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iLife '09 New Features
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Building travel maps


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iLife '09 New Features

with Garrick Chow

Video: Building travel maps

Like its predecessors, iPhoto '09 offers you the ability to design and order soft or hard cover photo books for those times when you would like to have a real bound album for your most treasured and meaningful picture collections. With iPhoto '09, you will find enhancements in everything from the options you have for assembling the book, to the improved print quality and binding of the actual book itself. What I would like to show you in this movie though are the new travel map page layouts you can add to your books, which are essentially custom maps you can place in your books to show where you were on a trip. So I want to create a photo book of my pictures from my trip to Australia.

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iLife '09 New Features
2h 17m Intermediate Apr 01, 2009

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With the release of iLife '09, Apple has introduced intuitive new features for organizing, editing, and sharing movies, music, and photos. Instructor Garrick Chow demonstrates the wide range of enhancements to this already easy-to-use suite of programs in iLife '09 New Features. He explains iPhoto's new ability to organize and search images using face recognition and geodata, and moves on to iMovie, where he explores precision editing tools and real-time video effects. Garrick also covers GarageBand's new built-in music lessons, as well as iWeb's new ability to publish to any web hosting server. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Tagging a photo with geodata
  • Using the new iPhoto editing tools to enhance images
  • Sharing photos with Flickr and Facebook
  • Stabilizing video in iMovie to get rid of the "shaky cam" effect
  • Using green screen effects with iMovie
  • Exploring GarageBand's new amps and effects to use with a real guitar
  • Accessing GarageBand's built-in music lessons
  • Publishing finished projects with iWeb via FTP
  • Integrating iWeb's new widgets into web pages
Subject:
Video
Software:
iLife
Author:
Garrick Chow

Building travel maps

Like its predecessors, iPhoto '09 offers you the ability to design and order soft or hard cover photo books for those times when you would like to have a real bound album for your most treasured and meaningful picture collections. With iPhoto '09, you will find enhancements in everything from the options you have for assembling the book, to the improved print quality and binding of the actual book itself. What I would like to show you in this movie though are the new travel map page layouts you can add to your books, which are essentially custom maps you can place in your books to show where you were on a trip. So I want to create a photo book of my pictures from my trip to Australia.

So I'll select that event and click Book. As before, you can choose from a Hardcover, Softcover, or Wire-bound Softcover book. We'll go with Hardcover. You can choose from several different themes for the book. Again, you can just browse through here and pick a theme that you like. I'm going to go with Travel. Remember that you are not stuck with a theme that you choose here. You can always change your mind about it at any time while you are designing your book. So I'll click Choose. So if you have created photo books before, this part of the process hasn't really changed. As you can see here, you just drag photos from the top of the iPhoto window onto your book pages, or you can also use the Autoflow button to have iPhoto put all the pictures into your book for you.

So I'll click on OK and again as before, you just drag pictures from the top of the window to the placeholders. You can use the arrows to navigate from page to page. Because this is a hardcover book, we have a paper dustcover for it. We can actually add text and photos to that as well. Let's just skip ahead a little bit here. All right. So on the page on the left here we have a travel map, and using the location information of my photos, iPhoto has created a map of southern Australia, showing the places I visited.

Again, the ability to use location data from photos is a new feature of iPhoto '09. So if you haven't watched the movie on Places yet, be sure to go back and check that out for all the details. So let's look at the options we have for our map. First of all, with the map selected here, if you click the Layout button, you will find the new Map layout option, and in that menu, you will see a preview of several types of travel map page layouts you can use. Something like this one will give you a place where you can type some text about your trip. This one here gives you a place where you can type information about your trip, as well as a place where you can drag a photo.

This page out here lets you put a small map on top of a full-page image. In all, you have got 20 different travel map page layouts here so you are sure to find something that suits your tastes. For this example though, let's go with a basic map just by itself so I can show you how to customize it. Now, clicking the map gives you this pop-up that lets you adjust the zoom level of the map, so I can zoom way out or way in. You can drag the map around on the screen if you want to reposition it on the page. You can also give the map a title. I'll call this Southern Australia and you can see that label appears right down here in the lower left hand corner.

Under the Places section here is where you can customize the locations on your map. Now, right now one of my places is denoted as Victoria, but Victoria is the state in Australia that I was traveling in. This point on the map that's labeled Victoria is actually Twelve Apostles National Park. So I can change that by double-clicking where it says Victoria and typing in the replacement text. You can see that text has now been replaced on the map. Now, the map is also missing one of the towns we stopped in. There is a small town called Lorne where we came across an outdoor trampoline park and I want to make sure that that's included on the map. So I'm going to click the Add button and type in Lorne. Again, as I type, iPhoto is making suggestions of places that it knows, but Lorne doesn't show up as one of the places that iPhoto knows so let's click New Place.

This process is very similar to what I showed you in the movie on using Places. Here I can do a Google search and I'll type Lorne, Victoria, Australia. Being as specific as possible here to give Google a better chance of finding the place that I'm actually looking for. So now iPhoto is doing a Google search for that location. There it is. Lorne VIC. Now, truthfully, I only really stopped in Lorne because of the trampoline park I mentioned, so I want to be very precise about this. I am going to click Drop Pin to create a new location on this map. You can see this says New Place. I'm going to call this Lorne Trampoline Park.

Now, the pin I dropped is actually on top of the existing pin so if I just click and drag, you will see that it's right there. Now let's zoom in and find that trampoline park. This is really why I love Google Maps. Using the satellite view here, I can just drag, and I knew it was right along the beach, so right there is my trampoline park. I am going to reduce the radius of this circle here so that I can see it a little bit better. Just drag it up and place it there. Let's just zoom in a little bit more. So there is the trampoline park from my photos.

How cool is that?! So I have placed my pin right there. I can reduce that radius even more to be very precise and then click Done, and you can see that Lorne Trampoline Park is now listed here and it appears on my map. Let's zoom in on the map a little bit more to spread things out a bit. Like so. Now lastly, we have the option to show lines on our map, which lets you show the path you took on your travels. Notice with that checked we now see these arrows. Now, these arrows go in the order of our list of places. So in actuality, we went from Melbourne to Lorne to Twelve Apostles National Park. So I'm going to drag Lorne Trampoline Park up under Melbourne, and you can see that little line appears there and that changes the order of my places and that also fixes the order of my arrows. So now we go from Melbourne to Twelve Apostles National Park.

So now I have got this great looking map in my photo book showing the places I visited and the path I followed to get to those places. Now, one word of warning. If you do need to add your own custom places to your map, like I did here, make sure that you have decided on your map layout before doing all that work. Because if you change your mind about the layout afterwards-- for instance, if I went to Map and then decided I wanted to have some text here, watch what happens. Notice that the layout now defaults back to the original places we first saw. So right now I only see Melbourne and Victoria here again.

Now, the way to prevent this from happening is to first make sure that all of the photos that you intend to place in your album have the proper location information already in them before you create your photo book. Now, if you need a refresher on how to do that, make sure you go back and watch the movie on Places. But there you have the new travel map feature in iPhoto '09. It's an incredibly easy way to add great looking custom maps to your photo books.

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