iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2005
Pages: 400

Our Missing Manual is hands-down the bestselling book on iPhoto. And now, updated to cover Apple's newest release, iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual comes fully loaded--and in full color--so you can exercise all the power, flexibility, and creativity of the stunning new iPhoto 5.Some of iPhoto 5's fifty new features are tiny nips and tucks, such as menu rewordings, quiet refinements, and secret keystrokes that take most people days to stumble through. Others are big-ticket overhauls aimed at both power users (RAW-file import and editing, color correction sliders, real-time histogram) and everyday shutterbugs (nested file folders, individual-photo control in slideshows, and a completely rewritten book-layout kit). Additional improvements include a robust search feature (similar to that of iTunes) and the addition of "objects" for slideshow and book projects (using objects, you can manipulate images without affecting pictures in your master library).iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual covers them all with the scrupulous objectivity, clever wit, and technical wisdom you count on from David Pogue along with the Mac and digital photography expertise of Derrick Story.Their authoritative guide starts out with a crash course on digital photography, complete with tutorials on buying a digital camera, composing brilliant photos in various situations (including sports photography, portraits, nighttime photography--even kid photography!) and making digital movies. iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual then launches into every detail of iPhoto, from camera-meets-Mac basics to storing, searching, and editing; from sharing your digital photography with the world (via customized slideshows--complete with iTunes soundtrack, if you like--prints, photo books, email, the Web, and even your network) to exporting to QuickTime and iDVD. And don't forget iPhoto "stunts," such as building custom screen savers and desktop backdrops; exporting pictures; making the most of plug-ins, add-ons, and beef-ups; using AppleScript; and managing files with backups, CDs, and photo libraries.iPhoto 5: The Missing Manual gives you everything you need to become the digital photographer extraordinaire you want to be.

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iPhoto 5, The book that should have been in the box

By Mugara, Macintosh Users Group Aragon

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If you, 're a Mac user, every time you face a new program, you know you, 'll hardly need any instructions to use it. This is the case with iPhoto, whichever version you use. After all, the program described in this book is the one that Steve Jobs presented in January of 2002 as being Apple, 's answer to the panic ordinary people feel when they try to download, save, edit or share their digital pictures.

The problem that comes from this ease of use is that, in most cases, we don, 't use 100% of the resources of the program.

This book answers the need for a written manual that helps us learn with ease everything iPhoto can do for us. This explains its title: iPhoto 5, The Missing Manual, The book that should have been in the box.

The first part contains general remarks on cameras and digital photography: resolution, battery life, size of photos composition tips, photos in movement, outdoor photos, photos with flash, etc.

The second part teaches us how to manage the program (installing from iLife, choosing different options in Preferences) and how to start editing our pictures using iPhoto, 's tools.

Once you, 've edited and modified your photographs, you have to transfer them to a media that allows you to show them what the author calls "Meet Your Public". The book shows you how to create slideshows, print your photos, email them, export them to other formats (QuickTime, home DVD, 's using iDVD), etc.

A last chapter is devoted to management of your photo albums, backups and the use of Apple Script to automate some operations.

In conclusion, it actually would have been nice to find this manual in the iLife box, because even though many of the things it explains we end up finding out about with time, it, 's always better to optimize our photos from the very start.

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