The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing - Issue 8.5 September / October 2003

Issue 8.5 September / October 2003


Digital Audio

Audio Hijack Pro (MAC)
Audio Hijack Pro is a handy application that enables the user to "hijack" or capture the audio output from any application running in Mac OS X. The program provides the capability to record the audio from CDs, DVDs, Internet streaming, and other sources. When the program is in use it adds an Equalizer to the sound output from any program, providing the means to improve low quality audio. Other features include: Timers, to capture audio at a given time and for a given interval (kind of like Tivo); a Reverb plug-in; conversion of Real, Windows Media, AAC to AIFF or MP3; support for up to 100 VST plugins; Green Oak's Excitifier VST plugin to "un-muddy" music; control of audio levels with Level meters, VU meters, Menu Bar Meters, and Specmeters VST plugin; and more. $30

Contact: Rogue Amoeba Software, 29 Scottsdale Ct., Cranbury, NJ 08512, 609 213-4380,, fax: 734 264-0527.

Hardware Reviews

USB Flex™ Light (MAC/WIN)
USB Flex™ Light is a three-position flexible goose-neck lamp that illuminates a computer keyboard in a dark environment, drawing low power through a USB port. The lamp head contains eight LEDs, with four illuminated in the first "on" position, and eight in the second. The unit is lightweight and easily packed. $19.95

Contact: ATEN Technology, Inc., IOGEAR, 23 Hubble Dr., Irvine, CA 92618, 866-9-IOGEAR (866-946-4327), 949-453-8782,, fax: 949-453-8785.

Additions/Extensions Reviews

Web Euphoria (MAC/WIN)
Web Euphoria is a set of 20 plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop which were previously only available for Adobe After Effects. The product is available first for the Macintosh OS, and will be available for Windows NT in the near future. The effects are highly useful for Web and print designers.

One subset of the suite of plug-ins deals with Euphoria's sophisticated particle system that produces effects such as Fire, Rain Fall, Smoke, FogBank, Starfield, and Snow Storm. Another deals with media effects, such as AgedFilm and VideoLook; and yet another subset deals with photographic effects, such as Sabbatier and Grayscaler. The graphic elements creation tools enable the user to create effects that are often difficult, time-consuming, or beyond their technical capabilities. These include Thermograph, Selective Posterizer, Pearls, LightBlast, Specular Lighting, and ShadowType. A free demo version is available on the DigiEffects Web site. $195

Contact: DigiEffects, 2400 Water Well Lane, Austin, TX 78728, 888 DIGI-EFX, 512 306-0779, www://, fax: 512 306-1310.

File Transfer/Processing Reviews

StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 (MAC)
StuffIt Deluxe 8.0 for Macintosh OS X provides a suite of capabilities that extend beyond compression to include access, backup and sending. The StuffIt Expander enables the user to open just about any kind of compressed file simply by dragging and dropping it on the Expander icon. Using the StuffIt Deluxe application the user can selectively expand individual files from a larger archive.

The DropStuff desktop icon can be used to create StuffIt archives by dragging and dropping files and folders onto it. The way in which the compression is accomplished can be configured to suit particular needs. The archives can be encrypted with a password and made self-extracting.

Among the most useful features in the program are:

DropSegment: A drag and drop application that lets the user specify the size of segments that he or she would like to produce from a large file. This is useful when even a compressed file will not fit on a given piece of media. Although the program does not compress files before segmenting it, it can segment a file that has been compressed. A series of segmented files can be Joined when the file needs to be used.

Return Receipt: A return receipt can be added to a StuffIt archive. It will contain a message, the user's name and e-mail address. When the receiver unstuffs the archive they will see the message and can initiate the receipt.

DropZip: This drag and drop utility is used when the user wants to compress files into the Zip archive format, which is commonly used by Windows users. Although Zip compression is not at efficient as StuffIt, this version of Zip is about 5% more efficient than other implementations.

DropTar: DropTar creates the Tape Archive format, using a drap and drop method. This archive format is not compressed, and the processed file will be the same size as the original file.

ArchiveSearch: This application is similar to the Apple OS search, but is used specifically to locate files that are in StuffIt, Zip, and StuffIt X archives. It provides a very flexible search capability encompassing multiple criteria including name, size, compressed size, kind, label, date created, etc. After results have been gathered, the user can perform a number of operations, such as extracting the contents of the file, revealing the contents of the file, and more.

