Mac Power Users Episode 50 is available for download. Katie and I are joined by actor, writer, director, and really sweet person, David Wain. This is one of my very favorite episodes. In it David talks about how he used Apple technology to write, direct, and edit the upcoming feature film, Wanderlust. Make sure to check this one out.
If you were busy last week when I did my Mac at Work talk with Jason Snell, it is now available for viewing right here. The video requires a sign in and Flash but if you can get past all that AND are a nerdy mac-worker, it is absolutely riveting.
Mac at Work continues to sell and I continue to receive e-mails from people all over the world enjoying the book and every single one of them makes my day. Thank you all for your love. Moreover, when Merlin Mann said the book was so good he wanted to punch me in the face, I realized I need to add testimonials to the Mac at Work page. It is now easier than ever to buy the book or download a sample.
Until recently, the only sample chapter available for Mac at Work was Chapter 1 (found in the Kindle and iBookstore versions), which covers some basics about how to choose and operate a Mac. It really isn’t representative of the rest of the book. Thankfully, you can now download the introduction, table of contents, and e-mail chapter so you can get a better idea of what is available in the other 23 chapters. Download it here and let me know what you think.
It seems I’ve been writing entirely too much about my own activities here lately. Nonetheless, here is one more post with a summary of some of the places I’ve been showing up on the Internet with the release of Mac at Work.
I’ve received several e-mails complaining about how posts have slowed down at MacSparky.com. I am finally able to explain why. A few years ago I realized that while a lot of people are carrying Macs to work, very few of these Mac workers are taking full advantage of the goodness that is OS X. So, I decided to write a book. After several fits and starts, I signed a contract with Wiley Press and have spent my nights and weekends for the last five months writing 90,000 words.
The book is called “Mac at Work.”
This project has been my passion for the last two years and I’m excited to finally share it.
The book is intended as a reference and filled with recommendations and workflows. It includes 24 chapters covering all of the most common topics you’ll run against when using your Mac to get work done. Each chapter is self-contained and intended as a reference on its particular subject. For instance, there’s a chapter on synchronizing your Mac with your office network. Likewise, there are chapters on running Windows on your Mac, managing PDF files, preparing presentations, and tackling e-mail. The list goes on; You get the idea.
The process of writing the book was my own nerdy epic adventure. For the first month I was convinced I’d be getting a call any moment from Wiley Press explaining they were very sorry but green lighting this book was obviously a big mistake. Thankfully, that call never came. I look forward to sharing the details of how I went about writing a book in future posts.
The book is now nearly done. It’s full-color and the layout is gorgeous. It will be in bookstores and the Apple iBookstore. The book is 350 pages (or thereabouts) and will release on January 17, 2011, a week before Macworld. It will go up on Amazon before that and you can trust that I’ll have links here when that happens.
There is no other book like this. As a result, the publisher wanted me to stay quiet until now. Looking forward, completion of the book means that I’ll be able to devote more attention to MacSparky.com. If you are a Mac worker or know a Mac worker, stay tuned for more details.
I’m looking forward to giving a warm-up of my “Mac at Work” presentation on December 16 at the Irvine Spectrum Apple Store at 8:00 a.m. Yes, I know it’s early but at least the store will be quiet and free of shoppers. See you there.