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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop 7 One-Click Wow!
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Jack Davis, Linnea Dayton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A low-cost, awesome tool for graphic designers!


I have been using Adobe Photoshop 7 on MAC OS X for several months now and the upgrade has been wonderful. The actions, styles and patterns have been really great for the work I have done so far BUT there were plug-ins that I used on previous versions of Photoshop that I miss such as Extensis PhotoFrame and pretty much once you use 7, you don't want to use the previous versions of Photoshop especially in Classic Mode.
Well, on many projects, especially building advertisements, I'm always craving for something that can run on the latest Photoshop. Also, to save me time in making the ads. That's why there are downloadable actions that help speed that time up BUT unfortunately, I don't have the time to jump around websites and look for certain actions, styles, gradients, etc. If I need to create a marble background, a plastic, glass icon, etc. I would have to do it manually and it does take time.
With "Photoshop 7 One-Click Wow!", this book/CD has eliminated that extra time in creating backgrounds, gradients or special effects. Also, you would save a lot of money compared to software plug-ins that would cost you close to a hundred bucks, you're saving a lot of money with this book/CD. The CD comes with over 800 one click makeovers for brushes, tool presets, patterns, gradients, actions and rollovers.
Sure, for some purists, it's fun to challenge oneself to seeing how quickly you can do an effect but if you are a designer who has to deal with many deadlines and multiple projects, you need to eliminate as much time from creating these effects, so you can get some good night's sleep (sleep, what sleep?) or that extra hour to go to lunch or dinner.
Pretty much install the WOW! Folders to the corresponding Photoshop folders and append them and it's all one click which you can adjust frame sizes and more.
Jack Davis & Linnea Dayton have provided us with an awesome tool for designers. Beginner or advanced, this is definitely worth checking out!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy X-2 Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Really Helpful!!!!


I am currently at 30% in the game.SPOILERS FOR GAMEThis Strategy Guide is very helpful!! It tells you where to get the Special Dresspheres for Paine, Yuna, and Rikku (I have Paines and Yunas). Also when you are in Guadosalam it tells you a hint to get the most money out of a certain buyer for some data. It gives you the info you need to know for the bosses like if you need to have a White Mage out or a Black Mage or a Gunner to defeat it. I think it is very helpful if I didn't make my mom go out to Blockbuster and get it at 10:30 pm I would've been stuck for so long and not this far!!! :)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Chris Payne
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must read for ASP developers...


...looking to move on to ASP.NET this book is an easy read, and if you are already familiar with ASP this book will show you what you need to know in the first 5 chapters. This book assumes you will be using VB.NET as your language of choice.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
weak writing, worse thinking


I just finished reading this book today. As a member of the EJB community and an author myself, I can confidently say that Richard has done a superb job on this book. My favorite parts are when he goes into how stubs/skeletons work in chapter 1, his section on design strategies, and his accompanying web site. I commend Richard for his great work, and would recommend this book to anyone interested in quickly ramping up on how EJB really works.