The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing - Issue 11.6 November / December 2006


Issue 11.6 November / December 2006

Contents


Multimedia/Graphics Reviews

The Logo Creator v5.0 (MAC/WIN)
The Logo Creator v5.0 not only provides a rich standalone environment in which to compose professional-looking logos, but offers several themed media sets to use for content. Our previous review (
http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v7n4.html#The%20Logo%20Creator%20(MAC/WIN)) described the ease with which a logo could be constructed. The user begins with a logo that serves as a model, and modifies any or all elements to suit their needs. The individual logo sets consist of The Corporate Logo Edition (80 logos, 300 logo elements, and 50 fonts, $39.95); The Entertainment Logo Edition (50 logos, $39.95); The Business Mascot Logo Edition (50 logos, $39.95); The Real Estate Logo Edition (50 logos, $39.95); The Spiritual Logo Edition (50 logos, $39.95); The Sports Pak Logo Edition (50 logos, $39.95); The Travel & Leisure Logo Edition (50 logos, $39.95); and The MEGA Pak (all 380 logos, over 800 logo elements, $189.95). The Logo Creator software itself is $19.95.

Contact: Laughingbird Productions, 476 Avenida Valencia, Camarillo, CA 93012, http://www.thelogocreator.com, e-mail: info@thelogocreator.com.



CD/DVD Reviews

DiscBlaze 6.1.6 (MAC/WIN)
DiscBlaze 6.1.6 is an inexpensive disc burning application that has many high-end features. Users can burn and create new disc images (.dmg, .cdr, and .iso), erase and re-use CDRW discs, and run data discs in HFS+, Joliet, and ISO9660 and UDF formats. Macintosh users can apply any of several custom disc icons, or add their own. $19.95

Contact: RadicalBreeze Software, http://www.radicalbreeze.com, e-mail1:19:03 PM webmaster@radicalbreeze.com.



Internet Reviews

Contribute 4 (MAC/WIN)
Contribute 4 provides to web publishing what desktop publishing applications provide to print publishing: The elimination of coding and the complexity of arcane procedures and techniques. The program acts essentially like an interactive Web browser, enabling users to access their sites (or those they've been given access to), edit pages in near realtime using uncomplicated tools and menus, and publish their update or new pages immediately. The program fulfills a vision for Web publishing that it be transparent and as easy to use as a word processor. More complex publishing tasks can be handled with Dreamweaver, which integrates with Contribute 4.

Contribute 4 adds several new features that simplify the ways in which users can publish to the Web. The first of these is support for publishing to a blog. Blog entries are now easier than ever, and existing Web content can be added to a blog entry though drag and drop. Contribute 4 also adds two buttons to the user's browser supporting direct access to editing the current page or adding a blog entry.

Microsoft Office users can publish content directly from Word, Excel, and Outlook; and users can now integrate images, movies, and Adobe Flash Video in Web sites and blogs by using drag and drop during the editing process.

If maintaining websites and blogs has become burdensome, Contribute 4 should be a welcome solution. $149

Contact: Adobe Systems Inc., 345 Park Ave., San Jose, CA 95110-2704, 408 536-6000, http://www.adobe.com, fax: 408 537-6000.


RapidWeaver 3.5 (MAC)
RapidWeaver 3.5 is certainly at the top of our list of easy to use Web page editors. The publishers have done well in hiding the complexity of HTML code, and providing a welcome, inviting interface that is clean and easy to use.

The opening window is totally free of any clutter, consisting only of a few buttons, one of which is the + button. Pressing this button results in a list of various kinds of pages that the user might want to create. These include Blog, Contact Form, File Sharing, HTML Code, iFrame, Movie Album, Offsite Page, Photo Album, QuickTime, and Styled Text. Each one of these choices is accompanied by descriptive text, such as "Share your photos with friends, family and co-workers" associated with the Photo Album selection. When selecting the "Styled Text" option, the most flexible choice, the user can compose pages that are in WYSIWYG format, with control over font attributes, text runarounds, and the capability to drag and drop images, movies and files.

One of the most powerful features of the program is the use of Themes. A theme is a design style that affects the look of the entire site. Pressing the Theme button reveals the Theme Drawer containing thumbnail images of all of the available themes. Clicking on a theme and then selecting the Preview button provides a view of how the user's site looks in a particular theme.

The user can also see the actual HTML code that is generated in the background by pressing the Code button. Advanced users can add page prefix, CSS, or JavaScript code manually by using the Page Inspector window. These capabilities are purely optional, and a lack of coding knowledge will not impede any user.

Completed sites can be saved to a local hard drive, or can be published directly to the Internet if the user has an FTP or .Mac account. Registered .Mac users have the easiest and quickest path to publishing their site since their log-in details should appear automatically. FTP server users need to know their username, password, server, and site path.

Readers should not be mislead by the ease by which the program functions, nor its modest cost. The publisher has listed over 2500 sites that have been composed using the software, many of which are very impressive, and decidedly professional. $39.95

Contact: Realmac Software Limited, 6 Gloucester Yard, 121-123 Gloucester Road, Brighton, BN1 4AF, UK, +44 (0)1273 622990, http://www.realmacsoftware.com.


1Passwd (MAC)
1Passwd is the ultimate password manager and form filler. Not only does it work with most Web browsers, providing custom extensions, but it integrates directly with the Mac OS X Keychain. Since it is the only password manager and form filler that works directly in the user's Web browser, it provides an unprecedented level of integration and functionality. Its database of passwords works across all supported browsers.

Not only does the program enable the user to manage hundreds of passwords simply with a single master key, but it can quickly generate an unlimited number of strong passwords. Strong passwords are created based on the maximum length of the password supported on a particular site. In addition, previously created passwords stored in Safari AutoFill or FireFox Password Manager can be imported directly into the program.

The form filler capability supports the definition of multiple identities and prevents phishing attempts by only filling in forms where there is an exact domain name match. It also defeats Key Loggers, which capture keystrokes, by filling in forms and logging into Web sites without using the keyboard or Clipboard.

The form filler can not only complete a Web form automatically, but it can submit it as well using a hot key.

Other program benefits include: automatic computer lock after a period of inactivity, or if the Macintosh sleeps; password backup to .Mac or a local or remote location; and more. $29.95

Contact: Agile Web Solutions, Inc., 775 370-9171, http://www.agilewebsolutions.com, http://1passwd.com, e-mail: david.teare@agilewebsolutions.


PictoGrab 1.1.3 (MAC/WIN)
PictoGrab 1.1.3 is a simple program that does one thing very well. It automates the downloading of all picture files from a given Web site. Using a few settings the program quickly gathers all images from a given URL and places them in a prescribed folder. $14.95

Contact: RadicalBreeze Software, http://www.radicalbreeze.com, e-mail1:19:03 PM webmaster@radicalbreeze.com.


GarageSale 3.0.1 (MAC)
GarageSale 3.0.1 is the award-winning eBay client that provides the digital publisher with the composition tools necessary to compose attractive, attention-getting auction ads using a WYSIWYG interface. The program includes more than 80 design templates which are free of extra cost, and provides direct access to the user's iPhoto library and image capture from a connected iSight camera.

Users can schedule when auctions will run and can communicate with buyers using customizable templates to handle common questions and inquiries. Users can track their auctions from within the program as well as leave buyer feedback. This program not only simplifies the process of composing eBay auctions, it produces a better advertisement, and does so quickly and efficiently. $29.99

Contact: iwascoding.com, http://www.iwascoding.com.



