I find the ebook book quite useful, to the point that I'm considering buying a hard copy; but first I'd like to know if or when the print version will incorporate relevant parts of the "missing CD" section. It seems that some important issues such as the features of the Extended Edition and Bridge are skimpy or scattered. I'd like to have a complete, consolidated edition for my dollars.
Someday, it would be nice to do an editorial sweep through the book and truly integrate the CS5 info. At this point, I can practically see the paste marks where short paragraphs and sentences about CS5 were added. Given the value of getting the book out for "bleeding edge" buyers, I can understand; but it is too good a book to remain a bit like a patchwork quilt.
Not to be a curmudgeon: my thanks and praise to the writer. PS is a titanically large application and I appreciate what it takes to pull such a tome together.
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Thanks for getting in touch about Lesa's book. I edited the book, so hopefully I can give you some useful info.
The text portions posted on the book's Missing CD page (http://missingmanuals.com/cds/photosh...) are not part of the printed book. (However, all of the links posted there *are* mentioned in the book.) So, for example, the 5 appendixes posted on the Missing CD page are not included in the printed book. There are also a few little tutorials, like one that explains how to create a page-curl effect, that aren't in the book. But you can download PDFs of all of these items.
Bridge is covered in Appendix C (http://examples.oreilly.com/063692000...) We mentioned the extended version of the program in various places, but you're right that it's not the focus of the book. That was a conscious editorial decision; we figured that most people reading this book would have the standard edition of Photoshop.
Lesa originally wrote the book completely from scratch for Photoshop CS4. When CS5 arrived, we did our best to incorporate all the new information as seamlessly as possible. I'm sorry to hear that you feel that the result is "a bit like a patchwork quilt." Lesa and I each did a full pass through the book, as well as having help from technical reviewers who confirmed the updated information. But you're right, we were working under time constraints, so we couldn't work at a leisurely pace and make sure everything was 100% perfect in terms of transitions, etc.
As you mentioned, Photoshop is a ginormous program. We tried to cover as much of it as we reasonably could in a way that would be most useful to the majority of our readers. We also had to take into account practical matters like printing costs. I'm not sure anyone would want to carry around a 10-pound, 2,000-page book, even if it covered *everything* about Photoshop. ;-) We went with an 800-pager instead (and it's pretty darned heavy!).
Thanks for your feedback, and please let me know if I can clarify anything else for you.
Assistant Editor, Missing Manuals
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