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We have seen the not-too-distant future, and it’s called Intel Core Microarchitecture.

Meet the latest Mac to get Intel-ified: the Mac mini. Plus, the next phase in Apple’s takeover of your living room, and a snapshot of the dozens of digicams unveiled at this year’s Photo Marketing Association trade show.

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This month, readers chime in with strong opinions on the Intel switch, concern over the recent Mac virus scare, and well-wishes for MacAddict’s visibly ailing mascot, Max.

80 Shut Down
Forget about the Oompa-Loompa virus; here’s the real Mac malware you need to watch out for.

QUICK TIPS
FROM THIS MONTH’S ISSUE

BACKUP BACKUP
You don’t have to put all your apps on your bootable backup drive, but be sure to include your disk-repair utilities—that way, you can fix your ailing drive without excessive CD swapping. From “Back It Up,” p24.
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PLUG IT IN
The first step to take when troubleshooting is so easy, you may not even think to try it: Make sure the power cord and any necessary cables are properly connected. From Ask Us, p60.

THE 0.01 DIFFERENCE
Unless you want to get crabby over bugs in Apple’s iLife ’06, run Software Update before you get crafty in iWeb or the other iApps. From “Bend iWeb to Your Will,” p65.

DO FEED THE ANIMALS
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AUDIO & MUSIC
Backstage trial Daily Guitar Jam Widget freeware FretPet X 1.0.2 shareware iFill demo iPod.iTunes 3.1.3 demo Menuet 1.0.2 trial Tera 3.1 demo Wave Editor 1.1.5 trial

INTERFACE
ThemePark 3 demo

INTERNET & COMMUNICATION
Advanced Link Manager 2 trial browseback 1.0.2 trial Bumper Car 2 demo Camino freeware Captain FTP 4.4.5 trial DashCast freeware Google Sitemap Automator 1.1 trial iTwist n’ Go trial OmniWeb 5.1.3 trial pagesender 3.5.4 trial PictoGrab 1.1 trial SeaMonkey freeware Simon 2.1.1 trial Snak 5.1 shareware SpamSweep 1.2 shareware wKiosk 4.5 demo Xyle scope 1.1.6 trial

DEVELOPMENT
REALbasic 2006 Release 1 demo

FUN & GAMES
3D Bridge Deluxe demo Alien Abduction demo Antigen freeware Blackjack Card Counter 3 demo Downfall 2.5.7 trial Enigmo 2 demo Gem Shop demo Kid Mystic demo pluzzle freeware Professor Fizzwizzle demo ToySight Gold 1.1.2 demo

PRODUCTIVITY
High Priority 1.11 trial iClock 3 shareware KeyCue 2.0.1 trial Liquid Ledger 1.5.1 trial NoteBook 2.3.3 demo OD4Contact 2.6.5 demo OmniGraffle 4.1.1 trial OmniOutliner 3.5 trial TaskTime 4.1.2 trial TextWrangler 2.1.1 freeware TinyBooks 3.0.5 trial xTime Project 3.5 demo

GRAPHICS & MULTIMEDIA
Corel Painter IX.5 trial EazyDraw 1.9.0f public beta EazyDraw 1.9.1 demo Footlights 2 freeware iScreensaver Designer 3.4 trial iView MediaPro 3.0.2 trial KnotsBag Pro 1.5.5 shareware MPEG Streamclip 1.5.1 freeware Sproing 2.0.1 freeware Swift Publisher 1.2 demo

CopyRoms 0.2 freeware Déjà Vu 3.2 trial DiskTracker 2.3.3 (Classic) shareware DiskTracker 2.3.3 (OS X) shareware Font Pilot 2.1 trial iKey 2.2 shareware Impression 3 trial IOXperts Webcam Driver 1.1 trial KMremoteControl 1.52 trial Mac Pilot 2.0.3 trial MacVCD X trial Mini vMac 2.7.1 freeware Morse Mania 3.2 shareware Name Those Files shareware NuFile 1.8 donationware Picture Rescue 1.1 demo Power Manager 3.2 demo Safe Terminal 0.3 freeware SuperDuper 2 trial TechRestore Demo Video TidyUp 1.0.9 shareware Undercover 1.5 demo USB Overdrive 10.4.5 shareware World Clock Deluxe 4.3 shareware XPostFacto 4 freeware

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UTILITIES
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Speed Thrills
Tucked away in a top-secret room during March’s Intel Developer Forum, I had my first hands-on demo of the first desktop microprocessor to be based on Intel’s new Core Microarchitecture—a radically speedy approach to chip design. Currently code-named Conroe, this dual-core chip will almost certainly power the machines that Apple will introduce later this year to replace the current Power Mac G5 line. Although the performance data I saw compared Conroe to Intel’s existing top-of-the-line processor, the Pentium D, and not to the PowerPC G5, the new chip’s power was readily apparent. Bottom line: Expect impressive machines to emerge from the Apple/Intel partnership. Also, prepare for even more-impressive machines to appear in the future—for example, when Intel ships its quad-core desktop chip, code-named Kentsfield, in the first half of next year. Oh, and to clear up any confusion that might come from an unfortunate Intel naming decision: The Core Duo chip that powers Apple’s current iMacs, MacBook Pros, and high-end Mac mini (the low-end Mac mini has a single-core Core Solo) is not based on Intel’s zippy new Core Microarchitecture—the current Duos are fine chips in their own right, but they don’t benefit from all the internal geewhizzery in the upcoming chips. When I asked an Intelian about this naming untidiness, he shrugged and said, “Marketing.” In other news: If you’re one of the vast majority of our readers who receive our monthly Disc, you’ll notice a couple of changes this month. For one, we’ve retired the Disc Tour interface. It was getting a bit long in the tooth and becoming increasingly unstable in its dotage. Plus, it was simply taking up too much room—room that we can now fill with more apps, games, and utilities than ever. Also, we now indicate whether each app on the Disc is Universal (able to run natively on Intel-based Macs), and we’ve added a new Media folder in which you’ll find a monthly collection of videos, tunes, podcasts, and more. (Yeah, it’s a bit sparse this inaugural month, but we’ve got big plans…) Finally, you’ll notice more places for the friendly folks who keep us afloat to announce their wares. You’ve got rent to pay, right? So do we. Enjoy,

STAFF RANTS
Q. When will a Mac finally be fast enough for you?
Roman Loyola RED-EYE REMOVER
When will a Mac finally be fast enough for you?

When stuff happens instantaneously. No time for flashy window effects or progress bars. Select an option and BAM! Done.

Sean Molloy TACHOPHOBE
When will a Mac finally be fast enough for you?

Unfortunately, I probably won’t know until it’s too late.

Niko Coucouvanis SPUD RAZOR
When will a Mac finally be fast enough for you?

As soon as it can cut thousands of julienne fries in seconds, I’ll eat my Ginsu—in that nasty seppuku fall-on-it style. Ouch!

Jake Widman TIME-SENSITIVE MATERIAL
When will a Mac finally be fast enough for you?

When I don’t even know it’s there—when my first response to that question is, “What Mac?”

Peter Marshutz STRESSED OUT
When will a Mac finally be fast enough for you?

Fast enough? Macs will finally be fast enough when they can change a diaper and take care of two toddlers.

Mark Rosenthal MR. COFFEELESS
When will a Mac finally be fast enough for you?

When will they be fast enough? They’re too fast already! Gone are the days when I could apply Photoshop’s Ripple filter to a 10MB image file and then run out for a cup of coffee while my Mac churned away. Now there are no excuses for breaks—just work, work, work.

Max VELOCIMACTOR
When will a Mac finally be fast enough for you?

When I can instantaneously perform a complex Photoshop Action while ray-tracing a complex 3D animation in real time while engaged in an 10-way iChat video conference while playing multiplayer Doom 3 at a frame rate of over 300 in a seamlessly resizable window, then I might be satisfied. Maybe.

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Here’s what our editors are preparing for the next issue of MacAddict.

We’ll solve all your ’Pod problems and teach it tricks you didn’t know it could do, then take you on a tour of San Francisco as we show you how to make a home video your friends will actually want to watch. Our Field Guide will spell out the problemsolving steps to take when faced with common technical glitches. We’ll then show you how to use the slick new features in Photoshop Elements 4, how to use iWeb efficiently without hosting your site on .Mac, and how to set up a NAS (network attached storage) system to access your files from home or abroad. We’ll also put the new Intel Mac minis to the test and look at Autodesk’s Combustion 4, NEC’s slick MultiSync 20WMGX2 display, Olive’s Musica, and more.

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THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!
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he invitation to Apple’s latest new-stuff unveiling promised “fun new products.” And while the new products—Intel-based Mac minis, the iPod Hi-Fi, and leather iPod cases—aren’t exactly barrels-ofmonkeys-level fun, they’re interesting enough. The intro of the Mac mini leaves only the Power Mac and the iBook lines left to be Intel-ified, and the iPod Hi-Fi brings the iPod one step closer to the center of your home entertainment hub. Mac mini. Except for a new set of rear ports and an IR port located next to the disc slot, the physical look and feel of the Mac mini hasn’t changed—that’s good. But a lot has changed inside. The $599 1.5GHz Mac mini features an Intel Core Solo processor, which has a single-processor core. The Core Duo found in the $799 1.66GHz Mac mini has—you guessed it—two cores, essentially the equivalent of two processors in a single chip. Intel touts both the Core Solo and Core Duo as ideal
May 2006

Make room on the Intel bandwagon— the Mac mini is now along for the ride.

Apple sets its sights on your home entertainment center with its new Intel-based Mac mini and iPod Hi-Fi speaker stand.
for notebook computers. Considering the tight quarters inside the Mac mini, these chips are a perfect fit. Both Mac minis come standard with 512MB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (expandable to 2GB), an Intel GMA graphics processor that uses 64MB of memory (shared with the mini’s main memory), Gigabit Ethernet, built-in Airport Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0, four USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 400 port, one optical/analog audio-in port, one optical/analog audio-out port, a DVIout port for a display (VGA adapter included) or TV (composite/S-Video adapter sold separately for $19), and an infrared Apple Remote to use with Front Row. The 1.5GHz Mac mini comes with a 5,400-rpm 60GB SATA hard drive and a combo drive, while the 1.66GHz Mac mini has an 80GB hard drive and 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support. The Mac minis also come with Front Row, Apple’s elegant, easy-touse interface for accessing your music, videos, DVDs, and photos. Front Row now allows you to access shared media from other Macs over a wireless or Wi-Fi network using Bonjour. For example, if you set iTunes to share your music over a network (iTunes > Preferences > Sharing), you

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can access those shared songs from another Mac through Front Row’s Shared Music menu. You can also access shared videos from iTunes and shared photos from iPhoto. In the demo we saw, there wasn’t any noticeable performance lag when accessing shared content wirelessly—but the demo involved a Mac mini and a MacBook Pro that were about 20 feet apart, without any obstacles between them. When we get our Mac mini in for an exhaustive review, we’ll see how Front Row performs with Macs in separate rooms or even on different floors. iPod Hi-Fi. Everyone else is getting in on the iPod speaker-stand market, so why not Apple? The difference here is that instead of simply providing a means to play your iPod’s music, Apple is looking to “redefine the home stereo system,” according to Apple’s press release. During the iPod Hi-Fi’s introduction, Steve Jobs said that as a self-proclaimed audiophile, he’s considering replacing his home stereo with an iPod Hi-Fi. (Hey Steve, feel free to dump your old home stereo at 4000 Shoreline Ct. in South San Francisco, CA. Send it to Max’s attention.) Measuring 17 by 6.6 by 6.9 inches and weighing 16.7 pounds (with batteries), the $349 iPod Hi-Fi has a pair of 3.1-inch midrange drivers and a 5.12-inch woofer—no dedicated tweeters, folks. The power supply is built into the unit, so there’s no separate power brick to hog counter space or wedge behind your entertainment center. You can also power the iPod Hi-Fi with six D batteries. The dock connector comes with adapters so you can fit any dockable iPod, and iPod shuffles can connect through a rear audio-in port. The audioin port can also be used with AirPort Express so you can play music from your Mac in one room on the iPod Hi-Fi in another.
The iPod Hi-Fi comes with an Apple Remote so you can navigate through your iPod’s controls.

What’s missing: video connectors and USB or FireWire to sync to your Mac. Docking your fifth-generation iPod or iPod nano in the iPod Hi-Fi gives you access to a new Speakers menu with three settings: Treble Boost, Normal, and Bass Boost. You can also display full-screen album art and set the backlight to remain on while docked (the iPod charges while docked). Apple demonstrated the iPod Hi-Fi’s sound quality at its Cupertino facility, but we were able to get our hands on an actual iPod Hi-Fi just before we went to press—after you’re finished reading this article, flip to page 53 for the full review.

NEW STUFF

Wanted: big screen for this lil’ projector.

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Weighing less than three pounds, this portable XGA (1024 by 768 pixels) projector is rated at 1,500 ANSI lumens and has a dual color mode to optimize color for business presentations or video.

Creative tools that match your creativity. $99 for one of these leather iPod cases? With other leather cases that are just as nice for half the price, you’re paying a premium for the Apple and iPod logos.

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Studio Artist 3.5
$379 www.synthetik.com Available: Now

What we didn’t see. Were you expecting a touchscreen iPod video, widescreen iBooks, a Mac-based digital video recorder, or some other dream product? Then you were probably let down by the announcements—many analysts and members of the media sure were. So what should you look for next? In August, Apple is hosting its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), where you can—at minimum—expect a peek at Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X. That event might also mark the introduction of the Intel-based replacements for the current Power Mac G5 line. It’s almost certain that they won’t use the Intel Core Duo processor; instead, they’ll likely harness the power of an entirely new 64-bit dualcore processor code-named Conroe—it was clear at the Intel Developer Forum in March that progress on that chip is coming along nicely.—Roman Loyola

This app combines painting and drawing tools with image processing, video effects, and a Paint Synthesizer that claims to be able to enlarge images without visual artifacts.

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ProKeys 88sx
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This light (17-pound) 88-note keyboard features semi-weighted action, seven piano-sound sets, and a USB MIDI interface and controller for recording and playback.