File Transfer/Processing Reviews

iFILLE (MAC)
iFILLE is a drag and drop file converter that works with text and graphic files. It works exceedingly fast in converting single or multiple files from one file format to another, automatically naming the converted file in the process. It can not only convert a Word file, for example, to HTML, but it can convert HTML to an audio file (.aiff) so that it can be heard. It works with the following document types: Word, HTML, RTF, RTFD, TXT, XML, XHTML, Web Archive; and image formats: PDF, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PNG, PICT, PSD, JPEG2000, ( + icons ). $10

Contact: AlienCrypt.com, http://www.aliencrypt.com, e-mail: support@aliencrypt.com.


Interarchy 8.0 (MAC)
Interarchy 8.0 is a versatile file transfer application that can download and upload files using FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, and FTP over SSH and SSL-TLS (see our previous reviews at
http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v7n3.html#Interarchy%205.0%20(MAC) and http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v9n4.html#Interarchy%207.2.1%20(MAC)). The program can also download files or complete Web sites using HTTP. The program's strength is in handling virtually any situation, providing the user with a great deal of Internet connection information. A detailed tour is available at http://tour.interarchy.com. $39

Contact: Stairways Software Pty Ltd., 510 601-5244, http://www.interarchy.com, e-mail: admin@interarchy.com.



Miscellaneous News and Reviews

OmniDazzle (MAC)
OmniDazzle is a unique package of screen effects that endow the Macintosh mouse with a variety of new, eye-catching, personalities. All of the effects have the same objective, namely to highlight an area of the screen through the use of a visual effect. The effects are certain to enhance presentations, and to keep an audience focused on the screen. The effects include Pixie Dust (which sprays cascades of sparkling dust), Flashlight (which illuminates the mouse pointer location, dimming the background), Cutout (which uses various shapes to highlight text and other screen content), Sonar (which sweeps across the screen like real sonar signals in search of the mouse pointer location), Bullseye (which tags a bullseye to the mouse pointer location), and more. Screenshots and movies of each effect can be seen at
http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnidazzle/. $14.95

Contact: Omni Development, Inc., 2707 NE Blakeley St., Seattle, WA 98105-3318, 800 315-OMNI, 206 523-4152, http://www.omnigroup.com, e-mail: info@omnigroup.com, fax: 206 523-5896.



Reference Source Reviews

EndNote X (MAC/WIN)
EndNote X continues the long history of innovation for this bibliographic management software. Our previous reviews (
http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v7n4.html#EndNote%206%20for%20Mac%20OS%20X%20and%20Windows%20(MAC/WIN), http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v4n5.html#EndNote%203.0%20(MAC/WIN), http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v6n4.html#EndNote%205%20(MAC/WIN), http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v9n1.html#EndNote%20Version%207%20f%20(MAC), http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v5n2.html#EndNote%204.0%20(MAC/WIN) http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v4n3.html#EndNote%203.0%20(MAC/WIN), http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/v10n6.html#EndNote%209%20())

show the impressive development of this "best in class" application.

This new version, which is Intel native, adds several important features. Users can now store and link PDF files with EndNote libraries. This greatly extends the amount of information that can be stored with each reference. By simply dragging and dropping PDF files to an EndNote record users can significantly enhance their research workflow and overall productivity. When records are viewed, in up to eight fields (four of which are new), a new icon indicates those references having linked PDF files. The workflow is also improved by enabling the user to customize their EndNote toolbar, providing more immediate access to frequently used tools.

The Search function now includes two new options, "begins with" and "ends with," for word and field searching. The resources by which users can locate references and format bibliographies has been expanded to more than 800 on-line source connections, more than 540 import filters, and more than 2300 publishing styles. The use of on-line bibliographic databases is simplified by the capability to drag and drop references directly into the user's EndNote library.

The program continues to support Microsoft Word for Mac OS X and Windows, and adds full compatibility with EndNote libraries, including linked PDF files. Users can save their libraries in compressed form for easy transfer to a colleague, or for archiving. Users can also create bibliographies with other word processors, such as StarOffice, FrameMaker, AppleWorks, and others, as well as access their EndNote libraries on a Palm handheld device. $299.95

Contact: Thomson ResearchSoft, 2141 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 350, Carlsbad, CA 92009, 800 722-1227, 760 438-5526, http://thomsonresearchsoft.com, fax: 760 438-5573.



Fonts/Font Management

Veenix Font Tools (MAC)
Veenix Font Tools is the best collection of font utilities we have ever seen. We are rarely effusive about font tools, but this set of programs stands alone in terms of utility and scope.

The tool set enables the user to view their fonts quickly using the Visual Font Database System which shows active and inactive fonts in their actual typeface, identified by format, and sorted by any of a variety of criteria. Clicking on a font reveals a window displaying the full complement of font glyphs, with alternate views of Font Samples, a Font Comparison window, and Font Measurements. The Font Measurements window computes the cpp (characters per pica) measurement for various sizes of the selected typeface, measurements that are essential for copyfitting (we've never seen them displayed in any program).

Fonts can be activated or deactivated directly from the Visual Font Database window, and fonts can be activated from any file location (i.e. they need not be stored in the System Font Folder).

The Document Font Activator and Exporter allows the user to drag and drop a file or folder of files onto its window, or use the Open button, and scan the files to reveal the fonts that were used to create them. So long as the fonts are still available in the System, the user can activate or export them.

A single font, or a group of fonts can be exported easily by simply selecting them in the Visual Font Database window and selecting an Export option from the Actions menu. The user is prompted for a location in which to save the file(s). The user can also create a complete backup of their font library.

All fonts in the current sort can be viewed as a slide show using the Type Sampler Slide Show tool. The user can set the slide speed and control the progression. Through this view, and others, the user can print a sample or specimen sheet of the displayed font.

The user also has the option of creating a professional-looking type specimen book (or individual pages) with control over the layout, and customized text id and footer verbiage.

Other useful tools include an ASCII Chart, Measurement Conversions, Color Grabber, Screen Grab Tools, Proportion Calculator, and more. $49.95 for a single user, $179.95 for five users, and $359.95 for a site license.

Contact: Veenix, http://www.veenix.com, e-mail: info@veenix.com.



Metroscript (MAC/WIN)
Metroscript is a unique font that truly gives the impression of characters having been designed by the hand of a master penman. Indeed, the designer, Michael Doret, is a talented artist, yet anyone using this font can compose text that has the look of custom typography. Not only do the characters all connect seamlessly, but the many alternates, ligatures, tails, and swashes provide an endless variety of custom variations.

Michael Doret comments that the style as been called "baseball" or "sports", but believes that the font's usefulness and application extends far beyond such a narrow classification. The font can certainly be used for a wide variety of applications in logo design, packaging design, advertising, commercial branding, signage, and for other everyday and special needs.

The family consists of MetroScript (the main font), MetroScriptAlt (alternate characters), MetroScriptLig (ligatures), MetroScriptSwash (swash characters), and MetroScriptTails (tails).

Digital publishers will enjoy using Metroscript since it provides such a rich set of typographic options. As an OpenType design, certain characters are technically aware of their positions, and appear differently if they are composed at the beginning or end of a word, or in proximity to a certain other character. $60

Contact: Alphabet Soup, fonts available exclusively from Font Bros., Minneapolis, MN, http://www.fontbros.com.



Digital Audio

Fission (MAC)
Fission is a no nonsense audio editor that works with MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, and AIFF audio file formats. Its strength is in its simplicity. It maintains audio quality by enabling editing in native formats without the need for re-encoding. It is the first and only lossless AAC editor for Mac OS X.

The program performs four basic functions: First it provides the capability to divide a long recording into multiple files. The user splits the long recording, and when it is saved or exported, Fission automatically makes a separate file for each clip. Using the Smart Split tool, the program will insert split points when it senses silence in the file. Second, it offers an easy way to remove unwanted clip segments, such as commericals. Third it provides the option of adding fade ins and fade outs. And finally, it gives users an easy way to produce ringtones for their MP3 or AAC-compatible cell phones. A very handy utility to have at hand. $32

Contact: Rogue Amoeba Software, http://www.rogueamoeba.com.



