Let's start with the illustrations. In
November 2004 I reviewed the Visual Quickstart manual on PSE 2
(Peachpit Press; ISBN: 0-201-79974-X), and griped that its photographic
illustrations were all but useless because, as I wrote, "Despite the
'visual' part of its title, the screenshots of various 'before and
after' photograph conditions are extremely indistinct. Because they are
quite small, and in black-and-white on non-glossy paper, much (if not
most) of the detail attempting to be shown is either difficult to see
or completely lost. Even some of the color-plates do not adequately
illustrate the concept being examined." Fast-forward to this Missing
Manual, and the story changes dramatically. Virtually all of the
illustrations are in full color, most are generously sized and
sufficiently distinct to clearly make their point, and are distributed
throughout the book to accompany the related text.
Read the review from the Main Line Macintosh Users Group.