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MacAddict Guide to Living the iLife, '05 edition


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  • Copyright 2006
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3409-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3409-9

Macs today come "fully loaded," but unlike your typical fully loaded automobile, Macs do not come with detailed instruction manuals. Instead, the user is often left to fend for him or herself as they try to sort through all that powerful and mysterious software. On the surface, these programs are relatively easy-to-use, but it is what lies beneath the surface that makes them most useful. MacAddict Guide to Living the iLife, Second Edition is your way to take control of this unfortunate situation. Through the use of visual aids and projects, you will be guided through each application's basic features before moving on to the hidden features and time-saving shortcuts. Get inside such topics as:

  • iTunes
  • Garage Band
  • iPhoto
  • iMovie and iDVD
  • iChat
  • The dashboard, address book and Sherlock
  • iApps that you didn't even know you had
You'll also explore the Utilities folder as you learn which applications can help you, which ones you should leave alone and which one is the portal to a host of old-school games that you may otherwise have never known existed. MacAddict Guide to Living the iLife will help you and your Mac live the good life.

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapters

Improving and Organizing Your Photos with iPhoto's Editing Dashboard


Table of Contents



1. iTunes.

    Bring Music into iTunes

      Play First

      Adding Music to the Library

      Internet Radio

    Organizing Your Music

      Building Playlists

      Party Shuffle

      Exporting Playlists

      Music Ratings


      Searching and Browsing

      Changing Track Information

      A Peek into the Music Folder

    Burn Discs

      Choose Content

      Get Ready to Burn

      Printing CD Case Labels

    iTunes to the Max

      Pump Up Playback with Sound Effects

      Optimizing Encoded Sound Quality

      The Visual Side of iTunes

      AppleScript and iTunes

      Sharing Music

      Share Your Playlists with the World

2. GarageBand.

    Get to Know GarageBand

      The Quick Tour: We're with the Band

      Keyboard Shortcuts

    Introduction to Tracks

      Start a Project


      Recording Software Instruments

      Recording Real Instruments

      Multitrack Recording

    Tracks and the Timeline

      Groovin' in the Timeline

      Editing Tracks


      Mixing Controls

      Volume Curves

      Timing and Velocity Tweaks

      Timing and Tuning


      Using the Master Track

      A Lean, Mean Mix

    Sharing Songs and Parts of Songs

      Importing Music: It's a Drag

    Turbocharge GarageBand

      Apple Loops


3. iPhoto.

    Starting Up iPhoto

    Importing Photos

      Importing from a Digital Camera

      Import from a Card Reader

      Import Selected Photos

      Import from Your Hard Drive or a CD

      Photo Triage

    Adding Information About Photos

      Names, Dates, and Comments

      Tagging Multiple Photos


      Photo Info

      View Your Handiwork

    Organize Your Photos


      Smart Albums

      Date-Based Albums

      Film Rolls


      Customized Views

      Arranging Photos

    Photo Editing

      Customize the Editing Environment

      Basic Editing Tools

      The Editing Dashboard

    Sharing and Displaying Photos


      Printing Photos

      Ordering Prints

      Emailing Photos

      Web Pages and Slides with .Mac

      Burning CDs and DVDs

      Exporting Photos

      Network Photo Sharing

4. iMovie.

    Getting Ready to Make a Movie


      Connecting Your Camera

      Magic Movie

      Importing and Scene Detection

      Video Formats

    Editing Clips

      Nondestructive Editing

      Trimming a Clip



      Direct Trimming

      More on Moving Clips Around

    Transitions, Effects, and Titles


      Video Effects

      Pile on the Plug-Ins


    Sound and Music

      Import from iTunes

      Import from a CD

      Import Sound Effects

      Narrating Your Movie

      Editing Audio Clips

    Working with Still Images

      Importing Photos

      The Ken Burns Effect

      Creating Stills from Your Movie

    Sharing and Exporting Movies

      Compression: Web, Email, and Direct to QuickTime

      Export to Tape or iDVD

5. iDVD.

    Prepare to Work in iDVD

    Create and Save a Project

      Starting iDVD

      OneStep DVD

    Building Your DVD Project


      Choose a Theme

      Editing Text

      Adding Movies and Photos to the Menu


      Adding Submenus


      The Map

    Customizing Themes

      Editing Menu Backgrounds

      Adding or Editing Audio

      Editing Buttons

      Saving Favorite Themes

    Archiving and Burning DVDs

      Archiving a Project

      Burn a Disc

6. iChat AV.

