Archive for the ‘iPhoto’ Category

Text selection and edition using drag and drop

Friday, March 19th, 2004

Text edition is undoubtedly the task which occupies the greatest part of our computer work. In spite of the subtle differences between applications, it is possible to outline general methods for text selection and modification, and this, by extension of our knowledge already acquired on drag and drop. This knowledge will not be useful solely in word processing applications, but also in any text modifications we can do on screen.

We will initially make a summary of text selection methods with the mouse and the keyboard, then we will see the various ways for creating and preserving text clippings. Lastly, we will see how to use drag and drop for text edition and to manage information (Internet forms, information fields in various applications). As this text constitutes the third from a tutorial on drag and drop, it is recommended to start by reading the first text. (more…)

How to publish two versions of your iPhoto albums online, targeting two audiences with different comments associated to photos

Friday, January 16th, 2004

When building online photo albums to share with others, there are cases where adding each photo only in one album seems impossible : you’d like to add your photos to more than one album ! Basically the same thing happens with printed photos : just think about how often you order doubles. In many cases, the two copies of your photo will end up in two different albums. Take the example of a simple family album. Maybe you want to make one album for your family to see, and another album for your coworkers to watch on their spare time. Chances are you won’t put the same comments under photos in the two albums, using more private comments in the album you’ll show to your family. If your family consist of two children, you’ll probably want to make an album for each kid, adding comments appropriate to each one (you might even choose to write comments using first person to make it more personal to your child). All this is quite easy using traditional photo albums and printed pictures, but somehow more difficult when using iPhoto. Well, once you know how to do it, it is not that much more difficult ! Read on to know how I do it.

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Screen zooming used to show content on TV and Panther new zoom options

Sunday, November 23rd, 2003

When you want to show something on screen to many people, having a 12″ iBook might not be ideal. But there is a way around this shortcoming : using an Apple AV Cable, you can use your computer to show your screen on a TV (some other Mac portables have this option as well). This helped me when I wanted to show pictures to my family using iPhoto. But I also wanted to give titles to those pictures, and make sure names and places would be written correctly, so I asked my aunt to proofread as I wrote. Given the poor resolution of the TV, it was impossible for her to read, but using screen zooming, I managed to make it possible. Using two key sequences, I was able to zoom in to the rename box in iPhoto, and zoom back to full screen where our pictures were displayed as big as possible (filling the photo frame in iPhoto).

I’ll introduce key concepts to Screen zooming as well as the new options that appeared in Panther.

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