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The Macintosh iLife: An Interactive Guide to iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD
     

The Macintosh iLife: An Interactive Guide to iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD

by Jim Heid
 
In the Macintosh world, Apple's digital hub tools--iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD—are the driving force behind the convergence of digital media and digital devices. You can use these tools to entertain, educate, persuade, and inspire your audiences at home, school, and work. To help you master this elegant and fun desktop studio, there's no better place

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In the Macintosh world, Apple's digital hub tools--iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD—are the driving force behind the convergence of digital media and digital devices. You can use these tools to entertain, educate, persuade, and inspire your audiences at home, school, and work. To help you master this elegant and fun desktop studio, there's no better place to turn than The Macintosh iLife.

Updated to cover iTunes 3, iDVD 3, iPhoto 2, iMovie 3, new iPod models, and the conversion to .Mac, a fee-based Web service replacing the previously free iTools Web service, The Macintosh iLife is a unique book-DVD hybrid that provides an interactive tour of the digital hub. Written by noted digital media expertJim Heid, a contributing editor of Macworld since 1984 and a Macintosh columnist for the Los Angeles Times, it uses clear, to-the-point text, gorgeous illustrations, and interactive video to do justice to the digital hub's enormous capabilities. The book-DVD combo addresses the basic concepts behind the digital hub, like how to balance file size and image quality in digital photography and how to create effective DVD menus. It also tackles more advanced concepts, like how to record Internet radio for later playback, prepare video for Web distribution, and get digital photos printed onto mugs and mousepads. Updated chapters include completely new sections covering iTunes 3's Smart Playlists, iDVD's AppleScript support, the iPod's new calendar features, and more!

The accompanying DVD-Video disc contains two hours of entertaining instruction covering all of Apple's i-programs. You'll see how to produce professional-looking digital media, and you'll see hardwareadd-ons that will round out your digital studio. Beautiful to look at and enjoyable to watch, The Macintosh iLife is your user manual for the digital lifestyle!

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321170118
Publisher:
Peachpit Press
Publication date:
03/27/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.60(d)

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