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Take Control of Media on Your iPad

by Jeff Carlson

You'll learn how to: Mind your media: Get an overview of options for moving media to your iPad, including iTunes, Home Sharing, and more. Read books, magazines, comics, and more: Learn about different ebook file formats. Find free and commercial ebooks to read in iBooks, transfer ebooks from a desktop computer to iBooks, and learn how to use iBooks so you can go beyond flipping pages. And, if iBooks isn't your cup of tea or if you want to include multiple ebook-reading apps in your repertoire, or read magazines or comics, you'll find ideas for top third-party options. Listen to music and audiobooks: Jeff covers the basics of controlling your music and podcasts in the iPod app, and he gives steps for creating regular and smart playlists (a surprisingly complex endeavor), and for using Apple's handy Genius feature. You'll learn how to stream music directly to your iPad with a third-party app or with Home Sharing, and you'll learn how to stream music from your iPad with AirPlay. Watch video: Learn how to add video to your iPad, whether you want to buy it from Apple or acquire it from an independent source. Specific topics include iTunes Store rentals, ripping DVDs, exporting from iMovie, a GoodReader workaround, and an SD card tip. You'll also learn how to output from your iPad to a television, and get ideas for streaming video to your iPad, with quick looks at YouTube, Netflix, and Safari. Bonus for Apple TV owners--the ebook has directions for integrating an Apple TV with an iPad. View photos: Benefit from Jeff's experience as an enthusiastic amateur photographer as he discusses moving photos (and certain videos) to an iPad from a camera or a computer. Jeff also covers how to share your photos once they are on the iPad, whether with a slideshow, Picture Frame mode, or via email attachment. You'll even learn what happens when you transfer a raw image file from an external device to an iPad. Bonus for iPad 2 owners--Jeff offers tips for taking better-quality photos using the iPad's built-in cameras! Control your electronics: If you truly want to use your iPad as a big iPod touch, here's one opportunity--as a big remote control. Jeff shows you how to use Apple's Remote app to control iTunes on a computer or to control an Apple TV, and he offers ideas for how to trick out your iPad so it can serve as a remote control for other consumer electronic devices like TVs and stereos.

Take Control of Your Digital Photos on a Mac

by Jeff Carlson

Build a digital workflow to import, tag, rate, and organize your photos!Why bother taking photos if you can't find them later? If you want to be able to lay your hands on any given photo in your ever-expanding library, digital photography expert Jeff Carlson has developed a simple system you can use to make your photo collection browsable, searchable, and generally navigable!Jeff leads off by helping you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the four most popular photo-management applications: iPhoto and Aperture from Apple, and Lightroom and Photoshop Elements from Adobe. Once you've picked the app that's right for you (and there's a chapter on migrating photos), you'll learn how to create a custom workflow for importing, evaluating, keywording, and tagging your photos so they are quickly sorted into logical groups. For each of these essential aspects of your workflow, Jeff provides step-by-step instructions for each of the four covered applications. And since it's all too easy to lose everything if you don't have backups, Jeff discusses the best way to back up and archive your photos to protect your irreplaceable photographic memories.In the process of creating your custom digital photo workflow, you'll find expert advice about each of these photo-management topics:Shooting smarter: Make sure your camera is set to the correct time (and time zone), choose a file format, and think about capturing geolocation data while you're out taking photos.Choosing the right app: Learn about the pros and cons of the most popular photo-management applications--iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, and Photoshop Elements--and find directions for how to migrate your photos from iPhoto to Aperture or Lightroom, or from Aperture to Lightroom.Importing photos: Make your Mac apply keywords and other tags in a batch during import, and make sure you're storing files in a place that makes sense going forward.Judging photos: Get time-tested tips for rating individual photos and learn how to deal with bad photos, whether you want to delete them, hide them, or leave them be.Assigning metadata: Once your camera and your computer have assigned as much metadata as possible automatically, you'll need to do the final bits yourself. Jeff describes how to think about this process, and he gives you specific steps for how to proceed efficiently.Putting photos in albums: With your metadata successfully applied, it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labor! Learn how to set up smart albums to collect and display your photos automatically.Planning for the future: Digital photos can't be damaged by water or tossed accidentally when cleaning house, but at the same time, a hard disk failure could destroy every photo you own. And what about preserving them for your kids? Jeff discusses how you can back up your precious photos and archive them for future generations.Bonus! Includes a 20% off coupon for SizzlPix!, high-def photographic prints infused onto an aluminum base. These hand-crafted prints are largely free of glare, are waterproof (some are installed in showers and pools), and have an ultra-hard coating that renders them virtually scratch-proof.

Take Control of Your iPhone Apps

by Jeff Carlson

You'll find plenty of concise, clear explanations, plus pointers to a few important independent apps that add to the features offered in Apple's. Jeff shows you how to use the iPhone apps for real-life tasks, including how to: Update your calendar on the bus, and view the changes on your office Mac Sync the sometimes elusive Birthdays calendar to your iPhone Explain to friends how your iPhone knows where it is Set an alarm that you'll hear, even if the volume is turned down Set up a conference call with three of your friends Skip ahead in a long voicemail message Get around on the Web without squinting more than necessary Read and reply to email Send text messages or quickly place a call to someone you're texting with Take quality photos with the iPhone 3GS Upload photos from your iPhone to your computer Trim the video you just took at a party and share it online right away Get directions from your doctor's office to the drugstore Settle arguments about which way north is Find a song quickly so you can play it for a friend Use Jeff's favorite free app, Remote, to run iTunes on a Mac or an Apple TV

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