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These books are older, but generally still available, especially in the online stores.


Dreamweaver CS4 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

Peachpit Press, November 2008
Adobe Dreamweaver keeps getting better, and we revised our bestselling Dreamweaver book to keep up with Adobe's advances. We covered the new features, including Dreamweaver's improved handling of CSS, the new Code Navigator, and the improved integration with Photoshop.

JavaScript & Ajax for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, Seventh Edition

Peachpit Press, October 2008
The latest version of our bestselling JavaScript book once again revises the way we teach the language, with a focus on modern coding techniques. We also added much more information about Ajax in this edition.

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 for Windows: Visual QuickStart Guide

Peachpit Press, October 2007
This book covers PowerPoint 2007 for Windows, going into more detail than the Visual QuickProject Guide. With more pages, I was able to cover more parts of the program and add lots of tips and tricks for making better presentations.

Dreamweaver CS3 for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

Peachpit Press, June 2007
This is a revision of the best-selling book written with Dori Smith. We cover the new features of Macromedia Dreamweaver CS3, including the improved CSS handling, management, and CSS layouts; the integration with Photoshop and Fireworks; the new Browser Compatibility Check and CSS Advisor; and we go into detail on Dreamweaver's addition of AJAX with the Spry framework, widgets, and effects.

Based on reader feedback, Dori also tore apart the two CSS chapters in the previous edition and turned them into three chapters, with the intent of making the explanations of the ins and outs of CSS even more approachable, as well as covering the new CSS features.

Creating a Presentation in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 for Windows: Visual QuickProject Guide

Peachpit Press, February 2007
This revision of my best-selling PowerPointVisual QuickProject covers the radically-different user interface of PowerPoint 2007 for Windows. The Microsoft Office UI got a big change, and it was reflected throughout this book.The book is still concise, to the point, and loaded with color pictures. Unfortunately, this edition drops the coverage of Mac PowerPoint, because a new Mac version had not yet been released, and because the user interface for the Windows version was so different that the two programs were very different.

JavaScript & Ajax for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide, Sixth Edition

Peachpit Press, August 2006
This was a big revision to our best-selling book. We broke from the past and redid virtually all of the scripts in the book, conforming them to current best practices. We've brought the scripts into line with the concepts of unobtrusive scripting, splitting the HTML, JavaScript, and CSS into separate files. This makes the scripts and the pages easier to maintain.And by separating content, scripting, and styles, you can make changes in any one file, and see those changes reflected in all pages that use the file you modified.

We changed the name of the book to include Ajax, and we have two entirely new chapters dealing with Ajax. We also jettisoned some old chapters, as well as the discussion of how to deal with old Web browsers; we now deal only with modern, standards-compliant browsers in this book. We do, however still have a chapter about dealing with older browsers; it's just not in the book. Instead, we've put it up on the book's companion site.

Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 for Windows & Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

Peachpit Press, December 2005
This book was written with Dori Smith. We were asked by our publisher to take over this title from a previous author, and we wrote this book from scratch. Not only did we try to cover most of the new features of Macromedia Dreamweaver 8, we also wanted to take a different approach to teaching Dreamweaver.

We think that too many of the other Dreamweaver books out there rely on old-style methods for creating sites and pages with Dreamweaver, such as using tables for layout and font tags for styling text. Those methods aren't appropriate anymore, especially because Dreamweaver 8 has great tools for creating and using CSS. So our book walks readers through building sites the modern way, respecting Web standards throughout. We still show people how to do things the old-fashioned ways (because some people have special requirements for using those methods), but we focus on teaching modern methods.

Special thanks to Virginia DeBolt for contributing some important chapters to the book.

Keynote 2 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide

Peachpit Press, August 2005
After two years, Apple finally revised Keynote, their presentation program, and made it part of their new productivity suite, iWork '05. I've updated my book to include the new features in Keynote 2, such as hyperlinks, the new Media Browser, improved animations and transitions, and more.

This was also my thirtieth book, after being in the book writing business for a little over a decade.

Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger: Visual QuickProject Guide

Peachpit Press, July 2005
There are a lot of books on Tiger, but this one focuses on letting readers know all that needs to be done before, during, and after the upgrade from Panther or Jaguar. I zero in on just the need-to-know essentials that will ensure a smooth transition to Mac OS X Tiger. After a safe upgrade, I give a quick overview of what's changed before showing readers how to customize their systems and use three of Tiger's key features: Spotlight search, Automator (for streamlining repetitive tasks), and Dashboard (the control panel for Tiger's nifty new widget mini-applications). I wrap it up by recommending some of my favorite add-ons and utilities to make your Tiger experience even better.

Creating Keynote Presentations with iWork: Visual QuickProject Guide

Peachpit Press, May 2005
Apple's iWork '05 includes Keynote 2 and their new program, Pages. Another book in the Visual QuickProject series (one not written by me) covers Pages, and this one shows people how to get up and running with their first presentation using Keynote 2.

Managing Your Personal Finances with Quicken: Visual QuickProject Guide

Peachpit Press, December 2004
This book covers Quicken 2005 for both Windows and Macintosh. Again, it's a good beginners book for people who need help getting their personal finances under control. We did this instead of updating the Quicken for Mac Visual QuickStart, which because that program doesn't change that much from year to year, the book only needs updating every few years.

Creating A Presentation In Powerpoint: Visual QuickProject Guide

Peachpit Press, October 2004
This book was one of the first in a new series from Peachpit Press. It's a cross-platform book, covering the latest versions; PowerPoint 2003 for Windows, and PowerPoint 2004 for Mac. Like all of the books in this series, it's a tightly-focused book for beginners who want to get up and running fast.The book steps the reader though the process of creating and giving a presentation, and focuses on what people absolutely have to know. It's only about 160 pages, and it is loaded with color pictures. I'm told that it is selling quite well, helped along no doubt by the book's low price; it sells for less than $10 at Amazon.

Macromedia Contribute 3 for Windows & Macintosh: Visual QuickStart Guide

Peachpit Press, September 2004
This third edition covers new features in Contribute 3 on both the Mac and Windows versions. On the Mac side, Contribute adds the ability to create FlashPaper documents. On the Windows side, you can now create FlashPaper from within Office applications, which is a nice touch. Both platforms tout integrated image editing, better CSS rendering and style control, better administrative controls, the ability to put Google search fields on your pages, a nice new reviews process, WebDAV support, and more.


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