Software, Hardware, Books, and More
Note: upcoming in-depth how-to workflow features will include 1) the Zen of digital fine art printing, 2) the Zen of POD—a writer's guide to book print on demand self-publishing—from editing, layout, and design to creating a professional index, and 3) a primer for video editing with Final Cut Express HD, and working with Adobe After Effects.
Early Adopter/Mac Advocate
I'm a longtime user of the Mac from Apple, Inc. I've been writing about Mac computers and related wares since 1986; at the time I used a Macintosh Plus and (MS Word) to not only write my bestselling book—The Magnificent Book of Kites (Sterling Publishing, NYC)—but to also design kites with (MacDraft).
In 2007, a Mac and I with the help of InDesign went to work; I designed and did the layout for my latest book: An Artist Empowered. This was a daunting but not impossible task; it is not unusual for a mainstream publisher to employ ten or more people in various phases of production to create a book.
In this section, you will find links in the sidebar to my ongoing series of articles, features, and recommendations for:
- books and tutorial recommendations,
- and specific how-to digital workflow features
useful for artists and writers—including screenwriters.
Philosophy: No Ratings Here
I focus on products that help me organize and communiate; and this includes photography (from digital to the vintage Polaroid SX-70 folding camera), video, sound, music, plus maintenance tools that enhance my computer. No ratings or comparisons here for this reason: If I'm writing about, then know in advance that I have already researched the item and found it of value.
For Example—Adobe CS3
Whereas many reviews out there are generalized to point out features and issues, I tend to focus on how I used a specific apps or piece of equipment on a real world project—for example, in an upcoming piece about Adobe CS3 Design Premium, I'm including a brief overview of InDesign and Acrobat Professional, and more imporant—how I used these (and a few great plug-ins) apps to design, edit, write, and produce my latest book: An Artist Empowered.
I take this article further. Today, a dedicated individual with a 'pinch' of talent, a computer, and the right sofware can become a publisher—and, to this end, I recommend the services of Lulu.com for four reasons: 1). no costly set up fees in lieu of percentage of sales—fair enough; 2). they handle all the accounting of sales and royalies; 3). their system allowed me full control over designing the book cover and inside pages; 4). and Published by Me, a versatile and beneficial to the author book distribution package.
Hollywood Lights and Book Signings
In another upcoming article, I will be describing how Dramatica Pro and Movie Magic Screenwriter (both from Write Brothers, Inc.) can help you develop the structure for a coherent and complete novel or a dynamic and character driven film script that leaves the audience satisfied.
A la Carte
I trust that you will find my perspective on computer-related articles of value.
In the weeks and months to come, I will be adding my articles linked in the sidebar. I invite you to visit often and to explore the rest of the site.»