Not to put on any pressure, but I’ve been informed the XWF Guide is planned for reprint due to the preorder demand. For those that preordered, that was a good idea, you may have your guide by now or it’s in the mail. For those that were waiting for the book to come out first instead of preordering, you may want to hurry. I’m not sure how long it takes to reprint more books (that’s like, beyond the guys that just type the words…). Then again, you could always wait for the next go around for reprints…
Amazon still looks to have the best price, but only a few copies left before they have to order more.
The X-Ways Practitioner’s Guide (Amazon)
Looks like most have received their preorders, and those that waited late might have to wait again for a reprint. Direct link to Amazon – XWF Guide.
This is one of those times that procrastinating will cost you money….
What will you tell yourself when you have to spend twice as much for the XWF Guide after tomorrow?
And shipping is free? Wow. Doesn’t get much better than that.
The 30% has been updated to 40%!
“Now through August 15th, Elsevier is offering 40% off all their books, including X-Ways Forensics Practitioners Guide (use this link: http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780124116054&_requestid=665676). No promo code needed. Just follow the link, add to your cart and save big”
Word from the publisher:
book is going to print in a few days.
One of the benefits of this book is that it shows you how to use X-Ways in your cases, by practically showing which buttons to push to get what you need quickly,
The other aspects of the book show how X-Ways works. We show you how you can tweak it do exactly what you want and only what you want at the fastest speed possible.
To everyone who pre-ordered, you helped place the X-Ways Guide at the #7 spot of best sellers on Amazon (under Books > Law > Criminal Law > Forensic Science).
“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.
As in, the book is done, no more to add, it’s all done. It’s now in the hands of the publisher to proof, print, and distribute. Accuracy checked by Stefan Fleischmann (developer of X-Ways Forensics), Tech Edited by Jimmy Weg (an expert X-Ways user and superb tech editor), and written by Eric Zimmerman (who I have found to be a great writer and even better X-Ways master) and myself, this is the book to have. Refresh what you learned in an X-Ways course or learn by reading. Having used X-Ways since the first release, this is a book I whole-hardheartedly recommend.