Archive Assistant: This application helps the user to make periodic back-ups of important files stored on the Macintosh. It leads the user through the process, and assists in the creation of a schedule for routinely saving mission-critical files.

StuffIt CM and Magic Menu: The StuffIt Contextual Menu provides direct access to the functionality of the StuffIt Deluxe application from the Finder. These functions can also be accessed from the Magic Menu which is located in the Finder's menubar.

StuffIt Plug-ins: Plug-ins are provided for compressing documents directly from Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Word. In addition, the plug-ins enable the user to open stuffed files directly from these applications.

The StuffIt Deluxe application enables the user to browse and manipulate the contents of StuffIt archives, as well as create and unstuff them. Its handy Toolbar provides direct access to the functions necessary for creating a new archive, stuffing it, unstuffing a .sit archive or other type of archive, creating a new folder, deleting selected items from an open archive, getting info on selected items in an open archive, and launching the application of an associated file in a single step.

StuffIt Deluxe also supports the new StuffIt X file format, which not only produces a smaller archive size, but includes 512 bit encryption for exceptional security, (as compared to 40 bit encryption used in StuffIt and Zip file formats), as well as available error correction. $79.99

Contact: Aladdin Systems, Inc., 165 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076, 408/761-6200, 800 480-4011, Internet:, fax: 408/761-6206, WWW:

IntelliMerge 3.5 (MAC)
IntelliMerge 3.5 is an application that enables users to merge database contents into e-mail messages easily and flexibly. The integrated Message Editor is used to create a message that contains embedded merge tags that are automatically substituted with database fields when the messages are sent. It operates like the mail merge function in a word processor, replacing IntelliMerge tags, such as , with the contents of a corresponding database field.

The program can be used to send virtually any kind of message, customizing them so that they appear to be personalized. The program is sophisticated enough to respond to conditional statements, inserting content based on the presence of certain definitions. Suggested uses include newsletters, invoices and other forms of tranactions, correspondence, solitications, individualized reports, and more. Messages may include attachments and HTML coding.

The program enables the user to create recipient lists in a self-contained database, as well as import database contents from any database that can export a tab- or comma-delimited file. The program itself can export its database contents for use in other programs. The program's database fields can be customized for practically any situation or application.

The program works through the user's local mail server (SMTP), and monitors and records errors. The user can preview messages before sending them out to validate their contents and formatting. The program can detect invalid e-mail addresses as well as alert the user to duplicate entries. Large mailings can be spread across multiple servers to balance the load.

The program is very well-designed and exceptionally easy to use. It is a smart companion to any database, extending the reach of its data to any recipient, anywhere. $79.95

Contact: Intelli Innovations, Inc., 923 Griffis St., Cary, NC 27511-3747, 919 468-0340, Mailing Address: P.O. Box 633, Cary, NC 27512-0633,, e-mail:, fax: 775 201-2036.

CD-ROM Reviews

CDAnywhere (WIN )
CDAnywhere enables a user to create compressed CDs and DVDs so that they can be run directly on a hard drive without the presence of the original media. The program eliminates the need to have the original CD or DVD, and lets the user run the contents at hard disk speeds which approach the performance of a 200x CD-ROM drive, but without the delay and noise of a CD-ROM drive. The CD Anywhere Wizard allows the user to create up to 23 CD Anywhere drives, that the user's hard drive sees as real CD-ROM drives. $39.95

Contact: V Communications, Inc., 2290 North First St., Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95131, 408 965-4000,, fax: 408 965-4014.

Utility Reviews

DiskWarrior 3 (MAC)
DiskWarrior 3 is the most acclaimed disk utility available for the Macintosh. It is capable of repairing a wide range of common disk problems, often performing successful repairs when other utilities have failed. Despite its sophisticated operation, it is very user-focused, providing the user with a preview of its intended solution. This preview is a patent-pending feature, and like the single button repair and optimize option, is indicative of the elegant design of the program. Anyone who depends on their Macintosh for serious work should have this software. $87.90

Contact: Alsoft, Inc., P.O. Box 927, Spring, TX 77383, 800 257-6381, 281 353-4090,, e-mail:, fax: 281 353-9868.

