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iPhoto 6: Visual QuickStart Guide
Aug 02, 2006

iPhoto 6: Visual QuickStart Guide

Master every aspect of iPhoto 6 with step-by-step, visual instructions!

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This ebook began as a print book in Peachpit Press’s Visual QuickStart Guide series. We’ve now 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 download the free 47-page sample to see what it looks like, since it is different from our Take Control design.

If you’ve found yourself wanting a complete manual for iPhoto 6, look no further than Take Control publisher Adam Engst’s iPhoto 6: Visual QuickStart Guide. Relying on concise, step-by-step instructions supported by numerous full-color screenshots (providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Adam and Tonya’s life), this title first explains how best to import, organize, and edit your photos.

Adam then shows you how to create slideshows and prints, along with stunning photo books, greeting cards, and calendars. Also covered are how to get started with photocasting, burn CDs for Mac and Windows users, send photos via email, share an iPhoto Library with another person, and more. A troubleshooting chapter helps readers solve common problems, followed by a pair of appendixes, one covering background topics like aspect ratios, resolution, and color management; and another that provides lots of tips for taking better photos.

You may instead be interested in the newer iPhoto ‘08: Visual QuickStart Guide or iPhoto ‘09: Visual QuickStart Guide.

  1. 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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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.