May 17, 2004
"iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition": Technical and Creative Guidance for Great Digital Photography
Sebastopol, CA--Taking the ubiquitous advice to "get a life," Mac users
are doing just that--Apple's iLife, of course. And one of the most popular
and compelling reasons to get iLife is iPhoto, beloved by photography
professionals, grandmas, and graduates alike. iPhoto's third incarnation
has solved one of its early annoying traits: speed--or rather, lack
thereof. The new version zips through a library of 25,000 photos as
quickly as a library of 250. Now that their collection horizon has been
expanded, users will no doubt want to add to their library of iPhoto
skills as well. While iPhoto's spartan help screens get the basics across,
iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition (O'Reilly, US $24.95) by David
Pogue and Derrick Story, is a much more entertaining and useful way to get
the most out of iPhoto 4.
Speed is just one improvement to iPhoto 4. Other ingenious additions
include Smart Albums, which organizes photos similar to the way iTunes
creates playlists, and a networking option for users to share photos using
the same Apple technology for sharing music. Apple also added more designs
and effects, so users can present their photos more creatively than ever.
There's much more, and iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual covers everything in
detail and with scrupulous objectivity.
The book is divided into four parts, each containing several chapters:Digital Cameras: The Missing Manual
Using iPhoto without a grounding in camera technique is like getting a map
before you've learned to drive. This book offers a friendly guide to the
digital camera, and professional tips for making everyday snapshots look
This section covers the fundamentals of getting photos into iPhoto,
including organization, searching, and editing tips such as how to master
iPhoto's brightness and contrast controls, cropping tools, new Enhance and
Retouch commands, and more.
Meet Your Public
iPhoto excels at presenting photos. iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual goes
into detail about creating and uploading a web site gallery, creating
QuickTime movies from pictures (both for DVD and on the Web), slideshows,
and AppleScripting iPhoto. This section also covers creating one of
Apple's linen photo books, including hints on how to arrange the pictures,
what book formats work best for what kind of material, and how to override
and customize the installed designs.
Pogue and Story dispense a variety of handy tricks, from turning photos
into screen savers, exporting photos in various formats, using iPhoto
plug-ins, and backing up photos.
The book winds up with appendices covering troubleshooting, iPhoto menus,
and web sites chosen to help fuel your growing addiction to digital
Witty and authoritative, iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition is a
step-by-step guide to all of iPhoto's features down to the smallest nips
and tucks, giving readers the know-how they need to make iPhoto really
iPhoto 4: The Missing Manual, 3rd Edition
David Pogue, Derrick Story
ISBN 0-596-00692-6, 361 pages, $24.95 US, $36.95 CA
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