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Sexy Stuff We Can’t Wait to Get Our Mitts On

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Mini Keyboard C

The Optimus mini (price TBD, www.artlebedev.com) is a three-key keyboard that works with your standard keyboard. Each programmable key features a 0.79-by-0.79-inch square OLED panel that displays the key’s function. Each OLED supports 96-by-96-pixel resolution, fiveframes-per-second animation, and 262,000 colors. A Mac-compatible version is coming Real Soon Now.

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Kensington’s SX 2000 Speakers for iPod ($159.99, http://us.kensington.com) measure 16.2 by 7.2 by 3.9 inches, are compatible with any iPod with a dock connector, and feature NXT SurfaceSound to enhance the audio playing from both the front and back.

on the Disc, www .mozilla.org) is an Internet suite that includes a Web browser, email client, WYSIWYG Webpage composer, and IRC chat client. For Web developers, Sea Monkey includes mozilla.org’s DOM inspector and JavaScriptdebugging tools. • Shiira (free, http://hmdt-web .net/shiira/en) is a Web browser that uses the KHTML rendering engine provided by Apple’s Web Kit—the same rendering engine that Safari uses. SeaMonkey: better than • App4Mac’s wKiosk ($69, on the Disc, brine shrimp. www.app4mac .com) is a Web browser built with the Safari engine and designed for public-access terminals and kiosks. wKiosk can restrict access to Web sites, system settings, and apps. • PictoGrab 1.1 ($14.95, on the Disc, www.radicalbreeze.com) can download pictures from any Web site or photocast to a folder on your Mac. • VisiStat 3 ($14.95 per month, www .visistat.com) is a Web-site trafficreporting service. It dynamically captures visitor activity, searchengine keyword usage, geographical location, click path, and more. • Dejal Systems’ Simon 2.1.1 ($29.95 to $195, on the Disc, www.dejal.com) is a Web-site-monitoring tool that checks sites for changes or failures. It notifies you via email, sound, speech, or HTML reports. • Snak 5.1 ($25, on the Disc, www .snak.com) is an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client ON THE that lets you join DISC discussions in IRC PictoGrab, SeaMonkey, channels online. Simon, Snak, wKiosk —Michelle Victoria
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ike his book The Cult of Mac ($39.95, www .nostarch.com), Leander Kahney’s The Cult of iPod ($24.95, www .nostarch.com) takes a look at how a single device has become the object of devotion (or perhaps obsession) for many. The book covers everything from the original concept and humble beginnings to the signature silhouette ads and the booming iPod-accessory market. The Cult of iPod’s impressive images and compelling info do an excellent job conveying how influential the iPod is. If you love your ’Pod, you’ll love this book.—RL

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aving remnant, unused versions of apps on your hard drive can cause a plethora of problems, the main one being that your documents can open using the wrong version of an app. For example, if you still have the test-drive version of Microsoft Word 2004 and you’ve since purchased and installed a full copy of Office 2004, the test-drive Word may still launch when you double-click a Word document. Here’s how to get rid of defunct apps. DELETE APPS If you get rid of an old version of an app you no longer use, Mac OS X will automatically switch to the remaining app by default. You can uninstall an app by simply dragging its icon into the Trash. For a more thorough removal that also wipes out any associated files that may be strewn across your hard drive, use a utility such as AppZapper ($12.95, http://appzapper.com) or Yank ($19.95, www.matterform.com/welcome.html). ARCHIVE AND INSTALL REMNANTS Duplicate apps can also be left over from an Archive And Install process; these can cause problems in current versions of apps. To delete old copies of apps left over from an Archive And Install: 1 Open the Previous System folder at the root level of your hard drive. 2 Delete the Applications folder therein. 3 Reapply the most-recent Mac OS X combo updater available from Apple’s Download Web site (www.apple.com/support/downloads). RCDEFAULTAPP Still having problems? Try RCDefaultApp (free, www.rubicode .com) to specify which app should open files with a certain extension.

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as Blau’s The Versa ($59.99, www.dasblau .com) is a case made for a fifthgeneration iPod. Its exterior is made of leather, and the fabric inside features flashy colors and patterns. The belt loop can also be used with the protective flap to prop your iPod up on your desk. Eight different designs are available.—MV

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SUBMIT YOUR CASE Whether your iPod case is a custom-made one-off or mass produced, you can submit it for Case-of-the-Month consideration—just send it to iPod Case of the Month, MacAddict, 4000 Shoreline Ct., Ste. 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080. Please note that we cannot return cases.

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Saft http://haoli.dnsalias.com/saft $12

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The Saft installation disk image contains premade Sidebar items. Go into the /Sidebar/Apple folder, Control-click Apple_hotnews.plugin, and select Show Package Contents. Open Info.plist in TextEdit (/Applications/TextEdit). 2 Create a new document in TextEdit and select Format > Make Plain Text. Copy the code from Info.plist, and paste it into the blank document. Close Info.plist. 3 Go to your favorite Web site’s RSS feed (the URL should have .rss or .xml at the tail). Replace Apple Hot News in the text document with the title of your new feed. Replace Apple’s URL in the text document with the new feed’s URL.

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very February, photographers everywhere flock to the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) trade show to check out the latest cameras and other new photography equipment. Here’s the lowdown on some of the newest releases. Canon announced 22(!) new products, including the EOS 30D Digital SLR ($1,399, www.usa.canon.com), which features an 8.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. The PowerShot S3 IS ($499.99) is a 6-megapixel camera with an image-stabilized 12x optical zoom. The PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH ($499.99) has a 4x-optical-zoom lens with Optical Image Stabilization. The 6-megapixel PowerShot A700 ($349.99) has 6x optical zoom, 6-megapixel resolution, and 22 shooting modes. The 4-megapixel PowerShot A530 ($229.99) has 4x optical zoom and a 1.8-inch LCD screen. Nikon unveiled seven new cameras. The Coolpix L4 ($149.95, www.nikonusa.com) is a 4-megapixel point-and-shoot with built-in red-eye fix, 3x optical zoom, and more. The 6-megapixel Coolpix S6 ($449.95) has Wi-Fi for wireless file transfers. The CoolPix P4 ($399.95) is an 8.1-megapixel camera with 3.5x optical zoom and Vibration Reduction. The 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor ($1,035) is a macro lens equipped with Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor and Vibration Reduction systems. Kodak’s new cameras included the EasyShare Z612 ($399, www.kodak.com), a 6-megapixel camera with 12x optical zoom. The compact 6.1-megapixel EasyShare V603 ($299) has a 2.5-inch LCD and 3x optical zoom. The 5-megapixel EasyShare C533 ($199) has a 3x optical zoom and 1.8-inch LCD. Pentax showed its new 6-megapixel Optio T10 ($349.99, www.pentaximaging .com), which has a 3-inch LCD within its tiny 3.7-by-2.3-by-0.8-inch body. Samsung has partnered with Pentax to release the GX-1L (price TBD, www.samsungcamerausa .com), a digital SLR that has features similar to Pentax’s *ist DL: 6-megapixel resolution, a Pentax K-AF lens mount, a 2.5-inch LCD, a five-point wide-area Auto Focus system, and more. Other notable cameras at the show included Sony’s 8-megapixel Cyber-shot DSC-W100 ($350, www.sonystyle.com), Casio’s 8.1-megapixel Exilim Zoom EX-Z850 ($399.99, www.casio.com), and Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-L1 (price TBD, www .panasonic.com) digital SLR. There were a couple of noteworthy software announcements, as well. Adobe released Photoshop Elements 4 for Mac ($89, www.adobe.com), which now has Magic Selection Brush and Magic Extractor tools to quickly separate an object from its background, a new Correct Color For Skin Tones function, and more. Apple released Aperture 1.1 ($499, www.apple.com) which features improved RAW processing, a new color meter, performance enhancements, and more. The 1.1 upgrade for current Aperture owners will be free.—MV and RL
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What’s on tap for you and your Mac next year? In five years? Ten? Twenty? Come with us on a trip into the future.
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PREDICTING THE FUTURE IS A CRAPSHOOT.
Sure, the near future is reasonably predictable Intel-based replacements for the iBook and Power Mac are a virtual certainty but projecting beyond that requires a lot of research and a fair bit of dot-connecting. So that’s what we did in order to bring you our best prognostications of what’s coming down the pike in your digital life. Be forewarned, however. Although the future is indeed bright, there’ll be some bumps along the road. Also be forewarned that our predictions are just that: predictions. Read on with saltshaker in hand.

VOICE CONTROL Within five years, your Mac’s processor power will rise to such a level that true, real-time natural-language voice control and transcription will become a There are plenty of changes reality. Added bonus: Real-time translation and coming—and they’re all for transcription from, say, English to Chinese will also the better. be possible. Within 10 years, your Mac’s voicecommand capabilities will improve even further when your Mac’s iSight camera can read your lips. Just don’t let it watch you and your coworkers discussing plans iBOOK REDUX Within the next few months, the to shut it down. successor to the iBook will be released. It will be called the MacBook (non-Pro), will be based on either the Intel Core Duo or Core Solo chips, and will have the same widescreen display format MASSIVE OPTICAL DRIVES In a year or of the MacBook Pro, iMac, and all of Apple’s current displays. three, your Mac will have a Blu-ray optical drive as standard equipment—and we do mean standard, not optional (Steve Jobs is a hard-core HD-video fan, and Blu-ray will make HD playback POWER MAC REBORN Later this year, Apple will and recording possible). Blu-ray capacities are already at 25GB release the next generation of its pro-level Macs—and they and will rise to 200GB in a few years; speed will triple, as well. won’t be called Power Macs. They’ll be based on a dual-core processor now code-named Conroe, though Intel’s marketing department will change that—S’more Duo, anyone? Conroe, SPECIALIZED CHIPS In the next five years, which has already been demoed by Intel, is powered by Intel’s microprocessors and their supporting chips will be more and next-generation processor architecture; a single-core version more often designed for specific purposes. For example, using the same architecture will also be available. Due to server CPUs that handle transaction processing won’t include Conroe’s improved power-handling capabilities, there’s a strong higher-order mathematics elements such as floating-point possibility that these pro-level Macs will be smaller and quieter units, and processors designed for compact mobile devices will than the current Power Mac G5s. Soon after the pro-level Macs have the functions of their supporting chips included on the are released, the mobile version of Conroe (code-named Merom) microprocessor itself. will appear in ’Books. MEGAPOWERFUL PROCESSORS In 10 years, microprocessors will have dozens or even hundreds of SIMULTANEOUS OPERATING SYSTEMS specialized cores. Applications will be coded to take advantage If Apple chooses to implement Intel’s Virtualization Technology, of the massively parallel capabilities of these chips, resulting next year you’ll be able to boot Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux in such now-unthinkable feats as real-time ray tracing (see simultaneously but separately and switch OSes at will. When “Content Creation,” p21). Windows crashes, you won’t have to reboot Mac OS X or Linux— they’ll just keep humming along on their own. Will Apple unlock this capability? Flip a coin: Heads, they will; tails, they won’t. G’BYE, CIRCUITRY It will take a decade or more, but eventually logic boards and their intricate traces and circuitry will disappear when chips communicate with one MULTIPLE STORAGE OPTIONS In a few years (or another using proximity communication, a technology in which sooner), you’ll be able to choose between two types of storage for on-chip transmitters send signals to receivers on other chips, your ’Book: hard drives or flash drives—or both. Though flashthus enabling more-complex and higher-speed communication drive capacities will increase and their costs will sink, they’ll still among chips. be less capacious and more expensive than hard drives.

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Home Entertainment
Yes, Virginia, there were once only three TV channels, and music came on vinyl.
WIRELESS VIDEO Sometime next year, you’ll see a video version of AirTunes with a video-capable AirPort Express— we’re already partway there with the Front Row–equipped, Bonjour-capable Mac mini and the iPod AV Connection Kit.

in “iPod docks” that enable direct full-screen playback.

Within two years, Griffin will offer a Radio Shark with satelliteradio capability. Within 10 years, satellite-radio receivers will be built into every Mac.

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BYE-BYE BLOCKBUSTER Within five years, DVD rental stores will be on their way out. Instead, you’ll either take your iPods to the video store and pay to have movies downloaded to them, or log onto your video-store account and download movies to your TV-connected Mac minis or their media-oriented offspring. Each download will include some form of rights protection that makes the video expire after a ▲

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players, digital video players, TOUCH Apple patent handheld computers, personal number 20,060,026,536, digital assistants, pagers, applied for in January 2005, Reading the Numbered Tea Leaves electronic organizers, electronic covers “gestures for touchnotepads, and a whole lot more. sensitive input devices” We know that more Intel Macs and new variations The patent is vague enough that and lists Apple design guru of the iPod are coming, but exactly what shape it could encompass a variety of Jonathan Ive as one of its they’ll take—and what else Apple may have in the new devices, including an Appleinventors. Apple says the pipeline—may be discerned from several recent branded smartphone. touch-sensitive system patents Jobs & Co. have filed. Or maybe not. But VIDEO AND VoIP Apple could apply to such UI heck, we’re going to try anyway. could use the iPod’s success elements as virtual volume knobs, scroll wheels, and to make VoIP (Voice over IP) keyboards. So are we talking about the much-rumored “real” telephony successful and give Apple a huge communications video iPod with a bigger screen? An Apple wireless tablet user base. Two Apple patents (7,003,590 and 7,003,260) computer? A digital book reader? We’d place our bets on an deal with, respectively, an automatic ID-allocation technique improved video iPod. for use in applications for AV/C (audio/video control) VOICE ACTIVATION Patent number 20,050,015,254, devices, and database programs for handheld devices. filed in July 2003, is for a server-based media-management An AV/C device consists of a control unit and one or more subunits that perform the controlled functions, such as system that includes voice-activated navigation. The new camcorders and TVs. Apple is at least eyeing some sort of system, coupled with the touch-sensitive screen, could device that would interact with these devices, and a good indicate a next generation of wireless iPods with the ability bet would be on the aforementioned video iPod or a true to download updatable menus beyond those that come media-center Mac. prepackaged with the unit. The voice activation could make The database patent involves techniques for providing them more convenient to use while driving or jogging. access to databases from handheld devices. If said MOBILE ME Last January, we found out about Apple’s new databases included contact info, we could see an iPod trademark/service-mark application for “Mobile Me,” filed phone that does VoIP. Whether it looks like an iPod with a under three separate numbers: 78,785,943; 78,785,950; and microphone and speaker, or like the iTunes-capable phones 78,785,959. This mark covers a broad range of technologies from Motorola—well, only time will tell.—Dennis Sellers and services, including portable devices such as digital audio

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FOLLOW THE MONEY That all sounds great, right? Well, we’ll also bet that within 10 years, crafty marketers will figure out how to make money by ruining your experience unless you pay. How’d you like to see pop-up ads in the middle of a movie?