Dragon Burn 3 (MAC)
Dragon Burn 3 for Mac OS X provides flexible and efficient creation of CDs and DVDs containing audio or data. The software supports the most recent CD and DVD burners, supporting DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/+RW (USB 2.0 and FireWire®) as well as 52x CD writers. The software can simultaneously control multiple burners (as many as are attached to a system), and also enables multi-sessions.

Among the most significant features of this release are: Volume Balancing, to automatically maintain the volume across all tracks of an audio CD; Support for iTunes Playlists, enabling quick burning of CDs from playlists; Live Audio, making it possible to record directly from a microphone and convert analog music sources into digital media; Support for Gracenote CDDB®, to download artist and title information; and Discus Label Maker Software, to design and print CD/DVD labels and jewel case inserts.

Users who are unfamiliar with burning media will appreciate the built-in "Smart Decision" technology, which automatically selects the optimum writing method, speed, drive, and media properties. The user can, of course, override any of these suggested settings. In addition, "burn proof" support ensures that files are scanned and validated prior to burning. $49.95

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

ASCII/edit (MAC)
ASCII/edit is an innovative utility that provides a desktop publishing type of interface to compose messages made of monospaced ASCII characters, and borders and lines made of arrangements of hyphens and equal signs. The program solves the problem of sending e-mails, composing newsgroup messages, and entering source code comments that will appear exactly as the author intended. With the use of this simple editor the user can compose simple diagrams, tables, and graphics, all composed of plain ASCII text, the universal format understood by all computer systems. As text is input its properties and size can be controlled through palette and menu options. Objects can be duplicated and stepped and repeated across a specified distance. The output can be saved as an ordinary text file that can be used in almost any text-based program. Shareware, $12.

Contact: Simon Haertel, Am Hang 38, 33824 Werther, Germany,, e-mail:

iClip (MAC)
iClip is a combination multiple clipboard and scrapbook that enables the user to copy and paste, and drag and drop, multiple items to and from multiple "clipping bins." The bins, which can be displayed in small, medium, or large formats, can hold a wide range of object types, including images, text, sounds, Internet addresses, and more. The contents can be organized into "clipping sets" that can be maintained to increase a user's efficiency and productivity. Each clipping bin contains three controls, one to paste into it, one to copy out of it, and one to clear its contents. Items can also be dragged and dropped into and out of the bins. The iClip window, either in horizontal or vertical orientation, floats above all open windows making it accessible at any time. This is truly a productivity enhancer that digital publishers can use daily. $19.95

Contact: Inventive, Inc., 6 Chandler Dr., Readfield, ME 04355, 207 685-4188,, fax: 207 685-3043.

Digital Video Reviews

DVD Xpress (WIN )
DVD Xpress is a hardware/software solution for capturing analog (VHS videotape) or digital video to CD or DVD. It is a complete turnkey package, providing one of the easiest and lowest cost solutions for capturing video into the PC environment where it can be edited and archived to disc.

The DVD Xpress device contains the Cirrus Logic 2288 DVD Encoder chip, which is manufactured into many DVD recorders and players. It enables users to convert their analog or digital footage directly into an editable digital format through a simple USB connection to their properly equipped computer. Available digital video formats are MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 at resolutions up to 720 x 480.

The compact capture device provides RCA ports for Left and Right Audio In, Composite Video In, S-VHS In, and USB. Video, from a VCR, for example, is captured by connecting either the three appropriate RCA ports on each device (using the supplied cables), or the single S-video ports. The device connects to the computer using the supplied USB cable. While video is being captured, or previewed, the Capture light on the front of the device is illuminated.

Captured video, using the ADS Tech Capture Wizard, can be archived directly to disc. In addition, the raw video can be edited using the VideoStudio 7.0 DVD (SE) software, which is bundled with the capture device. Users can edit, enhance, title, and add special effects and background music to their clips, and then compose them into a final format for DVD or CD or the Internet. A standard 4.7 GB DVD will yield about two hours of playtime, while a SVCD, which will also play in many DVD players, will hold between 35-40 minutes of playtime on a 700 MB disc. The instruction manual provides complete details on set-up, operation, and use of the software. $145

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

Communication Reviews

Eudora Email 6.0 (MAC/WIN)
Eudora Email 6.0 greatly extends the usefulness of this venerable champion of the e-mail world. Although it is available for both the Macintosh and PC, this review covers only the Macintosh version.

