September 24, 2004
"iLife '04: The Missing Manual": The Guide to Livin' the iLife
Sebastopol, CA--You shouldn't have to be a professional working for a
media conglomerate to harness cutting-edge technology for your own
creative expression and entertainment. That's Apple's philosophy behind
the iLife '04 software suite, reports David Pogue, author of the new
iLife '04: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly/Pogue Press, US $29.95). "Each
of the five programs in this $50 package is a streamlined, attractive,
easy-to-use version of software that was once hopelessly complex--or
hopelessly expensive," says Pogue.
iLife may be simple, but it's not at all simplistic; many a user has been
disappointed to find iLife's electronic help screens painfully sparse and
its manual nonexistent...until now.
"iLife '04: The Missing Manual"--the book that should have been in the
box--fills the information gap by exploring each iLife program in depth,
offering invaluable shortcuts and workarounds, and unearthing countless
features that the online help doesn't even mention. It gives readers
everything they need to unleash their creative genius with the suite of
programs (available at the Apple store and preinstalled on all new Macs)
that is revolutionizing the way people work and play.
Pogue, columnist for The New York Times and creator of O'Reilly's
ever-popular Missing Manual series, makes sure there's nothing standing
between his readers and professional-caliber music, photos, and movies.
His authoritative, witty, all-inclusive "iLife '04: The Missing Manual"
covers all five programs:
iTunes: Keeping a music collection in iTunes makes favorite songs readily
accessible for use in movies, slideshows, and DVDs. It's also the main
entrance to the iTunes Music Store as well as a handy loading dock for the
iMovie: This book bursts with clever workarounds, hidden features, and
Hollywood editing tricks. Home movies never looked so professional.
iPhoto: This program is a match made in heaven for the digital camera.
Organizing, displaying, and sending photos is a snap.
iDVD: A Mac equipped with a SuperDrive can distribute movies and photos
at much higher quality than VHS tapes or QuickTime movies by creating
GarageBand: Why would anyone settle for other people's music creations
when they could easily record professional tracks of their own--even with
no musical knowledge?
Pogue highlights the newest features and improvements of iLife '04, covers
the capabilities and limitations of each program within the suite, and
delivers countless goodies not found anywhere else: undocumented tips,
tricks, and secrets for getting the very best performance out of every one
of iLife's life-changing new applications.
iLife '04: The Missing Manual
ISBN 0-596-00694-2, 664 pages, $29.95 US, $43.95 CA
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