In keeping with an Optical Engineering tradition, I want to report on the state of the journal at the end of 1999. The most remarkable aspect of this year’s production was probably noticed by most readers—it’s thinner...a lot thin-ner. The number of pages and papers has dropped by a third. In an era of ever-increasing numbers—at least if you listen to the ﬁnancial news these days—this result would be announced in the gravest tones. Down is bad. For Op-tical Engineering, I believe that the reduced page and paper counts were the result of a change in approach to editing the journal.