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iPhoto ‘09: Visual QuickStart Guide
May 27, 2009

iPhoto ‘09: Visual QuickStart Guide

Master every aspect of iPhoto ‘09 with step-by-step, visual instructions!

Hey, What’s This?
This ebook began as a print book in Peachpit Press’s Visual QuickStart Guide series. We’ve converted it to a true ebook by increasing the page (and thus font) size; adding bookmarks; and linking the table of contents, index, and URLs. We encourage you to view the free 55-page sample, since it is different from the Take Control design.

If you want a complete manual for iPhoto ‘09, look no further than Take Control publisher Adam Engst’s iPhoto ‘09: Visual QuickStart Guide. Relying on concise, step-by-step instructions supported by numerous full-color screenshots and photos, this title first explains how best to import, organize, and edit your photos. Adam then shows you how to master iPhoto’s new Faces and Places features; publish photos to Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe; and create themed slideshows and prints, along with stunning photo books, greeting cards, and calendars. Also covered are how to burn CDs for Mac and Windows users, send photos via email, share an iPhoto library with another person, and, well, everything else that iPhoto can do.

A troubleshooting chapter helps readers solve common problems, and the appendixes cover background topics like aspect ratios, resolution, and color management and provide plenty of tips for taking better photos.

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"Mr. Engst’s book is well written, easy to follow, and contains lots of in depth information to help you become an iPhoto expert quickly."
        —Nancy Gravley, writing for The Mac Observer about an earlier edition

Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions such as:

  • How do I use iPhoto ‘09’s new Faces and Places features?
  • How should I publish photos to Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe?
  • What’s the best way to create and switch among multiple iPhoto libraries?
  • How does the new automatic red-eye reduction feature work?
  • What does the Adjust window’s “Avoid saturating skin tones” checkbox do?
  • How do I create and manage my own custom places for geotagging?
  • What’s necessary to burn a CD of photos for a Windows user?

Does this book cover iPhoto ‘09 or iPhoto 8.0?

Both, actually. Annoyingly, Apple refers to iPhoto ‘09 interchangeably as “iPhoto ‘09” and “iPhoto 8,” the latter of which is the actual version number. Although I prefer the actual version number to the year, I fear it would be too confusing to call it iPhoto 8, given that the previous version, iPhoto 7, was also called iPhoto ‘08. As a result, I’ll use the iPhoto ‘09 name throughout this book, except when I’m referring to a very specific version of iPhoto ‘09, such as the current-as-of-this-writing iPhoto 8.0.2.

Do you have books about previous versions of iPhoto?

Yes, we have earlier versions of this book available for people still using iPhoto 6 or iPhoto ‘08.

Update Plans

May 20, 2011 – Although it’s possible that we’ll have a Take Control ebook about iPhoto in the future, or even that Adam will create another iPhoto book with Peachpit, at the moment we have no particular plans to create an iPhoto ‘11 update of this ebook, or to publish a Take Control title about digital photography.

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  1. MobileMe Web Galleries to End in 2012

    Apple has announced the end of its MobileMe service, effective 30 June 2012, and has also announced that many of its functions will find equivalents in the new iCloud service from Apple, due to debut sometime in the last quarter of 2011. As it turns out, however, Web galleries and iWeb hosting on MobileMe are not going to be replaced by equivalent features in iCloud. Apple provides some details what iCloud will include and what it won’t in its Mobile Me transition page (you can also read more about the transition in the TidBITS article, “Apple Details Transition from MobileMe to iCloud,” 24 June 2011).

    Specifically, the capability of using MobileMe to host your photos, as described in “Publishing to MobileMe” (p. 138) will end on 30 June 2012. In addition, the capability of using MobileMe Web galleries in an iWeb site, as described in “Publishing Photo Pages in iWeb” (p. 142), will end at the same time.

