Media praise for iMovie 2: The Missing Manual
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"One of the beauties of the Missing Manuals is that there is always something new to discover and the research is quite thorough...I kept finding snippets of information, in the way of Tips or Notes, that would give just that bit extra."
-- , Bangkok Post
"Pogue, the New York Times computer columnist, is among the world's best explainers."
-- , co-founder of Wired
"Some people think that software like this is so simple it doesn't need a manual. They would be wrong. Those people don't like manuals. People who insist on a manual will fork out good money (and well they should) for David Pogue's classic 'iMovie 2, The Missing Manual.' That book, which I own and have read most of the way through, is an excellent book for the manual-loving software user."
"I have reviewed quite a number of Missing Manual books and I am always impressed with them. David Pogue is a Mac master and the depth of his knowledge shines through."
-- , ACT Apple User Group Incorporated
--Jeffrey McPheeters, MyMac.com
"You don't want to read dry, technical manual to learn your fun, creative video-editing software. Well, you don't have to. David Pogue write it, and as always, he has combined his keen sense of humor and considerable brains to pack all the necessary information onto each page while at the same time making the book a witty and entertaining read."
--Wayne Till, Gravenstein Apple Users Group, August 2002
"Editing iMovie is extremely easy with 'iMovie2: The Missing Manual.'"
--Ted Galloway, The Peel, October 2002
"This is the thorough and informative book you've been waiting for. A must for all iMovie users!"
--Gary Stager, Positive Resources for Educators, Summer 2002
"David Pogue has written an excellent iMovie reference book called 'iMovie 2: The Missing Manual.' This book covers all of iMovie's features and foibles in an informative and humorous fashion."
--James Alguire, ComputerEdge, July 26, 2002
"Fantastic book! Go out and buy it if you plan on doing any iMovie editing....It really is that good."
--Anthony Moore, The Michigan Apple, September 2002
"I would recommend any book written by David Pogue, one of my favorite authors and columnists. This book is no exception."
--Harry Babad, The Finder; The Newsletter of the Mid-Columbia Macintosh User Group, June 2002
"If you are trying to learn iMovie 2, this is the book for you...Pogue delivers value in 'iMovie 2: The Missing Manual.' Composed in Pogue's friendly style, I found this book a valuable treasure. I consider the Pogue book an excellent buy for anyone starting out in editing home movies on the Mac."
--Paul Gerstenbluth, Rhode Island Apple Group, May 2002
"You need this book if you're an iMovie novice. If you're an iMovie intermediate, you'll want this book. If you're an iMovie expert, this book is probably one of the reasons you're an expert. If you're hesitating to spend $19.95 to document a free program, instead, try thinking of what an amazing deal iMovie would be if it cost $19.95 and came with this book in the box."
--Gary Pool, Mouse Tracks, Feb 2002
"Buy the book and save huge amounts of trial and error learning...a valuable treasure...an excellent buy for anyone starting out in editing home movies on the mac."
--Paul Gerstenbluth, Rhode Island Mac User Group Newsletter, May 2002
Best of 2001: Customers' Picks, amazon.com
"A witty and entertaining read, it's packed with informtation and humour."
--Poptronics, Dec 2001
"The Missing Manual series is notable for its consistent quality of presentation and content. Very well-written, good technical detail and easy-to-follow for all levels of user. This title is a fine example of the series. Good Value."
--Major Keary, AUSOM News, June 2001
"a valuable asset to the popular software shipped by Apple...an outstanding book."
--Ted Galloway, Birmingham Apple Core newsletter The Peel, May 2001
"If you are trying to learn iMovie 2, then this is the book for you. David Pogue has an entertaining way of writing that makes if very easy to get through this book, and learn something in the process. Following along in this book makes it much easier to learn iMovie 2's secrets than trying to use the electronic help or trial and error. It is well worth the $19.95. It is very easy for me to give iMovie 2: The Missing Manual five cherrymugs. Rating 5 out of 5 cherrymugs."
--Rick Stringer, CherryMUG, June 2001
"This title is as good as all the others in the series, which is to say it's wonderful. iMovie 2: The Missing Manual does a thorough job of providing information that is either difficult or time-consuming to locate elsewhere. The iMovie software is quite easy to use, but since Apple has not documented many of its most useful features, users need a decent guide book to do anything beyond assembling a basic movie or slide show. I could have saved myself at least two hours of wasted time if I had iMovie 2: The Missing Manual before I started my project. This book is an invaluable resource for any iMovie 2 user who wants to learn to use all the capabilities of iMovie. MacMice Rating: 5 out of 5"
--John Nemerovski, MyMac.com, June 2001
"David Pogue delivers real value in iMovie 2: The Missing Manual. Composed in Pogue's trademark friendly style, the book contains enough excellently written explanations and examples to significantly flatten the iMovie 2 learning curve, so it's a pleasure to read, bookmark, and refer back to."
