Secrets of Digital Photography

New E-book! 02-28-03





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Vincent Bockaert's 123Di™ is released.

An E-book for everyone. 123Di™ covers a myriad of interesting digital techniques in general, then in depth.


Windows users can use it directly, and Mac owners --such as moi-- can use it effectively with Connectix's Virtual PC.

Vincent Bockaert and I talked about his E-book a year ago. He wanted to make a tool for digital photographers with in-depth expolorations of image fixes, enhancements and techniques for all digital photographers. Cool.

Now it is real and you can touch it, today. Unlike my own eBooks, this one plays in its own interactive window on your Windows machine, rather like a video game. Only this time, the game is all about accomplishing better images with your digital camera.

Here's the press release, verbatum:

Singapore publisher Asimex, owner of, has announced "123di™ 1.0 - The 123 of digital imaging Interactive e-book™".

This new type of e-book consists of more than 2,000 pages containing more than 5,000 graphics, interconnected by more than 50,000 links conveniently packed into one single self running program that requires no installation. The e-book has an easy to use 9 button built-in Graphical User Interface.


1. Vertical coverage of digital imaging
The e-book covers hardware such as cameras, scanners, batteries, memory, CRT monitors, LCD monitors, printers, etc. Software wise it covers in detail Adobe Photoshop Album 1.0, Photoshop Elements 2.0, and Photoshop 7.0, as well as software for data recovery, CD cataloging, screen saver creation, image uploading, etc. The e-book features just released and upcoming software and technology such as the new Adobe Photoshop JPEG 2000 and RAW plug-in, Adobe Photoshop Album 1.0, Nikon's digital SLR lenses, FijiFilm's Super CCD SR, 3D LCD displays, etc.

2. Horizontal coverage of digital imaging
The content is split up into 20 main chapters and 112 topics. Most of the topics come in essential and advanced complimentary versions which are selectable by the user and also have a one page summary at the end. The essential sections bring the user up speed easily, while the advanced sections give in depth information and bring the user to the next level. The Advanced sections go into more detail, but are still meant to be understood easily through the use of animated and interactive graphics. Many pages have interactive animations and simulations wherby the user can click on buttons and see the effect of his choice instantly. Some pages have as many as 70 different appearances.

Step 1 helps you select your digital camera and explains digital photography via unique interactive simulations and colorful high quality animated graphics. Photography is explained from a digital perspective with content varying from simple things like explaining pixels, focal lengths, analog to digital conversion, etc. in the essential sections, to specialized content in the advanced sections such as explaining CCD and CMOS technology, JPEG compression, etc.
Step 2 teaches you to create amazing images in the "Pixelroom" on your PC, the equivalent of the conventional darkroom. This section is packed with step-by-step, hands-on, interactive and animated tutorials. The essential sections are based on Adobe Photoshop Elements 2, while the advanced sections use Photoshop 7 with tutorials varying from a single click fix up to professional editing tutorials with as many as 120 screen shot frames. It will teach you countless editing techniques such as the removal of red-eye, removal of tourists from pictures, bringing out shadow detail, creating panoramas, enhance color, advanced noise removal methods, etc.
Step 3 shows you how to manage, view, share, print and process your images, and covers the newly released Adobe Photoshop Album 1 in detail.
The Appendices contain a detailed user manual, index, and unique interactive simulations of the Adobe Photoshop Album 1.0, Photoshop Elements 2.0, and Photoshop 7.0 graphical user interfaces, whereby the window, menu system, tool bar, and palettes bring you to the corresponding explanation pages or tutorials in the e-book.

Page layout and fonts are 100% optimized for screen viewing, so that no scrolling or zooming is required. You can read this e-book like a normal book or in 11 other interactive ways such as the built-in sideshow, search on key-words, answers to frequently asked digital imaging questions, "before and after" images, use the unique Photoshop Graphical User Interface simulators, etc.


The product will be officially launched at Booth J98 at PMA2003, March 2-5 in Las Vegas.

The e-book is now available as a 62MB download from the Internet right here.
A 10 MB free demo is also available at the same URL.
Mailorder will be available by the end of March.

The Good News is that you can download the entire eBook (65 megabytes of it) and get the unlocking code from Asimex on the Web.

Get our eBook, too. We have a secure order page that will allow previous eBook owners to upgrade for low cost, too. Or you can call direct and order from the publisher by phone or FAX.
Phone:(310) 475 2988 (M-F 9-5 Pacific Time)  
FAX (310) 475 9486 (24hrs).

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