Additions/Extensions Reviews

Overset Manager (MAC/WIN)
Overset Manager is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign and Adobe InCopy CS or CS2 that enables the user to maintain control over text length and text overset. Through the use of the plug-in the user can easily determine situations where a given document contains overset text frames. Such situations become immediately apparent when the user prints or exports a file.

With the use of the Overset Manager palette, the user can quickly see which text threads are overset, and can go immediately to that frame to perform the necessary editing. Preferences in the palette can be set to change the background color of overset frames and their position relative to their master frame.

The palette provides important information, such as showing exactly how much text (in characters or words) is required to fill a particular text thread...something vitally important to an editor. The user can also be informed of underset text frames, and is given an estimate of the number of missing lines. $99

Contact: SoftCare Software-Service GmbH, Kieler Strase 103, 25474 Bonningstedt, Germany, +49 (0) 40 55 69 50-25, http://www.softcare.de, e-mail: info@softcare.de, fax: +49 40 55 69 50-50.


20/20 Color MD Version 2.0 (MAC/WIN)
20/20 Color MD Version 2.0 provides the easiest and fastest method for color correcting digital images, accounting for color balance, brightness, saturation, and dynamic range (see our previous review at
http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/v10n5.html#20/20%20Color%20MD%20(MAC/WIN)). The publisher compares the use of the program to taking an eye exam in that the user is presented with a series of two preview images and is required to select the one that appears to be the best in each case. Through the use of the six-step Wizard, the program analyzes the responses and produces a color-corrected image, without the need for histograms, sliders, or other settings. $49.95

Contact: PhotoTune Software, 11612 Linnet Court, Penn Valley, CA 95946, 530 432-2365, http://www.phototune.com, http://www.skintune.com.



Font Editing

FontLab Studio 5 (MAC/WIN)
FontLab Studio 5 is the most complete and comprehensive tool for producing professional typographic fonts in all major outline formats, including Type 1, TrueType, Multiple Master, and OpenType. The program can import and export a wide variety of font formats, fulfilling virtually all of the needs of professional type designers, trade typographers, digital font foundries, and others who design, create, or modify fonts.

The program provides a rich set of specialized tools that deal with the specific design requirements of typographic forms. Tools such as Intersect Contours, Remove Overlap, and Check Connections have been devised for the unique construction of glyphs. The program also provides a sophisticated set of filters that can be applied to glyphs to alter their overall appearance. These include Bold, Outline, Shadow, and Bevel. The program documentation is quite in-depth, and consists of over 900 pages.

The program consists mainly of three user interface components. First is the Font Window which shows the font's character set. Second is the Glyph Window where the glyph shape is created. Third is the Metrics Window wherein the characterfit settings are made for metrics and kerning.

Users have a number of print-out options to test their designs at any point during the creative process. They can generate a Font Table, Glyph List, Font Sample, Font Waterfall, Glyph Sample, Glyph Waterfall, Kerning Table, or Quick Test. $649

Contact: Fontlab Ltd., 136 East 8th St, PMB 230, Port Angeles, WA 98362, 509 272-3260, http://www.fontlab.com, e-mail: contact@fontlab.com.



Storage Device & Media Reviews

Drive Genius (Universal) (MAC)
Drive Genius (Universal) is a dual-boot version of this essential disc management utility (see our review at
http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/current.html#Drive%20Genius%20%28MAC%29). $99

Contact: Prosoft Engineering Inc., 303 Ray Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566, 877-4PROSOFT, 866 428-3282, http://www.prosofteng.com.



Utility Reviews

Data Rescue II (MAC)
Data Rescue II is a critical award-winning tool for recovering data from a hard drive that will not mount, or exhibits signs of having become corrupt. Such a situation is absolutely devastating, especially in a high-pressure production environment. The software was designed first and foremost to transfer files safely from a damaged hard drive, rather than to try to repair the drive, a process that could damage any existing files. The recovered files are saved on a secondary drive; internal, external, or mounted on the network. In a situation like this the first objective is to salvage the files…the drive is merely a consumable.

This latest version, which is a Universal binary, supports ten times more file types for content scanning than did the Data Rescue X version, and it operates significantly faster (see our previous review at http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v8n1.html#Data%20Rescue%20v.10.0.4%20(MAC)). The software works by doing a comprehensive analysis of the drive surface, locating and re-assembling the various parts of each file, and then writing them safely to reliable media. The user can elect to recover all files or only certain ones. It retains the data, icons, dates, and folder hierarchy for all file types.

Digital camera users will appreciate that Data Rescue II can also recover digital pictures from camera media after the images have been deleted (and before the media has been re-written). It can also recover files on a drive that has been initialized by accident. The program is provided on a bootable CD. $99

Contact: Prosoft Engineering Inc., 303 Ray Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566, 877-4PROSOFT, 866 428-3282, http://www.prosofteng.com.


NTI Backup NOW! 4 Deluxe Suite (WIN )
NTI Backup NOW! 4 Deluxe Suite consists of two popular products: NTI Backup NOW! and NTI DriveBackup! This suite of applications supports both image-level and file-level backup. The software suite supports several outstanding features such as: Hard drive spanning, to backup to multiple hard drives; CD/DVD drive spanning, for unattended backup to multiple drives and discs; backup and restore from a remote FTP server; secure data encryption (128- or 256-bit); support for dual-layer DVD writers and media; specification of those file types to include or exclude; and more. $69.99

Contact: NewTech Infosystems, Inc., 5 Mason, Suite 150, Irvine, CA 92618, 949 421-0720, http://www.NTIus.com, fax: 949 421-0750.


iPaste (MAC)
iPaste extends the functionality of the Clipboard by storing frequently used clippings for reuse using hotkeys or a contextual menu. The program is a considerable time-saver and should be considered by every digital publisher, since they spend so much time at the keyboard, and iPaste is certain not only to save valuable time, but to reduce keyboarding errors by safely storing often-used text. In addition to storing text the program can store rich text, TIFF, PDF, PICT, JPEG, GIF, and others. $12.99

Contact: IGG Software, http://www.iggsoftware.com, e-mail: info@iggsoftware.com.


FoxTrot Personal Search 1.2 (MAC)
FoxTrot Personal Search 1.2 provides exceptionally fast access to indexed items, showing them in context, and for particular file types, with a full preview. These file types include word processing documents, PDFs, pictures, QuickTime movies, mp3 files, and others. Users select the folders that they need to search, and an index is built quickly. Folders can be added or removed as needed. The program is not meant to index entire hard drives, although it can do so. It is designed to provide the most efficient searching of folders in which a user has stored their most important files.

The search process is very flexible, and the user is provided with many options to include wildcards, cite exclusions, and specify very sophisticated search patterns which combine multiple criteria.

The program provides a unique dynamic categorization feature which allows the user to narrow selections based on file kind, age, or parent folder. Item hits are listed by relevance, with a visual indication of such, and buttons to directly open, reveal, get info, or preview a selected file. $35

Contact: CTM Development, 204 East 2nd Ave., Suite 110, San Mateo, CA 94401-3904, 800 424-9933, http://www.ctmdev.com, e-mail: info@ctmdev.com, fax: 415 840-0276.


Power Manager 3 (MAC)
Power Manager 3 provides the Macintosh user with a flexible interface to control the power usage of their computer. Using the simple options a user can program their computer to automatically start-up, shut down, restart, log out, wake up, or go to sleep. Each of these functions can be set to occur using a user-defined schedule. The user sets an action, and when it is to occur (and with what frequency). $25

Contact: Dragon Systems Software Limited (DssW), 3rd Floor Suite, 41-43 Broad Street, Hereford HR6 9AR, United Kingdom, http://www.dssw.co.uk, e-mail: support@dssw.co.uk, fax: 44 (0) 870 1640068.


