When Steve Jobs talks about the Mac as the hub of your digital world, he’s got a growing collection of elegantly designed iApps to back him up…as well as the wonderfully designed iPod for taking your tunes on the road. iPhoto 2, iMovie 3, iDVD 3, iTunes 3, iPod, and .Mac services: they’re all part of -- and covered in -- The Macintosh iLife.
Longtime digital media maven Jim Heid offers task-based coverage of each program, with loads of expert tips. (How to use the Smart Playlist to play only songs you haven’t heard lately. How to rip your old vinyl albums. Where to buy audiobooks. How to use your iPod as an address book and calendar. How to add stills to your digital videos. Why you should try to limit your DVDs to 60 minutes, not 90.
Wherever there’s something the official iApps don’t do, chances are Heid knows a third-party alternative. Want to capture Internet broadcasts? Try iNet Stream Archiver or Audio Hijack. Want to mix and match photos of various sizes on one sheet of paper (something iPhoto won’t do)? Try Portraits & Prints. Want to build a custom-length movie music track? Try Sonic Desktop’s Movie Maestro.
This full-color book is a joy to behold. So is the DVD. Jim Heid has put together nearly two hours of new, step-by-step instructional video, all fully integrated with the book. You’ll find videos of everything from ripping MP3 music to creating movies and burning your own DVDs. No amateur production, this: It’s been slickly produced by Heid’s own DVD training company, Avondale Media.
You wouldn’t expect this slick a book for this price, even without the DVD. With it? Fantastic. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.