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Missing The Mark

Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac and Office for Mac. I have both missing manuals, I find both frustrating and wordy. I am conversant with Office from use with a PC, and if I had not had other training, the missing manual would not lead me anywhere soon. I have used an earlier version of Elements for PC. It was simply and clearly laid out. It got me started and happy to try out new things. Your book does not generate this development for me. It is confusing. The missing manual is missing the point; it is, I thought meant help beginners along as well as intermediate and more advanced users. Guidance and lay-outs need a major overhaul.

I have spent time looking at the early stages of layers. It would be helpful to have a step by step workshop approach to get a reader involved with a programme feature. Exceptions can follow each workshop, not be dotted around the early reading and in-between. It has no meaning as currently laid out. There is too much stuff, theory and many exceptions being thrown out, divorced from actual hands-on experience. It's a jungle, impenetrable in many areas.

I would not have bought either of these books had I had the opportunity to browse them first. I do not feel it is money well spent.

Regards,

Z A Chaikin Linekar
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  • Hello ZA,

    I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with these books. But no worries, we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Also, you can preview our books online before purchase by clicking the Google Preview button beneath the book cover on catalog pages, as shown in the image below.



    Regards, --Allen
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  • Hi,

    Thank you for your kind reply.

    I did take the trouble to preview the books online. I do not live within reach of large and academic book shops. It's at times like this, I wish I did. Even then, when I can get to bookshops, few stock a range of Applemac books to browse through.

    Online previews are very limited for obvious reasons. There's an index, some back of book referencing, one or two carefully selected pages. There is no way from this I could gauge whether or not this series of books was workable.

    Once in my hands, I could see the books might work as dip in references. As mentioned, I would not recommend either book to someone starting out. Both books are imparting a stream of knowledge which gushes forth. It appears to me, the knowledge is not laid out in a workable, training and development form.

    Regards,

    Z A Chaikin Linekar
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  • Through Google Preview you can see 20% of each book, and those pages are random and not selected by us. Of that 20%, you can search and view portions of the book that are not initially displayed. Regardless, please contact our customer service for a refund or exchange. We want to resolve this with you: http://oreilly.com/oreilly/cs/

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  • Hi ZA,

    If you would like to contact customer service to receive a refund for your purchase, you can go to the link which Allen posted above, or you may also call us on our customer service line at (800) 889-8969 or (707) 827-7019.

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