Of greatest interest, and most utility, is the new SpamWatch feature, which is based on work done by Paul Graham SpamWatch can significantly reduce the amount of unwanted e-mail that tends to clog most user's inboxes. Using a user-defined slider control, the user can set the sensitivity of SpamWatch to a number (0 - 100), which serves as the upper limit of a defined spam value that is assigned to every message as it passes through the spam filter. Messages that are marked as spam are filtered into the Junk mailbox, where their spam scores are also listed. Users can train SpamWatch by marking any legitimate messages that appear in the Junk mailbox as "Not Junk" from the Message menu. Once marked these senders are added to the user's Address Book, shielding them from future spam inspection. Unwanted messages that appear in the In mailbox can be identified as spam, and moved to the Junk mailbox by selecting "Junk" from the Message menu, or, if activated in Settings, using Command-J for Junk. Real spam is deleted after a user-defined number of days.

The new Content Concentrator groups threaded messages so that the entire thread can be viewed in the preview pane of the active mailbox. The feature removes the redundant headers and text, making it easier to view the progression of messages. Messages can be grouped either by sender or by subject. The feature is activated by selecting and highlighting the message, pressing the Option key, and clicking on the message.

The Mailbox Drawer feature, which is exclusive to Mac OS 10.2 or greater, appears as a small icon of a drawer in the far right corner of a mailbox. Clicking on the icon opens a drawer which shows a listing of all of the user's mailboxes and folders. The list can be used to open another folder or mailbox, or to move messages between mailboxes.

The SMTP Relay feature allows the user to send all of their mail through their primary Internet Service Provider's (ISP) server. This is useful if an individual has multiple e-mail accounts, and those ISP's do not allow the sending of mail unless it is through their SMTP server.

The new Contextual Filing feature enables the user to quickly file a message that contains, in the header or text, the name of the target mailbox. If, for example, the word "vacation" appears in the message, and the user has a mailbox named "vacation," they can highlight the word, hold Control and click the word, and be presented with a contextual menu that lists the name of the mailbox, which they then select.

Eudora 6.0 also features a new set of icons which gives the program an updated look. All in all this new version provides significant productivity enhancers. The SpamWatch feature alone is worth the price of the software. The program is available in three formats: Light mode, with a small set of features, no ad windows, no tech support, but free; Sponsored mode, with the same features as the Paid mode (except SpamWatch), but with an ad window and up to three sponsored toolbar links, and no technical support; and Paid mode, with all features enabled, including SpamWatch, access to person-to-person technical support, and one year of upgrades. $49.95

Contact: Qualcomm Inc., 6455 Lusk Blvd., San Diego, CA 92121-2779, 619 658-1292, 800 238-3672, Internet:,, fax: 619 658-1500.

DTP Reviews

MasterJuggler (MAC)
MasterJuggler is a very capable font management program that enables the user to organize their TrueType, PostScript, and OpenType fonts by the job, document, project, client, or ther category. Font integrity is maintained using the built-in Font Guardian technology which checks fonts for corruption and damage. Corrupt fonts are an insidious problem, very difficult to diagnose, and likely to cascade into other system-related problems. Installed fonts can be viewed in several different layouts to enable rapid selection of particular typefaces. $89.95

Contact: Alsoft, Inc., P.O. Box 927, Spring, TX 77383, 800 257-6381, 281 353-4090,, e-mail:, fax: 281 353-9868.

Internet Reviews

NetBarrier (MAC)
NetBarrier is an application that protects a computer from unwanted intrusions that can come through a network connection. The program effectively filters all network traffic, detecting suspicious activity, and denying access to hackers, thieves, and other intruders.

The program functions on three levels. The first is a Personal Firewall, which provides filtering of data as it enters and leaves the computer. The second, the Antivandal feature, oversees computer activity and stops intrusive attempts. It creates a Stop List consisting of the Internet addresses of anyone who tries to access the computer and ensures that they can not come back. The third, the Filter function, enables the user to select what data that the user wishes to protect, such as passwords and personal identification numbers. The program includes an automatic Internet updater. $59.95 for Macintosh, $49.95 for Windows.

Contact: Intego, Inc., 6301 Collins Avenue, Suite 1806, Miami, FL 33141, 305 868-7920,, e-mail:, fax: 305 868-7938.

