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The latest of Macromedia¿s award-winning software packages to join the MX family, Macromedia FreeHand MX brings the popular vector-based drawing and layout program into the present day. Whether you¿ve built your career on FreeHand and can¿t wait to master the software¿s new features or you¿re just learning FreeHand for the first time, there¿s no faster way to get up and running with Macromedia FreeHand MX than Macromedia FreeHand MX for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide. Updated by best-selling author Sandee Cohen to include plenty of new step-by-step how-tos and screenshots specific to Macromedia FreeHand MX, this task-based reference is the perfect tool for learning this visual program. The first few chapters provide an overview of the program before walking you through how to create sophisticated artwork using Macromedia FreeHand MX¿s many powerful features: layers and layering, points and paths, working in color, strokes and fills, creating text and text effects, and more. The final chapters explain printing, preferences and using artwork with other applications and the Web.
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Adaptation of help file not quite a QuickStart,
This review is from: Macromedia FreeHand MX for Windows & Macintosh (Paperback)I would have rated this book a one. I settled for two stars as I did actually learn a few things from it. This book is quite obviously an adaptation of a FreeHand 10 book (which I understand Sandee has written) as there are some remnants of v.10 functionality that has been changed and updated in MX. Ms. Cohen seems to have missed these. Inconsistencies, unnecessary repetition, gaping holes (Polygon options in the Object panel) and incorrect information - Page coordinates start at the top left of the page?
As an educator myself I find the sequence of information to be unintuitive; working with views before you even have anything on a page to view becomes a bit conceptual and difficult to grasp for the beginner.
Sandee, like almost everyone who writes a book on computer illustration, claims she has the answers to master the ever confusing Pen tool and Bézier curves, I understand them yet found myself reading Chapter 6's eight pages over and over again to figure out what... Read more
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This review is from: Macromedia FreeHand MX for Windows & Macintosh (Paperback)I am an experienced FreeHand designer who uses it extensively along with Illustrator, so in commenting on this book that is 6 years old for a 6 year old application is only because there is little else to read when using FreeHand MX. This is clearly a reference book and although laid out in a manner for a newcomer to learn FreeHand, it is for the intermediate or even long-time user who needs to refer to little-used or more hidden features. I would tend to agree with the first reviewer who, as an educator, would not recommend this for his beginner student classroom but for anyone else who is in the graphics profession, I find it indispensable as a quick reference particularly in the midst of a project and needing quick advice. It is thorough, easy to follow, and I have had no problem searching the book for a specific explanation. As to inconsistencies, a few details as mentioned by the other reviewer but not a stumbling block in my reading as it might be in a classroom.
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FreeHand MX Visual QuickStart Guide,
This review is from: Macromedia FreeHand MX for Windows & Macintosh (Paperback)A good and complete book for beginners and intermediate users
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