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THE END OF VIRUSES Within five years, viruses will be few and far between. Microsoft and Apple, possibly with help from the government, will come up with a combination of antiviral utilities and security patches that’ll keep Macs and PCs reasonably safe, and most virus writers will get bored and go back to trying to take over computers at banks and the Pentagon.

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could be that we access software APPLE “I feel Apple will continue in a very different way—maybe to grow in the mainstreamlike we’ll log onto an account computer market. I seriously doubt and use it that way. In any it will pass 25 to 30 percent. But case, it’ll make the difference investing in Apple stock feels between operating systems far pretty solid. I’m also curious about We geeks at MacAddict may be experts in technology, less relevant than it is now—it’s upcoming acquisitions. I don’t see but not necessarily in divining the future—that’s not even clear how they’d anyone acquiring Apple, but I see why we contacted Barbara Courtney, differentiate themselves.” the possibility that Apple’s growth a professional psychic (aka “intuitive STEVE JOBS “I anticipated could come by acquiring others. consultant”) who happens to live a few a couple of years ago that Steve The result could be more functions miles up the freeway from Apple’s digs Jobs was looking to resign, and built into the Mac, and that will in Cupertino, CA. Courtney offered I don’t see him staying as CEO make it even more attractive.” her insights into the fortunes of beyond next year. The question Apple, the Mac, and Steve Jobs. iPODS “My feeling is that iPods is: Who will replace him? I will continue to dominate the feel there’s definitely some digital-music-player market for at scouting going on, but a solid least the next three years. I do see a potential problem if Apple candidate hasn’t emerged yet. My feeling is that someone else tries to cram too many functions into the device. I feel Apple from the early days—from outside Apple, but not outside the would be wise to keep simple, less-complex versions in the computer industry—might surface in a stronger role. I also think product lineup as well.” that [Oracle CEO] Larry Ellison and Steve Jobs will get involved in MACS “I feel there is a huge shift coming within the next five some kind of collaboration, but not one involving Apple directly.” years or so that will reconfigure how we use our computers. It

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Mac will be able to render ray-traced animations in real time. Ray tracing is a way of creating 3D scenes that look Andy Warhol was right—in the future, realistic, with objects that reflect and cast shadows on one another. It’s also we’ll all get our 15 minutes of fame. a tremendously processor-intensive process: Today, a single ray-traced frame of a movie such as The Incredibles takes hours to render. VIRTUAL CONCERTS Within five years, far-flung The ability to produce fully realized 3D scenes without waiting musicians will be jamming together in real time over the for rendering will take gaming and other forms of digital Interweb, with video capabilities so they can see each other. entertainment to new heights of realism. Using iSight cameras, iChat, and real-time iMovie, they’ll be able to composite themselves together into the image of a band; audience members will be able to log on and watch and listen to ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE Fortunately, the performance. with all this new content, we look forward to a quality shakeout over the next five or 10 years. When punk came along in the late seventies, everybody with a garage started a band, but HOME HIGH-DEF Within five to 10 years, you’ll a decade later, only a handful of those bands had “made be able to broadcast high-definition video from your own it.” Same thing: Blogs and podcasts won’t go away, but the consumer-level Mac, which will have enough processing power offerings will be whittled down to a top tier with broad appeal to host high-quality video streaming—especially since by that (which doesn’t necessarily equate with “quality”)—and you’ll time we should be up to video codec H.274 (or should we say almost certainly have to pay for them somehow. MPEG-4 Part 15?).

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Software will continue to improve—but it may not be on your Mac.

anywhere just by logging on. When you get to your account, you’ll be presented with something like the media browser in Pages or iMovie HD: You’ll choose a project to work on rather than an app to work in, and the required app will load automatically. Once that’s up and running, you’ll be able to do “doc-casting” to let other people subscribe to your documents—.Mac will become a space not just for storage and broadcasting, but also for collaboration.

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look bright for Mac gaming. Games on computers—both Macs and PCs—are losing ground to consoles, with the exception of massively multiplayer online RPGs such as Blizzard’s World of Warcraft and other niche genres. We hope we’re wrong, but there’s no reason to think that the Mac’s slice of this shrinking pie will increase.

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Within five years, the iTunes Music Store will offer video games. Some you’ll be able to download The iPod revolution has just begun— and play directly through your iPod (with an prepare for the always-on explosion. optional controller or via the iPod’s potential touchscreen technology, à la the Nintendo DS); others you’ll VOICE ’PODS Within five years, you’ll be able to be able to stream to your video-game consoles. (Hey, you can control your iPod with verbal input. “Playlist: Newly Added. already play music from your ’Pod through your Xbox 360—all Shuffle. Play.” three of you that have managed to find one.) You’ll also be able to rent games on your iPod the same way you’ll rent movies WIRELESS ’PODS The iPod will soon be wireless, (see “Home Entertainment,” p19). allowing you to download songs directly from the iTunes Music Store or stream them over Wi-Fi. It also means we’ll all be able to share all our music, all the time. The RIAA will lobby Congress to VORACIOUS ’PODS It took the iTunes Music Store institute a tax on iPods to pay for what it will call “lost revenue,” three years to sell its first billion songs. You can expect it to even though music sales will be at an all-time high. move the next billion by the end of next year.

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employment was automatically ax wakes up two hours terminated. past the time he’s On his way to the scheduled to be at unemployment office, he stops work, grumbling before by a coffee shop to check the he’s even out of bed. The iMac balance of his investment that controls his apartment was account. After paying the $20 supposed to arouse him—what fee for an hour of Wi-Fi access happened? A quick check of the (free public hotspots were wall screen reveals the problem: banned in 2010—homeland The company that publishes the security, y’know), he’s alarm app allowed its Appledismayed to discover that the licensing certificate to expire. Web site for his bank won’t The iMac’s trusted-computing load. The bank, you see, circuitry discovered this fact last It’s Tuesday, 2031, and technology has brought some failed to pay the local ISP for night during its regular check-in changes that are less than welcome. permission to transmit over with Apple and automatically its network. MallWartCo’s site disabled the wake-up app. loads fine, though—not that Max can afford to buy anything. Cursing fluidly and imaginatively, Max tries to call his boss Finally, seeking relaxation, Max goes to the park. A few hours from his company cell phone, but everyone’s in a meeting, and of listening to his iPod while embraced by Mother Nature never their voice-synthesized autobounceback messages tell him he fails to cheer him up—too bad his iPod’s location-tracking RFID can’t reach them until after lunch. He then tries to email his boss’s (radio-frequency identification) chip denies it permission to BlackBerry, but his e-stamp account is empty. (Email was changed play. Even though he’s listening through his wireless earbuds, to a pay-per-message system in late 2008. The change was touted the iPod requires that Max purchase a temporary public license as a spam-fighting measure, but the enormous revenue quickly before it will play in any location other than his apartment—the corrupted the two remaining telcos that control broadband Internet location-licensing scheme was introduced by the RIAA as a way access. Unfortunately, spammers can afford all the e-stamps they to discourage podjacking. need—the telcos provide great bulk-mailing rate plans—so Max’s When Max overrides the restriction with a hack downloaded inbox fills with daily offers for genetically modified organic Viagra; from the Internet—a Venezuelan site, since Google ensures that condo loans at the low, low APR of 23.5 percent; and—yes, it still U.S. sites are tightly policed—the iPod automatically notifies the exists—Nigerian advance-fee spam. But we digress…) Max pulls on police of his Digital Millennium Copyright Act violation. Max is his coat, jumps into his syn-fuel, self-guided Hyundai, and tells its arrested moments later. As the police lead him away, Max thinks guidance computer to take him to the office. back to his first computer—an Apple IIe for which he wrote his Arriving at work, he finds a security guard with a pink own software—and weeps. What he doesn’t know, however, slip waiting by the blast-hardened gate. Max forgot that his is that an alert underground blogger has reported his plight to company tracks his cell phone via location-monitoring software millions of MacAddict readers, who are already preparing for the at the corporate headquarters; when the computer registered obligatory (and illegal) protest march.—Johnathon Williams that he was still at home two hours after his shift started, his

MAX IN DYSTOPIAVILLE

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NO SUBSCRIPTIONS The iTMS will not go to the subscription model—not in the next five years, anyway. Current popular releases are just too reliable a cash cow. But within five years, iTMS will have multi-tier pricing, with the latest hits costing more than 99 cents. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the old stuff will cost less than 99 cents.

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OKAY, SOME SUBSCRIPTIONS On second thought: The iTMS may offer subscription channels that serve as samplers for certain musical genres. We could see subscribing to a local-band channel to find out which bands were worth checking out, or a classical music channel to listen—just once— to every possible interpretation of Mahler’s Kindertotenleider.

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iWEB GROWS UP Next year’s release of iWeb will allow forums and comments on blogs.

Think mobility. Think ubiquity. Think intrusive marketing schemes.

as WiMAX and EVDO will enable providers to blanket even rural areas with wireless coverage, so as long as you’ve got a properly-equipped Mac, cell phone, or other device, you’ll always be on the info grid.

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YOUR OWN ONLINE STORE Apple will continue to raise .Mac’s bandwidth and storage-space limits while tying its capabilities more and more tightly to the iLife apps. Within five years, you’ll be able to get an ecommerce version of iWeb that’ll let you host your own stores on .Mac; whether Apple will take a cut from each .Mac-based sale is anybody’s guess.

Within five years, ISPs will merge into only a handful of major players, and they’ll begin to offer “tiered access” service. Under this scheme, big corporate customers such as Wal-Mart, for example, could pay your ISP to make sure that Wal-Mart Online packets speed to your Mac without any of the delays that will afflict access to small fish such as Rik’s eSausage eShack. Solution? Independent ISPs. Problem? What independent ISPs?

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ADVANTAGE

WIRELESS ACCESS EVERYWHERE Five years from now, you’ll be able to find an Interweb connection of some sort anywhere you go. Wireless Internet-access technologies such

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MOBILE TELEMARKETING Within 10 years, Google will tie together Google Earth with its telephone-number-lookup system and newly acquired access to cell-phone data and location information to let you find anyone, anywhere, anytime— as long as they have a cell phone. Businesses will leverage this technology to call your phone when you’re near their locations and play an audio or video ad.

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The fabled Cupertino Fruit Company will continue to thrive and expand.
WINDOWS? HA! Apple won’t adopt the Windows operating system. Ever. (Don’t laugh; some pontificatory pundit types are suggesting that it should.)

Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile, by subleasing frequencies to resell to customers interested in an Apple-quality cell-phone experience.

ARE HERE TO STAY Apple won’t stop making Macs, at least not within the next dozen years or more; the company is more likely to start making something entirely new than to abandon computing hardware. Also, pro-level Apple-produced computers—no matter what they’re called—will continue to dominate high-end content creation.

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you’ll be able to buy an Apple-branded cell phone—with iTunes built in, natch—and use it on an Apple-branded phone network. Apple won’t build its own network, but rather act as an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), along the lines of

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YOU HEAR MAC NOW? Within five years,

IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST Next year, Apple will come out with an ad that doesn’t look like someone else’s ad or music video.

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COMMENT When asked about the future, Apple spokesfolks will continue to decline to comment.

Jake Widman and the MacAddict staff have seen the future, and it works—that is, when it’s not just a spinning multicolored beach ball. Dennis Sellers is the founder of Macsimum News (www.macsimumnews.com), an online newspaper about all things Mac. After researching “Max in Dystopiaville,” Johnathon Williams fears the future.

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BACK IT UP!
■ You know you should. ■ You know you’ll feel better when you do.
By John Rizzo

■ Here’s how to protect your precious files from

the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune.

easy backup that ensures you copy all the data that you can’t live without. After that, we have a disaster-recovery strategy designed to get you up and running immediately after a major problem. Finally, we detail a plan for archiving material that isn’t going to change, such as photos, old work projects, and music. No more excuses. Take these steps, and start living a healthier Mac lifestyle.

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acking up is like going to the gym to lose weight: Unless you have a strategy for doing it regularly, it just won’t be effective. Over the next few pages, we’re going to give you that strategy—three strategies, in fact. First we’ll show you a bare-bones,

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Strategy 1:

THE BARE MINIMUM

If you’re just too busy to back up the “right” way, at least make time to back up what’s important.
onventional wisdom has it that you should back up everything, every day, onto three sets of media—two onsite and a third offsite, preferably in a safety deposit box at the bottom of an unused mine shaft. While this strategy makes sense for some, it’s overkill for most—and similar to what happens when you’re told to work out for an hour every day, you’ll just end up doing no backup at all. Here, we defy orthodoxy and offer an alternative that doesn’t require a lot of storage space or time. You can use just about any media you have at hand, including online storage, external drives, and optical discs. The idea of the Bare Minimum backup is to back up only files that you’re using and changing on a regular basis. First, here’s what you don’t need to back up, and why:

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■ MAC OS X You can reinstall this from your Mac OS X Install disc if you need to
recover from disaster.

■ APPS THAT CAME WITH THE MAC You can also use the Install disc that came
with your Mac to reinstall all of these apps at once.

■ APPS THAT CAME ON A CD OR DVD You’ll reinstall these one at a time if
you need to.

■ APPS FOR WHICH YOU STILL HAVE THE INSTALLER Ditto. (See “Archive
Your Static Data,” p27.) In addition to these items, there are some files and folders that you don’t need to back up every day because they don’t change that often. An occasional archiving of these will work fine, as explained in the “Archive Your Static Data” section (p27).
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Déjà Vu, iPod.iTunes, SuperDuper

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Apple’s Backup provides you with a set of predefined backup options, but it also lets you create your own.

