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The Macintosh iLife ’06

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The definitive iLife reference, completely updated and revised. The Macintosh iLife ’06 is the ultimate iLife learning experience, a lavishly illustrated handbook packed with easy-to-follow instructions, essential technical background, and tips for iLife users of all levels.

• Shop ’til you drop at the iTunes Music Store
• Take your iPod beyond music—watch videos, view photos, store contacts and calendars, and more
• Improve your photography and video-shooting techniques
• Create spectacular slide shows, photo books, calendars, and greeting cards
• Refine your photos to perfection with iPhoto 6
• Share photos via email, Web albums, and cutting-edge photocasts
• Explore the latest video formats with iMovie HD
• Record and arrange your own music with GarageBand
• Create and publish your own Web sites, blogs, and podcasts
• Preserve the past: digitize old records, photos, and movies

Each two-page spread is a self-contained tutorial or set of tips. Everything you need is at your fingertips, and every page is updated for iLife ’06.

The Web site: Get updates, tips, and much more at this book’s companion Web site, www.macilife.com.

Jim Heid is one of the most admired writers and instructors in the Mac community.
A contributing editor of Macworld magazine since 1984, he has been using and teaching each of the programs in the iLife suite since its debut.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. About the Author
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Preface to the iLife ’06 Edition
  5. Introducing iLife
    1. Personal Computers Get Personal
    2. A Sampling of the Possibilities
    3. Where the Mac Fits In
    4. No Medium is an Island
    5. iLife Keeps You Connected
    6. Putting the Pieces Together
    7. Outfitting Your Mac for Digital Media
  6. 1. iTunes and iPod: Music and More
    1. iTunes at a Glance
    2. Importing Music from CDs
    3. Choosing an Audio Format
    4. Fine-Tuning Compression Settings
    5. How Audio Compression Works
    6. Editing Song Information
    7. Shopping at the iTunes Music Store
    8. From Browsing to Buying
    9. Buying and Watching Videos
    10. Tuning In to Podcasts
    11. Tips for the Music Store
    12. More Tips for the Music Store
    13. Giving the Gift of Music
    14. Sequencing Songs with Playlists
    15. Playlist Tips
    16. iMix: Publishing Your Playlists
    17. Smart Playlists: iTunes as DJ
    18. A Cookbook of Smart Playlists
    19. Find that Tune: Searching and Browsing
    20. Improving Sound Quality with the Equalizer
    21. Burning Audio CDs
    22. Tips for Your Burning Endeavors
    23. Finishing Touches: Printing Case Inserts and More
    24. Sharing Music on a Network
    25. Tuning In to Internet Radio
    26. Recording Internet Radio and More
    27. Converting Old Tapes and Albums
    28. iTunes and Your Stereo
    29. Tips for Playing Music
    30. Surprise Me: Shuffle Playback Options
    31. Tips for Customizing and More
    32. Tips for the iTunes Library
    33. Adding On: Scripts and Beyond
    34. Books on Bytes: Listening to Audiobooks
    35. iPod: Portable Music and More
    36. The Full-Sized iPods
    37. The Compact iPods: mini and nano
    38. The Littlest iPod: shuffle
    39. Viewing Photos on Your iPod
    40. Video and Your iPod
    41. Setting iPod Preferences
    42. iPod Tips
    43. More iPod Tips
    44. iPod as Address Book and More
    45. iPod as Calendar: Using iCal
    46. Accessories for the Fully Powered iPod
  7. 2. iPhoto and Digital Photography
    1. iPhoto at a Glance
    2. The Essentials of Digital Imaging
    3. Importing Photos from a Camera
    4. More Ways to Import Photos
    5. After the Import: Getting Organized
    6. Browsing Your Photo Library
    7. Working with Rolls
    8. Assigning Keywords and Ratings
    9. Searching by Keywords
    10. Creating Albums
    11. Tips for Working with Albums
    12. Creating Smart Albums
    13. Basic Photo Editing
    14. Enhancing and Retouching Photos
    15. Applying Effects to Photos
