Apple has positioned the Mac as a digital hub, the nexus for the otherwise disparate components of your iLife. It has more than backed up this claim with a suite of simply powerful applications: iPhoto, your digital shoebox; iTunes, your personal audio jukebox; iMovie and iDVD, for the budding independent filmmaker; iCal to keep track of where you’re supposed to be next; and iSync to keep all your devices in sync.
Add to this Apple’s .Mac online service, ever more integrated into your Mac’s online life. Back up your Mac’s preferences and those important documents you have with you on the road. Check your mail, consult your address book, and share your calendar through any ordinary web browser.
It’s all coming together rather nicely. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room to hack. This chapter provides tips and techniques for getting the most out of the iApps and third-party multimedia applications. Going beyond what the iApps provide out of the box, we’ll also glue together audio, video, text, and photos in some unexpectedly useful and fun combinations.