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UG News–New Books & New Video on CS4

Via Alessandro Pace

Deke McClelland Reviews Photoshop CS4 on dekePod! New Books & New Videos on CS4, Too!

September 23 marks the announcement of Adobe’s Creative Suite 4. And that means a new version of the company’s flagship image editor, Photoshop. Coming just 18 months after its predecessor, is Photoshop CS4 any good? Enter dekePod, Deke McClelland’s irreverent and uncensored video series. Day and date with Adobe’s announcement, Deke provides a third-party, impartial, and highly opinionated review of the new
software. Titled “Photoshop CS4: Buy or Die,” this episode promises to show you all facets of the program–complete with commentary–without interrupting your busy day. In just five minutes, you’ll know whether
you want to upgrade or not. So watch the video, then read the transcript.

Here’s the list of upcoming O’Reilly titles and remember you get 35% off on books you purchase directly from O’Reilly. Just use code DSUG when ordering online or by phone 800-998-9938.

***October CS4 Titles:

Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
Pioneering computer graphics author Deke McClelland updates his bestselling tutorial.
ISBN 9780596521899, $49.99

The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers
by Derrick Story
Photoshop books are hugely successful, but none of those aimed at digital photographers are concentrated or portable enough to take on the road. This one is.
ISBN 9780596521936, $24.99

***November CS4 Titles:

Adobe InDesign CS4 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
With Deke McClelland’s popular teaching method, students “read, watch, and do” in order to master Adobe InDesign.
ISBN 9780596521912, $49.99

Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual
by David Sawyer McFarland
Adobe’s Dreamweaver covers a rich environment for building professional websites with drag-and-drop simplicity.
ISBN 9780596522926, $44.99

Flash CS4: The Missing Manual
by Chris Grover
The step-by-step tutorials in this book teach readers how to bring gorgeous animations to life onscreen.
ISBN 9780596522940, $39.99

Photoshop CS4 Channels & Masks One-on-One
by Deke McClelland with Tim Grey
The book guides readers step-by-step through key aspects of using channels and masks in Photoshop (a must for any Photoshop power user), backed by contextual video on DVD.
ISBN 9780596516154, $49.99
December CS4 Title

Photoshop CS4: The Missing Manual
by Lesa Snider King
Written with humor, authority, and advice, this Missing Manual teaches readers of all levels how to use the most popular—and confounding—photo editing and graphics program.
ISBN 9780596522964, $49.99

***March 2009 CS4 Title

Adobe Illustrator CS4 One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
Adobe Illustrator CS4 is the most popular and viable vector-drawing program for a simple reason: It’s the best. And once they read about a particular technique, they can see how it’s done first-hand in the
video. Another great CS4 title!
ISBN 9780596515928, $49.99

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Apple’s ‘Brick’ Is First All-Screen Laptop? Look here…..

This article sounded very interesting to me.

Is Apple’s feverishly-anticipated “Brick” project is the world’s first all-screen laptop?  Like this mockup of the OLPC version 2 by designer Yves Behar.

Yes, there’s slim chance, of course, but I for one would love a computing device like this: A hybrid iPhone-meets-Macbook-Air that would put many other gadgets likethe EeePC to shame.

Apple’s “Brick” would be a hybrid laptop/tablet/ebook that dispenses with a physical keyboard and trackpad in favor of a virtual, adaptive UI that blends multitouch, gestures and its own orientation to switch between different modes:

Laptop — When the Brick is held horizontally with the two screens at an angle, the bottom screen turns into a virtual keyboard and touchpad. There’s no tactile feedback for touch typists, but never mind, corrective text handily makes up for the myriad errors. The top screen acts like a regular laptop screen, except that it also is touch sensitive, and is responsive to multitouch gestures like double-tap to zoom, pinching and scrolling.

Tablet — When the two halves are opened fully they snap together in the middle to make a tablet with a continuous touch-sensitive screen. This mode is best for surfing the web, browsing and editing photos, and displaying mind-altering music visualizers.

eBook — Like laptop mode but held vertically. Each screen transforms into an electronic page for easy reading. Displays eBooks, eMags or specially laid out websites. Readers navigate by swiping the screen to turn the pages.

Tabletop — Like tablet mode but for two people. When an onscreen button is pushed, the screens are oriented for two users sitting opposite each other. Great for collaborative tasks and especially games.

I hope, they are calling it as “Brick” just because it can smashes Windows!

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