Sebastopol, CA—iPhoto '09 makes it easier than ever to transfer photos from a digital camera, organize them, and publish, print, or share them. The latest version boasts loads of exciting new features--including automatic face-recognition, easier ways to get your photos online, and fully customizable travel maps--but there's still no printed manual. That is, until now.
Fortunately, David Pogue, weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times, and J.D. Biersdorfer team up in a funny, authoritative new book that should have been in the box, iPhoto '09: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, $34.99).
And according to the authors, there are many invaluable new features in iPhoto '09, digital photographers of every skill level are sure to appreciate.
"I take a lot of pictures when I travel, so I find myself using the Places feature in iPhoto '09 more than anything. It's great for seeing all the photos you've ever taken in a particular city, regardless of when you took them," notes co-author J.D. Biersdorfer, weekly computer Q&A column for the Circuits section of The New York Times.
"Social networking, especially photo-sharing, is a huge part of people's lives these days and iPhoto's integration with Facebook and Flickr makes it much easier to share stuff right out of your iPhoto library. I used to export pictures from iPhoto and upload them through the Web or with the Flickr Uploadr, but now all I have to do is click a button or drag photos onto the Flickr icon in iPhoto '09 to share them with the world," adds J.D.
"I was dubious of how well the Faces feature would work in recognizing my friends and family. At first, the people iPhoto '09 would suggest were all over the map, but the more I trained the program by rejecting the wrong face matches, the better it got. It's starting to get pretty precise on picking my friends and family out of photos now," says J.D.
Here's some of the important stuff you'll learn about in iPhoto '09: The Missing Manual:
- Organizing Your Collection. This book's opening chapters are a guided tour through all the ways iPhoto lets you group your pictures-by events, in albums, or even based on who's in the picture and where it was taken.
- Editing Basics. Even the greatest photos sometimes need a little touching up. This book covers iPhoto's beefed-up editing suite, including its increasingly Photoshop-like adjustments palette.
- Finding an audience. iPhoto excels at getting your photos out to the people who really want to see them. Your choices include screen savers, Kodak prints, DVD slideshows (with music), iPhone videos, gift books, calendars, cards, and easy publishing to Flickr, Facebook, and MobileMe Web galleries.
So whether you're the next Ansel Adams or just a photo nut, iPhoto '09: The Missing Manual lets you marry the stunning quality of digital photography with the power of your imagination.
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. In 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes more than 30 titles. David and his wife Jennifer Pogue, MD, live in Connecticut with their three young children. His Web site is www.davidpogue.com.
J.D. BiersdorferM is the author of iPod: The Missing Manual and The iPod Shuffle Fan Book, and is co-author of The Internet: The Missing Manual and the second edition of Google: The Missing Manual. She has been writing the weekly computer Q&A column for the Circuits section of The New York Times since 1998.
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and samples, see its catalog page.iPhoto '09: The Missing Manual
David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer
ISBN: 9780596801441, $34.99 US
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