You’ve probably noticed that all of these folders are in the Library folder inside your home (user name) folder. To make things simple, you could back up your entire /user name/Library folder, though it contains files that you don’t really need to back up, which drastically increases the space needed. To copy these folders and files, you could simply drag them to your backup medium—but that’s something you won’t want to do every day. You’re better off using software that will back up these folders automatically. One of the best utilities for the Bare Minimum backup is Apple’s own Backup, which you can get when you subscribe to Apple’s .Mac service—even if you just sign up for the free 60-day trial (download it from your /iDisk/ Software/Apple Software folder). The appeal is that you don’t actually need to know the locations of the email, calendar, and other key folders—all you need to do is select these and other items from Backup’s list of preconfigured backup scenarios. (For more on using Backup, see “Back That Mac Up,” Mar/06, p63.) Other backup utilities will also work but take more effort to set up and reconfigure. (See “A Backup-Software Sampler,” p28.)

What you do need to back up is trickier. Of course you want to back up your data files, usually located in your Documents folder—but a lot of what you want to back up is secreted away in places you’d never think to look. Here are the key folders that change regularly and should be included in the minimum backup:

Strategy 2:

THE BOOTABLEBACKUP SAFETY NET
When everything goes wrong, use this method to get back on your feet in an instant.

■ EMAIL MESSAGES /user name/Library/Mail for Apple ■ ■ ■ ■
Mail; /user name/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2004 Identities/Main Identity for Entourage iCAL CALENDAR /user name/Library/Application Support/iCal in Tiger; /user name/Library/Calendars in Mac OS 10.3.9 and earlier ADDRESS BOOK CONTACTS /user name/Library/ Application Support/AddressBook SAFARI BOOKMARKS /user name/Library/Safari/ Bookmarks.plist KEYCHAIN PASSWORDS /user name/Library/ Keychains

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ow that we’ve just shown you how not to back up your entire hard disk, we’re going to tell you why you might want to. Two words: disaster recovery. When your hard drive goes south and refuses to return, nothing beats having a bootable external hard drive to start your Mac back up. Having one lets you immediately get back to business, checking your email and using your files. A bootable backup drive also makes it easier to try fixing your sick drive, because you can use multiple disk-repair utilities such as Alsoft’s DiskWarrior ($79.95, www.alsoft.com) or file-recovery utilities such as

RAID = BACKUP?
RAID array—acronymified from either “redundant array of inexpensive disks” or “redundant array of independent drives”—is often portrayed as an alternative to backup. In some ways it is, but in some important ways it isn’t. Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger) supports three ways to use multiple disks in a RAID array, configurable through Disk Utility: striped, concatenated, and mirror. (Obviously, you need to have multiple drives connected to your Mac to do this.) Striped breaks files into multiple segments and

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puts them on all the drives, making the read/write process faster; concatenated tells the Mac to treat all the drives as though they were a single volume. Mirror RAID is the type considered an alternative to backup: As you save files, they’re placed onto two drives simultaneously, leaving you with an always-up-to-date extra bootable drive. If one hard drive fails, you can keep running the Mac with the other. When you replace the dead drive, the mirror RAID is regenerated automatically. In this way, mirror RAID is superior to a daily backup

in its protection against hardware drive failures. So what’s the problem? Most hard-drive errors aren’t caused by hardware failure, but by corruption of data in the drive directory. When this happens, the RAID software can copy the bad data to both drives, spreading the problem to your “backup.” Now you have a dead Mac and a nonworking backup. The lesson here is that running a RAID is good insurance against downtime for certain problems, but it’s no guarantee against data loss.

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Prosoft’s Data Rescue II ($99, www.prosofteng.com) without restarting your Mac—otherwise, you’ll have to restart with each utility’s CD or DVD each time you try a different repair utility. Finally, if you do need to recreate your hard drive, your backup software will reinstall all of your software, settings, and files in one step—there’ll be no need to run multiple installers. To create a bootable backup drive, you’ll need software that copies the thousands of invisible files the Mac requires to start up—you won’t get these files by dragging and dropping. Some utilities that do a good job are Déjà Vu, BounceBack, and SuperDuper (see “A Backup-Software Sampler,” p28). Alternately, some external drives, such as those in the Maxtor OneTouch line ($149.95 to $899.95, www.maxtor.com), come with backup software that can create a bootable drive.

BUSINESS BACKUP
acking up in a business environment can be crucial to preserving the bottom line—it’s not an option. But businesses often need to back up multiple Macs at the same time. The easiest way to do this is to simply back up files from each Mac on the network to an ordinary file-server volume mounted on every Mac. Many of the backup utilities that you’d use on an individual Mac, including Déjà Vu, BounceBack, and Retrospect, can also back up to a mounted file server. Larger businesses, on the other hand, may choose to back up to a dedicated backup server. Each one of the users’ Macs runs a backup client to transfer files to the server, and then the server itself gets backed up. The advantage to a dedicated backup server is that it gives better performance than using a file server, and users don’t have to mount a drive on their Macs. Backup servers also usually include administration software that enables an IT staff to configure all of the Macs from one place. Backup servers often allow both Mac and Windows PCs to back up to the same server, and they generally work with various types of media, including tape. Industrial-strength backup services such as BakBone (www.bakbone.com) and ADIC (www.adic.com) can run on multiple backup servers, and they can service hundreds of users’ computers and file servers. They provide features such as backing up several different types of files at different times, backing up to remote sites, and backing up to tape libraries. These big-boy backup systems mean business—and save businesses.

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Déjà Vu can back up a whole disk or selected folders according to the schedule you choose.

Your first full-disk backup can take up your lunch hour—or even your entire afternoon—but subsequent backups will be much shorter. That’s because most backup utilities back up incrementally, copying only files that are new or have changed since the last backup. If you’re using an older external drive as your backup, it may have a smaller capacity than your modern Mac’s internal drive. To make sure you don’t run into trouble, choose software that lets you exclude specific folders from being backed up to your bootable drive. Some space-hogging items you might want to leave out include your music, photos, and movies (assuming you’ve archived them as described in the next section), the Caches folder (/user name/Library/Caches), and applications for which you still have the CDs. Do not, however, exclude your hard-drive repair utilities; you’ll want to have these on your backup drive in case of an emergency.

Strategy 3:

ARCHIVE YOUR STATIC DATA
Some data only needs to be backed up once. Make sure you do it right the first time.
rchiving to optical discs (recordable DVDs and CDs) is a great strategy for data that doesn’t change and that you might want to keep for awhile. Movies, music, and photos are good candidates for archiving. Optical media not only lasts longer than hard-drive storage, but it’s hella cheaper, too. The downside is the relatively small size of each disc: An iMovie file can easily be too big to fit on a single DVD, and even a nano-sized iTunes library would occupy multiple CDs.

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CMS’s schedulable BounceBack provides detailed info of its progress while backing up.

Until new storage technologies become widely available (such as Blu-ray, introduced this year, which can store up to 25GB on single-layer media—but currently costs $1,000 for a drive and 20 bucks for a disc), use backup software that can spread files across multiple discs. Roxio’s Toast 7 Titanium ( Jan/06, p44), for example, has this ability.
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A BACKUPSOFTWARE SAMPLER
There’s a lot of backup software out there, and most of it is very good at doing some things while not so super at doing other tasks. This list should give you a good idea of the range of utilities you can find.

APPLICATION

PROS

CONS

IDEAL USES

Backup

■ Apple ■ www.mac.com ■ $99 per year (as part of .Mac subscription) ■ CMS Products ■ www.cmsproducts .com ■ $79

Backs up to .Mac, hard drives, and optical disks. You don’t need to know locations of key files and folders. Creates bootable backup drive. Automatically launches when you plug in backup drive. Easy exclusion of folders. Can schedule different folders for different media. Creates bootable drive. Dirt cheap.

You must subscribe to Apple’s .Mac service or sign up for a 60-day free trial. Cannot create bootable drive. The backup and restore functions are in separate applications.

Backing up settings, iCal, Address Book, and songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store.

BounceBack

Scheduled backup of entire or partial bootable hard disks to one or more destinations. Scheduling both backup and archiving.

Carbon Copy Cloner

■ Mike Bombich ■ www.bombich.com ■ $5 or more (donationware) ■ Propaganda Productions ■ www.propagandaprod .com, on the Disc ■ $25, or free with Roxio Toast

Cannot back up to CDs or DVDs. No way to exclude folders. Complex user interface. No tech support. You can select individual folders, but you can’t exclude folders if entire drive is selected.

Scheduled backup of entire hard drive to a bootable external drive.

Déjà Vu

Creates bootable drive. Simple to use. Free if you have Roxio’s Toast.

Scheduled backup of selected folders or an entire hard drive to a bootable external drive.

Retrospect

■ EMC Insignia ■ www.emcinsignia.com ■ $129

Lets you customize and configure every conceivable aspect of a backup. More advanced options than Carbon Copy Cloner.

Complex interface.

Backing up multiple Macs over a network.

SuperDuper

■ Shirt Pocket Software ■ www.shirt-pocket.com, on the Disc ■ $28

No way to exclude folders.

Scheduled backup of an entire hard drive to a bootable external drive.

As with the other strategies we’ve detailed, you need to know what to archive. Here’s a short list:

■ SOFTWARE PURCHASED BY DOWNLOAD ■ ■ ■ ■
Back up the installer (disk image or compressed archive) if you still have it; otherwise, back up the software itself. COMPLETED PROJECTS You can figure this one out. MOVIES /user name/Movies PHOTOS /user name/Pictures/iPhoto Library MUSIC That’s a more complicated task. Read on.

When it comes to music, the very least you should archive is what you’ve purchased from the iTunes Music Store or otherwise downloaded from the Internet. Apple’s Backup allows you to back up purchased music to discs or your .Mac account. You can also use iTunes to burn your Purchased Music playlist to disc. However you back up your music, be sure to include the /Users/Shared folder in your archive. This folder contains invisible information that holds your iTunes Music Store authorization data—without it, you might not be able to play your purchased songs. Also consider including your playlists, located in files called iTunes Music Library.xml and iTunes Library, from your /user name/Music/iTunes folder (unless you’ve moved your whole iTunes folder somewhere else—to an external drive, for instance—in which case they’re in the new folder location).
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The purchased-music-only archive approach leaves you with all of your music CDs to reimport if you need to restore your hard drive. It would be easier to archive all of your iTunes music (/user name/Music/iTunes), though that may require multiple DVDs. Another storage option is your iPod, of course, if it’s big enough to hold all of your music. The problem is that Apple gives you no way to restore the music and playlists from your iPod to your Mac. You’ll need to turn to one of the many shareware utilities that can do that, such as PodWorks ($8, www.scifihifi.com/podworks), iPod.iTunes ($35, on the Disc, www.crispsofties.com), or iPod Access ($14.99, www .findleydesigns.com).

THE MULTIPRONGED APPROACH

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ou’ve probably guessed by now that the best strategy is to use a bit of each of the techniques we’ve described. Create an archive of your space-hogging static data on optical discs. Back up regularly to a bootable backup drive. If you subscribe to .Mac, use it to upload automatic daily backups of your application settings, iCal calendar, and Address Book contacts. This gives you two copies of some of your most valuable data. Storage in the unused mineshaft is optional.
John Rizzo backed up his Mac 217 times while writing Mac mini Mods and Hacks for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons, 2006).

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Field Guide to VIDEO-EDITING TERMS

Vital Video Verbiage
By Shelly Brisbin

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he moment you venture into the world of digital video editing, you’ll be bombarded by swarms of terms that come from film, tape-based video editing, and even still-image work. Here’s a quick look at some of the language you should know as you get started with iMovie HD or embark on any other video-crafting voyage.

Shooting Lingo
COVERAGE
“Extra” footage shot to ensure that at least some video is available for all possible scenes. Coverage shots may feature scenery, long shots of events, or other material that can be used during editing to “cover” scene changes, audio-only sequences, or other elements that lack specific content. A measure of how much of your scene, from foreground to background, will be in focus. A shallow depth of field is good for highlighting particular subjects by keeping them in sharp focus while the background blurs. Individual video images that comprise a clip (see below). NTSC video—the U.S. standard—is composed of 29.97 frames per second (fps). The area above a subject’s head in a shot. To take an effective shot of a person, leave plenty of headroom. Rotation of a camera along an axis. A pan shot, usually done with the camera mounted on a tripod, moves smoothly from side to side to capture a landscape or to follow motion. A tilt shot moves up and down. The written description of the shots needed for a video project, usually prepared in advance of shooting. Shot lists ensure that you have all of the footage you need when you begin editing. Notation indicating the position of video footage in time (hours, minutes, and seconds) and number of frames. Camcorders create timecode, and you can use it to identify your position within a recording once you import it into a video-editing app such as iMovie HD.

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Editing Lingo
ASPECT RATIO CLIP CODEC DROPOUT
The shape of a video frame, expressed by the ratio of its width to its height. Standard television uses a 4:3 aspect ratio, while widescreen and HDTV uses a 16:9 ratio. A portion (often a complete scene) of a video project. Clips can be combined, edited, or split to create larger or smaller segments of video. You can insert transitions and video effects between clips. An algorithm that compresses and decompresses video. To play digital video, apps such as QuickTime Player or RealPlayer must have access to a codec that is compatible with the video’s compression format. Missing audio or video. Dropouts occur during playback, either because the original video is flawed, or because the playback device (your old, low-RAM Mac, for example) can’t process video information fast enough to display it in real time.

EDL

Edit Decision List. Notes and descriptions of scenes to be edited or cut. A proper EDL should specify the time at which important scenes and potential edits occur. Editors use the EDL to place scenes in their final running order.

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Component Video vs. Composite Video
Component video is split into three separate signals: one for luminance (roughly equivalent to brightness) and two for chrominance (color information). Component signals travel directly to a monitor or TV via three separate cables and connectors. Composite video, on the other hand, has been compressed so that only one cable (and one jack) is required—the yellow one in the red/white/yellow setup that most TVs, VCRs, and DVD players use. Component video provides higher quality than composite video.
Component video (left) sends video via three cables, while composite (right) uses only a single, usually yellow, cable.