Sync 6 Pro (MAC)
Sync 6 Pro is an easy-to-use back-up program with some incredibly unique features. The user can choose from common back-up schemes, such as backing-up their Home Folder, or their Entire System, or they can specify specific items. The specific items can be selected manually or through the use of a powerful set of rules that enable users to combine boolean criteria. They can then set where the back-up is to be stored (HFS+ formatted external hard drives, networked servers (Windows, Linus, etc.), or WebDAV (such as iDisk)), and set a schedule for executing routine back-ups.

What we haven't seen in other back-up applications is the capability to perform full N-way synchonizations and back-up between up to 64 directories/machines. This is especially useful for system administrators who deal with large groups of computers, such as in a lab.

The program utilizes a novel technology called ZeroScan, which can perform incremental back-ups up to 100 times faster than other products. Unlike other programs that need to scan every file and folder to compare them to the back-up copy, ZeroScan maintains "notes" on files as they are changed. When the back-up is executed it works from its short list of changes to update the back-up copy.

The entire back-up history is maintained in a database-driven log wherein the user can view, filter, and search. Other programs provide only a static text log. $45

Contact: Decimus Software, 182 Rosewood Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15235-4321, http://www.decimus.net.


MaxBulk Mailer X (MAC)
MaxBulk Mailer X simplifies the process of sending personalized e-mail messages to clients, customers, or others. It is an effective tool for e-mail marketing, generating targeted messages in professionally-designed HTML e-mails, complete with graphics, fonts, colors, and attachments, directly from the desktop.

The power of the program is in its handling of database input which forms the basis of its variable data contents. The program supports drag and drop for mail list and address list, the easy import/export of address list files, powerful composition tools for text rewrap and justification, and a fully functional preview capability to check message appearance prior to sending. Multiple recipient lists can be merged, and duplicates can be removed automatically.

Once cleared for sending, messages can be dispatched en masse, sent in groups, delayed according to a staggered schedule, or marked with mail-merge tags. Messages can be sent conditionally based on the values of the embedded tags. Up to 20 custom tags can be applied. $59.90

Contact: MAX Programming, LLC, http://maxprog.com.


Mac Pilot 2.1.9 (MAC)
Mac Pilot 2.1.9 puts a pretty face on dozens of Mac OS X capabilities that are available only through the use of the Macintosh Terminal program, which requires the use of Unix commands. These hidden capabilities of Mac OS X address maintenance, repair, and optimization operations that can significantly improve the performance and ease-of-use of the computer.

The various functions that are accessible through the Mac Pilot interface are categorized into several feature sets. Here is a sampling: Finder (ex. disable desktop icons, show invisible files); Dock (ex. toggle Dock shadow, show invisible files in Dock menus); Safari (ex. enable tool-tip mouse overs for links, change logging options); Mail (ex. use plain text message content by default instead of HTML); Disks (ex. repair disk permissions); Login Window (ex. kiosk mode, increase/decrease the count of retries given on a password until the hint is shown); System (ex. change the startup mode to Normal, Verbose, Safe or Single); Network (ex. optimize connection for Broadband); Sharing (ex. allow root login); Tools (ex. erase Spotlight index); and dozens more. $19.95

Contact: Koingo Software Canada, http://www.koingosw.com, e-mail: koingosw@koingosw.com.


RadicalSqueeze 2.1.1 (MAC)
RadicalSqueeze 2.1.1 provides an easy way to compress files and folders using .zip compression. It can also edit the contents of a .zip file. Free

Contact: RadicalBreeze Software, http://www.radicalbreeze.com, e-mail1:19:03 PM webmaster@radicalbreeze.com.



File Management Reviews

FileBrowse (MAC)
FileBrowse provides an extraordinarily attractive means of browsing files and media, greatly extending the native capability of the Mac OS X Finder. Digital publishers will be impressed by its graphic elegance.

The program can display thumbnails for a variety of file types, including PDF, RTFD, and Word, in addition to images. Previews are shown in context, and folders appear in perspective, with soft shadows, and with 3D icons showing the items that they contain.

The presentation of large in-context zoomable previews is amazing. Information and related commands are displayed when a file or folder is selected, and the user sees the source folder, contents, info, and command options all in one window, sparing the user from opening and closing a series of windows, cluttering the screen, and essentially wasting time. In addition, movie and audio files can be played in position, and all pages of PDF files can be read in situ.

The program also provides powerful tools for grouping and sorting files and folders, extending the ease by which the user can store and retrieve their media assets. The video demo at http://www.filebrowse.com/video.html is well worth the time. $25

Contact: R Green Blue, http://www.rgreenblue.com.


Illumination 1.5.7 (MAC/WIN)
Illumination 1.5.7 enables a user to locate files whether online or offline. By indexing volumes from any source in the program, the volume's contents can be searched even if the volume is no longer mounted. Adding a volume's contents to the index is easy, simply drag and drop it to the "Discs" list, or click on "Add Disc." The program can search on a variety of criteria. A neat feature is the built-in Web server that allows searching directly from a Web page. $19.95

Contact: RadicalBreeze Software, http://www.radicalbreeze.com, e-mail1:19:03 PM webmaster@radicalbreeze.com.



Database Reviews

FileMaker Mobile 8 (MAC/WIN/PALM)
FileMaker Mobile 8 (see our last review at
http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v6n1.html#FileMaker%20Mobile%20(MAC/WIN/PALM)) updates compatibility of this useful application with FileMaker Pro 8.5. This software enables users of the desktop version of FileMaker Pro 7, 8, and 8.5, to carry their databases in their Palm, iPaq, and other mobile devices, and at their option, add, modify, and transfer data back to their desktop database. The flow of data between the desktop, server, and the mobile device is at the option of the user. The user can move virtually any FileMaker database, transferring up to 50 fields, with no more than 2000 characters per field. This version includes six ready-to-use applications for managing assets, contacts, and more. $69

Contact: FileMaker, Inc., 5201 Patrick Henry Drive, Box 58168, Santa Clara, CA 95052-8168, 800 325-2747, 408 987-7000, 408 727-8227, http://www.filemaker.com.



Hardware Reviews

InstantFM Music (WIN )
InstantFM Music is a small USB plug-in device that is bundled with Snaptune One software, a powerful FM radio tuning application that provides access to live FM radio and Web-based radio. The user can program the shows that they want to record, and display the RDS and RBDS data, including artist name and song title for free. The recordings can be listened to on the user's PC or transferred to their iPod or MP3 player. The package includes the Snaptune One and Instant Radio software, the InstantFM Music device, USB extension cable, retractable antenna, and a carrying pouch. $49

Contact: ADS Technologies, 12627 Hidden Creek Way, Cerritos, CA 90703, 800 888-5244, 562 926-1928, http://www.adstech.com, fax: 562 926-0518.


MiniTV USB (WIN )
MiniTV USB enables users to watch TV on their PC or notebook computer, and to schedule recordings and record TV shows to CD and DVD. The recorded programs can be viewed on a PC or transferred to an iPod or PSP. This small-format, bus-powered 128 channel analog tuner device supports a regular TV antenna or a cable connection. The package includes the mini TV tuner, USB 2.0 extension cable, antenna connector MCX to F-connector, CD with device drivers and Media TV PVR, and user manual. $79.99

Contact: ADS Technologies, 12627 Hidden Creek Way, Cerritos, CA 90703, 800 888-5244, 562 926-1928, http://www.adstech.com, fax: 562 926-0518.



