We’re having a blast redesigning SD Times for its new monthly, magazine-sized format. Last issue, we told you about our plans to transform SD Times into a more complimentary vehicle to accompany our online breaking-news channels. (If you missed that story, you can read it here.)

We heard loud and clear that many of you read software-development news from our sdtimes.com website, News on Monday e-newsletter, RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, and even our iPhone and iPad applications. By the time the long-lead print publication came out, many of you were past the news and were reading SD Times primarily for the more analytical articles and the columns.

In response, we’re increasing what and how we report news online, and making SD Times itself more of an analytical publication. As of January 2011, it’s changing to a monthly magazine from a twice-monthly newspaper. We know that you’ll be very pleased.

Behind the scenes, of course, there’s a lot going on in our editorial offices. All the editorial changes are driven by David Rubinstein, our editor-in-chief, who has been part of the SD Times news team since before the very first issue in February 2000. (He joined us in mid-1999 as we were planning the launch.)

Dave will be using most of SD Times for in-depth analytical feature articles, with only a few pages reserved for significant news stories, because all breaking news will be published online and pushed out via Internet technologies.

Mara Leonardi, our art director, is creating the new user experience for SD Times. Mara has been with us since the third issue of the newspaper, back in April 2000, and is bringing the best of SD Times to the new format. While some pages and sections will look very different, you’ll also find much of the magazine familiar and comfortable

We know you’ll enjoy it.

Alan Zeichick is editorial director of SD Times. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/zeichick. Read his blog at ztrek.blogspot.com.