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Tons of Good News

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 08/26/2005

Dear Reader, I have so much to report today--

I'll start with the Mac DevCenter home page. We're updating its look and improving its usability. I should have the refreshed look online this coming Tuesday. Please stop by and take a look. And let me know what you think.

We've also updated our RSS output. You may have noticed little things such as artwork now accompanying our articles. If you haven't updated your Mac DevCenter feed yet, here's what to use:

Atom 1.0
http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/feed/3
RSS 1.0
http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/feed/3?format=rss1
RSS 2.0
http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/feed/3?format=rss2

In about a week and a half, we're posting a new survey for the site. It's been a while, and I need to hear your thoughts about our publishing and your interests. I'll make the announcement on Mac DevCenter by posting some of the results from our last two surveys, then provide you with a link to the new one. Please take a few minutes to participate. I really want to hear what you have to say.

Related Reading

Digital Photography Pocket Guide
By Derrick Story

Now, on to weblogs. I've moved the Mac weblog posts into our Mac DevCenter page layout and will be relocating the list of new blog headlines to above the fold on Mac DevCenter. Our bloggers will get more exposure than ever. I'm really happy with our existing writers, and I'd like to add three or four more regular contributors.

If you'd like to blog for O'Reilly's Mac DevCenter, please send me a note. We'll kick it around and see what happens. Our Mac blogs are a huge presence on the O'Reilly Network. I want to expand that even more.

Finally, on a personal note--The 3rd Edition of Digital Photography Pocket Guide just hit the streets. The official O'Reilly press release comes out Monday. I'm really happy with how this book turned out. It's beautiful and so comprehensive for a pocket guide. I've been working on it since February, which is a long time for a 3rd edition of a pocket guide.

It's available on Amazon for $10.17. If you decide to buy a copy, send me a mailing address, and I'll send you a signed author's plate that adheres to the book. If you want me to make it out to someone specifically, just tell me what to say, and I'll write it.

It's my way of saying thanks for your support of O'Reilly Media, Mac DevCenter, and all of my endeavors.

See you next time,

-Derrick

Derrick Story
Mac DevCenter Editor

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