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Interlaced Video vs. Progressive Video
Interlaced video creates complete video frames by overlapping two video fields. The camera shoots two exposures per frame, the first including all odd scan lines (one field), the second containing the even-numbered lines (the second field). When played back, all of the odd lines are drawn first, then all of the even lines. Standard (NTSC and PAL) TVs use interlaced video. Progressive video draws all the lines in order, making one complete frame in a single pass. Digital TVs and computer monitors use progressive video.

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IN POINT/ OUT POINT INSERT EDITING JOG LOSSY NATURAL SOUND NONLINEAR EDITING REAL-TIME PREVIEW RENDER ROUGH CUT

The point at which a segment begins (in) or ends (out). You can use iMovie bookmarks to create in and out points that remind you where edits should occur, or you can use timecode to note an in/out point’s position. Editing feature that adds new footage between existing clips. iMovie uses insert editing: Dragging a new clip into the timeline moves the following clip to the right. To step slowly through video footage. The term comes from the mechanical jog dial used by pro videotapeediting equipment. In iMovie, you can jog one or 10 frames at a time. Refers to a video-compression format that sacrifices some of the information in the footage in order to generate smaller files. Most video formats you’ll run into, such as MPEG-4 and QuickTime, are lossy. Audio recorded by your DV camera as you shoot. Use the audio as is, enhance it with iMovie’s audio effects, or replace it with a music or voiceover track. The ability to cut and paste clips at will to any location within a video project, as opposed to linear editing, in which video editors copy footage in sequence from one tape to another. Old-school film editing is also nonlinear, because it involves physically cutting and splicing film. Live, full-quality preview of a video clip, including effects or transitions that have been added and rendered. To apply video and audio effects, transitions, titles, and other such items to a video project. Once rendered, effects will be seen (or heard) when you play the movie in iMovie. A quick edit or arrangement of clips intended to roughly approximate the final project. Organizing your clips on the iMovie HD timeline will give you an idea of the final movie’s length and can help you choose effects and transitions. To move through video footage in iMovie or another video-editing app by dragging the playhead. Manually scrubbing through video lets you skim its contents. A series of drawings that shows the intended sequence of a video project. In digital-video-editing software, the timeline (see below) is often called the storyboard. An area in the iMovie HD or other video-editing-software interface containing video clips, transitions, effects, titles, still images, and audio—all the elements that will be part of the finished project.

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Rule of Thirds
If you’re looking for a good way to position a subject for a pleasing composition, try this: Mentally divide your field of view into a threeby-three grid, and place your subject at one of the imaginary intersections inside—a third of the way down and a third of the way in from the right side, for example.

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Place your main subject at one of the third-ofthe-way dots for a pleasing composition.

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FAST (IN MOST CASES) NOTEBOOK MACS

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owerBook owners have been aching for a significant speed upgrade for quite some time now. With the new 2GHz and 2.16GHz MacBook Pros, that big leap in speed is finally here—for the most part. The details. Apple offers the 2.16GHz processor as an optional $300 upgrade to the standard 2GHz MacBook Pro. Both ’Books come standard with a 100GB 5,400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive; the 2.16GHz MacBook Pro we tested had a 7,200-rpm 100GB drive—a $100 option. Aside from these options, both ’Books that we tested had the same standard specs: 2MB shared L2 cache; 667MHz frontside bus; 1GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (upgradable to 2GB); Gigabit Ethernet; and built-in AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0, and iSight. Measuring 14.1 by 1 by 9.6 inches and weighing 5.6 pounds, both MacBook Pros have a 15.4-inch LCD with a native resolution of 1,440 by 900 pixels and a zippy 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card with dual-link support. Other than the iSight camera atop the LCD, the ports (which we’ll get to in a minute), and the MacBook Pro logo, the MacBook Pro looks like a PowerBook G4. On the MacBook Pro’s left side, you’ll find a Kensington cable-lock slot, USB 2.0 port, FireWire 400 port, Gigabit Ethernet connector, and DVI connector for an external display. On its right side, there’s an ExpressCard/34 slot, combined optical digital-output/ headphone jack, combined optical digital audio-input jack, another USB 2.0 port, and the MagSafe poweradapter port. Speaking of the power adapter, it’s a newly redesigned one that takes its cue from, of all things, the power ports on fondue pots. It connects magnetically to the MacBook Pro, and all it takes is a slight tug to disconnect it. This scheme helps prevent the MacBook Pro from flying off your table at a coffee shop
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when someone balancing six lattes accidentally trips over your power cable. If your MacBook Pro does happen to drop, however, its Sudden Motion Sensor quickly parks the hard drive’s head to prevent damage. Unfortunately, the adapter disconnects rather easily—it often fell off as we simply nudged the MacBook Pro around our desk. It’s a rather minor flaw, unless you happen to be using the MacBook Pro without a battery (and when do you ever do that?). Unfortunately, the adapter’s power brick is about 1.5 times wider and 0.25 inches taller than the PowerBook G4’s. Many key features that we loved in the PowerBook are still here in the MacBook Pro, including the scrolling trackpad (which lets you drag two fingers on the pad to perform screen scrolls), illuminated keyboard, and slot-loading SuperDrive. (Though double-layer DVD burning would be nice, we’re fine

with the MacBook Pro’s single-layer burning.) Things you might miss: There’s no FireWire 800 port, modem, or S-Video-out connector as there was on the PowerBook—think of these as “third-party opportunities” for the ExpressCard/34 slot or USB port. Things you’ll welcome: Front Row, Apple’s media interface that you use with the included Apple Remote control, and Photo Booth, Apple’s slap-happy photo-effects app that works with the iSight. Testing. To gauge the MacBook Pro’s speed, we ran a battery of tests using both Intel-native software and apps that require Rosetta, Apple’s PowerPC-toIntel code translator. For reference, we ran the same tests on a 17-inch 1.67GHz PowerBook G4 ( Jan/06, p26), which has the same processor and video subsystem as the 15-inch PowerBook G4. All of the ’Books had 1GB of RAM, and—except for our battery test—we

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Both Keynote and Pages share a new translucent window that allows you to adjust the color, contrast, and other attributes of imported images, often with just a few clicks.

Work ’06, the latest version of Apple’s productivity suite, may deceive you. A quick look could make you think that not much has changed. But a deeper examination reveals many new features that long-term users have wanted and several longstanding—and annoying— bugs that have finally been squashed. Overall, it’s a good buy if you’re just getting on board with iWork, but if you already own iWork ’05, read on to see if this year’s version has enough improvements for you. Shared improvements. iWork includes Keynote 3, Apple’s answer to Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentation app, and Pages 2, the amalgamated word processor and page-layout app. Being parts of a suite, Keynote and Pages have similar interfaces, and some new features appear in both. For example, while iWork still lacks a full spreadsheet app, both Keynote and Pages add the ability to do simple calculations within tables—you can apply six common functions (Sum, Average, Min, Max, Count, and Product) to table contents. You can also (at last!) sort items in your tables.
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Working with graphics has been improved. A new iPhoto-style adjustment palette lets you improve the brightness, contrast, sharpness, and other attributes of your images. A handy Auto Levels button allows you to fix digital-camera images with one click (most of the time). There are also now more built-in shapes, including stars and polygons (with variable numbers of points and sides), and Bezier curves have been added as drawing objects. You won’t be able to completely eliminate other graphic apps when preparing images for slides or pages, but many touch-up tasks can now be accomplished right in iWork. The ability to use any graphic shape as a nondestructive image mask is a great improvement—it’s now much easier to show just the parts of images you need. iWork ’06 also includes several new 3D charts, which (as you would expect) are flashy and gorgeous, but of dubious real-world value compared to 2D charts. There’s also a new scatter chart type. If you’ve ever needed to submit your documents for approval, you’ll like the

new Comments feature, which allows reviewers to post yellow sticky notes on your slides or pages. Of course, comments don’t appear during presentations, and you can choose to show or hide them when printing from Pages. If you export a Pages document to Word, comments are preserved— a big plus. Keynote improvements. Apple has added seven attractive new presentation themes, including some in sizes appropriate for HD projection (but who does that besides Steve Jobs?). You’ll also find a handful of new slide transitions, including a nice Reflection effect that pulls back to reveal the slide against a reflecting black floor, then pans and zooms to the next slide. Some long-standing feature requests have been addressed, such as the ability to have multiple text boxes containing bulleted text on a single slide; you can even use bulleted text in table cells and other objects. You can also scale grouped objects—that is, you can create a set of objects, group them, and then resize the whole set. Finally catching up to PowerPoint, Keynote has a new slide-sorting feature called Light Table, which allows you to drag thumbnails of your slides to rearrange their order. Unfortunately, the thumbnail size is fixed, so if you have many slides, you may need to squint to tell which slide is which. Light Table really needs an iPhoto-esque magnification slider. Keynote handles QuickTime movies better thanks to the addition of onscreen (or keyboard) controls during playback,

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lag (the time from when you press the release to the actual exposure) is virtually nil. Shutter-speed choices range from 1/4000 of a second to 8 minutes, and ISOs range from 100 to 1,600. The E-500 can shoot at several megapixel resolutions, and formats include JPEG, TIFF, RAW, and RAW+JPEG. The automatic sensor cleaner uses ultrasonic vibration to remove loose dust particles from the CCD each time you power up, so black specks won’t appear on your image. There are five scene settings on the mode dial: Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports, and Night Scene And Portrait. If you turn the dial to Scene, you can scroll through these choices plus ten Feature-filled—and more, each with descriptions and takes nice pics, too. image examples displayed on the LCD monitor. You can also set the E-500 to Auto or Program and let it do most of the thinking for you. When you’re ready to perform manual adjustments, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, and Manual IMPRESSIVE DIGITAL SLR CAMERA exposure are at your command. At low ISO settings, the E-500’s Views. Be prepared for a slight tunnel he eight-megapixel Olympus picture quality is extraordinary, but effect when previewing pictures in the Evolt E-500 is a comfortable and when we pushed the ISO over 400, viewfinder—you’ll feel a bit as if you’re reasonably light digital SLR camera with images tended to become noisy. At ISO looking through a tube—but even fourhigh-quality lenses that produce equally 400, we were able to roll eyed photographers high-quality images, making it a top out 12-by-15-inch images can view the full image contender in its class. on our Epson 2200 without the edges The E-500’s rubberized, slip-proof printer that showed great disappearing. For a bigger grip is perfectly sized—your nose has detail in both shadows viewfinder image, just a nice resting place when you hold the and highlights, perfect slip off the eyecup and camera to your eye. The camera remains color, and no noticeable replace it with an optional rock-steady when rotated to shoot noise. The camera’s magnifying one ($49). vertical images, and the tack-sharp TV mode also yielded Sequential shooting Zuiko 14mm-to-45mm (28mm-to-90mm great output on a video could be improved; equivalent on a 35mm camera) f/3.5projector that threw a you can only take four to-f/5.6 digital lens has smooth-as-silk four-by-five-foot image pictures at a time at a rate zooming. on a screen. of 2.5 frames per second. The E-500’s nice 2.5-inch LCD viewing The bottom line. If You can still continue screen makes it easy to view images and you haven’t accumulated shooting normally while compare them side by side. The LCD also The Evolt E-500’s standard lens the buffer clears and then yields razor-sharp detail. Meow! a bunch of lenses that doubles as a status monitor, and the dictate buying another shoot another high-speed interface icons are easy for older eyes to brand, the E-500 has all the features sequence, but four frames isn’t enough, read. You can pack plenty of ammo when you’ll ever need, plus some that its especially when shooting action scenes. you shoot, since there are two memorycompetitors don’t have. The E-500 is Shot-to-shot time is as fast as you can card slots: a CompactFlash slot and an a quality camera.—Arthur Bleich press the shutter release, and shutter Olympus xD-Picture Card slot.

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GOOD NEWS: Comfortable. Fast shot-to-shot times. Excellent lens quality. Accurate flesh tones. BAD NEWS: Slightly small viewfinder. Memory card not included. Sequential shooting speed could be faster.

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The new Photo Painting palettes help convert your photos into painterly works of art.

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ainter IX ( Feb/05, p38) is the best painting app we’ve seen, but it may be intimidating for the casual graphic artist or dabbling amateur. For the rest of us, Corel offers the affordable Painter Essentials 3, an approachable painting app that’s easy to use, yet potent enough for when you’re ready to get serious. Corel injects Painter Essentials with many of the higher-end customizing features found in Painter IX, just in smaller numbers and variations. The app includes a total of 18 different brush types (Artists’ Oils, Crayons, Digital Watercolors, Pattern Pens, Tinting, and more) and multiple ways to modify brush behavior and surface textures. And while most pro Painter IX users work with a pen-and-tablet input device, Corel made sure that Essentials works well with a mouse—though if you do decide to get serious, you’ll find that a pen and tablet give you far greater control. Essentials’ new Photo Painting palettes let you convert a photo into a painting without breaking a sweat,
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since Essentials essentially does it for you. Creating a photo painting takes three steps: First, you use the Underpainting palette to prep your image. Then, you select a Cloner brush type (there are 12 to choose from) and

Create fancy borders with Essentials’ Pattern Pens or Image Hose.

use the Autopainting palette to select the Brush Stroke, Pressure, Brush Size, Randomness (how the strokes are applied), and other painting attributes. After you’ve applied the Autopainting

functions, you use the Restoration palette to bring back some of the detail from your original image. It’s almost as simple as paint by numbers—you don’t even have to don a smock—but be prepared for a bit of experimenting to get your desired results. Once you’re finished, you can use your images for printed cards, a wall display, a Web gallery, or simply as your screen saver. You can also add borders using the included Pattern Pens or Image Hose. For the artistically impaired, Essentials’ online tutorials are helpful, and the installation disc includes well-done videos from lynda.com that show you how to use Essentials’ tools. There’s also a Quick Guide palette that gives further instruction on Essentials’ advanced abilities, and the installation disc contains GeeGuides—animated training shorts aimed at kids. Other new features: a Quick Clone tool, an Eraser tool, a Rubber Stamp tool, the ability to hide or display layers with a click and drag, and more. Our one major problem with Essentials: There are only five levels of undo. Sure, five may be enough for most of us, but many modern apps let you undo an unlimited number of steps. It would’ve been nice if this one did, too, especially when you get particularly carried away with your creations. The bottom line. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to achieve the appearance of a painting or just looking to play around, Painter Essentials 3 is a great place to start. It’s a serious app that harnesses a small part of Painter IX’s power. It can grow with your abilities. —Steven Parke and Roman Loyola

REQUIREMENTS: G3, Mac OS 10.2.8 or later, 256MB RAM, 150MB disk space, 1,024-by-768-pixel or higher display resolution

GOOD NEWS: Easy to use. Cool Photo Painting features make painting fun. BAD NEWS: Limited undo.