OtterBox 1920 Palm Treo Case (Palm OS)

OtterBox 1920 Palm Treo Case for the Palm Treo 650 and 700 series smartphones is a fully ruggedized polycarbonate enclosure that allows access to all of the Treo functions. The case shields the Treo from environmental hazards, such as dust and moisture, and protects it from impact and being crushed. Despite its tough exterior the user maintains access to the screen through a flip-up clear plastic screen protector, and all keys are accessible through rubber keys in the OtterBox case that seals the Treo from the elements while still providing access to the full keypad, and volume and program buttons. The stylus is held on the exterior of the OtterBox case, and removable rubber flap protects the charge/sync port. Rubber overmoulding serves to add grip control and to cushion drops. Digital publishers who depend upon their Treo while working in harsh environments will appreciate the protection of this well-made case. Users maintain access to the camera function, and a Gore® membrane seals the speakers and microphone while maintaining IR and antenna usability. An easy-opne top reveals access to the SD card slot. The company has used mil-standard quality assurance testing for dust, water, and drop and shock protection.

Several accessories are available at additional cost, including a belt clip with swivel clip; a soft nylon case with swivel clip; an SD Scanner POD; and a screen replacement kit. The OtterBox 1920 case sells for $129.95.

Contact: Otter Products, LLC, 1 Old Town Square, Suite 303, Fort Collins, CO 80524, 888 695-8820, http://www.otterbox.com.



Networking Reviews

Desktop Transporter 2.0 (MAC)
Desktop Transporter 2.0 enables users of any Macintosh to connect with another Macintosh and control it, seeing everything on its display, and fully utilizing the local keyboard and mouse. All of the connected Macintoshes can use copy/paste to move text and graphics between the systems.

After the software is installed on the operative systems, connection is virtually transparent using Bonjour, or by typing in the IP address of the remote computer. Connections can be made either over a local network or using the Internet. The connections can be secured by using a password. The remote desktop appears either in a resizable window or full-screen, and there is support for multiple monitors. $29.95

Contact: DEVONtechnologies LLC, 401 Front Avenue, Suite 204, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814, http:// www.devon-technologies.com, e-Mail: info@devon-technologies.com.


Timbuktu Pro 8.6 (MAC/WIN)
Timbuktu Pro 8.6 is the latest version of what may be our most reviewed product. We've done eight reviews of Timbuktu through the years, the last of which was version 6 (
http://www.printerport.com/kdp/issues/old/v7n3.html#Timbuktu%20Pro%20Version%206%20(MAC/WIN)). We've followed this program because we have found it to be a vital network link between both similar and cross-platform computer systems, enabling users to fully control remote computers and easily transfer files between them.

This new version adds the capability to use Skype as a means of "tunneling" to connect two Timbuktu-enabled computers. A Skype tunnel can work through firewalls, NAT devices and routers, and joins the Internet, local networks, and modems as a connectivity option. Using the Skype contacts list, users can not only search for other Skype users, but search for and connect to other Timbuktu users.

The downloadable version is priced at $94.95 for a single pack (a copy is required for each connected computer); $179.95 for a twin pack; $629.95 for a ten pack; and $1649.95 for a thirty pack.

Contact: Netopia, Inc., 2470 Mariner Square Loop, Alameda, CA 94501, 510 814-5100, http://www.netopia.com, fax: 510 814-5020.



Accessory

ifrogz silicone ipod cases (iPod)
ifrogz silicone iPod cases are strong, protective, three-part, patent-pending designs that provide exceptional design flexibility and individualization. By following an easy-to-use Web interface, purchasers can select from thousands of options in designing their own one-of-a-kind case.

Digital publishers commonly use iPods as handy devices to transfer files from computer-to-computer. The ifrogz cases provide a high degree of cushioning and protection. They are the best made cases of this type that we have seen.

The case, which is high-quality, 100% silicone, consists of three parts: the main wrap or shell (wrapz), the outside support protector (bandz) which fits around the outside of the shell, and the protective clear plastic screen (screenz) that protects the iPod screen and click-wheel. A universal belt clip is provided to secure the case to a belt or article of clothing. Each component is available separately (wrap, $21; band, $4; screen, $6) or in a set for $29.

Contact: frogz Inc., 953 West 700 North Suite 107, Logan , UT 84321, 877-443-7641, http://www.ifrogz.com, fax: 435-753-2332.



ifrogz Tadpole video iPod case (iPod)
ifrogz Tadpole video iPod case, is a specially-designed protective enclosure made specifically for children, and others who have trouble holding an iPod. The colorful (Bright Red, Lymon Green, Mandarin Orange, Pink Panther, Purple Parade and Royal Blue), all silicone case features easy-to-hold handles on either side for easy gripping. The handles run the full length of the iPod case, providing maximum surface. $24.99

Contact: frogz™ Inc., 953 West 700 North Suite 107, Logan , UT 84321, 877-443-7641, http://www.ifrogz.com, fax: 435-753-2332.



Specialized Output Reviews

Number Press (MAC/WIN)
Number Press provides a unique and important function for those digital publishers who have a need to add unique numbering schemes to their documents. Such needs may apply to forms, NCR, raffle tickets, slips, coupons, book receipts, tags, and other items.

The program works by using a pre-designed document as a background template, much in the way that a variable data printing system works, with static content on the template, and variable (numbering in this case) data on the overlay. On the Mac the supported formats are PDF, EPS, TIFF, BMP, JPEG, GIF, and any QuickTime format. On Windows the formats are TIFF, BMP, JPEG, and GIF. The publisher recommends using PDF, which is only available on the Mac. As well, Macintosh users can print directly to PDF, producing a PDF file of each unique numbered document.

The program provides very flexible numbering options, allowing the user to set the start number, end number, increment, number of times the number is printed, if the count is up or down, the option to include leading zeros, and the number of times the number appears on the page. The user maintains complete control over the appearance of the number, including its font, style, size, prefix, and suffix.

The user sets the location of where the number or numbers are to appear, specifying their distance, in inches or centimeters, from the left and top. The Graphical Preview allows the user to see how the numbering will appear before committing to print. $49.95

Contact: Praeter Software, http://www.praetersoftware.com, e-mail: support@praetersoftware.com.


The Quiz Press (MAC/WIN)
The Quiz Press is a complete quiz and test composition and publishing application that supports delivery both in print and on-line. Web output is generated in Flash, and can be integrated with other Web content or published as stand-alone pages.

Question types consist of multiple choice, fill in the blanks, short answer, true or false, and cloze (wherein the test taker selects from a word bank to fill in the blanks). Composing questions is remarkably easy. The user simply selects the question type, types in the question and answer(s). The quiz can be previewed interactively at any time.

Compelling examples of Quiz Press output can be seen at http://www.solrobots.com/quizpress/sample_quizzes.html. $49.95

Contact: Sol Robots, 512 853-9645, http://www.solrobots.com, e-mail: sales@solrobots.com, fax: 815 550-1744.



Image Collection Reviews

Retro Clip Art Volumes 1 and 2 (MAC/WIN)
Retro Clip Art Volumes 1 and 2 are the work of artist Andy Nortnik, who specializes in nostalgic images of the thirties, forties, and fifties. While most artwork from this period is simply digitized from pre-existing illustrations, all of Mr. Nortnik's work is original. In addition, while most retro clip art is provided in black-and-white, most of Mr. Nortnik's illustrations are in color.

As a working artist proficient in the entire graphic arts workflow process, from digital creation to on-press output, Mr. Nortnik's work reflects the high quality necessary for professional applications. His vector illustrations, scale to any size, and many illustrations have been color separated using the Pantone Matching System (PMS). He provides his illustrations in industry-standard formats, .jpg, .gif, and .eps.

Retro Clip Art Volume 1 and 2 each includes 50 images, in three file formats, ready for print or the Web. A library of 20 retro fonts and dingbat collections are provided as a bonus. $9.99 each

Contact: Art by Andy Nortnik, Colorado Storefront, http://www.andynortnik.com.



