Multimedia: Making It Work, Fifth Edition

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9780072190953: Multimedia: Making It Work, Fifth Edition

Produce stunning multimedia that takes full advantage of the latest Web technologies with help from this revised and updated edition of Tay Vaughan's best-seller. You'll get details on everything from conceptualizing and financing your project, through the final stages of design, production, and testing. The bonus CD-ROM is packed with multimedia tools and trial versions of industry-standard software.

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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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Create Sizzling Multimedia for the Web!

Take advantage of the latest Web, hardware, and software technologies, and produce powerful multimedia with this revised and updated edition of Tay Vaughan's best-seller. Multimedia: Making It Work, Fifth Edition, offers a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to creating effective multimedia from one of the multimedia industry's most renowned experts. You'll learn all about the components and processes, then begin building your own projects, from simple boardroom presentations to dynamic corporate CD-ROMs to Web sites that come alive. Widely used at colleges and universities around the world, this proven learning tool will help you:

  • Understand the fundamental building blocks of multimedia, including text, images, motion video, sound, and interactivity.
  • Execute all the elements of multimedia--text, images, motion, and sound--in real working situations.
  • Get an inside perspective on the multimedia industry's shift from CD-ROMs to Web production.
  • Get help and expert tips at every step, from conceptualizing and financing your project, through the final stages of design, production, and testing.
  • Learn lessons through on-the-job accounts from industry professionals and compelling First Person stories from the author.
  • PLUS--learn to use the hottest multimedia development and authoring tools. The bonus Macromedia CD features cross-platform trial versions of Director, Studio, Dreamweaver, Extreme 3D, SoundEdit, Fontographer, and more!

Whether you're a novice or a pro, you can learn how to create show-stopping results when you use this highly respected, best-selling multimedia primer.

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