Watson (MAC)
Watson defines a new category of software that takes advantage of Web services, eliminating the need for a Web browser, and providing information in its most direct and usable form. The program provides over twenty interfaces for accessing Web content and services directly and easily. The program serves as a hub for a highly useful set of tools that aggregates the best of the Web in a single location. Users can search for recipes (Epicurious), find the best online price (PriceGrabber), locate Web pages (Google), browse the world's largest book store (Amazon), get a forecast (Weather), buy movie tickets and see QT previews (Movies), locate software updates (VersionTracker), find a definition (Reference), get a TV schedule (TV Listings), track a shipment (Package Tracker), find a phone listing (Phone Book), convert currency (Exchange Rates), translate between languages (Translation), get a stock quote (Stocks), search for an image (Image Search), bid at an auction (eBay), and many more. $29

Contact: Karelia Software, LLC, PO Box 2732, Alameda, CA 94501-0732,, fax: 208 723-2684.

Digital Imaging Reviews

3D-Album (WIN )
3D-Album is an easy-to-use application that enables users to create animated digital photo albums incorporating visually stunning 3D effects. The photos move from one to another in a fluid, natural manner, and can include music, text and voiceovers.

The albums can be distributed on CDs, sent as e-mail attachments, published on the Web, or utilized as custom screensavers. The recipients of these albums do not require special software.

The package contains 23 3D styles with an additional 60 designs available in a free and growing collection that can be downloaded at Digital photographers who have any intent to share their photos should buy this package. $39.95

Contact: Micro Research Institute, Inc., 2200 Ogden Ave., Suite 350, Lisle, IL 60532, 630 963-5559,, fax: 630 963-5779.

Microspot Photo Tools CD (MAC)
The Microspot Photo Tools CD contains three complementary applications that provide the user with programs to edit, store, organize, and print digital photos and other images.

PhotoFix is a very competent solution for editing and retouching photos. It contains a palette of the essential tools and menu options for drawing, retouching, cloning, feathering, masking, applying special effects, and much more. The program is very approachable and non-intimidating...a perfect program for the novice. Simple solutions are provided for accomplishing basic, although common, operations, such as correcting color, brightness, and contrast.

PrintmiX is a flexible printing program that enables users to gang almost any number of their choice of photos on a single sheet. This allows for the most efficient placement of multiple photos on a single piece of expensive photo-grade inkjet paper. The user can import or drag-and-drop images onto portrait or landscape panes and then resize and crop them.

PhotoXtra is a digital asset management application that enables the user to store their images in digital albums of any size, and add keywords and comments. The images can be in PICT, TIFF, JPEG, and GIF formats, and entire folders can be imported at once. The user can then search and retrieve images on the basis of their defined input. Users can share their images by creating slide shows, QuickTime movies, self-contained albums, and HTML files. $79

Contact: Microspot USA, Inc., 1756 Costa Del Sol, Boca Raton, FL 33432, 800 622-7568, 877 255-7568, 561 395-9996,, e-mail:, fax: 561 395-9941.

iScooper (MAC)
iScooper is an application that enables the user to browse and download batches of images that are resident on Web pages that contain several links to pictures. Rather than use a Web browser, iScooper simplifies and automates the process of downloading all linked photos, and then viewing them in a slideshow format directly from within the program. Any unwanted images in a batch can be removed easily; those that are wanted can be saved to disk. The program supports simultaneous downloads and is limited only the user's Internet connection speed. The process involves entering a URL and then pressing the "Scoop" button. Brower users can drag and drop a Web address of a photo gallery page directly into iScooper. $19.95

Contact: Inventive, Inc., 6 Chandler Dr., Readfield, ME 04355, 207 685-4188,, fax: 207 685-3043.

Book Reviews

50 Fast Mac OS X Techniques
Kissell, Joe

A unique guide that presents clear instructions on accessing and using many Macintosh OS X features that are not intuitively obvious, and which have capabilities that casual users do not uncover. Chapters deal with the use of UNIX, the Aqua interface, OS customization, input and control, networking and communications, e-mail and the Web, the digital hub, server techniques, maintenance and automation, and more.