Digital Video Reviews

WinDVD 8 Platinum (WIN )
WinDVD 8 Platinum maintains its status as the premium DVD and video playback application with over 175 million worldwide users. The software can play virtually all formats, and is both high definition and Windows Vista ready.

The software runs on home cinema system, desktop PCs, and laptops, providing clear, smooth playback. The software incorporates a number of technologies that enhance the digital viewing experience. These include: SmartStretch, which stretches the standard 4:3 format to widescreen; Audio Effects, which simulates the acoustics of various venues such as a Broadway theatre; and Video Effects, which provide control over sharpness and other video settings. The software also incorporates advanced technologies, including Intel ClearVideo, nVidia PureVideo, and TrimensionDNM video processing. $59.95

Contact: InterVideo, Inc., 47350 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538, 510 651-0888, http://www.intervideo.com, e-mail: sales@intervideo.com, fax: 510 651-8808.


InterVideo iVideoToGo (WIN )
InterVideo iVideoToGo is rated as one of the fastest programs for converting DVDs or video files for playback on iPod or PSP. In its single window interface users can do conversions in three simple steps, encoding in either H.264 or MPEG-4. The program provides several preset profiles so that settings are already made for most user requirements. As a conversion is made the user can observe, in the preview display, what is taking place. Users can set video start and end points to trim the video prior to conversion, and users can maintain wide-screen aspect ratios (16:9). $29.95

Contact: InterVideo, Inc., 47350 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538, 510 651-0888, http://www.intervideo.com, e-mail: sales@intervideo.com, fax: 510 651-8808.


miXscope (MAC)
miXscope is an application that extends the functionality of the external Apple iSight camera as well as providing support for QX3/QX3+, QX5, MiScope, ProScope, Dino-Lite, and Dino-Eye USB microscopes.

This handy utility provides many useful capabilities including digital zoom with pan, time-stamping and text comment to image movie, frame averaging, time-lapse movies, live freehand drawing, special effects, and more. $14.95

Contact: EdH Software, LLC, http://www.edhsw.com, e-mail: support@edhsw.com.


DGM DVE Complete (MAC)
CGM DVE Complete is the single most complete and comprehensive library of plug-ins for Apple Final Cut Pro and Final Cut Express. Consisting of 136 filters, generators, and transitions, digital videographers are likely to find exactly the effect that they need for a given project. Some of the CGM FX software has been bundled with Final Cut Pro, which is a strong endorsement of its quality and usefulness. The Complete CGM SVE collection is composed of three volumes which are available separately. The contents of each volume is demonstrated on-line with a screenshot or a demonstration movie. The only way to appreciate what each plug-in can do is to see it. Readers are encouraged to go to
http://www.cgm-online.de/eiperle/cgm_screenshots_e.html to learn more about the full set of plug-ins which are listed here:

Video Transitions 2D: CGM Band Slide, CGM Blur Slide, CGM Border Wipe, CGM Checkerboard Wipe, CGM Laser, CGM Liquid, CGM Multislide, CGM Multispin, CGM Oscillate, CGM Pixelstorm, CGM Random Bar Wipe, CGM Rectangle Wipe, CGM Slide, CGM Spin, CGM Split Slide, CGM Squish, CGM Stretch, CGM Stretch Blur, CGM Swap Slide, CGM Tumble, CGM Twirl, CGM Wind Blur,

Video Transitions 3D: CGM Cube Spin, CGM Double Flip, CGM Double Page Peel, CGM Explode, CGM Flip, CGM Jump Slide, CGM Page Peel, CGM Page Peel 1/2, CGM Page Peel 1/4, CGM Swing, CGM Zoom/Rotate 3D

Video Filters 2D: CGM Displace, CGM Roll- /Scroll (Title), CGM Wind Blur Pro

Video Transitions Dissolve: CGM Cross Dissolve, Film Dissolve, CGM Dip to Color Dissolve, CGM Dissolve Spin, CGM Letter Zoom, CGM Luma Color Dissolve, CGM Luma Dissolve, CGM Morph, CGM Movie FX (Pattern), CGM Movie FX (Light), CGM Movie FX (Burn), CGM Pond Ripple Dissolve, CGM Ripple Dissolve, CGM Softwipe

Video Filters 3D: CGM Basic 3D, CGM Cube 3D, CGM De-interlace, CGM Film, CGM Film Pro

Video Filters FX: CGM Binoculars Pro, CGM Charts, CGM Crop/Shadow/Border, CGM's 3D-shadow, CGM Handy Cam, CGM Light/Glow, CGM Magnifying Glass, CGM Mask, CGM Photo Camera, CGM Speed, CGM Timewarp, CGM Spotlight, CGM Star, CGM Timecode/Reel

Video Filters Image Control: CGM Area Blur, CGM Brightness-Contrast, CGM Channel Switcher, CGM Clone Area, CGM Clone Grain, CGM Color Balance, CGM Color Glow, CGM Highlights, CGM Low Pass Filter, CGM Lows, CGM Match Color, CGM Noise Killer, CGM Reverse Fields, CGM Selective Color Correction 8P, CGM Silk, CGM Sunshine, CGM White Balance

Video Filters Matte: CGM 4-Point Garbage Matte, CGM Bezier Matte 20P

Video Generators Text: CGM Arrow, CGM Countdown, CGM GPS Data, CGM Karaoke, CGM Marker, CGM Scrambler, CGM T Minus, CGM Text, CGM Widescreen

The CGM DVE Complete set, which represents a savings of 30% over the cost of the individual packages, also includes several Final Cut Pro workshops and 68 softwipe patterns. $324

Contact: Eiperle CGM, Kremserweg 2, 88339 Bad Waldsee - Reute, Germany, +49 (0) 7524 / 49 614, http://www.cgm-online.com, e-mail: eiperle@cgm-online.com, fax: +49 (0) 7524 / 49 610.


Movavi VideoSuite (WIN )
Movavi VideoSuite combines six useful applications in a single package. The tools support: • Converting videos and DVD into a format viewable on a mobile device such as an iPod, PSP, PSA, or cell phone. The process is as simple as choosing the video, selecting the device, and hitting "Convert." • Converting video from one format to another in order to play them on seemingly incompatible devices. The program supports AVI (DivX, XVid), DVD VOB, IFO, MPEG, MPEG4, (iPod, PSP, MP4), 3GPP, 3GPP2, MOC, WMV, ASF, RM, MP3, and WAV. • Splitting and joining multiple video clips into a single movie, or splitting movies on the basis of user-defined criteria. • Applying filters and special effects to change the overall appearance of a movie. • Extracting audio tracks and images from videos and DVDs. • Copying and backing-up data, audio, and video onto CD or DVD.

$59.99

Contact: Movavi, Ordzhonikidze Str 40, office 3508, Novosibirsk, 630099, Russia, Tel-Fax: +7-383-212-04056 (GMT +6), http://www.movavi.com, e-mail: info@movavi.com.


Footlights 2.1 (MAC)
Footlights 2.1 is a QuickTime movie player with several features not found in other players. The user can speed up or slow down the movie (and its audio); set the movie's transparency so that content below can be seen; maintain a searchable movie list; control the gamma, brightness, contrast, and rotation; and display the movie in full screen format. $14.95

Contact: RadicalBreeze Software, http://www.radicalbreeze.com, e-mail1:19:03 PM webmaster@radicalbreeze.com.



Color Management

Genopal (MAC/WIN)
Genopal enables designers and others to generate harmonious color palettes that can be exported in a variety of formats, including .aco (for use in Adobe Photoshop), .pal, .bmp, .gif, and .jpg. The palette colors can be interpreted in RGB, CMYK, HSB, and HEX, and the user maintains control over lightness to further extend the range of colors.