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Apple could take a page from Swift Publisher for its own documentcreation app, Pages.

Swift Publisher
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ven if you’ve spent lots of time with InDesign or QuarkXPress, you’ll be impressed with Swift Publisher, a consumer-level word-processing and page-layout app. It combines an intuitive interface, a limited but versatile feature set, and gobs of templates and clip art. Swift Publisher has much in common with Apple’s Pages, which comes with the Keynote presentation app in iWork ’06 ( , p38). Pages is definitely stronger than Swift Publisher in some areas; for example, Pages includes chart-making capabilities, tables, tables of contents, footnotes, bookmarks, hyperlinks, and character styles, and it lets you export Word, HTML, RTF, and Plain Text files. Then again, iWork costs more than twice as much as Swift Publisher, and it doesn’t include any clip art or nearly as many templates. To create a publication, you can use any of several dozen templates that are included with ON THE the app, or you can DISC start with a blank Swift Publisher document. There are
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several template categories—including Cards, Catalogs, Certificates, Flyers, Letterheads & Fax, Menus, Newsletters, and Posters—and you can create your own custom templates. Each category includes several predesigned layouts with placeholder text, placeholder graphics, and text and paragraph styles; there are also blank layouts with standard dimensions. Page maker. A Swift Publisher publication consists of text rectangles, graphics, and lines, so building a page is much like building a page with any page-layout app—you add objects to a page, and then you modify them. Swift Publisher includes a staggeringly large library of clip art—over 23,000 images—though the quality varies. Some graphics are quite good, but many are bitmaps that are ill-suited for high-resolution output (though perfectly adequate for your inkjet or laser printer). You can also display your iPhoto library in the clip-art panel, or you can choose a folder of graphics to display. A keyword search lets you hunt through the built-in

clip-art library or the Internet. You can also import graphic files, including native Photoshop (PSD) and Illustrator (AI) files. While Swift Publisher’s feature set isn’t nearly as broad as its high-end cousins, it matches up quite well in many key areas. For example, typographic features include line spacing (leading), space before paragraphs, standard alignments (left, centered, right, and justified), hyphenation, kerning, baseline shift, drop shadows, OpenType support, and text and paragraph styles. You can also crop, scale, flip, tile, and colorize any graphic. Before you start thinking that Swift Publisher is a high-end contender, consider a few of its limitations: It has no support for color separations, color trapping, or Pantone colors. While you can add, delete, and move pages, there aren’t any master pages, per se (each document page has its own background). There’s also no automatic page numbering, no table-of-contents generation, and no indexing feature. The minimal documentation reads like a poor translation. A typical example: “The ‘Object causes wrap’ chechbox [sic] enables/disables the selected object wrapping by text. When wrap is enables [sic], you can select type of wrapping.” Fortunately, the interface is quite intuitive. The bottom line. Swift Publisher doesn’t have nearly as many wordprocessing features as Microsoft Word (thankfully), nor does it have as many typographic, page-layout, long-document, or printing features as high-end page-layout apps. Then again, Swift Publisher isn’t aimed at highend publishers. It’s more for schools, students, nonprofits, churches, and small businesses that want to produce nice-looking color publications in small quantities, but don’t need an expensive, industrial-strength app.—John Cruise

REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.3 or later

GOOD NEWS: Versatile feature set. Easy to use. Lots of templates and clip art. Reasonably priced. BAD NEWS: Doesn’t compare favorably to Pages in some areas. Few features for long documents. Documentation needs work.

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The EasyShareOne’s Wi-Fi lets you keep the cables where they belong—in the box.

EasyShare-One
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f your Mac can go wireless, why not your camera? Kodak’s EasyShare-One uses Wi-Fi to transfer your images to your Mac or an online photo-sharing service— you’re no longer tethered to your Mac. To transfer photos to an online photosharing service such as Flickr (www .flickr.com) or Kodak’s EasyShare Gallery (www.kodakgallery.com), you simply need access to a Wi-Fi hotspot. We took the EasyShare-One to a coffee shop and, using the shop’s free Wi-Fi hotspot, transmitted images to our online photo-sharing service (the camera sends the images via email). Over the course of several visits (we love nonfat, double-shot, half-caf, no-foam lattes), we weren’t surprised to find that transmission times varied depending on the size of the file sent and the amount of network traffic. If you’re concerned about security, the camera offers different levels of encryption. While you can’t make Wi-Fi transfers using iPhoto, you can send pictures to your Mac using the bundled EasyShare software: Just connect the camera to your network, select your pictures,
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select Share, and then select Transfer on the camera. Simple, and no cable to fuss with. Stylus screen. The EasyShare-One has a three-inch touchscreen LCD for framing shots and navigating options using a stylus (housed on the right edge of the camera body), though we found the stylus to be uncomfortable in big hands. The LCD has an articulated mount like the kind found on a video camera—very helpful when shooting from different levels. The EasyShareOne doesn’t have an optical viewfinder, but the LCD has excellent color fidelity MAXIMUM OUTPUT
According to the EasyShare-One’s manual, you can create a 20-by-30-inch print out of a four-megapixel image; the manual also states you can go as large as 5 by 7 inches from a 1.1-megapixel image. But in our experience, the largest print you should make from a four-megapixel image is 8 by 10 inches, with the brave of heart daring 11 by 14 inches—you lose image quality if you go any bigger. With the EasyShare-One set to 1.1 megapixels, a 4-by-5-inch print is more realistic.

and image quality; it’s one of the best LCDs we’ve seen on a camera. The EasyShareOne’s photos showed good sharpness and shadow detail, and the built-in electronic flash does a great job indoors. Several pictures taken in poorly lit rooms showed all the detail we could hope for. One caution: The flash can burn out detail if you’re too close, as it did with our closeups of flowers. One thing gave us pause: The EasyShare-One offers none of the usual Fine, Normal, Best, or other JPEG compression options. Instead, the EasyShare-One increases or decreases the image’s pixel count. The camera is equipped with a four-megapixel imager; use the built-in 256MB of memory, for example, with the camera set at four megapixels, and you can store 150 images. Want more images? You have to reduce the pixel count (your options are 3.5, 2.1, and 1.1 megapixels) or swap in a new SD card. Which setting should you choose? For posting to the Web, you can use lower settings. Read “Maximum Output” (left) for more advice on choosing the right setting for printing. One minor niggle: The center of your framed image in the LCD doesn’t match with the center of the shot photo—you have to compensate as you frame your shots. On the other hand, the Autofocus framing brackets move, collapse, or increase in size within the display based on what the camera perceives as your focus point—very helpful. The bottom line. The EasyShare-One makes it easy to shoot nice photos, easy to transfer them to your Mac, and easy to share them. It’s easy to like the EasyShare-One.—Rick Oldano

REQUIREMENTS: G3, Mac OS 10.3 or later, 128MB RAM, 200MB disk space, Wi-Fi (to receive wireless transmissions)

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Wave Editor
INNOVATIVE AND INTRICATE AUDIO-EDITING SOFTWARE
what you can do in Wave Editor’s Layers can be done more logically in a GarageBand-esque app. Like Photoshop’s composite modes, layers can affect each other through one of four modes: Add, Subtract, Duck, and Ring. It’s questionable how useful these modes are, however—on the whole, the Layers feature ends up being a less elegant means of accomplishing what multitrack apps can do more easily. Hide and seek. In its attempt to provide the cleanest possible Wave Editor offers unique and useful features—but they’re not that apparent without some digging around. interface, Wave Editor hides some of its key features behind Wave Editor file, it’s easier to go back n audio editor should provide an Contextual Menus and relies too and make changes to a sound. Without intuitive interface for manipulating much on modifier keys for performing those edits, you’d have to start all and processing waveforms. Audiofile tasks—and it’s not always clear where over again from the original sound file Engineering’s Wave Editor takes an to Control-click to bring up Contextual (assuming you didn’t save over it) to innovative approach to working with Menus. The ability to view Edit Blocks— make a nonlinear change. audio files, but its context-dependent one of the app’s most unique features— You can also create fades between interface takes some getting used to. isn’t an option in the menu bar, nor is Edit Blocks, handy for mastering Wave Editor uses Edit Blocks— there a button to turn them on and off. CD playlists. The easiest and most movable audio regions that can be cut, You must either use the Splice command interactive way to create fades is to hold copied, pasted, truncated, expanded, or Control-click an empty area just down a modifier key and drag the corner shifted forward and backward, turned above the waveform, which brings up of an Edit Block. For example, by holding on and off, and even processed without a Contextual Menu containing the Edits down Shift and dragging the upper-right affecting the original file. In a traditional option. There’s a fine line between clean corner, you create a fade-out. By holding audio editor, waveform editing is a and hidden. down Shift-Command and dragging the permanent deal, but with Edit Blocks, The bottom line. Audiofile same corner, you create a cross-fade. you can delete all but a sliver of the Engineering’s Wave Editor offers a You can also make fades numerically in original audio and restore the entire useful and unique method for editing the Edit List if you’re looking for precise waveform by simply expanding the Edit audio files. However, while the control (or if you haven’t memorized the Block in which the audio resides. Plus, developer’s intention was to create modifier keys). the audio can be saved as Wave Editor a clean and context-based interface, Wave Editor also has a Layers feature files with edits intact, unlike other audio the end result requires a good deal of that works like Photoshop’s layers—you apps that only save generic sound files. hunting and pecking. If you’re looking can stack sounds nondestructively to For sound designers, ON THE this is a welcome for new ways to edit audio files, Wave create a composite sound. It’s unique DISC feature; with all your Editor is worth a look—just be ready to and pretty darn neat, but it treads into Wave Editor put in some prep time.—Andrew Tokuda multitrack waters; for the most part, edits intact inside a

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COMPANY: Audiofile Engineering CONTACT: www.audiofile-engineering.com PRICE: $250

REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.4 or later

GOOD NEWS: Edit Blocks and Layers are new paradigms for audio editing. Creative method for implementing audio fades. BAD NEWS: Relies heavily on modifier keys and Contextual Menus. Simple tasks aren’t in the menu.

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Sorenson Squeeze 4.1
BUDDING MEDIA-COMPRESSION SUITE
orenson Squeeze 4.1 is the latest video cruncher du jour, and while it generally does a nice job compressing output, there are a few things it could handle a tad better. Squeeze’s clean, uncluttered interface presents most of the app’s core capabilities. The app supports an incredibly robust variety of video formats for output, with all the digital-video

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biggies represented: QuickTime, MPEG of all flavors, Real Media, and Windows Media Video, though the latter requires a third-party plug-in called Flip4Mac ($99 for standard-def video, $179 for HD video, www.flip4mac.com). The main Although Squeeze is primarily a video compressor, it does a decent job with MP3 files and does wonders for Flash files. interface lists these video formats in the left column, and clicking the disclosure triangle next to each reveals a list of format templates for different target bandwidths, sizes, compression ratios,
COMPANY: Sorenson Media CONTACT: 801-313-8150, www.sorensonmedia.com PRICE: $449

Processing pickles. Squeeze performed decently on a dual 2GHz Power Mac G5, and it even did its mojo as a background task without a major performance hit (as long as whatever we were doing in the foreground wasn’t a processor hog, such as 3D or video rendering). One major processing gripe: There’s no meaningful status indicator outside of a simple progress bar. We’re spoiled by the rather extensive status display Sorenson Squeeze features a clean, found in Autodesk uncluttered interface for making Cleaner ($549, http:// movies of just about any flavor you usa.autodesk.com). The can imagine. online help is browser based (there’s no printed manual), and shockingly, there’s no way to search the online help by keywords— simply unforgivable. Another quirk is a holdover from the app’s Windows origins. When we tried to import movies without a .mov suffi x, Squeeze simply refused to recognize them. We’re used to this kind of silliness in Windows, but it’s inexcusable on a Mac. Another nuisance is that you can’t video production. Squeeze’s decent specify a separate target folder for processing filter can help you tweak primary output files—processed video the contrast, brightness, and gamma of automatically saves in the same folder your video, and it also offers white and as the source video, and while there’s black restore, video-noise reduction, a command to allow output files to and deinterlacing. Unfortunately, there be sent to another folder, you’ll end are no sharpening or color-enhancement up with twice as many files as you filters, both of which are crucial for actually want. As if to make up for video sweetening. You can, however, this annoyance, there’s an option to preview filter effects in a split-screen automatically put copies of processed mode in the main preview area, a files on a remote FTP server—a great welcome goodie. The only option feature. for audio is a Normalize command The bottom line. Sorenson Squeeze (which fixes stray levels), but Squeeze has the potential to be a successor to offers nothing by way of equalization, Media Cleaner Pro—if Sorenson cleans dithering, or noise reduction— up its quirks.—David Biedny noticeable omissions. and more. Although primarily oriented toward video compression, Squeeze also does a decent job with MP3 files and does wonders with Macromedia Flash animation files. You can open files in Sorenson Squeeze or have the app watch a designated folder on the desktop. You can also capture video directly into Squeeze, a welcome addition for
GOOD NEWS: Excellent video-format support. Background processing. Advanced FTP capabilities. BAD NEWS: File-extension wackiness. Incomplete progress-status indicator. Weak documentation.

REQUIREMENTS: G4, Mac OS 10.2 or later, 128MB RAM, 90MB disk space, QuickTime 6.5.1 or later

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Handles photos like a champ.

