Multimedia: Making it Work, Sixth Edition

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9780072230000: Multimedia: Making it Work, Sixth Edition

Master the building blocks of Web and CD-ROM multimedia. Take advantage of the latest Web, hardware, and software technologies, and produce powerful multimedia. A comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating effective multimedia, this book explains all about the components and processes, then helps you complete projects from simple boardroom presentations to dynamic corporate CD-ROMs to Web sites that come alive.

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The latest reincarnation of this multimedia bible, written by the knowledgeable Tay Vaughan, is certainly worthy of praise. Despite the huge scope of the subject matter, the book's content is tightly focused on expanding the skills of competent technologists. It is most refreshing to find that, unlike in the case of many multimedia references, the author is both extremely knowledgeable and has the admirable ability of writing well and engaging the reader--two traits not universally apparent within the technical writing profession.

Utilizing a pleasantly anecdotal style and quoting the views of many important industry figures throughout the text, Vaughan makes a thorough presentation of the subject matter, although the American bias becomes somewhat obvious. A variety of communication media are discussed, from plain text to pictures, audio, sound, and their presentation on both CD-ROM and the World Wide Web. Although the author clearly prefers an Apple Macintosh, this book is suitable for PC users as well. It isn't application specific, concentrating more on concepts than on step-by-step solutions.

Jam-packed with strangely useful tidbits of information, this book is not for the absolute beginner, yet nor is it a vastly intimidating tome. The subject of multimedia is so large that one book cannot cover it in immense detail, yet this is as comprehensive and seminal as a single volume will allow.--Josh Smith

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Essential Skills for Multimedia Professionals

This book teaches the fundamental concepts and skills multimedia professionals use everyday. Starting with the important building blocks--text, graphics, audio, video, and animation--you will learn how to plan and manage multimedia projects, from dynamic CD-ROMs and DVDs to professional-looking Web sites.

Inside this book, you will learn how to:

  • Master the fundamental multimedia building blocks, including text, images, video, and audio
  • Identify the equipment and software tools needed to create exciting multimedia projects
  • Use fonts and typefaces effectively
  • Effectively apply video and audio to multimedia projects
  • Make an impact with vivid graphics and animation
  • Design and deploy professional-looking Web pages
  • Identify talented people and acquire content
  • Plan, cost, produce, and deliver a professional multimedia project

Each chapter includes:

  • Learning objectives
  • Four-color illustrations
  • First person sidebars with professional insights
  • Vaughan's Laws, essential tips and techniques
  • Cross-platform issues
  • Helpful notes, tips, and warnings
  • Chapter summaries and key term lists
  • End-of-chapter quizzes and lab projects

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