“This book is going to be great! The essential, accessible answer to the impenetrable density of XWF’s help file”. – Craig Ball
There’s been more than few tweets about having to wait until October, but don’t worry, we are ahead of that schedule. The most current target date for printing is September 3.
The book is now in the hands of trusted reviewers and so far, the comments have been really positive. So much so, that even those who have used XWF for years learned tips and tricks from even the first chapters of the book.
There are a number of XWF users who started from the first versions of XWF and even went to the first XWF courses (back in ’05…). For these XWF users, the learning curve was short. New tool, new training by the developer, no problem. For everyone else purchasing a dongle and trying to maneuver around a program that doesn’t look like any other they use is a different story. I’m sure ‘different’ could be replaced with ‘frustrating’.
But with this book, new and not-so-new XWF users will have everything needed to use XWF as their primary tool (or even as the secondary tool that always works when the others fail).
Here are some benefits from the book, maybe you fit in one or more of these.
–Non XWF user: Haven’t tried it, like what I’m using already (even if I complain about it), and don’t have the time to learn a new tool. I don’t even want to learn another tool. However, since there is so much talk about X-Ways, I’ll try it and check it out.
–New to forensics: I haven’t got a clue which tool to start with, but XWF sounds like it works and fits my budget!
–Current XWF user: I have used XWF for years and think I got it down. Then again, I still don’t use it as a primary tool and wonder how anyone does that. I can use some tips on how XWF does more because I’m not totally confident in using XWF.
–Forensics instructor: I spend more time teaching the tool than forensics. A student guide would save time in the class better spent teaching forensics instead of software use.
–Expert forensics analyst: I want the most indepth, powerful, fastest, and configurable forensic tool available!
If you have concern that the book will be outdated soon, don’t worry. The material covers the vast majority of XWF features in detail. Any new item that is added as an update doesn’t change the information in the book, it only adds a new capability. Once you know the tool, the updates that are put out almost monthly are awesome.