Moving to InDesign CS2? There's never been a better hands-on InDesign course than Deke McClelland's Adobe InDesign CS2 One-on-One.
We've raved about McClelland's books for years, especially the One-on-One series he's created for his own O'Reilly imprint, Deke Press. (If you have any interest whatsoever in Photoshop CS2, you owe it to yourself to check out Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One.)
McClelland's new InDesign tutorial is stunningly rich and deep. Nearly every step of every procedure imparts more knowledge than you expect. One moment, he's telling you how far you can get with automated tools, and when you have to start working manually. Another moment, he's revealing a super-convenient scaling technique and a "secret" way to measure objects you've scaled. Throughout, he's pointing out behaviors that might surprise you until he's explained them. (Which he proceeds to do, masterfully, in a voice that can't be imitated, and is a joy to learn from.)
When we say "voice," that's not just a metaphor from a creative writing class. McClelland's voice also comes through loud and clear in two hours of superbly crafted nearly-HD quality DVD video. All of it intimately integrated with the book's content and projects.
Speaking of projects: These, too, are deep and rich, surprisingly representative of real professional assignments. They'll carry you from the basics (creating, flowing, and formatting text) through working with long documents; trapping, overprinting, and preflighting; creating interactive PDFs; even using XML content.
If you've waited to learn InDesign, the wait has paid off: Learning it is now officially a pleasure. Bill Camarda, from the May 2006 Read Only