The past few months have been some of the busiest of my professional life, mostly due to a confluence of deadlines that I expected would be spread out over a longer period of time. But since I mostly write about Apple and the Mac, I never know when new products are going to hit. In this case, they hit all at once. Here’s what has kept me up until 1 or 2 a.m. most nights over the last three months.
iMovie ’08 & iDVD ’08 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide: When Apple announced iLife ’08 with a completely rewritten version of iMovie, I knew I was in for a lot more work than I expected. I just received my first author copy of the book, and it looks great! I’ve almost completely rewritten the iMovie section to account for the changes in this version, including a new chapter on managing video (one of iMovie’s hidden strengths, with keywording and marking features), and of course tips and tricks for using iMovie to its fullest. Amazon has the book now for just $16.49; if you click the link above, I get a small piece of the purchase, in case you want to help your favorite author (and hopefully that’s me).
I’ve also just finished helping another Peachpit Press author update portions of his book, but since I’m not a listed co-author, I’m hesitant to name the title until it’s available (which is very soon). In this case, I ended up doing most of the work in an extremely short amount of time due to scheduling issues. Getting 12 hours of sleep over three days while also entertaining visiting family is fun, to a degree, but not something I recommend often.
In addition to book projects, I’ve recently written several articles, in reverse-chronological order:
- First Look: Final Cut Express 4 (Macworld.com)
- Apple’s so hip Part II is a must, some noteworthy features of Mac OS X 10.5 (Seattle Times).
- Apple’s latest cool cat, a review of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard for the Seattle Times.
In the midst of this, I’ve been preparing to become a father, a big project indeed!