The Mac is Not a Typewriter by Robin P. Williams | Review

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The Mac is Not a Typewriter by Robin P. Williams | ReviewThe Mac is Not a Typewriter by Robin P. Williams
Published by Peachpit Press on May 1, 2003
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 88
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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One of the most popular Macintosh books ever written, The Mac is not a typewriter has been called the "Strunk and White of typography." Best-selling author Robin Williams's simple, logical principles for using type to produce beautiful, professional documents are as true now as they were when the original edition was published in 1989. This updated edition includes new examples and expanded information dedicated to the practical advice that made the first edition an enduring bestseller. Throughout, Robin shows you the small details that separate the pros from the amateurs: typographer versus typewriter quotation marks, en and em dashes, tabs and indents, kerning, leading, white space, widows and orphans, and hanging punctuation. If you prepare documents, you'll find The Mac is not a typewriter, Second Edition an indispensable guide. And those who read your documents will recognize the work of a pro, even if they don't know a curly quote from curly fries.

(Last Updated On: January 16, 2022)
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-what i liked-

  • Yet again I am having great luck with books I have to read for class! This was one that I had to read for my typography course. It teaches you basically everything you have to know about type on a Mac in inDesign. It was extremely helpful, and even now I notice things I never noticed before when looking at type. I literally only want to point out people’s mistakes.
  • I like how this was written in a way that absolutely everyone can understand. If you’ve worked with type before or if you haven’t, then you’re going to get something out of this book and be able to understand everything.
  • The shortcuts! The appendix is so helpful. I will probably end up making a copy of the pages to put in my binder for class and keep one by my computer for when I do homework.

Honestly, everyone needs a copy of this book. It’s extremely helpful and I bet you’ll learn something new!

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