The book was written and edited in Microsoft Word, whose revision-tracking feature made life far easier as drafts were circulated from author to technical and copy editors. The steps in this book were tested on machines from HP, Toshiba, and Apple. (That’s right: Apple. You can’t believe how fast Windows 8 runs under the Parallels emulator [virtual machine], on a MacBook Air.)
SnagIt (www.techsmith.com) captured the illustrations; Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Illustrator CS6 were called in as required for touching them up.
The book was designed and laid out in Adobe InDesign CS5.5 on a MacBook Pro, and Mac Pro. The fonts used include Formata (as the sans-serif family) and Minion (as the serif body face). To provide symbols like and , custom fonts were created using FontLab Fontographer.
The book was generated as an Adobe Acrobat PDF file for proofreading and indexing, and final transmission to the printing plant.