Pixma MP950
PHOTO-CENTRIC MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER

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hile most multifunction printers have business users in mind, Canon’s Pixma MP950 focuses on the needs of photo enthusiasts—hey, photographers need desk space, too. The MP950 packs the power of a digital photo studio, with all the features you expect for capturing, viewing, editing, and printing stunning images. The Pixma MP950 rides Canon’s wave of sleek industrial design. At 18.5 by 16.5 by 10 inches, the Pixma MP950 is sizable, but it still takes up less space than a printer and scanner sitting side by side on your desk. The Pixma MP950 connects to your Mac via USB (cable not included—cheapskates), or you can print directly from your PictBridgecompatible digital camera. There are also card slots for your CompactFlash card, Microdrive, SmartMedia card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, SD card, and MultiMediaCard (MMC). The built-in IrDA (Infrared Data Association) port can be used to print from IrDA devices, but only when printing JPEGs smaller than 3MB. A Bluetooth adapter is available for $79.99.
COMPANY: Canon CONTACT: 800-828-4040, www.canon.com PRICE: $399.99

The Pixma MP950 uses seven ink cartridges: photo cyan, photo magenta, pigment black, black, cyan, magenta, and yellow. Replacement ink cartridges cost $14.25 ($16.25 for pigment black) through Canon’s Web site. The MP950 can handle media sizes ranging from 2.13 by 3.39 inches (the size of a credit card) to 8.5 by 14 (legal). Like its Pixma siblings, the MP950 can print doublesided photos in 4-by-6-inch, 5-by-7-inch, and 8.5-by-11-inch sizes, so you can create picture-packed photo albums with nothing more than a binder cover and your prints. To get you started, the
FLIP THE SWITCH Don’t turn off your inkjet printer by simply flipping the switch on your power strip—use the printer’s power switch instead. Most inkjet printers run a routine to protect their print heads before they turn themselves off. Cutting the power at the power strip prevents the printer from performing this important task.

MP950 comes packed with a 5by-7-inch album binder and 10 sheets of double-sided media. Scan. The Pixma MP950 includes a film guide mount for capturing slides and negatives with optical resolutions of up to 3,200 by 6,400 dpi. In our tests, scans of negatives produced images far better than the original 4-by-6-inch lab prints made from the same negatives. And while the Pixma MP950 isn’t what you’d call “speedy,” there’s something inherently pleasing about going straight from scanning an image to producing a full-color 4by-6-inch print without bothering with your Mac. We produced (scanned and printed at the same time) consistently impressive copies of 4-by-6-inch snapshots at a rate of just under 50 seconds per copy. Print. When it comes to printing via PictBridge or directly from memory cards, the Pixma MP950 is even better than Canon’s standalone Pixma iP4200 photo printer ( Dec/05, p56). Its 3.6-inch LCD display lets you take a good look at your shots, eliminate red-eye, adjust lighting, and tweak the sharpness in your shots before you commit them to paper. Enamored as we were with the MP950’s photo mojo, it’s the printer’s clean, friendly menu interface that really knocked us out. From the moment we tapped the power button and snapped in the ink cartridges, the Pixma MP950 never left us wondering what we should do next. Press Copy, Scan, or Photo/ Film, and the Pixma MP950 walks you through the task. It wouldn’t be any easier if the printer grew hands and changed its own paper. (Though we’d still love to see that—get to work on it, will ya, Canon?) The bottom line. The MP950 makes other do-it-all printers look like crude stone tools. We’ll clear off a place on our desk for it.—Robert Strohmeyer

REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.2.4 or later

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iKey Portable USB Recorder
LIMITED PORTABLE AUDIO RECORDER
he iKey is a portable consumerlevel audio interface designed for recording audio to any USB-based storage device, including your iPod. The idea of capturing compressed MP3 or uncompressed WAV to a tiny, inexpensive USB flash drive is great, but the iKey falls short in a couple of key areas. To use the iKey, you connect it to a USB storage device via the iKey’s single USB port. The iKey’s stereo RCA inputs accept a line-level audio signal that you can adjust using the iKey’s input-volume wheel. Using the Sel button, you choose a file format (MP3 at 128, 192, or 256 Kbps, or 16-bit 44.1KHz uncompressed WAV); the Rec button starts and stops recording.
COMPANY: iKey-Audio CONTACT: 732-738-9003, www.ikey-audio.com PRICE: $229.99

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A good idea that deserves better execution.

When you use an iPod with a USB connector as the storage device, the recordings are immediately available for listening. Snazzy as that might be, the downside is that you can’t easily transfer the audio files from the iPod to your Mac. The manual suggests a method involving Mac OS X’s Terminal, but it’s a hassle—

you’ll need to dig up a special utility or tricky workaround. One glaring omission is the ability to hear what you’re recording, as the iKey has no audio output—not even a headphone jack. Your only feedback is a single LED that remains unlit when the audio level is optimal. Given the iKey’s portability (and the recent boom in podcasting), a microphone input would have bolstered the iKey’s usefulness immensely. As it stands, you’ll need to buy additional equipment if the audio source isn’t coming from or going through some line-level output device. The bottom line. The iKey is a good idea, but it misses the mark in terms of practicality.—Andrew Tokuda

REQUIREMENTS: USB storage device or iPod with USB connectivity

GOOD NEWS: Great concept. BAD NEWS: No audio output. Poor monitoring capabilities. No microphone input. iPod recording is more a novelty than practical.

iPod Showcase
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iPod Hi-Fi
NICE-ENOUGH iPOD SPEAKER STAND
f you want a good-sounding iPod speaker system, you can spend as little as $149.99 for the Logitech mm50 (www .logitech.com) or as much as $399.99 for the Klipsch iFi (www.klipsch.com). The iPod Hi-Fi (see “That’s Entertainment!”, p10), nestles into the upper end of that range at $349. Its sound quality goes a long way toward justifying its price tag, but we can’t help wishing for more from the company that invented the iPod itself. In our testing, the Hi-Fi sounded best on pop music with a vocal bent; it delivered a warmth and presence that suited the intimacy of the vocals. The same held true for classical guitar and string quartets. On the latter, the Hi-Fi’s impressive bass—for its size—provided a satisfying bottom end. The bass gave
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juuust enough boom to our rap selections that we thought about wiring the Hi-Fi into the trunk of our car. The Hi-Fi looks cool without its black-mesh covering. Performance was We’re disappointed with the Hi-Fi’s nice enough, if less impressive, when iPod integration. The Hi-Fi comes with it came to other musical styles. The an Apple Remote, but it only controls staccato horns and pizzicato strings playback and volume—you can’t use it in orchestral works, for example, were to navigate the iPod’s menus. There’s more crisply reproduced by the Klipsch also no video-out port and no way to iGroove ($279.99) we had set up next to connect the Hi-Fi to your Mac for sync. the Hi-Fi. And despite Apple’s marketing The bottom line. The Hi-Fi’s sound hype to the contrary, there’s no way quality is good enough to earn it our the Hi-Fi can replace a decent home Great rating, but we can’t help thinking stereo—size and separation do matter, about how Awesome it could be with and both Frank Zappa and Franz Liszt either a lower price or some innovative suffer when crammed into a 6.6-by-17iPod-oriented features.—Jake Widman by-6.9-inch box.
GOOD NEWS: Sounds good for its size. No power brick. BAD NEWS: Pricey. No extra features or functions.

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Officejet Pro K550

SPEEDY BUSINESS INKJET PRINTER

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ne thing you can say about the Officejet Pro K550: It’s fast. And this is a business inkjet printer we’re talking about; the K550 is a viable alternative to a color laser if speed is a priority in your small-business workspace. The K550 connects to your Mac via USB and has a 250-sheet media tray. Ink comes in separate cyan, magenta, yellow ($17.16 each), and black ($22.86) cartridges; you also need to install a pair of print heads. The helpful bundled HP Printer Utility software can tell you ink levels, run diagnostics, clean and calibrate print heads, and more. Speed is the K550’s strong suit. A 50page Word document printed (in Normal mode) at a rate of 11 pages per minute
COMPANY: Hewlett-Packard CONTACT: 800-752-0900, www.hp.com PRICE: $199 REQUIREMENTS: Mac OS 10.2 or later

(ppm)—not as fast as the 16ppm rating, but acceptable. An Excel chart and spreadsheet printed at close to 4 ppm, and a 15-page full-color PowerPoint presentation printed at just under 5 ppm—good speed for an inkjet printer. Charts, graphs, and text look great, even on plain paper. Don’t rely on the K550 for top-notch photos, however—its color fidelity doesn’t match that of a photo inkjet that uses more ink colors. One important note: After printing our 15-page PowerPoint presentation once in Normal mode, we ran out of cyan ink. Our test presentation is a bit heavy on cyan-based colors, but to run out of cyan after a single print run is a concern.

Just like a muscle car—fast and noisy.

(For reference, the black ink was at 51 percent after printing 250 pages in Word; yellow and magenta were both at 76 percent after our PowerPoint test). The bottom line. If you want the speed of a color laser printer at a more affordable up-front cost, the K550 can fit the bill—just have plenty of ink cartridges on hand.—Roman Loyola

GOOD NEWS: Fast. Good business-graphics image quality. BAD NEWS: Noisy. Consumes ink quickly. Unimpressive photo quality.

Thin
BASIC NOTEBOOK BAG
he name of Pinder’s notebook bag says it all: Thin. There’s not a whole lot to it, but that’s not a bad thing. Sometimes you don’t want to have to hunt through a complex gathering of packets, straps, latches, and zippers— sometimes you just want a bag. The Thin is made of waterrepellent nylon (there are seven different colors to choose from), and it has one side pocket for your ’Book’s cables and stuff. The bag has a quarter-inch of padding, enough to keep your ’Book safe without adding too much bulk. In fact, the lack of bulk makes the Thin The perfect bag for going an ideal ’Book cover if you pack it incognito in the jungle. into a bigger case during long trips. The bottom line. We like Pinder’s simple, svelte Thin for storing or toting our ’Books.—Michelle Victoria
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Digital FM Radio & FM Transmitter for iPod
STATIC-PRONE iPOD FM TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER

Give and receive.

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ensington’s latest iPod gadget beams your iPod’s tunes to your FM radio—and it can tune in to your daily Terry Gross fix, too. Push-button tuning and four presets let you transmit your iPod’s music to the whole FM band (88.1MHz to 107.9MHz), so it’s easy to find an available frequency. However, moving the unit usually results in static—ditto for FM-radio reception. We tuned in to our local NPR station, took a walk, and were intermittently distracted by static. Also, the device doesn’t feel secure in the iPod’s dock connector. The bottom line. Apple’s iPod Radio Remote ( Apr/06, p52) gets cleaner FM reception—but it can’t transmit your tunes to a radio.—Niko Coucouvanis
COMPANY: Kensington CONTACT: 650-572-2700, www.kensington.com PRICE: $79.99 REQUIREMENTS: iPod with dock connector

GOOD NEWS: Simple, no-frills bag. Available in seven different colors. BAD NEWS: You might find it too simple.

GOOD NEWS: Two devices in one. BAD NEWS: Prone to static. Doesn’t connect tightly enough with iPod.

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“Give me the Man in the Yellow Hat! Now!”

Black and White 2
Feral Interactive (www.feralinteractive.com) plans to bring Black and White 2 to the Mac this spring—but we’ve got tips today! In this god-game sequel, common sense is your best weapon, no matter whom you align with. Taking the good path? Care for your pet and your people. On the highway to hell? Have your pet unload its bowels on the populace. Whatever road you choose, these tips will help. ■ Use the hand-force skill to stop an enemy’s earthquake miracle. ■ If your enemy attacks with catapults, catch the rocks and keep them for yourself, or toss them back. ■ Near the town where you began in the fourth land, look for a path that leads down the hill. Find the hermit in the cave, and throw him as far as you can. The further you throw him, the more tribute you’ll receive.—Matt Osborn

The Sims 2 University
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he Sims 2 University expansion lets you take your Sim through four Sims-years of college, attending classes, doing assignments, and taking exams, all while making new friends, adjusting to dorm life, and (if you wish) rushing a Greek house—but by the time graduation day rolls around, this school has become a bit of a grind.

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We’re geeks, so writing our semester term paper is top priority.

As with The Sims 2, you need to keep your Aspiration meter high by doing certain tasks, such as meeting someone new or buying a tree (yes, buying a tree). You build up your class-performance meter—which determines your grade—by doing assignments, writing term papers, and keeping up your skill levels. Do well, and you’ll earn money in the form of grants. Blow off homework, and you’ll have to repeat the semester. When you graduate, you move back to the normal Sims neighborhood and start your career. While University still has Aspiration points, which let you buy cool stuff such as a counterfeit-money machine, the expansion introduces fun Influence points, which give you power over other Sims, persuading them to do things like pull pranks or clean up the house. Campus life includes hanging out in the student lounge or going shopping—

but as with most versions of The Sims, performance in these public areas is slouchy. In fact, load times felt very long in general, even on our dual 2GHz Power Mac G5. Also, there are some time-sync mismatches between your Sims and the environment—they don’t affect gameplay, but they do make you go, “Huh?” The bottom line. University adds an entertaining new dimension to The Sims 2, and it’s super-fun when you first start playing. After four “years,” however, the game starts to feel repetitive.—Cathy Lu
COMPANY: Aspyr, 512-708-8100, www.aspyr.com PRICE: $34.99 REQUIREMENTS: 1.25GHz G4, Mac OS 10.3.9 or later, 256MB RAM, 2GB disk space, 32MB Radeon 9000 or GeForce FX5200 or better, full version of The Sims 2 GOOD NEWS: Lots of new college-themed items. Fun new Influence system. BAD NEWS: Performance can still be poky. Game feels repetitive by the end.

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Don’t feed the animals— but blowing bubbles at them is OK.

