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iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition by Derrick Story, David Pogue

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Appendix B. iPhoto 5, Menu by Menu

Some people use iPhoto for years without pulling down a single menu. But unless you explore its menu commands, you’re likely to miss some of the options and controls that make it a surprisingly powerful little photo manager. Especially since some commands, like Export, appear only in menus.

Here’s a menu-by-menu look at iPhoto’s commands.

iPhoto Menu

This first menu, Mac OS X’s Application menu, takes on the name of whatever program happens to be running in the foreground. In iPhoto’s case, that would be iPhoto.

About iPhoto

This command opens the “About” box containing the requisite Apple legalese.

There’s really only one good reason to open the About iPhoto window: It’s the easiest way to find out exactly which version of iPhoto you have.

iPhoto Hot Tips

Opens a page on Apple’s Web site that lists a brief overview of iPhoto 5’s newest features and tricks like keyboard shortcuts.

Preferences

Opens the Preferences window (Figure B-1), which has three panels to choose from:

General

  • Tell iPhoto how many months to show in the Last ___ Months album and how many rolls to show in the Last ___ Rolls album, as discussed in Chapter 5.

  • Have iPhoto display the total photo count, in parentheses, next to each album in the Source list.

  • Choose how you want iPhoto to open photos when you double-click them. You have three choices: Open the photo for editing in the main iPhoto window, open the photo in a separate window, or open it using another program (which you choose by clicking ...

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