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The Macintosh iLife 06 Paperback – June 2, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0321426543 ISBN-10: 0321426541 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Jim Heid is one of the most highly regarded computer authors and trainers in the United States. A columnist for Macworld magazine since 1985, he has also been the personal technology columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a frequent contributor to PC World, Internet World, and Newsweek magazines. He is the author of several best-selling books, including The Macintosh iLife '05 (Peachpit, 04/05). Jim is editorial director and a partner in Avondale Media, producers of DVD-based instruction and conferences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (June 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321426541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321426543
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,459,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Heid's book continues to be the best book on Apple iLife 06.
Paulo C. Rios Jr.
As a result, some of you pre-ordered the new book thinking you were getting a DVD along with it.
J. Heid
The information was laid out in a way that made it very easy to read, cover to cover.
W. LeFevre

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

158 of 164 people found the following review helpful By J. Heid on July 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
It's time we had an honest conversation.

I've heard from many of you -- through email, through Amazon reviews, and through calls to Peachpit Press -- about the fact that the latest edition of my iLife book does not include the instructional DVD that accompanied every previous edition.

I've responded to some of you, and my friends at Peachpit Press have asked me to write a note that they could send to others.

Many of you saw iLife '06 "First Look" booklet that mentioned the book's DVD or saw a mention of it online. Neither I nor Peachpit Press intended to create false expectations. At the time, we were indeed planning to again include the DVD with the book.

So what happened?

Last year, not long before I began work on the latest edition of my book, I suffered a catastrophic loss in my world. The details are personal. Suffice it to say that the latter part of 2005 was the hardest period of my life.

When iLife '06 came along, the book revisions were tough-going at times. But with time and the encouragement and inspiration of friends both old and new, I got back into the groove and completed the biggest -- and, in my honest opinion, the best -- edition of my book yet: every page updated, every tip tweaked, and completely new sections and chapters to cover everything in iLife '06.

But something had to give. In past years, the first few months of each year were filled with 18-hour workdays: I'd write book revisions from sunrise until about 5 pm, then I'd edit my DVD's video until well into the night. (I edited every frame myself, and then authored the DVD myself in DVD Studio Pro.)

I couldn't do that this year. My responsibilities and priorities had been forced to change.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ber on October 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Macintosh iLife '06 by Jim Heid covers all the applications that Apple had the great idea to include for free on every new machine: iPhoto lets you manage your digital photos in a breeze, iDVD lets you create full fledged DVDs with all the bells and whistles, iMovieHD allows you to create/edit movies with whatever you imported from your camera, Garageband is Apple's recording studio for the musical fans out there - and now for '06 it also lets you taste the magic of podcasting, iWeb now lets you make a great web site in minutes without ever having to type in a line of code or HTML, and last but not least we find the ever so famous iTunes that takes care of all your music/podcasts/TV shows and now movies right of the iTunes store.

Needless to say iLife '06 has a lot to offer and even if each application is more than simple to use right away there are a lot of useful shortcuts or "secrets" that can take months to discover yourself. That's where Jim Heid's book comes in and takes you by the hand for each and every application.

The book actually starts off with a broad introduction to iLife (from the history of Personal Computers to the right way to outfit your Mac for digital media) and how it fits in our digital way of life.

Then come the sections devoted to each of the iLife '06 programs. Each section starts off by an introduction and an overview of the particular topic. Then comes the good stuff; instructions on how to start off, then some background info (which can be fairly large and very often fascinating) that you can skip if you want and then tips.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gina Spadafori on January 15, 2007
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I have never seen a technology book that presented the information in a more accessible fashion. Everything works together to give both a "quick read" on how to get going and all the depth one needs to really understand the technology. I'm now getting ready to make the jump to back to Mac (after a decade), and Mr. Heid's incredibly well-done book has given me everything I need to go with confidence. Good-bye PC!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By allan on July 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book has so much to offer, it is almost impossible to review. Anyone new to the iLife programmes this book is a must. Not only is it a fantastic "how to " book but it also tells you why. One of my pet hates in reading so many "how to" books is the constant referral to items and illustrations on other pages. Not so with this book! Jim has managed to keep almost all of his tips and tricks on a visual two-page spread which makes reading a pleasure. (Perhaps why I am so fond of many of Scott Kelby's books)

The layout and lavish illustrations throughout are truly superb and make this book a must have for anyone wanting to learn everything about the iLife '06 programmes
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen F. Clark on March 16, 2007
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Finally a book that actually answers questions and after reading -- but never using iLife...I sat down and edited on the first try....so if you have a Mac and haven't explored iLife....DO IT. Buy the book...you'll be pleased....!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paulo C. Rios Jr. on July 14, 2006
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Heid's book continues to be the best book on Apple iLife 06. It is beautifully designed and truly comprehensive. A real pleasure to read, see and learn from. The companion DVD, present in all previous editions, was a very useful tool. It is too bad that the author had to let it go this time. However, I must admit that I own most of the previous editions but did not spend much time on their DVD. His book is simply that good. You will not be disappointed. It simply sets the standard on how books should be made. A great book by a great author. Be ready to have fun.
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