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Reviewed by Major Keary
The Book of Inkscape carries a sub-title, The Definitive Guide to the Free Graphics Editor, which is a fair description; it is comprehensive, detailed, and supported by annotated illustrations. The typographic design is pleasing, and the reader does not become bogged down in tech-speak. Discussions of other vector-based applications (PostScript, PDF, Adobe AI, CorelDRAW, etc.) are interesting and informative. It is a pity that there is no supporting website where one can find updates, errata, source code for the examples and tutorials, and links to further resources.
The main body of content is followed by six tutorials (designing a business card; create an animation; drawing a 3-D cartoon; artistic drawing; technical drawing; and replicating the illustration on the book's cover).
There are four appendices:
The book goes beyond basic usage; the back cover lists:
I was most impressed by the index, clearly hand-crafted (by the author's wife), which should satisfy readers at any level. Combined with a detailed table of contents it makes information easy to find, something that greatly enhances the usefulness of The Book of Inkscape. Another feature is cross-referencing, which points the reader to further details of a topic.
Anyone who wants to use, or learn about, Inkscape should take the time to examine The Book of Inkscape. An essential library acquisition.
Dmitry Kirsanov: The Book of Inkscape
Published by No Starch Press, 448 pp., RRP AU$ 71.95
The Australian distributor is Woodslane <www.woodslane.com.au>