    Getting an iChat Account

      Chat the .Mac Way

      AIM Free for All

    Basic Accounting

      Using Multiple Accounts

    Find Some Buddies

    Customize the iChat Experience

      Custom Text

      Chat Status

      Get Some Buddy Icons

      Buddy Actions and Alerts

    Text Chat

      Editing, Spell-Checking, and Emoticons

      Group Chats

      Sending Images and Files

    Audio and Video Chat

      Speak Your Mind

      See and Be Seen with iSight or a DV Camera

      Video Setup

      Multiparty AV Chats

    Bonjour Mon Ami

7. iCal.

    Getting Started with iCal

      Understanding Calendars

      Importing Information

      iCal with a View

    Calendars and Events

      Editing Events

      Customizing the Event View

    To-Do Lists

    Printing and Exporting Calendars


      Exporting Calendars and Events

    Searching in iCal

    Sharing Calendars

      Subscribing to Shared Calendars

      Publishing Your Calendar

    Synchronizing Your Calendars

8. iSync.

    Syncing Options

      Sync Your Mac to an iPod

      Sync Your Mac to a Palm PDA

      Sync Your Mac to a Cell Phone

      Sync to Pocket PC And Other Devices


9. Address Book.

    Entering and Importing Addresses

      Adding Contacts

      Importing Contacts

    Working with Groups

      Smart Groups

    Using Address Book

      Finding Contacts

      Address Book and Email

      More Connections


      Printing Address Information

      Sharing Your Contacts the .Mac Way

    Address Syncing

10. Mail.

    Setting Up Mail

      Adding Mail Accounts

      Importing Mail

      Tweaking Account Setup

    Sending and Receiving Mail

      Addressing Mail

      Email Stylin'

      Spell Checking


      Reading and Viewing Mail

      Replying to Mail

      Working with Attachments

    Managing Mail



      Special Mailboxes

      Consolidate Mailboxes

      Making Your Own Mailboxes

      Smart Mailboxes

      Setting Up Rules

      Dealing with Spam

11. Safari.

    Setup and Browsing

      The Safari Window

      Setting Browser Window Preferences

      Just Browsing


      Organizing Bookmarks

      Importing and Synchronizing Bookmarks

      Bookmark Search

    Feed Yourself with RSS

      Understanding RSS Feeds

      Finding and Using Feeds

      Your Personal Clipping Service

    Web Searches

    Archiving Web Pages


    Cookies, Security, and Other Black Arts

      Privacy Protector

12. Sherlock.

    Meet Sherlock

    Searching with Sherlock





      Phone Book






    Customizing Sherlock

      Customizing the Toolbar and Menus

      Adding More Channels

13. Font Book.

    Fonts in OS X

    Font Book Overview


      Previewing Fonts

      Installing Fonts

      Resolving Conflicts

    Using Fonts

      Character Palette

14. Preview.

    Preview and PDF

      Document Viewing

      Navigating Multipage Documents

      Copying Content from a PDF


      PDF Preferences

    Preview and Image Files

      Converting and Exporting Images

      PostScript Files

      Associating with Preview

15. Automator.

    Meet Automator



      Build Your Own Workflow

      Show Action When Run

      Using Your Workflow

    Resources for Automators

      Men (and Women) of Action

      Resources for Action Heroes

16. Unix and the Terminal.

    Unix Under the Hood

      The Unix Shell

      Time Out for Syntax

      Understanding Commands and Their Parts

      More Basic Commands

      man Pages

      Unix and Aqua Together

      sudo Control

    The Power of Unix

      Text Editors

      Internet Tools

      Apache Web Server

    Working with the Terminal


      Terminal and the Keyboard

17. The Little Guys.





    DVD Player

    Image Capture

    Internet Connect

    QuickTime Player



A. The iApps You Don't Know You Have.

    Activity Monitor

    AirPort Admin Utility

    AirPort Setup Assistant

    Audio MIDI Setup

    Bluetooth File Exchange

    Sync Utility


    Digital Meter

    Directory Access

    Disk Utility



    Keychain Access

    Migration Assistant

    NetInfo Manager

    Network Utility

    ODBC Administrator

    Printer Setup Utility

    System Profiler

    VoiceOver Utility



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