and plenty of screenshots to teach beginning and intermediate users how to create streamlined, innovative and just plain beautiful applications with Microsoft’s new application development tool . Design expert and author Robert Reinhardt takes readers step-by-step through the features and tools, and shows them how they can use Microsoft Expression Blend to create engaging, cinematic user interfaces with a rich design environment that combines multiple media elements including vectors, pixel images, 3D content, video and audio, high quality text, and animation. Whether learning the application from start or looking for specific task-based answers, Microsoft Expression Blend for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, provides designers and application developers with exactly the information they need.

Speaking in Styles

Speaking in Styles aims to help Web designers learn the “language” that will be used to take their vision from the static comp to the live Internet. Many designers think that CSS is code, and that it’s too hard to learn. Jason takes an approach to CSS that breaks it down around common design tasks and helps the reader learn that they already think in styles–they just need to learn to speak the language. Jason helps Web designers find their voice, walks them through the grammar of CSS, shows them how to write their design specs in CSS, and how to prepare it for screen, printer or handheld devices. Along the way designers will learn to optimize their code, make it accessible, optimize for search engines, mix it up with Flash, and more.

Apple Pro Training Series

Broadcast editors work with deadlines that are the most demanding in the field. To help you meet those deadlines and learn to use Final Cut Pro at the same time, this easy look-up guide focuses on the essential features that you need to get your stories done quickly without sacrificing quality. For editing everything from voiceovers to sports and news packages, you’ll get tips for efficient setup, customization, and trimming techniques. You’ll learn the best methods for making audio adjustments, how to use common transitions and effects, splice in fat and tight bites, cover narration with B-Roll, and prepare a story for delivery. “No one teaches cutting edge technology better than Joe Torelli. Read his book. In clear, simple terms, he’ll show you things you might miss that will make you a better storyteller.”                —Bob Dotson, Emmy Award-winning NBC News correspondent “As the first person to use an Avid digital nonlinear editing system in a broadcast environment, who better than Joseph Torelli to write the definitive book on fast story editing under tremendous deadline pressures than this veteran broadcast videographer-editor.” —Tom Ohanian, Academy Award and two-time Emmy Award recipient and Co-Inventor, Avid Media, Film, Multicamera Systems

Apple Training Series

In this Apple-certified guide, Richard Harrington shows teachers how to integrate digital media arts into their existing curriculum using iLife ’08, iWork ’08, and practical, step-by-step projects. Developed in collaboration with the Pearson Education Foundation in accordance with the National Educational Technology Standards council, the book includes class-room tested guidelines from the Foundation’s Digital Media Arts program, as well as inspirational profiles of successful digital media classroom projects around the world. Designed to be used with Apple Training Series: iLife ’08 and Apple Training Series: iWork 08, this guide covers everything from designing a photo essay to creating polished video projects, and will have teachers and students producing websites, podcasts, video blogs, and DVDs in no time. Students learn to: • Express a Feeling: Create a photo-essay slideshow, add sound, and publish it on the web • Make a Factual Case: Track data in a spreadsheet, organize it into charts, then deliver it as a Keynote presentation • Make a Persuasive Case: Research an issue, develop an argument, and create a PSA in iMovie and burn it to DVD • Solve a Problem: Reconcile income and expenses in a household budget and chart financial scenarios • Tell a Story: Document the personal history of a community leader in a short, sophisticated movie

Adobe Fireworks CS4 How-Tos

Adobe Fireworks CS4 is back and better than ever. Completely revamped for inclusion in the Adobe Creative Suite, Fireworks is now positioned to be an integral part of Adobe’s Web workflow. Designed for manipulating images destined for the Web and developing rapid Web prototypes, Fireworks lets Web designers go from scribbled concept to online framework. Fireworks CS4 has been given new life, so new in fact that a whole new generation of Web designers needs to become acquainted with it. Adobe Fireworks CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques gives users quick access to the key features and fundamental techniques to help them come up to speed in Adobe Fireworks CS4. Each technique is presented in a self-contained unit of one or two pages so users can dive in and start working right away, unencumbered by lengthy descriptions or technical detail. Adobe Fireworks CS4 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques will be one of the first books available on this software.

Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows

Photoshop Elements is geared for business users, students, educators, and home users who want professional-looking images for their print and Web projects, but don’t want or need the advanced power of Adobe Photoshop. With Photoshop Elements 7 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide, readers can start with a tour of the interface and image-editing basics, or they can look up specific tasks to learn just what they need to know. This task-based, visual reference guide uses step-by-step instructions and plenty of screenshots to show readers how to capture and import photos, reduce red eye, enhance color, work with layers, and much more. New features coverage includes: applying direct effects with the Adobe Smart Brush, softening surfaces and keeping edges crisp with a new filter, and finding photos easily with keywords. Both beginning and intermediate users will find everything they need here–in straightforward language and with readily accessible examples.

Real World Adobe Photoshop CS4 for Photographers

This edition of Real World Photoshop is more tightly focused for the needs and demands of the professional digital photographers. From acquiring images to using an efficient processing workflow to maintaining image quality and final output quality all within the powerful feature set of Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Extended CS4. Coverage of new features includes: live, non-destructive corrections in the Adjustments panel, re-editable, feathered, density controlled masks, enhanced auto-align, auto blend, 360 degree panoramas, and more. The book’s new focus helps readers understand the core workflow tasks, main print and web output options as well as the commercial printing information necessary to hand off images for prepress. Essentials information on file formats, color settings, image adjustment fundamentals, sharpness, detail, noise reduction, and image storage and output is also included. Photoshop Extended is covered where it relates specifically to photographers.

Illustrator CS4 for Windows and Macintosh

Adobe Illustrator is the indispensable vector drawing tool used by digital artists around the world. Illustrator CS4 provides those artists with powerful drawing tools, unparalleled typographic controls, and much more. With a slew of new features and tighter-than-ever integration with the rest of Adobe Creative Suite 4’s design, graphics, and publishing tools, Illustrator CS4 promises to make designers’ lives a whole lot easier, especially if they have this task-based guide! Now revised and updated, and in 4 COLOR this book uses simple step-by-step instructions, loads of screen shots, and an array of time-saving tips and tricks, serving both as the quickest route to Illustrator CS4 mastery for new users, and a handy reference for more experienced designers. This edition of the Visual QuickStart Guide covers Illustrator CS4’s newest features, including the much anticipated multi art board feature and much more.