Genopal is based on the LAB color system, and works with the way that humans perceive color. It generates palettes of color combinations, either similar or diverse, based on a single color chosen by the user. When an acceptable palette is generated the user can save it for use in another application. $35

Contact: Genometri Private Limited, 14 Prince George's Park, Singapore 118412, +65 67789456, http://www.genometri.com/color, e-mail: info@genometri.com, fax: +65 68724860.



Book Reviews

Adobe Camera Raw Studio Skills
Lowrie, Charlotte K.

The author combines her extensive experience with the RAW digital file format with those of several contributors, including Kevin Ames, Ellen Anon, John Paul Caponigro, Bob Coates, Sean Duggan, Mcduff Everton, Katrin Eismann, Rob Sheppard, Eddie Tapp, and David H. Wells.

The major book sections include: Workflow and Image Evaluation, Image Processing Techniques, and Adding Finishing Touches in Photoshop. The many contributors share their workflows and techniques in maximizing the usefulness of the RAW format.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0471782645

0471782645 348 pp. $34.99

Contact: John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 10158-0012


Aperture Exposed
Anon, Ellen; Josh Anon

These professional Macintosh photographers have written the first independent book about Apple Aperture 1.1. showing how to integrate it into a commercial photo business. This well-designed full-color book provides step-by-step instructions and a profuse number of screen captures to show all of the benefits of applying the software for a professional workflow. The authors stress the use of the RAW file format and demonstrate its benefits.

Downloadable project files are available at http://www.sybex.com/go/apertureexposed.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D047004019X

047004019X 297 pp. $29.99

Contact: Sybex, 2021 Challenger Drive, #100, Alameda, CA 94501.


Creating Web Pages for Dummies
Smith, Bud E.; Arthur Bebak

The authors provide a straight, no frills, approach to learning how to build a Web presence, presented in plain English. Major topics include: the basics of the process; building a specialized kind of Web page; learning about HTML; selecting Web page creation tools; adding home page frills; creating a full Web site; publishing to the Internet; adding interactivity and multimedia; and more.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0470080302

0470080302 390 pp. $24.99

Contact: John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 10158-0012


CSS: The Definitive Guide, Third Edition
Meyer, Eric A.

This is the standard and complete guide to the use of cascading style sheets, a technology that has transcended Web page design and migrated to chat clients, dashboard widgets and beyond. The author provides comprehensive coverage of CSS properties, tags, attributes, and implementations. If you buy only one book on CSS for your library, this is it!

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0596527330

0596527330 518 pp. $44.99

Contact: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472, 800 998-9938, 707 829-0515, http://www.oreilly.com, e-mail: info@oreilly.com, fax: 707 829-0104.


Digital Photography All-In-One Reference for Dummies, 3rd Edition
Busch, David D.

This encyclopedia work combines eight books in one. The individual titles include: Digital Photography Overview, Building Your Digital Photography Studio, Using Digital SLRs, Taking Great Pictures, Basics of Image Editing, Editing with Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Restoring Old Photos, and Printing and Sharing Your Digital Images. This full-color tome is an excellent single-volume library for the new digital photographer whose need for information is as expansive as the content of this book. Each of the books features a clever cartoon by Rich Tennant.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0470037431

0470037431 726 pp. $39.99

Contact: John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 10158-0012


Dreamweaver 8 Bible
Lowery, Joseph W.

This massive text contains just about every detail concerning the use of Dreamweaver 8.

A sample chapter, What's New in Dreamweaver, is available in PDF format at http://media.wiley.com/product_data/excerpt/28/04717631/0471763128.pdf.

The accompanying CD-ROM contains trial versions of Dreamweaver 8, Flash 8 Professional, and Fireworks 8, as well as interactive on-screen tutorials.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0471763128

0471763128 1111 pp. $$49.99

Contact: John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 10158-0012


Encyclopedia of Visual Effects: The ultimate guide to creating effects in Shake, Motion, and Adobe After Affects
Allen, Damian; Brian Connor

This is a fascinating inside look, some presented in first-person accounts, at how professional motion picture special effects are created using Apple technology. Readers are shown how special effects for such movie spectaculars as The Lord of the Rings, World of the Worlds, and Star Wars: Episode III, and others, were created. The accompanying DVD-ROM includes 80 hours of training, media files, and trial versions for Shake, Motion, dvGarage Conduit, SilhouetteFX Silhouette.

Among the many interesting topics presented are: 3D fundamentals, the process of tracking, face replacement, faux shadows, fog, dust busting, combining mattes, grain matching, matchmoving in perspective, rotoscoping, skin repair, stop-motion animation, vapor, and many, many more. The techniques are listed alphabetically, providing rapid access to particular topics.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0321303342

0321303342 590 pp. $59.99

Contact: Peachpit Press, 1249 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 800 283-9444, http://www.peachpit.com, fax: 510 524-2221.


Exposure and Lighting For Digital Photographers Only
Meadhra, Michael; Charlotte K. Lowrie

It is the control of light and exposure that determines the quality and usefulness of photographs. Although most digital cameras have automatic controls for each of these functions, it is only when the photographer takes manual control that truly professional quality photographs can be captured.

The authors provide their professional insight and skill in explaining how to achieve the correct balance of light and shadow. The numerous photographs graphically demonstrate the effects of various lighting schemes.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0470038691

0470038691 345 pp. $34.99

Contact: John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 10158-0012


Fedora Linux: A Complete Guide to Red Hat's Community Distribution
Tyler, Chris

Fedora, s a distribution of the popular Linux operating system. This book addresses Fedora Core 6 (FC6), which can be learned by following the ten chapters which are organized into labs. Each of the labs addresses a particular problem, such as "Using Fedora on a Notebook," or "Securing Your System."

The first chapter, "Quick Start: Installing Fedora," is available on-line at: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/redoralinux/chapter/index.html.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0596526822

0596526822 656 pp. $39.99

Contact: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472, 800 998-9938, 707 829-0515, http://www.oreilly.com, e-mail: info@oreilly.com, fax: 707 829-0104.


George DeWolfe's Digital Photography Fine Print Workshop
DeWolfe, George

This book is like a hand-holding session with a nature imaging expert...leading the reader through the various processes to create extraordinary fine art photographs. The award-winning George DeWolfe shows how he makes dramatic improvements to 16-bit digital images. Many "before" and "after" images clearly show the results of a skillful eye and trained hand. The complete process of manipulating images and making art prints is revealed.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0072260874

0072260874 255 pp. $39.99

Contact: Osborne McGraw-Hill, 2600 Tenth St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 510 549-6600, fax: 510 549-6603.


Head First Object-Oriented Analysis & Design
McLaughlin, Brett D.; Gary Pollice, David West

The first book written about Object-Oriented Analysis & Design (OOAD) that seeks to present information in the way that your brain works. It approaches the software development process with an emphasis on software, not code, on depth, not breadth. Using modern research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, the authors stress the importance of the application rather than the theory. The objective of the book is to show readers how to analyze, design, and write valid object-oriented software that can be reused, maintained, and extended.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0596008678

0596008678 600 pp. $49.99

Contact: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472, 800 998-9938, 707 829-0515, http://www.oreilly.com, e-mail: info@oreilly.com, fax: 707 829-0104.


HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Sixth Edition
Musiano, Chuck; Bill Kennedy

Considered the standard text on the subject of HTML and XHTML, this up-to-date volume provides a good mix of tutorial and reference. It is an essential guide for any serious user of hand-coded Web sites, as well as a comprehensive introduction for the novice. Advanced subjects include Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3), XHTML2, XForms, XFrames, Java applets, JavaScript programs, and much more.

A sample chapter, "Quick Start," is available online at: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/html6/chapter/index.html.

Available for on-line ordering at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=thekleperreporto&path=ISBN%3D0596527322

0596527322 654 pp. $49.99

Contact: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 1005 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472, 800 998-9938, 707 829-0515, http://www.oreilly.com, e-mail: info@oreilly.com, fax: 707 829-0104.


Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Third Edition
Rosenfeld, Louis; Peter Morville

The authors present a new way of thinking about information architecture that includes building Web sites that support co-creation, and designing for access by mobile devices and multiple platforms. Their emphasis is on making large Web sites easier to navigate, and for making large amounts of information more accessible.

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0596527349 504 pp. $39.99

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iPod & iTunes for Dummies
Bove, Tony; Cheryl Rhodes

This "Dummies" guide deals with the nuts and bolts of getting the most out of an iPod. Readers will learn how to buy and import music and videos, compose playlists, rip CDs, import podcasts, synchronize with a computer host, and more. The companion website at http://www.dummies.com/go/ipod4e offers a free chapter excerpt plus four bonus chapters.

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0470048948 418 pp. $21.99

Contact: John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 10158-0012


iPod Book, The
Kelby, Scott

Virtually every page of the book is devoted to an explanation of how to use the iPod or the iTunes Music Store. Each activity is clearly described and illustrated, in full-color. This book provides a quick and valuable education for any iPod user.

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0321422287 267 pp. $19.99

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iPod Fully Loaded: If You've Got It, You Can iPod It
Ihnatko, Andy

This is likely the densest book available about virtually all of the possible ways to load almost every kind of digital content onto an iPod. It goes beyond the typical iPod coverage and includes Web pages, contacts, appointments, to-dos, documents, books, e-mail, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, and more.

Written by one of the Macintosh industry luminaries, the book covers the iPod in ways that no book has before. If the iPod can do it, you'll read how within its covers.

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0470049502 276 pp. $19.99

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iPod: The Missing Manual, Fifth Edition
Biersdorfer, J.D.

A complete no-nonsense guide to the use and enjoyment of all of the various iPod models. The author devotes one or two pages to all of the ways in which the iPod can be used for storing music, videos, pictures, e-books, data, and more. Each entry is clearly written and supported with full-color illustrations. This is a "must have" book for every iPod owner.

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0596529783 239 pp. $19.99

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Java & XML, Third Edition
McLaughlin, Brett D.; Justin Edelson

This new edition emphasizes the APIs that work with databases, objects, registries in LDAP, and APIs that make other APIs easier to work with. The authors show how usage of Java and XML have become more usable, and how these two technologies are being applied to the peer-to-peer movement, messaging, web services, and electronic commerce.

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059610149X 465 pp. $49.99

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Learning JavaScript
Powers, Shelley

The author provides a unique bridge between JavaScript and Ajax, showing in web-based examples, how to apply JavaScript logic to existing object structures. Although JavaScript is one of the most widely used languages it is also one of the most misunderstood because it is actually two languages. The first is an easy-to-use scripting language built into Web browsers and performing functions such as form validation and drop down menus; and second, an object-oriented language which requires in-depth study. The provides a strong link between the two.

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0596527462 335 pp. $29.99

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MCSE Core Elective Exams in a Nutshell
Bhardwaj, Pawan K.; Roger A. Grimes

This useful book provides study guides and practice for preparing for the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification exams for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 administrators. Certification requires successful completion of six core exams and one elective exam. This reference book covers three elective exams (70-270, 70-297, and 70-298). Each of the exams is supported with an Exam Overview, Study Guide, and Prep and Practice.

A sample chapter, Exam 70-270 Overview, is available free at http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mcseceeian/chapter/index.html.

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0596102291 571 pp. $39.99

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Microsoft Office 2007 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies
Weverka, Peter

This super book combines eight books in one, covering the entire Microsoft Office 2007 software suite. The integrated books cover Common Office Tools, Word 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Excel 2007, Access 2007, Publisher 2007, and One Step Beyond. Readers can easily find illustrated, step-by-step instructions to accomplishing many of the most common tasks. The easy-to-follow instructions, and clear diagrams make learning Office 2007 less threatening.

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0471782793 782 pp. $29.99

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Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 for Dummies
Lowe, Doug

A concise treatment of working with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, replete with illustrated, step-by-step instructions. Written by the author of more than 40 "For Dummies" books, Doug Lowe follows the formula of reducing complicated tasks to simplified procedures that anyone can do. The book includes a tear-out cheat sheet to guide the new PowerPoint user through the application.

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0470040599 336 pp. $21.99

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MySQL Cookbook, 2nd Edition
DuBois, Paul

Here is the most complete compilation of coding examples for programing using MySQL 5.0. The wide ranging examples include the use of Perl, PHP, Python, Java, and Ruby, and provide a rich array of recipes that will enable programmers to more quickly develop sophisticated applications. The author not only provides working code, but explains how the code works, enabling readers to make modifications to fit their particular requirements.

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059652708x 948 pp. $49.99

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Network Security Hacks, Second Edition
Lockhart, Andrew

The author has compiled a cookbook of 125 well-honed ready-to-use hacks that intermediate and advanced network administrators can apply to cope with ordinary and unexpected networking intrusions and problems.

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0596527632 455 pp. $29.99

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Photoshop Workflow Setups: Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography
Tapp, Eddie

Adobe Photoshop is a very sophisticated application, and each user approaches it somewhat differently, some more intelligently than others. Now readers can benefit from the expertise of one of the most renown award-winning digital photographers, Eddie Tapp. Tapp shows, in detail, and with clear full-color illustrations and step-by-step instructions, how he makes the most of the Photoshop work environment. This is a wonderful insight into how one professional derives the greatest benefit from this powerful software tool.

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0596101686 197 pp. $29.99

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Practical Color Management: Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography
Tapp, Eddie

Propagating the color from a scene in the same vivid and true color to a Web page or printed image is a daunting task. The true color in the image, displayed on a computer monitor, and passed to an output device (computer projector, printer, laptop display, etc.) must all render a version that accurately reflects the original. Implementing a color management system can be a major challenge. Enter Eddie Tapp, the consummate digital photographer with his user friendly color management workflow and easy to implement color management methods and techniques. In this attractive, full-color book he shows how color can be controlled from image capture to output.

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0596527683 168 pp. $29.99

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RealWorld Mac Maintenance and Backups: Industrial-Strength Techniques
Kissell, Joe

There is no deeper regret that a computer user can have than having failed to make a recent back-up. The loss of valuable data can be devastating in terms of lost time and labor, missed deadlines, and disappointed clients. The author shows how adhering to routine tasks at prescribed intervals, the reader can keep their system running reliably, and their data maintained safely.

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0321492188 228 pp. $29.99

Contact: Peachpit Press, 1249 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710, 800 283-9444, http://www.peachpit.com, fax: 510 524-2221.


Ruby on Rails: Up and Running
Tate, Bruce A.; Curt Hibbs

Ruby on Rails appears to be one of the most significant open source projects in the past decade. It enables users to construct clean applications based on the model-view-controller philosophy. The authors show readers how to build working applications with Ajax, including using ActiveRecord with databases, developing HTML views with templates, building Ajax features into applications, and much more.

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0596101325 167 pp. $29.99

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Simplified Creating Web Pages with HTML, 3rd Edition
Kinkoph, Sherry Willard

The ultimate hand-holding guide to the creation of Web pages using HTML. This full-color step-by-step recipe book contains dozens of light-hearted illustrations, with easy-to-follow text, introduced by Chip, a cartoon guide. This gentle introduction is perfect for the technology-shy.

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0471786470 225 pp. $24.99

Contact: John Wiley & Sons, 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 10158-0012


SQL Hacks
Cummings, Andrew; Gordon Russell

This collection of 100 tips and tools are presented as solutions to particular SQL problems, and are also applicable for users of Access, My SQL, SQL Server, Oracle, or PostgreSQL. The authors provide the code that can simplify access to databases, and increase the value and productivity of data processing.

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0596527993 410 pp. $29.99

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