Review: iPhoto the missing manual by Peter Sanderson
iPhoto the missing manual®
By David Pogue (original author, editor) and Lesa Snider (updates)
Published by O’Reilly Media, 2014, $ 34.99
This book, by Lesa Snider, covers iPhoto version 9.5 for Mac and 2.0 for iOS. Note that iPhoto for iOS is no longer available from the US iTunes or App store, see “Photos” in iOS8.
This well-written update to previous editions has screenshots and step-by-step instructions for both the beginner and professional. It opens with a history of iPhoto and moves to what’s new in version 9.5, introduces 2.0 for iOS and then takes the reader directly into iPhoto Basics. The “Basic” segment covers everything from how the application works, requirements (OSX Mavericks), through working with photos and a segment on using “Faces and Places”.
Part 2 covers Editing and Sharing and is well detailed for the beginner and advanced user. The author then covers advanced operations and file management, even suggestion other applications to use in conjunction with, or which may suit the user better than, iPhoto.
Part 4 covers iPhoto for iOS, which is informative for those who use this application.
This edition encouraged me to build an iPhoto Library and work my way through the book as if the author was sitting with me. The beauty of this release is that it is backward compatible with previous versions of iPhoto, although not all features are available to the earlier OS’. Look for a possible update to iPhoto 9.6 when Yosemite (OSX 10.10) becomes available.
I found the segments on using Key Words, Places and Faces of particular interest as these allow the user to quickly search for photos without having to wade through an entire library.
The author provides well written, yet short, Tips and Notes on use throughout the book to help the reader with details. I was put at ease knowing that editing does not involve the original file, instead an “alias” is located within the iPhoto database. This allows the user to revert to the original if the editing result is not what is desired.
I would recommend this manual to anyone with a Mac who shoots digital photos. Having used other vendor’s programs in the past, I found iPhoto easier to use because of this well thought out and written book. The examples are easy to read and follow and the investment is worth the minor expense. Rates a 5 out of 5 on my scale, Mahalo for the kokua Lesa.