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Archived - iPhoto '09: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

This document contains answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about iPhoto '09.

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Questions answered in this document:

  1. What are the advantages of using my Macintosh and iPhoto to manage my digital images?
  2. How do I import my photos into iPhoto?
  3. What is Faces, and how do I use it?
  4. What is Places, and how do I use it?
  5. Can I post my pictures to MobileMe, Facebook or Flickr from iPhoto?
  6. Can I lose my digital photos in iPhoto?
  7. If I edit my images, will I lose the originals?
  8. Can I burn a CD or DVD to back up my iPhoto library?
  9. Can I use a digital camera that does not support USB with iPhoto?
  10. Does iPhoto work with flatbed scanners or film scanners?
  11. Can I have my photos professionally processed?
  12. How can I display my photos on the Internet?
  13. Can I publish my photos in a book, calendar or card?
  14. What is 1-Click ordering?

Question 1: What are the advantages of using my Macintosh and iPhoto to manage my digital images?

Answer: Before iPhoto, digital camera users struggled to transfer and organize images and folders from their camera to their computer. Finding images was even more difficult. Images downloaded from a digital camera or flash memory card were often named with long, unintelligible number strings. Sifting through these digital image files required opening them in an application to identify which picture was which. With iPhoto, you download your images directly from your digital camera or flash card and instantly see your images with resizable thumbnails. You can even create an instant slide show from your newly downloaded images with the click of a button.

Organizing your images with iPhoto is easy. You can just scroll the window to select the image you want. You can instantly assign keywords to an image for even faster searching, and arrange your images into neatly organized photo albums. Sharing your images is easy too. Make inkjet prints, create a photo album on the web, or send photos via email. You can even order professionally processed prints or a professionally printed book of your images, all from within the iPhoto application. (1)


Question 2: How do I import my photos into iPhoto?

Answer: To import your images from a digital camera or flash card, plug the device into an open USB port on your Mac. iPhoto will recognize the connection, open itself, and be ready for import. To import your photos, click the Import button and your images will be transferred into the iPhoto library. You have the option of deleting the images from your camera automatically after import, making your camera ready to use immediately.

Question 3: What is Faces and how do I use it?

Answer: Faces is a new feature in iPhoto '09 which makes it easy to find and view the photos of your favorite people by detecting all the faces in photos throughout your library, and then uses face-recognition technology to group likely matches together. To get familiar with using Faces, open Photo '09, click on the Help menu and type in the term "Faces" in the Help search field to get more information.

Question 4: What is Places and how do I use it?

Answer: Places is another feature in iPhoto '09 which makes it easy to find and view photos based on locations. Places uses location information to put your photos on the map, from street level to the entire globe. If your digital camera has GPS capability, iPhoto automatically maps your photos using that information. If it doesn’t, you can easily enter the location for single photos or entire Events. To get familiar with using Places, once you've launched iPhoto '09, click on the Help menu and type in the term "Places" in the Help search field to get more information.

Question 5: Can I post my pictures to MobileMe, Facebook or Flickr from iPhoto?

Answer: Absolutely! In iPhoto '09, you can share your photos online by publishing albums directly to your  MobileMe, Flickr or Facebook account, and it's only a few clicks away. In iPhoto, select any picture, album, event, slideshow or Face tile and click on the Flickr, Facebook or MobileMe buttons in the tool bar at the bottom of the application. As long as set up your accounts in iPhoto, you should be able to post your pictures in no time.

Question 6: Can I lose my digital photos in iPhoto?

Answer: Digital photos imported into iPhoto are placed in a folder titled iPhoto Library that resides in the Pictures folder in each Mac OS X user's home directory. Your photos are safe as long as you do not delete this folder. It's always a good idea to regularly back-up your iPhoto Library folder by copying it to another local hard drive or network drive. If you're using a computer running Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard or later, you can back up your iPhoto content with Time Machine, a built-in backup feature.

Question 7: If I edit my images, will I lose the originals?

Answer: If you make any changes to a photo, iPhoto makes a copy of your original photo and stores it in the iPhoto library in case you need it. So, if you crop, remove red-eye, or make other changes to a photo, you always have the ability to return to the original image by selecting Revert To Original from the Edit or Photos menu. You can also make a duplicate of the original photo for extra protection or experiment with different versions. Just select the photo and press Command-D. An exact duplicate will appear in your iPhoto library.

Question 8: Can I burn a DVD to back up my iPhoto library?

Answer: Yes, you can easily back up your iPhoto library by using the DVD burning capabilities of Mac OS X. Simply insert a blank DVD into your DVD burner and copy the iPhoto library to the DVD icon on your desktop. When you drag the DVD icon to the Trash/Eject button in the Dock, you are given the option to burn the DVD. Click Burn and the DVD is created. If you're using a computer running a Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard or later, you can back up iPhoto content using a built-in back up feature called Time Machine. Time Machine will back up iPhoto content to an external or networked hard disk drive, especially if your library is too big to fit onto a DVD.

Question 9: Can I use a digital camera that does not support USB with iPhoto?

Answer: Older generations of digital cameras may not support a USB connection to a computer. If you want to use such a camera with iPhoto, simply purchase a flash card reader, SmartMedia reader, or Memory Stick reader depending on the type of storage media your camera uses. The Apple Store carries a line of card readers that have been tested with iPhoto, one of which should work with the media from your camera.


Question 10: Does iPhoto work with flatbed scanners or film scanners?

Answer: Yes. To use iPhoto with your flatbed or film scanner, simply scan your negative, slide, or print with the scanner and save the resulting files to a folder on your Mac. You can import the images directly into iPhoto with the Import command. You can also drag the folder of images directly onto the iPhoto interface and add photos that way.


Question 11: Can I have my photos professionally processed?

Answer: Yes, with iPhoto you can have your digital photos sent from your desktop to your doorstep. Select the photos, size, and number of prints directly within iPhoto using the Order Prints button in the Share window or under the File menu. Your digital photo files are processed and mailed right to your door. Print sizes are available in: wallet, 4 by 6, 5 by 7, 8 by 10, 16 by 20, and 20 by 30 inches. (1)


Question 12: How can I display my photos on the Internet?

Answer: iPhoto makes it easy for you to create a photo album on the web using MobileMe. If you are a MobileMe member, just drag the photos you want to display into an album in iPhoto, then click the MobileMe button in the iPhoto toolbar. Your web page will be published to your MobileMe website, which can be viewed using any web browser at gallery.me.com/membername.


Question 13: Can I publish my photos in a book, calendar, or card?

Answer: Yes. To create your book, calendar, or card, just select any selection of pictures, album, event, slideshow or Face tile and click the book, calendar or card button. Once you've selected a theme, your selected pictures will be laid out automatically along side a picture book template, calendar template or card template. You can further customize your book, calendar, or card by changing attributes such as layouts, backgrounds and themes and then adding your own text. Once you have finished your book, calendar, or card, you can print it on your inkjet printer or you can order it professionally printed and bound from within iPhoto. (1)


Question 14: What is 1-Click ordering?

Answer: 1-Click ordering is an easy way to store your purchase and shipping information securely with Apple. You can enable Apple Store 1-Click ordering in iPhoto so that you don't have to enter the billing and shipping information each time you make a purchase. You must enable 1-Click ordering to purchase a book or prints in iPhoto.


Notes

  1. iPhoto print products are available in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and select countries in Europe and Asia Pacific. Internet access required; fees and terms apply. Product specifications are subject to change.
  2. Publishing with MobileMe requires Internet access; access fees may apply.
  3. 1-Click is a registered service mark of Amazon.com, Inc.
Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
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