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File Menu
Most of the commands in the File menu involve creating new storage entities: albums,
books, slideshows, and so on. See Chapters 5, 11, and 8, respectively. This is also where
you do all your printing.
New Album
Creates a new photo album in the Source list, and prompts you to name it. (You can
also create an album by pressing c-Norclickingthe+buttoninthemainiPhoto
New Album From Selection
Select some photos in the iPhoto window, then choose this command. iPhoto creates
a new album, already stocked with the selected pictures.
New Smart Album
Opens a dialog box where you can set up criteria for a smart album, as described on
page 128.
New Folder
This humble command is the key to the all-powerful folder. A folder is a Source-list
icon that can contain other icons, like albums, book layouts, and slideshows.
Import to Library
Use this command to add photos to your iPhoto Library from your hard disk, a CD,
or some other disk. Choose Add to Library, select the file or folder you want to add,
then click the Import button in the Import Photos dialog box. Keyboard shortcut:
Yes, kids, it’s the amazing peripatetic Export command—in a different menu every
version of iPhoto!
Anyway, it opens the Export Images window, whose panels offer the following ways
of copying photos:
•FileExport. Makes fresh copies of your photos in the file format and size you specify.
You can export photos in their existing file format or convert them to JPEG, TIFF,
or PNG format. You also can set a maximum size for the photos, so that iPhoto
scales down larger photos on the fly as it exports them.
•WebPage. Publishes selected photos as a series of HTML pages that you can post on
a Web site. The finished product includes an index page with clickable thumbnails
that open individual pages containing each photo. (See Chapter 10 for step-by-step
instructions on using this pane to set image sizes and format the HTML pages.)
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•QuickTime.Turns a series of photos into a self-running slideshow, saved as a
QuickTime movie that you can post on the Internet, send to friends, or burn to a
CD. You can set the size of the movie, pick a background color, and add music (the
sound file selected for the current photos’ album or slideshow) before exporting.
You’ll find more about going from iPhoto to QuickTime in Chapter 12.
You can save yourself a trip to the Export menu by using the keyboard shortcut Shift-
c-E. (By the way, you may find additional tabs in the Export dialog box if you’ve
installed iPhoto plug-in software.)
Close Window
Closes the frontmost window. Usually, you’ll use this command after opening a photo
into its own window for editing. If only the main iPhoto window is open, this com-
mand quits the program. Keyboard shortcut: c-W.
Edit Smart Album
Lets you edit the criteria for an existing smart album. Select the album before choosing
this command. When you click OK, iPhoto updates the smart album.
Subscribe to Photo Feed
Asks you for the URL (Web address) for a Web gallery that somebody has built, so
that you can enjoy their pictures in your copy of iPhoto. See page 241.
Opens iPhotos Print dialog box, where you can print contact sheets, greeting cards,
full-page photos, or groups of photos in standard sizes like 4 x 6 or 5 x 7. See Chapter
9 for details.
Browse Backups
This command is exclusively for the benefit of people who use Time Machine, the
automated backup program in Mac OS X Leopard.
Unbeknownst to most people, iPhoto ’08 comes with a very special miniature version
of itself that’s intended exclusively for using Time Machine to recover lost, damaged,
or deleted files.
If you’ve been using Time Machine (see Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual), start
by choosing this command (or just click the Time Machine icon on your Dock).
Now something weird and wonderful happens: The entire world of menus, windows,
and Dock drops away, leaving only a stripped-down version of iPhoto in its place.
Theres no toolbar, no menu bar, no way to resize the window or change the thumbnail
sizes. There’s very little in the Source list except Photos, Events, and your albums. And
theres a Search box, too.
File Menu

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