I’m just back from beautiful Ventura, California, having spent several weeks recording the “QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training” video. Once it’s been edited down, it should contain about 14 hours of hands-on, real world, essential training on how to use every feature in QuarkXPress 8.
The folks at Lynda.com were incredibly helpful and professional — a necessary combination when undertaking this “heroic” project. (I call it heroic — I’m sure others have more colorful words for it.)
Believe it or not, I managed to cover everything from text editing and picture formatting to Web and Flash authoring and integration with Adobe’s Creative Suite.
I have special gratitude for Kirk Werner, my producer and guide through this process. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect person to keep the project going. Also, Marc Horne from Quark provided invaluable help with the Web and Flash chapters. (A big merci to Marc!) Special thanks to Lesa Snider for developing the hysterical artwork, as well as to iStockphoto.com for providing the images.
They tell me that the title should be available in early July, both as an online training title and as a DVD.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.