--David Wall, amazon.com
"A great book that explains the various inner workings of iMovie is David Pogue's "iMovie 2: The Missing Manual" by O'Reilly. It will take you step by step through what you need to know about making a movie, and lots of tips about using the software effectively."
--David Strom, Web Informant #252, 19 June 2001
"A must buy for anyone starting out in editing home movies on the Mac. Unfortunately, it is becoming a trend for software developers not to include a printed manual with their software. This may be a blessing in disguise as David Pogue has put together a most complete and user friendly book that most likely would surpass any manual that the software developers would assemble. In short, this book, at least for me, makes it much easier to learn iMovie 2 in contrast to using the electronic help provided with the software."
--Bud Getchell, Southwest Florida PC User Group, June 2001
"iMovie 2: The Missing Manual explains how to use the latest and best video-editing software for the Mac OS. David Pogue-- perhaps the king of the Macintosh writers, known for his casual yet authoritative style--wrote it, and he's been careful to cover everything from fundamental videography to the newest and most obscure iMovie 2 editing options."
--David Wall and Teri Kieffer, amazon.com delivers Home and Office Computing, May 14, 2001
"One of the Macintosh world's most respected (and prolific) writers, David Pogue, offers both instructions and software that are more helpful than the tutorial built into the latest iMovie2 software itself. If you use iMovie you need this book and the software that it allows you to download from Pogue's Web site. Pogue's book takes over once the video is in the machine and those who read it will save huge amounts of trial-and-error learning. The book offers instant access to tricks like continuing the sound track from one clip as voiceover to a second one as it fades in, a favorite of the pros but nearly impossible to accomplish without Pogue's handholding."
--James Coates, Chicago Tribune, April 22, 2001
"The whole "Missing Manual" concept is brilliant. The series provides hard copy documentation for otherwise undocumented (or sketchily documented) software, and under-documented software seems to be the latest rage in the computer biz. There's no software hungrier for its Missing Manual than iMovie, and this book fills the bill admirably. If you're using iMovie, then iMovie: The Missing Manual is Excellent, and if you're balking at spending $19.95 to document a free program, then you're not valuing iMovie as highly as you should. Instead, think of what an amazing deal iMovie would be if it cost $19.95 and came with this book in the box. If you're an iMovie novice, you need this book. If you're an iMovie intermediate, you'll want this book. If you're an iMovie expert...hey, you already have this book, and that's one of the reasons you're an expert."
--Jamie McCornack, ATPN (About This Particular Macintosh), April 2001
"For iMovie 2 buffs: Budding moviemakers may want to stop off on the way to Sundance and pick up a copy of "iMovie 2: The Missing Manual," by David Pogue (O'Reilly & Associates, $19.95). Unlike many third-party software manuals, this book starts off with a really good discussion of what makes a professional movie look like one as opposed to most amateur productions. It won't substitute for a degree from UCLA Film School, but it's nice to understand the basics before jumping into the nuts and bolts of using the software."
--Micheal Seinberg, Times Union-Albany NY, February 21, 2001
"Recommendevid Pogue's terrific book, 'iMovie2; the Missing Manual. All you need to know about shooting and editing desk top video is at your fingertips."
--Robin E. Simmons, Desert Post Weekly, February 22, 2001
"revised edition, now called iMovie 2: The Missing Manual, rewritten to cover iMovie 2 and nothing but. Far deeper and more detailed than the meager set of online help screens included with iMovie, the book helps iMovie users realize the software's potential as a breakthrough in the cost, complexity, and difficulty of desktop video production." --Dave Merten & Shari Schroeder, Focus on Mac Support, January 2001
"This book offers insightful tips, tricks, and solid movie-making direction for any home movie enthusiast. Your iMovie experience will be a more enriched one with this book at the editing table."
--Matt LaRusso, MACNJ: The Window, January 2001
"The best news in Macintosh-oriented books in 2001 came from O'Reilly books and Pogue Press...I'd been having a problem figuring out how to edit imported audio in iMovie 2 and had spent a considerable amount of time nosing around web pages and tutorials trying to figure it out, but to no avail. Within 30 seconds of picking up 'iMovie 2: The Missing Manual', I had my answer. Trust me, there's nothing like a book...well-written, well-designed, and well published." --Mac Valley Voice, Dec 2001
"The iMovie buff on your list will appreciate 'iMovie 2: The Missing Manual'"
--Mac Home, Dec 2001
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"I would rather go without food for three days than miss any of the Missing Manual books."
--Al Fasodt of "The Post-Standard," June 5, 2003