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That's right, a free signed copy of the XWF Guide is yours, but only IF you can win the contest.


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On a related note, check out Eric's interview on his ongoing imaging tests on YouTube.



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Positive Feedback

So far, we've had a lot of positive feedback on the XWF Guide, so much so, that the second edition (should that happen) will have a few added things.  Like...a companion CD with sample data and slidedecks for classroom use.

However, before a second edition is started, this edition has to first be outdated by updates in XWF.

The bad news on a second edition is that we wrote the book to cover XWF for some time to come even with the expected updates that occur every month or so. That means a second edition isn't likely until we see a major change in XWF.

The good news on a second edition is that we wrote the book to cover XWF for some time to come even with the expected updates that occur every month or so.  That means this book will last you well into your expertise is solid with XWF.

For the college and university profs and instructors, we'd be glad to help review your slidedecks if you will be using the book in your course.  Potentially, we may be able to create a set of slidedecks (with help from those teaching) to make available to any schools using XWF).

[caption id="attachment_343" align="aligncenter" width="528"]XWF Do you teach XWF in your college class? We'd be happy to help your slidedecks with reviews and suggestions if you need.
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The XWF Guide aka, "going like hot cakes"

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)


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**Update**

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.
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Guess I'm not the only one with a Kindle...

Looks like more Kindle readers than paperback readers.   Then again, it's easier to have the Kindle at your desk than a stack of books when you are fighting through hex, decoding registry values, and spilling coffee on the desk.

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Direct link to order the Kindle:  X-Ways Guide - Kindle


Direct link to order the old fashioned book:  X-Ways Guide - Book

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The X-Ways Forensics Practitioners Guide is available in Kindle!

It certainly feels like a long time has passed, but the time is finally here, at least for the Kindle. Order through Amazon and you can have the book on your Kindle in less than a minute. 

Although it feels like it took a long time (at least for me), Eric and I finished the book 6 months ahead of schedule.  If you don't have a Kindle, you can at least read the Introduction through the link below.  We hope (and know) this guide will be your best friend to your XWF dongle.

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Order from Amazon.com at  "X-Ways Forensics Practitioner's Guide"

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Last day for the 40% discount on the 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?

 

 

 

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40% Discount off the X-Ways Forensics Practitioner's Guide

The 30% has been updated to 40%!

From Syngress:

“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”

https://xwaysforensics.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/some-bad-news-and-some-good-news-on-the-xwf-guide/

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A few more days...


Click to order your copy!


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).


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A great interview with Author Eric Zimmerman.

Hacking Exposed recently interviewed Eric in which he spoke a bit on the XWF Guide and his career.  Eric's experience in forensics shows in the book, which if you haven't heard, should be available on August 2nd.

To make sure you can get a copy without waiting, consider a pre-order at Amazon :)

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="244"] Rather than search to find where to buy the guide, just click it and order it!


X-Ways Forensics is surely taking off as a strong primary tool.  There have been more than a few government and private forensic labs in the world not upgrading their "other" tool in order to migrate to XWF.   This book more than satisfies how to do just that.
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"This book is going to be great!"

"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.

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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.
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