Layout in Pages '09: The Mini Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: February 2010
Pages: 190

Pages '09 is more than just a word processor. It lets you create gorgeous page layouts for glossy newsletters, catalogs, brochures, greeting cards-you name it. This eBook makes you an instant expert in Pages' layout features. You'll learn how to arrange your text so it really flows and how to complement it with images, sounds, and movies.

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Clearly written and well illustrated

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    Comments about oreilly Layout in Pages '09: The Mini Missing Manual:

    The book has a detailed Table of Contents and I really appreciate the active links to take the reader to more information or to figures associated with the text. There are plenty of illustrations with detailed captions. There are just a few times when an image is simply not clear enough to be of any value.
    For example the beautiful description of the "grip" on the ruler that is used to adjust the column width is further illustrated by circling the area in a screen shot. This is so indistinct that the tiny dots are not able to be distinguished (Figure 1-10). A minor point as the description is so clear that the image is not really needed anyway.
    The layout of the 'book' is good with plenty of tips that stand out clearly from the other text. It was a bonus to find that the first part of the book covers the use of Pages in both word processing and page layout modes. Detailed word processing techniques are covered and where necessary further details describe how to achieve the result when using page layout. The author's style is very easy to read and page layout techniques such as aligning objects to grids, cropping or masking images and selecting fonts are described in way that is easy to understand.
    This Mini Manual may be mini in size but its content is of sufficient depth that it would satisfy most users wanting to make use of the Page Layout capabilities of Pages.
    There is something in this book for everyone from the beginner to someone more experienced with using Pages.

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