Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Recent acquisitions

1. Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Game Design Demystified
* By Jobe Makar, Ben Winiarczyk.
* Published by Macromedia Press.
* Series: Demystified.

Flash MX 2004 Game Design DemystifiedYour comprehensive guide to creating games using Flash MX 2004. It will take you through the process of creating a game in Flash MX 2004. The first several chapters introduce general processes for creating games, while the second section looks at the important concepts for creating realistic games. Such concepts include math, physics, collision detection, and collision reaction. A third section delves into more creative concepts: tile-based worlds, 3D visualization, artificial intelligence, using graphics, and using sound. Later chapters provide an introduction to multiplayer games, creating a high score list for games, and a selection games for which the authors share the development process, including code. The accompanying CD will provide the code for each function discussed in the book as well as working versions of the games.

2. Creating Pages with iWork: Visual QuickProject Guide
* By David Morris.
* Published by Peachpit Press.
* Series: Visual QuickProject Guide.

With over 40 professionally designed templates, multiple page designs, dozens of fonts, and stunning tables and charts, Pages—Apple's new word processor—makes it easy to create polished documents with a minimum of fuss. Part word processor, part layout program, it lets you place alignment guides to help you position text and graphics precisely on the page while text flows around any kind of graphic, no matter where you put it. (Try doing that with Microsoft Word!) Students can use Pages to create school reports; parents can use it to send out birth announcements; anyone can use it to create an advertising mailer, church newsletter, party invitation, or just a plain old letter.

Here to help is this small, smart, streamlined guide designed to take readers from standing start to stellar finish, no matter what project they're tackling. Rather than cover every last option Pages offers, this book steps readers through several sample Pages projects, showing them the quickest, most effective way to communicate their ideas. Each short lesson builds a component of a basic Pages document, from choosing a template, deciding on a layout, formatting charts and tables, incorporating graphics and color, and adding a bit of polish to a final document. Friendly, step-by-step instructions and large, full-color screen shots make the information instantly accessible.

3. Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide
* By Charles Wyke-Smith.
* Published by New Riders.
* Series: VOICES.

Cascading Style Sheets enable you to rapidly create web designs that can be shared by hundreds of web pages, accelerating development times and centralizing text and layout information for easy editing and updates. Stylin’ with CSS teaches you everything you need to know start using CSS in your web development work, from the basics of markup of your content and styling text, through to creating multi-column page layouts without the use of tables. Learn how to create interface components, such as drop-down menus, navigation links, and animated graphical buttons, using only CSS – no JavaScript required. Discover how to design code that will work on the latest standard-compliant browsers, while working around the quirks of the older browsers. With a mastery of CSS, your web design capabilities will move to a new level, and everything you need to know to get your started and build your skills is right here in this book. You’ll be stylin’ in no time!

4.How to Wow: Photoshop CS2 for the Web
* By Jan Kabili, Colin Smith.
* Published by Peachpit Press.
* Series: How to Wow.

Wouldn't it be great if you could have two of the world's most accomplished Photoshop and Web design experts sitting next to you at your computer as you
navigate the infinite possibilities of Adobe Photoshop and ImageReady? How to Wow: Photoshop CS2 for the Web is the next best thing. Two Photoshop and ImageReady powerhouses--Jan Kabili and Colin Smith--renowned authors, graphic designers, and trainers, have developed an effective way to help you reach your full creative potential. Jan and Colin guide you step by step through real-world projects, with an emphasis on uncompromising quality, last-minute flexibility, and go-home-at-night speed! You'll learn tips and techniques for creating everything from stylish navigation to eye-catching animation using Photoshop CS2 and its companion program, ImageReady CS2. Whether it's speeding up your workflow or making a modular home page for a game site, you're given the tools at every stage of the creative process in order to learn How to Wow!
This book begins with the essentials of Web site navigation, teaching you skills for building, slicing, and optimizing navigation graphics. Then things really get moving with how-tos on creating scene-stealing animations. Next, you'll find out how to automate repetitive tasks and create conditional actions that can distinguish between graphic types. Finally, you¹ll learn how to build eye-popping home pages and sites designed to keep viewers coming back for more.

The How to Wow: Photoshop CS2 for the Web companion CD at the back of this book is packed with everything you need to work through the projects in the book, along with some extra goodies to use as you create your own graphics for the Web.

The CD includes:

All the original designs by award-winning Photoshop guru Colin Smith that are used in the projects in this book. Use these files as you follow along with the lessons to dramatically improve your understanding of the innovative techniques explained in this book. Working along with the authors will stimulate your own design ideas and let you discover how you can apply these techniques to your own work.
Styles, actions, and pattern presets developed to enhance the look of the projects you'll produce in the books lessons.
PLUS extra style presets from the collection of over 1000 presets in Jack Davis' Adobe Photoshop One-Click Wow!

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