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Press Release: October 31, 2007

iMovie '08 & iDVD, Leopard--New Missing Manuals from O'Reilly Media; Finally, Instructions You Really Want to Read

Sebastopol, CA--If you're like David Pogue you love new computer software and gadgets, but dread wading through dry, difficult-to-understand manuals. In fact, David founded the Missing Manual series to provide superbly written instructions for computer products that don't come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Every Missing Manual delivers addictively readable guidance--truly, the book that should have been in the box.

And just in time for the holidays--following the bestselling iPhone: The Missing Manual--David has authored two exciting new titles which are sure to bring smiles to the faces of Apple aficionados everywhere. iMovie '08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, $39.99 USD) is available now. And Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, $34.99 USD) is scheduled for release in early December.

In iMovie '08 & iDVD, David provides a crash course in cinematography to show users how to give their home movies professional polish. He ably covers iMovie '08's features--fast, effortless editing of video from tape and tapeless camcorders, both standard and high-definition. And he illuminates what's new--a different focus and overhauled workflow. David also shows budding cinematographers how to find an audience by exporting their masterpieces to the Web (YouTube, .Mac Gallery, or your own site) or to their Apple TVs, iPods, or iPhones.

David also details movie distribution--Hollywood-style. "iDVD can preserve your movies on home-recorded DVDs that look and behave amazingly close to the commercial DVDs you rent from Netflix or Blockbuster," explains David. "iDVD '08 wasn't a huge update from the previous version, but there are a few useful changes. It's faster, for one thing. It accepts more video formats, and comes with more predesigned menu-screen themes."

And if you're planning to upgrade your operating system, stuff a new Mac into a loved one’s stocking, or gift yourself, be sure to pick up a copy of Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual. Due in stock in early December, David’s timely new book will offer honest, straightforward instructions on all things Leopard, detailing what’s hot, and what’s not. You'll find useful information about all the features of “the sleek, modern-looking Leopard” and learn how to use its Time Machine, Boot Camp, and File Stacks.

Indeed, there's something new on practically every page of these books, and David Pogue gets extra points for bringing his celebrated wit and expertise to every one of them. Whether you plan to make the next indie hit, just create more polished home movies, or upgrade to Leopard, David's new Missing Manuals provide all the information you need--and keep you smiling, too.

David Pogue is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. With 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series.

iMovie 08 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
David Pogue
ISBN: 0-596-51619-3, $39.99 US

Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual
David Pogue
ISBN: 0-596-52952-X, $34.99 US

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