    16. Advanced Editing and the Adjust Panel
    17. Adjusting Exposure and Levels
    18. Changing a Photo’s Colors
    19. Sharpening Strategies
    20. The Big Picture: Full-Screen Editing
    21. Editing Tips
    22. Shooting in Raw Mode
    23. Working with Raw Images
    24. Using iPhoto with Photoshop
    25. Slide Shows: iPhoto as Projector
    26. Beyond the Basic Slide Show
    27. Slide Show Tips
    28. Sharing Photos via Email
    29. Sharing Photos via Photocasts
    30. Photocasting Tips
    31. More Internet Sharing Options
    32. Sharing Photos on a Network
    33. Printing Photos
    34. Printing Tips and Troubleshooting
    35. Ordering Prints
    36. More Printing Options
    37. Creating Photo Books
    38. Planning for Publishing
    39. Book Layout Techniques
    40. Tips for Creating Books
    41. More Tips for Creating Books
    42. Creating a Photo Calendar
    43. Tips for Creating Calendars
    44. Creating Greeting Cards and Postcards
    45. More Ways to Share Photos
    46. Burning Photos to CDs and DVDs
    47. Creating and Managing Photo Libraries
    48. Getting Old Photos into iPhoto
    49. iPhoto Tips
    50. More iPhoto Tips
    51. Mastering Your Digital Camera
    52. Tips for Better Digital Photography
    53. Go Wide: Shooting Panoramas
  8. 3. iMovie HD: Making Movies
    1. iMovie HD at a Glance
    2. The Essentials of Movie Making
    3. A Short Lesson in Video Formats
    4. Importing DV and HDV Video
    5. Working with Clips
    6. Timeline Techniques: Adding Clips to a Movie
    7. Advanced Timeline Techniques
    8. Creating Cutaways
    9. Adding Photos to Movies
    10. Working with the Ken Burns Effect
    11. Advanced Ken Burns Techniques
    12. Adding Audio to Movies
    13. Tips for Recording Better Sound
    14. Working with Audio Tracks
    15. Applying Audio Filters and Effects
    16. More Sound Advice
    17. Adding Transitions
    18. Creating Titles
    19. Adding Effects
    20. Adding Sizzle and Structure with Themes
    21. Magic iMovie: Editing on Autopilot
    22. Working in Other Video Formats
    23. It’s a Wrap: Exporting to Tape
    24. Creating Chapter Markers
    25. Go Small: Internet and iPod Movies
    26. More Ways to Share Movies
    27. Fun with Freeze Frames
    28. iMovie HD Tips
    29. More iMovie HD Tips
    30. Tips for Making Better Movies
    31. Creating Time-lapse Movies and Animation
  9. 4. iDVD: Putting it All Together
    1. iDVD at a Glance
    2. Choosing and Customizing Themes
    3. Working with Drop Zones
    4. Adding Movies to Your DVD
    5. Creating DVD Slide Shows
    6. Refining a Slide Show
    7. Making a Magic iDVD
    8. Planning and Creating Menus
    9. Customizing Menus
    10. More Design Tips
    11. Navigating and Authoring with Map View
    12. Adding DVD-ROM Content
    13. Burning Your DVD
    14. Burning Tips
    15. iDVD Tips
    16. More iDVD Tips
  10. 5. GarageBand: Music, Podcasts, and More
    1. GarageBand at a Glance
    2. How to Be a Songwriter
    3. Two Types of Tracks
    4. Working with Loops
    5. Working with Tracks and Regions
    6. Transposing and Creating Chord Changes
    7. Recording Software Instruments
    8. Editing Software Instrument Regions
    9. More Region Editing Techniques
    10. Recording an Audio Source
    11. More Audio Techniques
    12. Refining Your Sound with Effects
    13. Refining the Mix: Volume and Panning
    14. Creating the Final Mix
    15. Arranging Tips
    16. Expanding Your Loop Library
    17. Creating Your Own Instruments
    18. Optimizing GarageBand’s Performance
    19. Creating a Podcast at a Glance
    20. Podcast Production Techniques
    21. Enhancing Your Podcast
    22. Podcasting Tips
    23. Scoring Movies with GarageBand
  11. 6. iWeb: Your World on the Web
    1. iWeb at a Glance
    2. Creating a Web Site
    3. Page Design Basics
    4. Working with Text
    5. Working with Graphics
    6. Customizing Page Backgrounds
    7. Creating a Photo Album
    8. Creating a Blog
    9. Publishing Your Site
    10. iWeb Tips
  12. Reviewers and Readers Rave—Praise for Previous Editions of The Macintosh iLife.