    Apple provides instructions for saving any photos you have in Web galleries in its support document, “MobileMe: How to save your MobileMe Gallery photos and movies”; however, at present Apple provides no guidance to users about what to do with iWeb sites that currently rely upon such galleries. We suspect you’ll have to find a new online home for your photos and movies and redesign your iWeb sites accordingly.

    Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

  2. Important: Read Before Installing iPhoto ‘11

    On 20 October 2010, Apple released iLife ’11, which includes a major update to iPhoto. You can read about iPhoto’s new features in iLife ’11 Updates Three of Its Apps, but, before you install, you need to know that many users have had serious problems with the upgrade that have resulted in some users losing their entire photo collections.

    The problem seems related to the length of time needed to update larger iPhoto libraries. In some cases, this update process can take hours or even days, and it is the act of force-quitting iPhoto in the middle of the update that triggers the data loss. Liz Castro describes her encounter with the problem in WARNING!!! iPhoto 11 Erases ENTIRE iPhoto Libraries.

    If you have purchased iLife ’11 but have not yet installed iPhoto, you should either avoid the upgrade or make a complete backup of your current iPhoto library before you install iPhoto ’11. The internal version number of the problematic iPhoto application is 9.0; you can see the version number by selecting the application in the Finder and choosing File > Get Info.

    Apple has released an update to iPhoto ’11 (9.0) to eliminate this dangerous bug and to restore calendar support, which was missing in the initial release. The 177.33 MB iPhoto 9.1 updater is available here. It updates iPhoto ‘11 to version 9.1. For more, see iPhoto ’11 9.1 Brings Calendars Back.

    Apple also has issued a support document that both describes the problem fixed by the 9.0.1 and 9.1 updaters and provides advice for how to avoid the problem.

    As with previous iLife applications, updates to iPhoto ’11 are also made available via Software Update. To receive the update, you will need to install the iPhoto ’11 (version 9.0) application on your Mac, but not run it, in order for Software Update to detect it.

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  3. New Ebook Offers Complete iPhoto Documentation

    Every year or so, Apple releases a new version of iPhoto, and I squeeze in the workload of researching and writing my “iPhoto Visual QuickStart Guide” for Peachpit Press. (I’m not sure where the time comes from, but Tonya and Tristan get major credit for taking up the slack.) But the work is done, Peachpit has printed the 240-page iPhoto ‘09: Visual QuickStart Guide and distributed it to bookstores, and I’ve converted it into a true ebook, with a fully hotlinked table of contents and index, hotlinks for internal page references, bookmarks to every page, and live Web links. I also increased the page size (and thus the font size) to make it easier to read onscreen on modern displays.

    So if you’re looking for complete documentation about iPhoto ‘09, with coverage of new features such as Faces and Places; publishing of photos to Facebook, Flickr, and MobileMe; themed slideshows; enhanced editing capabilities; and more, you can now get it in ebook form for only $15. If you’d prefer a full-color print copy, that’s available too from Amazon; click the Buy Print Book button on the page linked below.

    As with previous editions, iPhoto ‘09: Visual QuickStart Guide uses step-by-step instructions paired with screenshots to illustrate all of iPhoto’s capabilities. Chapters cover:

    • Importing photos and managing multiple iPhoto libraries
    • Organizing photos with albums, smart albums, and keywords
    • Automatic identification of people in your photos via Faces
    • Marking where your photos were taken for use in Places
    • Editing photos with iPhoto ‘09’s improved tools
    • Making themed slideshows with still images and movies
    • Publishing photos to many different Web sites
    • Sharing photos via email and on CD
    • Printing photos, and making cards, books, and calendars
    • Troubleshooting and solving common problems

    If you bought an ebook version of a previous edition from the Take Control cart, you can upgrade for 20% off - open the PDF of your existing ebook to the first page and click Check for Updates.

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The Author

Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS and the TidBITS Content Network. He has written numerous technical books, including Take Control of Preview and the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles—thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and Macworld. He has been turned into an action figure.