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REVIEW #1
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updated March 7, 2002
Part 1 Introduction

updated April 14, 2002
Part 2 Software

Apple New iMac
iMac
starting at: $2049 | $2399 | $2899
specifications


Introduction
Apple is very likely to have a winner with this totally redesigned new iMac. The new design will certainly make it the talk of any party. The total design is very practical and well thought out. With this iMac the sky really is the limit. You will certainly be able to keep up with the big boys, because the cpu is the revolutionary G4 with Velocity Engine. Three models are offered each with its' own options and processing speeds. The first iMac priced at $2049 comes with a G4 with a speed of 700 MHz, 128MB of RAM. A forty gigabyte hard drive a CD drive capable of writing CD - R and CD - RW. All this and a 15 inch active - matrix LCD. There is ample room for on screen and hard drive memory. The mid priced iMac up the RAM to 256 MB and adds Apples Pro Speakers. The top end iMac makes the leap to an 800 MHz G4 processor. Added this to 256MB of RAM and a sixty gigabyte hard drive. Than they add a Super Drive for creating and playing your own DVD. You get Apples Pro Speakers, and the incredible 15 inch monitor.


G4 with Velocity Engine

 Starting with the 15 inch flat LCD screen . What I like about this monitor is that it runs cool all year round and will not heat up a bed room in the summer. There is plenty of resolution quality with this 1,024 - by - 768 - pixel resolution.  

   The monitor is attached to a sturdy steel neck which allows a tilt up and down or a turning of a 180 degrees. You will have no problem creating images with millions of colors and brilliant

You have all the basic to start your very own home video production. An external jack for when the time comes to upgrade to a larger monitor. However when using a second screen the laptops monitor stays on too. USB has become the standard for both Macintosh and PCs. USB is a connection port used to hook up printers, scanners, and even a mouse. A USB port is mainly to allows a connection between the computer and hardware. A 56K modem is good to have on a traveling lap top. The power cord plugs into the back of the unit. Also at the back is the power on and off switch. Since 2001 Macintosh laptops have at least one or more fire wire inputs. Firewire is great for uploading data from a DV Camera. Also some manufactures have developed super fast scanners which connect to this port. One draw back is that any external speaker has to be digital with a mini plug. Buying speakers when the initial purchase is made makes sense.


The computer is still about 30 percent faster than the fastest Pentium out there. Although it is only running a level 2 cache and no level 3, it is fast. RAM can still be a do it your self by flipping the computers base to a side. Remove four screws which can not be fully removed so as not to lose them. Under the plate is access to RAM which can be expanded to 1 GB.

Part Two Software
more about Apples software
The default operating system is Apples recently released OS-X while those using older software will still be able to switch to an included OS- 9 operating system. All the included software runs under the OS-X software as it should..

Software Quick Over View
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 Entertainment

  • Otto Matic (Game)
  • World Book Encyclopedia

Internet

  • Mail, Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Earthlink
  • AOL

 

 Lifestyles

Productivity

  • Apple Works
  • FaxSTF
  • Quicken 2002 Deluxe
  • PCalc
  • FAXstf 10.0

OS - X.1 go here

 

iPhoto version 1.0

iPhoto version 1.0 is Apple's new, included , digital - image - management software
program. iPhoto offers an easy-to-use way to organize your photo from a digital-camera. This is a beginners software and advance users may search else where for a more sophisticated package

Program Begins

The program's starts with a large window of your digital - image or thumbnails; at the bottom of the window, a slider lets you select the size of those thumbnails. The thumbnails are generally readable.The program has five buttons that activate the program's primary
functions: Import, Organize, Edit, Book, and Share. The left-hand pane of
iPhoto's single-window interface lets you manage virtual photo albums, in
which you can collect your images; you can also click on the Photo Library
icon to view all the images you've imported into iPhoto. A small button below
that pane lets you rotate one or many photos quickly and easily.

Images in the Equation

It is a relatively easy process to import images from a digital camera into iPhoto. When the computer senses image on the desk top iPhoto will automatically launches. Capturing older image,is done by import them by using the drag and drop them into the iPhoto window or using the Import directly from the File menu. A clutter flaw is that iPhoto makes a copy of your imported images in its iPhoto Library and the original is on your l hard drive with two copies of every image you import. You can delete when you need to or need more hard drive space.

Treated as a Roll

Transfer of images into iPhoto, either from digital sources such as a camera or from images already in your computer are treated as a "roll," similar to a roll of film. You
can view your library by roll, but iPhoto doesn't intelligently process images by
date: if you drag in 1,000 photos taken over a span of three years, for
example, iPhoto groups them in one inconveniently large roll. So name your images when saving carefully.

