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Jinjer Simon has been actively involved in the computer industry for nearly 20 years. Her involvement in the industry has included programming, providing software technical support, end-user training, developing written and online user documentation, creating software tutorials, developing Internet Web sites, creating digital video productions, and writing technical books.

She has written several computer-related books for the retail market, covering topics related to programming, Web development, Microsoft Office, and digital video. Her most recent books include Teach Yourself Visually Digital Video, Word 2003: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks, and Excel Programming: Your Visual Blueprint for Creating Interactive Spreadsheets.

Jinjer is also a contributing author on various computer books, including Microsoft FrontPage 2002 Unleashed and Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 21 Days.

Jinjer and her husband, Richard, live in Coppell, Texas, with their two children and two Jack Russell Terriers. Jinjer currently works as a consultant providing Web site development, writing online documentation, and creating video productions for distribution both over the Internet and on DVD.

Brian Tiemann is a freelance technology columnist and software engineer who has written extensively in online magazines about the Macintosh, Apple software, and the philosophy of user-friendly design that has always been synonymous with them. A creative professional in the graphic arts and Web design world as well as in networking and software quality, he uses Mac OS X because of its Unix-based stability underlying the powerful built-in creative tools that let him bring his graphics, music, movies, and photography to life.

Having been a Mac user for nearly twenty years, Brian has observed Apple's growth from a maker of simple personal computers to the powerhouse of film production, digital music, online lifestyle, and publishing that it is today. A graduate of Caltech, the coauthor of FreeBSD Unleashed, and the author of Mac OS X Panther In a Snap, Brian enjoys iLife, animation, motorcycles, technological gadgets, the outdoors, and writing about them all. He lives in Silicon Valley with Capri, the collie.

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