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
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
functions: Import, Organize, Edit, Book, and Share. The left-hand
iPhoto's single-window interface lets you manage virtual photo
which you can collect your images; you can also click on the
icon to view all the images you've imported into iPhoto. A small
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
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
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
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
your cats in them. You are also unable to display only images
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
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
The Apple-hosted Home Page option is easy to use and generates
Web-based slide shows; however, the images it exports are quite
don't make the most of the JPEG format's ability to compress
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,
pages it generates are very basic, and there's no way to crank
up the JPEG
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.
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,