The companion Web site is located at

Available for on-line ordering at

0764539116 418 pp. $24.99

Contact: WILEY, Professional/Trade Group, 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030,

Adobe Type Library, OpenType Edition

The complete and official reference to the entire Adobe Type Library, displaying specimens of every font in the collection, including 60 new entries. The book is invaluable for digital designers, and represents the collection in OpenType format, ensuring cross-platform compatibility and extensive character complements. The book includes extensive background information and a listing of Japanese fonts.

Available for on-line ordering at

0321194012 317 pp. $30

Contact: Adobe Press, Prentice Hall, 113 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

eBay Hacks
Karp, David A.

A true insider's guide to the complexities of buying and selling on eBay. The reader can learn how to be a more effective bidder, how to monitor auctions more closely, how to determine the value of goods before bidding, how to protect ones self against fradulent sellers, how to ensure positive feedback, and much more. The book contains information that is unlikely to found elsewhere, and which can enhance the on-line buying and selling experience.

Several sample chapters are available on-line at

Available for on-line ordering at

0596005644 331 pp. $24.95

Contact: O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., 103 Morris St., Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472, 800 998-9938, 707 829-0515,, e-mail:, fax: 707 829-0104.

Final Cut Express
Weynand, Diana

This book is the only Apple-sanctioned guide to Final Cut Express. It is presented as a series of lessons covering every significant aspect of digital video editing and production. All of the sample files, accounting for over 20 hours or training, are provided on the accompanying DVD. The book is both a self-paced guide and the official curriculum of the Apple Pro Training Program.

Available for on-line ordering at

032120039X 580 pp. $44.99

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

GIMP Pocket Reference
Neumann, Sven

This book is one of the few guides to GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), an open source image editor and design application. This Unix program, which is free, is often compared to the functionality of Adobe Photoshop. The author covers the many features, plug-ins, and scripts, and provides details on every menu item.

Available for on-line ordering at

1565927311 102 pp. $9.95

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

Information Anxiety 2
Wurman, Richard Saul

One of the most thought-provoking books in recent times, the author challenges the notion of there being an information explosion by considering it, instead, a glut of non-information, or "stuff that simply doesn't inform." Mr. Wurman casts the information age in new terms, based partly on the influence of the Internet, and mostly on the vast Age of Also, which includes all other forms of information delivery (newspapers, magazines, newsletters, television, radio, FedEx, e-mail, smail, etc.).

Available for on-line ordering at

0789724103 306 pp. $29.99

Contact: Que Corporation, 11711 North College Ave., Carmel, IN 46032,

Macromedia Contribute 2 for Windows & Macintosh
Negrino, Tom

This handy guide will get the new Macromedia Contribute user up-to-speed quickly. The highly visual design provides numerous screen shots to show the reader how their screen will appear while executing various procedures. The author leads the reader through all of the steps required to connect to a target Web site and edit its contents.

Available for on-line ordering at

0321228499 249 pp. $19.99

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

Nanotechnology, A Gentle Introduction to the Next Big Idea
Ratner, Mark; Daniel Ratner

The authors present the complete story of the next industrial revolution, one that will be enabled by nanotechnology. This new area of science will impact many areas, including biomedicine, optoelectronics, communications, and more. This math-free introduction includes nanotech-enhanced products that are already on the market.

Available for on-line ordering at

0131014005 188 pp. $24.99

Contact: Prentice Hall, PTR, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458,

Teach Yourself DVD Authoring in 24 Hours
Sengstack, Jeff

A step-by-step course consisting of 24 lessons that require one hour or less, covering the operations necessary to produce professional-looking DVDs. The author provides quizzes and exercises to test and train the reader. The accompanying Windows-based DVD contains sufficient trail versions of software to design and create DVDs. The demo applications include: Adobe Premiere, Sonic CinePlayer 1.5, Sonic DVDit! 2.5 SE, SmartSound Movie Maestro, Sonic ReelDVD, and Pinnacle Studio 8.

Available for on-line ordering at

0672325136 522 pp. $29.99

Contact: Sams, 201 West 103rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46290.

Teach Yourself XML in 21 Days, Third Edition
Holzner, Steven

The author of this book leads the novice through the process of learning XML in 21 lessons. Each chapter includes self-test questions with answers, and exercises for expanded understanding. The author claims that anyone who has learned HTML can learn XML.

Available for on-line ordering at

0672325764 853 pp. $39.99

Contact: Sams, 201 West 103rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46290.

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