June 15th, 2008
Creating a Vista Gadget

creating vista gadgets
Want to learn each and every aspect of designing and developing gadgets for the Microsoft Windows Vista Sidebar?

These gadgets are perfect for anyone and you can learn how to make killer gadgets in a snap. Explore one of the super cool features new to Windows Vista — the Sidebar.

The book presented here will teach everything there is to know on designing and developing Sidebar gadgets. The Windows Vista Sidebar is a panel located on the desktop of a PC where gadgets can be placed for easy access and reference. These gadgets are small, single or multi purpose software applications, such as clocks, calendars, games, RSS readers or even mini search tools.

They all reside on the Windows desktop and on the Windows Sidebar which is by default located in the extreme left of the Vista user desktop. The book will be a tutorial to design and develop a gadget. It will provide ready-to-use samples using .NET, XML, CSS and AJAX. After reading this book, you as a web developer/designer will be confident to start developing gadgets for Windows Vista Sidebar having already all you need at your disposal.

This book starts with a for beginners section where you’ll be walked through an overview of the subject with the design pattern, the architecture and implementation details. After this detailed introduction you are provided with solid examples for instant results.

In short:

The book will tell how to do everything with Sidebar Gadgets using solid, unique examples. Brief outline: ” Brief background on Gadgets ” Step by step, create a useful Gadget sample “My Blogs” Elaborate the architecture design constraint and implementation details for the sample and Detail the standard practices

The Book: SAMS - Creating Vista Gadgets

February 15th, 2008
How To Cheat In Photoshop CS3

How To Cheat In Photoshop CS3 CONTENT DVD
Size: 1.3 GB

About “How To Cheat In Photoshop CS3

“How to Cheat in Photoshop CS3″ is a bigger book compared to its earlier versions, it has 397 pages of instructional text and it comes bundled with two hours of video tutorials. The author’s facility as a teacher has been apparent since the first edition of this book. His confidence has apparently (and justifiably) grown with his edition. This book is an all-in-one Photoshop training manual with examples from previous editions as well as with new ones.

This is a great book for Photoshop users that are interested in learning collage and digital illustration but not so good if you just want to learn the basic steps of how to use the program, if you want to learn to do retouch work or do digital photo types. But compared with millions of Photoshop ebooks , books or training programs, this one is unique and recommended.

You will get 170 tutorials in the book and some great insights into related subjects. You will learn how to build our own image library. Every subject of importance to using Photoshop (i.e., learning Curves, Layer masks, etc.) and creating effective montages (i.e., creating effective shadows, combining body parts, perspective, etc.) is covered.


This Photoshop CS3 book will help you accomplish two things:

  1. save time when editing your photos
  2. create convincing composites that will amaze your friends.

What’s on the DVD?

The accompanying DVD includes:

  • 45 tutorial movies, totalling over 2 hours of real-time training
  • all the project files used in the tutorials from the book
  • 100 high resolution, professional royalty-free images from that have been carefully chosen by the author for their usefulness in montage applications
  • over 200 high resolution images supplied by members of the Reader Forum
  • Demos of the best Photoshop plug-ins
  • Test Yourself files in which you can pit your wits against a range of problems designed to test your understanding of the techniques
  • Bonus content: 13 high resolution renders of skeletons for you to use in your own projects.