The Against The Clock series has been developed specifically for those involved in the field of computer arts and now--animation, video and multimedia production. Many of our readers are already involved in the industry in advertising and printing, television production, multimedia and Web design. Others are just now preparing for a career within these professions. This series will provide you with the necessary skills to work in these fast-paced, exciting and rapidly expanding fields. While many people feel that they can simply purchase a computer and the appropriate software and begin designing and producing quality presentations, the real world of high-quality printed and Web communications requires a far more serious commitment. The Series The applications presented in the Against The Clock series stand out as the programs of choice in professional computer arts environments. We've used a modular design for the Against The Clock series, allowing you to mix and match the drawing, imaging, multimedia and page-layout applications that exactly suit your specific needs. Titles available in the Against The Clock series include: Macintosh: Basic Operations Windows: Basic Operations Adobe Illustrator: Introduction and Advanced Digital Illustration Macromedia FreeHand: Digital Illustration Adobe InDesign: Introduction and Advanced Electronic Mechanicals Adobe PageMaker: Introduction and Advanced Electronic Mechanicals QuarkXPress: Introduction and Advanced Electronic Mechanicals Microsoft Publisher: Creating Electronic Mechanicals Microsoft PowerPoint. Presentation Graphics with Impact Microsoft FrontPage: Designing for the Web MetaCreations Painter: A Digital Approach to Natural Art Media Adobe Photoshop: Introduction and Advanced Digital Images Adobe Premiere: Digital Video Editing Macromedia Director: Creating Powerful Multimedia Macromedia Flash: Animating for the Web Macromedia Dreamweaver: Creating Web Pages File Preparation: The Responsible Electronic Page Preflight: An Introduction to File Analysis and Repair TrapWise and PressWise: Digital Trapping and Imposition Icons and Visuals We've designed our courses to be "cross-platform." While many sites use Macintosh computers, there is an increasing number of graphic arts service providers using Intel-based systems running Windows (or WindowsNT). The books in this series are applicable to either of these systems. All of the applications that we cover in the Against The Clock series are similar in operation and appearance, whether you're working on a Macintosh or a Windows system. When a particular function does differ from machine to machine, we present both. There are a number of standard icons that you will see in the sidebars. Each has a standard meaning. Pay close attention to the sidebar notes as you will find valuable comments that will help you throughout this course and in your everyday use of your computer. The standard icons are: ThePencilicon indicates a comment from an experienced operator or instructor. Whenever you see the pencil icon, you'll find corresponding sidebar text that augments or builds upon the subject being discussed at the time. TheBomborPitfallsicon indicates a potential problem or difficulty. For instance, a certain technique might lead to pages that prove difficult to output. In other cases, there might be something that a program cannot easily accomplish, so we might present a workaround. ThePointing Fingericon indicates a hands-on activity--whether a short exercise or a complete project. Note that sometimes this icon will direct you to the back of the book to complete a project. TheKeyicon is used to point out that there is a keyboard equivalent to a menu or dialog-box option. Key commands are often faster than using the mouse tAgainst the Clock, Inc. Staff is the author of 'Adobe Premiere 6 Digital Video Editing' with ISBN 9780130942616 and ISBN 0130942618.