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Final Cut Pro 3 for Macintosh
704 pages, $29.99
Peachpit Press www.peachpit.com
Reliable Peachpit releases the latest FCP edition by the equally reliable Lisa Brenneis. FCP 3 is updated for OS X and enhanced with real-time effects, color-correction tools, voice-over capabilities, and a new Media Manager. Light and breezy prose style, yet clear and very patient with those less adept at the intricacies of the tool.
Color Iindex: Over 11,000 Color Combinations, CMYK and RGB Formulas, for Print and Web Media
357 pages, $23.99
How Design Books
If you deal with color on the Web or in print production environments, you'll want to check out this guide to all the dizzying combinations that are possible within the given media frameworks. This will probably give the "creatives" among us a real charge with new ideas.
Web Menus: With Beauty And Brains
359 pages, $29.99
Hungry Minds www.hungryminds.com
Breezy, fun, yet thorough examination of Web menu systems and the myriad possibilities for improving standard formats for better usability and aesthetic function. Peck offers several alternatives for integrating menu design with overall Web site design, often in surprising ways. The attached CD-ROM includes sample templates and popular software "tryouts," such as Flash 5, Fireworks 4, Dreamweaver 4, etc.
Web Performance Tuning, Second Edition
458 pages, $44.95
The enlarged second edition of Killelea's popular optimization guide for Web performance. (The previous edition last appeared in 1998.) For those managing Web production, this is a helpful handbook on browser efficiencies, tuning Web server software, streamlining Web content, and maximizing network capacity. This edition includes many more real-world examples of problems and solutions, and adds substantial material on site architecture, security and reliability, and JAVA scalability on multiprocessor servers.
Hot Text: Web Writing That Works
Jonathan and Lisa Price
507 pages, $40
New Riders www.newriders.com
A comprehensive handbook on all aspects of Web text communication, from links and headings, to organization of content, personalization, genre distinctions, and audience identification. I particularly liked the attention paid to publicity, news releases, and the specific needs of reporters (who generally appreciate their own dedicated area of a site).
Web Redesign: Workflow That Works
Kelly Goto and Emily Cotler
253 pages, $45
New Riders www.newriders.com
If you're involved in redesigning a Web site as project manager or other category lead, this book helps qualify the process as a series of logical workflow steps. Fine graphic design and charts throughout lead you through all the significant milestones of development including project definition, site structure, visual design and testing, QA, post-launch maintenance, and usability testing.
Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online
Gary Bahadur, William Chan, Chris Weber
699 pages, $34.99
491 pages, $19.99
Prentice Hall PTR www.phptr.com
Two new books deal with the increasing concern among consumers about Web and Internet security. Both are focused on explaining nuts-and-bolts issues regarding how Internet access allows possible risks and intrusions to personal information and safety. They have wildly different styles, however. Harley Hahn takes a very populist approach, with more consumer-level savvy. In other words, his reading style is easier for Web surfing parents to understand the implications of using their computers. The trio of authors of PRIVACY DEFENDED are more directly linked to tech consulting and security. Thus, in their book you'll find chapters like "Securing Your Internet Transactions with SSL and Digital Certificates." Hahn, while not ignoring the hands-on details, lumps his information into big-concept chapters like "The Psychology of Privacy" and "Protecting Your Money: Shopping and Selling Without Fear." Both books cover digital privacy rights and legal issues, and parental control options well.