March 10, 2005
O'Reilly Releases Three New Books in the Personal Trainer Series: Your Custom Training Plan for Word, Outlook, or Access 2003
Sebastopol, CA--What if you took the good things about working with a
personal trainer (a customized workout plan, friendly and competent
third-party assessment of your progress, and all the recordkeeping handled
for you) and eliminated the bad (costly rates, pressure to improve, and
guilt when you have to cancel training sessions)? You just might have the
ideal learning environment. Suppose, then, that you applied that approach
to other areas in which you'd like to improve: software skills, for
example? You could find yourself achieving goals you once thought were
O'Reilly's Personal Trainer guides offer all the advantages of working
under the guidance of a qualified trainer without any of the
disadvantages. The newest books in the series, Word 2003 Personal
Trainer, Outlook 2003 Personal Trainer, and Access 2003 Personal
Trainer, provide short, focused lessons on specific tasks that can be
read in any order, depending on your objectives and skill level. The
task-specific lessons--or "workouts"--are laid out in two-page spreads
designed to boost individual learning and retention.
Each Personal Trainer comes with an interactive CD that provides a
simulated application environment where you can safely flex your
developing skills; there's no need to worry about permanently damaging
your preferences, losing data, or any of the other things that can go
wrong when you test your skills in the unforgiving world of a real
application. Nor do you need to own the application you're learning. With
your Personal Trainer, you can hone your skills in advance for a software
upgrade you know is coming at the office or learn new programs in
preparation for that career move you've been planning to make. And, each
lesson is fully interactive, giving you feedback and guidance as you work
through the exercises--just like a real trainer.
The newest Personal Trainer books from O'Reilly are:
Word 2003 Personal Trainer: With these short, focused exercises you can
become the Word superhero in your circle. You'll master Word basics,
working with tables, drawing and working with graphics, performing mail
merges, and working with forms. Then, when you're ready to go to the next
level, you'll tackle topics like using document collaboration and creating
web pages with Word.
Outlook 2003 Personal Trainer: With your Outlook skills in tip-top
shape, you can manage information efficiently, you're more organized, and
a better communicator: an Outlook champion all around. Develop your
strength in each of the key Outlook muscle groups: understanding the
basics, organizing your Address Book, exploiting your Contacts List,
managing your Calendar, implementing the Task List, using the Journal,
finding information with Search Tools, and collaborating with other users.
Master exactly what you want at your own pace.
Access 2003 XP Personal Trainer: Access 2003 has plenty of muscle of its
own--so much that even Access experts upgrading to this latest version
spend hours wrestling with its new capabilities. But that's no reason to
hold back. Beginners and experts alike can build Access skills as they
master its new features like automatic error checking, automatic property
updating, and the expanded ability to import, export, and work with
Extensible Markup Language (XML) data files. You'll work through Access
fundamentals, then move up to tables, fields, queries, forms, reports, and
advanced topics like linking information from an external source. "Access
2003 Personal Trainer" includes detailed diagrams, dozens of task-oriented
lessons, and a fully interactive training simulation CD--everything you
need to become an Access pro.
The new Personal Trainer Series is based on content from CustomGuide, a leading provider of computer training materials.
Founded by instructors who grew dissatisfied with the industry's dry
course materials, CustomGuide offers courseware for instructors and
students, quick references, software bulletins, and e-learning courses
that are fun, flexible, and easy to use.
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