There is always another way so if you'd prefer not to organize images in this limited way, you can sort images by the date they were created. First choose Edit: Arrange Photos: By Date. iPhoto will always use the dates embedded in the images by digital cameras.

Editing and Sizing Images

iPhoto's has a limited number of Editing features.
A crop tool is excellent, and allows you to choose from its present sizes, down to a smaller size. Cropping is useful for deleting content not needed around the edges of the image iPhoto's Red-Eye tool is used to salvage snapshots that would otherwise be wrecked by red eyes.

It's with color that iPhoto's editing features fall down. A Black & White button
lets you quickly convert an image to gray scale. No color correction, and a must with a digital - camera PhotoShop even a lighter version has some form of this

Organization and Tracking Images

Organization images by keyword is just as easy: slide the switch from Assign to
Search, and then select any number of keywords you'd like. This makes it easy to find, for example, all photos of your cats and your
dog together (see "Keyword: Cute"). However, iPhoto's filtering system is
strictly additive (pets and daughter); you can't search for all photos of your
cats without your dog, say, nor can you see all images except those with
your cats in them. You are also unable to display only images without
keywords.

Show and Tell

iPhoto allows your collection of image to be shared by using a on - screen slide shows.
All are available by clicking on the Share button.

Slide Shows -- iPhoto's Slide Show feature lets you display images with musical accompaniment in a full-screen format. It's a fine idea, but it has some limitations. Slide Show's only transition effect is the dissolve, and it can play only one audio track over a slide show. Also, most images in the slide show we created tended to appear blurry, an obvious drawback.This slide shows can be export into QuickTime to share with others, but soundtracks and transitions don't carry over into the QuickTime movie.

Photos and the Web

iPhoto lets you export your photos into Web pages by
using either the Home Page feature on Apple's iTools Web site (integrated
with iPhoto via the Home Page button in iPhoto's bottom pane when you click
on the Share button) or the Web Page tab of iPhoto's Export Images window.
The Apple-hosted Home Page option is easy to use and generates beautiful
Web-based slide shows; however, the images it exports are quite large and
don't make the most of the JPEG format's ability to compress images, so
people with slow modem connections will need a lot of patience to view all
the images. iPhoto's gives you more method that gives you more
control over the size of your images and their thumbnails; however, the HTML
pages it generates are very basic, and there's no way to crank up the JPEG
compression here.

Printing

Printing images from iPhoto is a breeze. If you're printer has photo capabilities
iPhoto's Print will sense this and open an appropriate pop-up menus with accommodating command and control . A built - in program offers support for online photo processing. With integration with Kodak's Ofoto digital - printing service, iPhoto users can buy digital prints by selecting images wanted, clicking on the Order Prints button, and choosing the preferred size and number of prints. The resulting prints, here is using high - quality Kodak paper. This paper look very good and clean. A presentation of a much better image. A click on iPhoto's Book button, and you can place as many as 32 photos on each page,
in any of six templates. Text can be added as well. These buttons are difficult to use To move and reordering photos and pages can be a
frustrating task. The resulting $30 US fund book (for 10 pages; $3 per additional page, with a maximum of 50 pages), while pricey especially here in Canada, is beautiful to have. Printed on acid - free archive - quality paper. These books could certainly make great gifts for someone.

Remarks

Apple does make good software and iPhoto is no exception. If for the average user iPhoto is a great place to start. If you plan to take a lot of photo under all kinds of different conditions than you may want to invest in a program like PhotoShop, or Coral

iTunes

Do you like to listen to good music? If your answer to this question is yes, than read on. Apple is making it really easy for music lovers, by providing their software that targetes on the most popular types of music. This software is called, "iTunes" and presently comes pre - installed on every new Mac. Apple has also provide iTune, free to those who would like a copy of their own as well. You can obtain your own copy by visiting this web site: http://www.apple.com/itunes

What Is It?

There has been a flood of on line software for the purpose of recording and playing music. Apple offers a program that can do many things explained here.iTunes is an excellant management tool. It follows Apples history which suggests that the software is easy to use and buttons and pull down menus are easy to understant and use.

iTune makes you the director. Your free to create and organize music into the MP3 music formate. Both listen and burn this formate to a CD - R and than add it to your collection. Apple has a list of CD players that iTune software is compatable with. More and more new home stereo CD players are including MP3 decorders to play recorded computer CD - Rs.

Oops Apple forgot to include a much needed equalizer (EQ). An EQ would able you to fine tune your creation. Liky an over sight to be added in the next version. But than again for a free program you likely will not get all the bells and whisles that you could find on other programs such as Cd Creator or Toast. Chech it out you just might like it.

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