My review isn't based on the content of the text, I want to say that up front. I ordered this book twice from Amazon. The first time the disc with the student files used during the chapter lessons was cracked. I sent it back and ordered another copy. The disc in the second copy would not work. I'm sent that copy back to Amazon and resorted to buying this at the school bookstore. The disc in the copy purchased from the bookstore worked, but only on my PC. On the outside of the disc, it lists the system requirements for both PC and Mac. As my CS5 software is on my Mac only, I called tech support and was told the disc was only for PC. The misinformation is incredibly irritating. They shouldn't list Mac if the disc isn't compatible!
Tech support for this textbook isn't great. When I called about a replacement disc after receiving the cracked disc, I was told that they can't send me a disc as they are serviced by a third party, and since I did not purchase the book directly from them, I would have to return everything to Amazon. After calling a second time for the second and subsequently third books I ordered I was told they do not have a disc compatible for Mac and the only thing I could do was use my PC and copy the data files on to a flash or disc and move them over to the Mac. This did work. Also the rep admitted to not knowing Mac and couldn't really help me there. He suggested I hit "esc" on the Mac when the disc is trying to load, which would prevent the Mac from spitting it out after three failed attempts at trying to read it. He said the disc would pop up on my desktop and I could drag the data files from there. I tried this and while it did stop my Mac from ejecting the disc, nothing popped up on the desktop.
After reading the other two comments on this text, I'm thinking it's an epic fail.