The book was created in Microsoft Word, whose revision-tracking feature made life far easier as drafts were circulated from author to technical and copy editors. Inner Media's Collage captured illustrations; Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia FreeHand were called in as required for touching them up.
The book was designed and laid out in Adobe PageMaker 6.5 on a Power Mac 8500 and Power Mac G3. The fonts used include Formata (as the sans-serif family) and Minion (as the serif body face). Index entries were typed into a custom FileMaker database, then collated and formatted by EZ Index, a shareware program. The book was then generated as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file for proofreading, "beta reading," and final transmission to the printing plant.