Multimedia: Making it Work, Sixth Edition

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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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A veritable multimedia bible, this book takes both Mac and Windows users through a discussion of current multimedia hardware and software and describes the elements of video, audio, graphics, and animation, leading up to guidance on polishing and delivering professional multimedia projects. Vaughan provides case studies of successful multimedia companies and projects along the way. This third edition improves upon the previous edition by discussing Web production and such tools as Macromedia Shockwave, RealAudio, VRML, and JavaScript. It comes with two hybrid CDs with demos and trial versions of such tools as Macromedia Director and FreeHand. Highly recommended for anyone making his or her way through the field of multimedia production.

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