iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual, 5th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2006
Pages: 408

If you used iPhoto when it first came out, you'll remember the way it slowed to a crawl once you loaded it with about 2,000 photos. Compare that to this year's model: iPhoto 6 can handle as many as 250,000 images and still have the power to run a host of suped-up features. Its new software engine lets you make changes with a drag & drop editing tool, find photos with a robust search feature, and manipulate images without affecting the originals in your master library. You can also:

  • View and work on full-screen images
  • Make quick edits with one click
  • Work with RAW images
  • Create cool new calendars, greeting cards and books
  • Post photos online with the new iWeb application
  • Use a method of sharing called "Photocasting"

Apple makes it all sound so easy: just drag this, click that and you're done. But, as intuitive as these features are, you can still get lost, especially if you're new to iPhoto. Not to worry. iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual gives you plenty of undocumented tips & tricks for taking advantage of the new version and every little feature packed into it.

It's the top-selling iPhoto book for good reason. With wit and objectivity, David Pogue and Derrick Story start you out with a crash course on digital photography, complete with tutorials on buying a camera, composing brilliant photos in various situations (sports, portraits, nighttime shots, even kid photography), and making digital movies. From there, you'll dive into every detail of iPhoto, from camera-meets-Mac basics to storing, searching, editing, and creating books, calendars and greeting cards. You'll learn to build a personal web site built with iWeb, and discover "Photocasting"-the new service that allows. Mac subscribers to publish photo albums online so that others can use the photos, even if they work on PCs.

With iPhoto 6, you could add 1000 photos a month for the next 20 years and not fill it. With iPhoto 6: The Missing Manual, you can get going in no time.

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Another exemplary title in The Missing Manual series!

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Even iPhoto veterans will appreciate the excellent coverage of new features offered in iPhoto 6 over previous versions of iPhoto.

The first part of this book goes outside the iPhoto application itself and presents the basics of digital photography with brief discussions of camera selection, terminology and image capture techniques (in roughly 60 pages). Nice for a digital photography newbie, but fluff for those who already own any one of a multitude of books on digital camera photography.

Parts 2 and 3 cover the majority of iPhoto's features in enough depth and detail to represent the missing manual moniker perfectly. This is great for relative newcomers to iPhoto, but some chapters will seem like a re-hash of the basics to an iPhoto veteran. Part 3's chapters cover the sweet spot of iPhoto 6's new features and their integration within the iLife '06 suite of products. It also makes a compelling case for purchase of iLife '06 if you don't already have it.

Some of the most valuable information for the beginner and experienced user alike, can be found in the sidebar topics that cover gotcha's, FAQ's and power user tips. These are sprinkled throughout the book, and keep the reader's interest.

Part 4 covers more advanced topics like using iPhoto to generate desktop backgrounds correctly, automation & scripting, and file management. I was hoping for much more depth on creative ways of using Automator and AppleScript with iPhoto 6, but then again this isn't a book on AppleScript or Automator.

The last chapter on iPhoto file management skips talking about one of the biggest mistakes that many iPhoto users make. That is; mucking around with the iPhoto library files by renaming, relocating, and deleting files and folders directly in the Finder. Thus breaking the iPhoto database. From a troubleshooter's standpoint, I'd like to see the authors advise readers to resist the temptation to do this. It'd make a nice sidebar to their core discussion of managing iPhoto libraries and archiving. The appendix covers techniques to recover and/or rebuild the iPhoto database once broken and misbehaving.

This book is a great reference to have at your side when working in iPhoto, especially when using it as part of an iLife '06 workflow. Highly recommended!



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Thanks David Pogue and company for this book! It made iPhoto much, much richer and now I can use iPhoto the way it's meant to!

I also just bought a new digital camera and iPhoto6 MM helped me make the right purchase. I never expected so much valuable info in a book about software. I'm rediscovering the joy of digital photography in part because of this book. If you think you don't need iPhoto6 The Missing Manual because you have a previous edition, think again. There so much new and updated information here.

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