Aug 95 Publisher
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By Neil Ticktin, Publisher
An update from MacTech
For some time now, weve been working on a number of projects at the magazine to allow us to move to the next level. Finally now, after months of effort, we are starting to see the fruits of those efforts, and we wanted to share them with you.
First, there were the mundane things like a corporate reorganization, moving to new offices, and other infrastructure related activities - all of which are aimed at further strengthening the magazine and the services that we provide to you. But, there have been more interesting projects - like bringing MacTech to the web, new Internet support, as well as a major revamping of our editorial process.
MacTech Net Support
Over the last several issues, youve heard us talking about how to put yourself on the net, give yourself a web presence, and cool places to check out on the net - but, youve not seen as much MacTech Magazine support as you might expect. Why? Well, partly, weve been focusing on some of those aforementioned mundane issues. And partly, we wanted to have the right type of net presence - including finding the right vendor to partner with.
As of this writing, weve come to an agreement with an Internet provider to give you access to our servers at rates up to 384k. Weve finally locked in the mactech.com domain name, and were bringing our servers up in the weeks to come. By the time that you read this, we should have up and running:
So, grab your browser or ftp client and take a look - you should be in for a pleasant surprise.
Whats going to be there? Well, the obvious stuff - the latest URLs relevant to Macintosh developers, source code files, utilities, header files, Sprocket, information sheets on the magazine, tools, books, utilities, etc But, were also going to experiment with putting much of the magazines history (many of the articles from the first 10 years) on the web - if it works well for all of us, well make it a permanent feature. This is similar to the MacTech CD - but even though we have some solid bandwidth to the net, the CD will continue to be much faster. Take a look at the site, and let us know what you think. Our web and ftp sites are meant to be living breathing beasts that are there to serve the developer community. Well be making regular changes to it. And, if you want something that you dont see, let us know. If it makes sense, well do it!
And, for those of you who have suffered from Netcoms horrible service (MacTechs provider for a long time now), youll be glad to know that we are dumping their service as fast as we can. Youll be able to get into our servers - and with solid bandwidth. Of course, feel free to prove me wrong by accessing us regularly! :)
Our New Editorial Approach
For the past 11 years, MacTech Magazine has always taken an individual and sometimes laid back approach to editorial. In more recent years, the editorial process was focused around a single editor at the magazine. This editor would either review articles randomly submitted by those in the developer community or go out into developer community to get an individual article written. In some cases, there were regular columnists who wrote articles on a monthly basis in a specific area.
Over the past several years, a couple of things have happened. First, the Macintosh has a lot more technology in it - far more than any one editor can fully grasp (and still have time to sleep <g>). Second, the magazine has grown to a point that its time, once again, to revise our editorial approach. To that end, were creating an Editorial Board for the magazine. This board will have a long list of Contributing Editors. Each will focus on a niche in the Macintosh developer world.
The magazine is still brought to you by all of the individuals that have been bringing it to you for a long while now. But today, weve got a broader and deeper array of resources to help educate all of us about Macintosh development.
Who are these contributors? They are the movers and shakers in the industry. They are the folks who know a lot about certain niches within the Macintosh community. For starters, the new MacTech Editorial Board includes such experts as:
Steve Kiene, Mindvision Copland
Liam Breck Databases
Hazem Sayed, Digitool Dynamic Languages
Jon Wiederspan Internet
Richard Clark, General Magic MagicCap/Telescript
Eric Gundrum Misc. Topics
Steve Sisak Tips and Tidbits,
and we are talking to others to cover the following areas:
Component Technologies (e.g., OpenDoc)
FrameWorks (e.g., PowerPlant, Sprocket, TCL, MacApp)
Multimedia Technologies (graphics, sound, etc )
Weve got several leads for these areas, and youll see these slots filled soon. And remember, these are in addition to our regular columns
Getting Started by Dave Mark
Programmers Challenge by Bob Boonstra
Inside Info by Chris Espinosa
Symantec Top 10
Uniform Resource Locators by Jim Straus
And, to coordinate these Contributing Editors, were creating a Managing Editor position at the magazine. This new position is in addition to myself as Editor-in-Chief and Scott T Boyd as Editor-at-Large. As of this writing, this new position has not been filled - but look for announcements in issues to come. Interested parties should contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You should expect the Editorial Board for MacTech Magazine to change - with additions and deletions happening as the industry changes and peoples lives change. If you think theres a topic that warrants a Contributing Editor we dont already have, let us know. If you think that we should make changes to the Editorial Board, let us know that too.
As our Internet presence comes online, well be adding a whole list of new addresses to contact us at MacTech - both individual editorial departments, and probably the entire Editorial Board. Youll be able to write to directly to those working on the magazine and let your thoughts be known. See page two of the magazine in future issues for these addresses.
Our New Digs
For those of you who dont already know, MacTech has grown so much in the last few years, that we had to move to new offices. The contact info for our new Westlake Village office is:
PO Box 5200
Westlake Village, CA 91359-5200
850-P Hampshire Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
and of course, our e-mails remain the same.
As you can see, weve had a few things going on in MacTechLand - all of which are for the better. With our new corporate structure, our new offices, our new Editorial Board and staff, our new Internet presence and more - were here for you, now more than ever. As just one example, the issue that you are now reading has the largest page count in the history of the magazine.
The question now becomes: what would you like to see next? Were just an e-mail away - so let us know. You can send mail directly to me at email@example.com. In the mean time, enjoy the web site, and the magazine.