Zoo Tycoon 2
EXPANSIVE SIMULATION GAME
he latest version of Zoo Tycoon has new play modes, enhanced environment-editing tools, more park objects, and more animals to choose from—all great additions that boost replay value and challenge you to build bigger and better zoos. As in the original, your goal in Zoo Tycoon 2 is to build the ultimate zoo, stocking a diverse collection of animals while managing buildings, finances, and maintenance. You also need to find ways to keep your guests happy, because happy guests fill your pockets with cash. Thanks to its three game modes, you’ll find multiple ways to enjoy Zoo Tycoon 2. Campaign mode offers different scenarios: Revive a neglected zoo, for example, or take in abused

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animals and nurse them back to health. In Challenge mode, you start from scratch with a limited amount of money and resources, and are rewarded with additional resources as your zoo’s popularity grows. Lastly, in Freeform mode, you’re granted unlimited funds to run your zoo as you like—your only goals are those you set for yourself. Animal urges. Tend to the basic needs of your animals and guests (they’ll clue you into their pressing needs with emoticons that pop up over their heads), and you’ll do just fine. Mistreat your animals and guests (animals will die if they don’t get food and drink), and you’ll hurt your zoo’s rating. Animals need large, roomy areas that look and feel like their natural habitats. You create these habitats—or biomes in Zoo Tycoon parlance—with the biome brush and habitat-editor tool, which let you generate arctic, desert, forest, and tundra terrains with just a few strokes. You then add animals by clicking creatures at the bottom of the animal panel and then clicking where you want them placed. Guests enjoy tidy surroundings, spacious walkways, and quick access to exhibits, food, and restrooms. Guests also like observing a wide variety of well-kept, happy animals,

and they swoon over fountains, statues, and other eye candy. You can hire a staff to keep your zoo running smoothly. Zookeepers feed, clean up after, and tend to your animals if they happen to fall ill. Maintenance workers keep your grounds clean, much to the pleasure of your guests. Educators teach your guests about the animals in your park. All these roles are vital to the success of your zoo, but make sure you don’t overdo it—a large staff means a large payroll, which can quickly eat up huge chunks of revenue. Up close. Zoo Tycoon 2 adds a new first-person perspective, which offers a nice change of pace from the omniscient view. In this mode, you can go on photosafari challenges to take photos of animals in action. You can also assume the role of a zookeeper or guest to get down and dirty with the animals and grounds yourself (and give your payroll a break at the same time) or just mingle with the guests and enjoy the exhibits firsthand. While the 3D graphics in Zoo Tycoon 2 are simplistic by today’s standards, we still enjoyed the sights. We didn’t run into any technical glitches, but we do strongly recommend a system that’s beefier than the stated minimum requirements to avoid sluggishness. The bottom line. Zoo Tycoon 2 offers a great way learn the ins and outs of running a zoo—while having lots of fun at the same time.—Gil Loyola
COMPANY: MacSoft, 763-231-8000, www.macsoftgames.com PRICE: $39.99 REQUIREMENTS: 800MHz G4, Mac OS 10.2.8 or later, 256MB RAM, 32MB VRAM GOOD NEWS: Simple-to-use editing tools. Fun firstperson mode. BAD NEWS: Simplistic graphics.

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Games Go Universal
Made to shake your rump.

ButtKicker Gamer
RUMBLIN’ AUDIO TRANSDUCER
he ButtKicker Gamer clamps onto any chair with a center post and uses low-frequency sound to shake your seat. The setup requires you to string a cable from your chair to the included Gamer Amplifier, a hefty 13-by-3.6by-9.3-inch control box that connects between your Mac’s audio port and the ButtKicker Gamer. If you like to roll around in your chair, consider yourself warned: The cable can get in the way. We played a few games, including Doom 3 and Unreal Tournament 2004, and listened to a few songs, including the Beastie Boys’ “Shake Your Rump” and Peaches and Herb’s “Shake Your Groove Thing.” Have you ever been at the movies and had the person behind you kick the back of your seat? That’s what a song’s ButtKicker-enhanced bass line feels like, except against your bootie instead of your spine. Low, rumbling game noises result in a consistent vibration—and we found that a 100Hz tone creates a sensation that could serve as an effective enema alternative. Unfortunately, the ButtKicker made our cheapo office chair rattle annoyingly. The bottom line. The ButtKicker Gamer adds a new dimension to your gaming or music experience, but it’s a novelty you can live without.—Roman Loyola
COMPANY: The Guitammer Company, 888-676-2828, www.thebuttkicker.com PRICE: $169.95 REQUIREMENTS: Available audio-out port, chair with center post, good bowel control GOOD NEWS: Shakes your seat like there’s no tomorrow. BAD NEWS: Cable tethers your chair.

Got a glittering new Intel-based Mac? Want to squeeze all the performance possible out of it? If you run your old games through Rosetta, you’re only getting a trickle of what your framerate could be. Many games are getting the Universal Application treatment, including Unreal Tournament 2004, Postal 2, Doom 3, and Zoo Tycoon 2 (because grazing Zebras via Rosetta just makes them irritable), while new games such as The Movies and Quake 4 will be Universal right out of the gate. The gaming community is even getting into the Universal act—the guys at Sqonk Online (www .sqonk.com.au) have created a Universal version of Quake III.—MO

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“ Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis? Postal 2 is Universal!”

COMING SOON

The Mac Picture Show

In The Movies, you shepherd a blossoming movie studio from the twenties to the modern day, building the studio piece by piece; hiring actors, staff members, and film crews; and researching technology for special effects—but The Movies takes a step beyond the usual “tycoon” games by allowing you to produce and direct your own movies. There’s a main campaign, a sandbox mode for just playing around, and a separate app called Movie Maker that gives you even more creative control over your films. Will you make the next blockbuster or the next Ishtar? Only pleasing the populous (Peter Molyneux pun intended) turns a profit.—MO

I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille!
THE MOVIES COMPANY: Feral Interactive, www.feralinteractive.com AVAILABLE: Summer 2006 ■ PRICE: TBD
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because inquiring minds have the right to be inspired
You sure do. IOXperts Webcam Driver ($19.95, on the Disc, www.ioxperts.com/ products/webcamx.html) supports your Orbit, as well many other “unsupported” Webcams. This software lets you use your Webcam with iChat, QuickTime, and most apps that can access a Webcam. To make sure your camera works with ON THE DISC it, download the free demo, or find it on this IOXperts Webcam Driver month’s Disc.
New Mac, old app.

BLUE MOUSE
My Apple Wireless Mouse got all squirrelly when I upgraded to Mac OS 10.4.4. What gives? There are two possible reasons for this, both involving Bluetooth firmware. If you use the D-Link DBT-120 USB Bluetooth Adapter that Apple sells ($39.95, www .apple.com), you might need Bluetooth Firmware Updater 1.2—go to www.apple .com/support/downloads and search for bluetooth firmware 1.2. If you use a different adapter or your Mac’s built-in Bluetooth, you probably need to update the mouse’s firmware—which you can’t do from Mac OS 10.4. To update your mouse, you’ll have to pair it with a Mac running Mac OS 10.3.x and apply the update from that Mac. Get the details at http://docs.info.apple.com/article .html?artnum=301282.

PRINTING
Back in the good old days, I could gangprint a number of documents at once from the Finder. Can’t I do that in Mac OS X? It’s still possible if you create a Desktop Printer and drag your files onto its icon. Open Printer Setup Utility (/Applications /Utilities) and highlight your printer in the printer list. Then select Vive la Desktop Printers > Printer! Create Desktop Printer, and save it to your desktop. Now you can print many documents at once by just dragging them onto the Desktop Printer’s icon on—where else?—your desktop.

Challenge at the awesome Macintosh Garden site (http://mac.the-underdogs .org), but the game is so old it won’t even run in Mac OS X’s Classic environment. Emulation to the rescue! All you need is the Mac Plus emulator Mini vMac (free, on the Disc, http://minivmac.sourceforge .net), a bootable system-disk image, and a ROM file from an actual Macintosh Plus. Apple provides the system-disk image for free at its Older Software Downloads page (www.info.apple.com/ support/oldersoftwarelist.html), but you’ll have to extract the Mac Plus’s ROM file yourself with CopyRoms (free, on the Disc, http://minivmac.sourceforge .net/extras/copyroms.html). String these pieces together (instructions are included with CopyRoms), and ON THE you can run all of your DISC old favorites from the Mini vMac, CopyRoms System 6 days.

FUN WITH FONTS
How do I disable Font Book and install Extensis Suitcase as my font manager instead? Mac OS X’s Font Book is a decent fontmanagement tool, but it’s not a full-blown font manager—Suitcase (or the new Suitcase Fusion) is. All Font Book does is help install and uninstall fonts, create collections and libraries of fonts, and

CAM QUICKENER
My Logitech QuickCam Orbit worked fine until I upgraded to Mac OS 10.3. Now it doesn’t work. Logitech claims that it won’t work with Mac OS 10.3 or later—do I have any options?

MAC PLUS REVIVAL
Remember that Mac Plus–era game NFL Challenge? I still have a copy—can I play it on my new Mac with Mac OS X? Ah, abandonware. Gone, but for the memories—or is it? We found NFL

SANITY SAVER
Where can I get more screen savers for Mac OS X? As you may know, screen savers aren’t as important as they used to be, but eye candy never goes out of style. The mighty ResExcellence (www.resexcellence.com/ screensavers.shtml) still has the coolest selection, as well as a thorough tutorial on creating your own screen savers.

CORNY CORNER
I have a window that I can’t resize in the Finder because the resizer corner extends way down off my screen. Help! This is a job for the oft-overlooked window-zooming green widget at the top left of the window. This resets your window to its original size and position.
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When FireWire gets flaky, you can indeed reset it. Shut down your Mac, and unplug its power cord and any attached FireWire devices. After about 10 minutes, reconnect the power cord and restart your Mac. Once it’s running, cross your fingers and plug in one of your FireWire devices.

SAY MAC, GOT THE TIME?
Can I set my Mac to tell me the time? Launch System Preferences > Date & Time, click the Clock tab, and check the box labeled Announce The Time. You can then choose the frequency of

FIREWIRE REKINDLING
My Mac’s FireWire ports are acting awfully weird. Is there a reset button or something?

DIFFICULTY RATINGS

No whining— anyone can do this!

It’ll take some effort, but you can do it.

This stuff’s for the pros.

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troubleshoot duplicate or corrupt fonts— all the font finagling most of us ever need. Font Book leaves your fonts in their regular installed locations; a true font manager such as Suitcase actually stores them and activates the fonts you need when you need them. We could go on for days about the proper care and feeding of fonts, but suffice it to say that Font Book and Suitcase work fine together. Don’t worry about uninstalling Font Book.

UNIX UNIVERSITY
FUNIX!
You guys are always “maintenance this” and “utility that” when you talk about Unix. Isn’t there any fun to be had via the command line (other than playing those god-awful “games”)? install Apple’s Developer Tools and X11 Power Unix users live by the command from your Mac OS 10.3 or 10.4 install line, typically doing geeky, utilitarian discs. Then, download and install Fink tasks such as monitoring, maintaining, (free, http://fink.sourceforge.net). Once and administrating a system and its users. you’re all Finked up, open the Terminal All of that administration is undeniably (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal). Type important, but sometimes you just gotta fink install madplay and press Return dance! To that end, you can play MP3 to download and install the player. (If it files and get your groove on right from doesn’t work, you may need to update Fink the Unix command line; all you need is by typing fink selfupdate and pressing a command-line MP3 player, such as Return.) The Terminal will prompt you madplay. But before you can run madplay, when it’s done. When you’re ready to rock, you need to do a bit of legwork first: First, type madplay and then the path to your MP3 file (or just drag a folder full of MP3s into the Terminal window), and press Return. Who’s geeky now?
If you squint your eyes real hard, this blob of text looks just like iTunes’ eye candy.

Font Book is handy, but it doesn’t do much that you can’t do manually.

WHAT’S WITH THE “?”?
My old iMac displays a flashing question mark for a few seconds every time I turn it on—then it goes away and the iMac boots up fine. Wassup? Sounds like you’ve got some startupdisk confusion. Open the Startup Disk control panel (Mac OS 9) or System Preferences > Startup Disk (OS X), and check to see if your main drive is selected as the startup drive. If it is, and your Mac still throws you the question mark, you probably have a dead PRAM battery. This internal battery remembers what disk to start up from as well as other stuff such as the date and time. Any Apple service technician can replace this battery for you for a nominal fee, but if you’re daring, you can change it yourself. Apple lists all battery numbers on its Batteries and Part Numbers page

(http://docs.info.apple.com/article .html?artnum=86181).

SAY MY NAME, B(I)ATCH
I have a zillion digicam picture files that I want to rename. Is there a way to change their names all at once? Your Mac should be able to do this on its own by now—it’s been, what, 22 years?—but it still can’t. Shareware to the rescue! There are several utilities that can help you rename lots of files,

our favorite being Name Those Files ($12.50, on the Disc, http://homepage .mac.com/jonn8/ntf), which—like every other bulk renamer we’ve found—eats any Spotlight comments you’ve added to the files. Unlike most of ON THE the others, however, it DISC leaves your image files’ Name Those Files EXIF metadata intact.

announcements, the voice that reads the time, and even the rate of speech.

MMM, PIE
I’ve got no time for math. Is there a way to see how full my hard drive is? Activity Monitor (/Applications/Utilities) provides a lovely graphical view of your hard drive’s fullness. Launch Activity Monitor and then click the Disk Usage tab at the bottom of the window.
And you shall know us by the trail of renamed files.
Buz Zoller is a graphic designer living in Florida. He has been a devoted Mac user for over 10 years and has worked for both Apple and Power Computing. technical questions or helpful tips directly via email (askus@macaddict.com) or c/o MacAddict, 4000 Shoreline Ct., Ste. 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080.

Ralph after six cups of coffee.

THE ARTIST’S CONUNDRUM
Now that I use a Mac, I’m supposed to be all artsy—but how am I supposed to draw with a freakin’ mouse? We recommend you buy a drawing tablet. Wacom sells them for as little as $99.95—though you could also get their top LCD-based one for $3,000.

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Podcast Like a Pro
by Niko Coucouvanis
DUCKING CONTROLS Twiddle the arrows to set which tracks cause others to duck in volume. PODCAST TRACK MEDIA BROWSER All of your other iLife stuff is right here.

Manage an enhanced podcast’s artwork and Web links here.

LOOP LIBRARY

Click the eye icon to load your loops.
TRACK EDITOR

Flips into Chapter Manager mode when the Podcast Track is present.

WHAT YOU NEED
Mac OS 10.3.9 or later GarageBand 3 ($79, part of iLife ’06, www.apple.com) Microphone (optional)

ART-ANNOTATED CHAPTER MARKERS

MUSICAL TYPING Play your

Spice up your audio podcast.

Mac’s keyboard like a piano.

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arageBand 3’s Podcasting Studio makes it easier than ever to crank out a righteously professional-sounding podcast, complete with sound effects, atmospheric background music, snappy intro and outro jingles—even chapters, artwork, and Web links. With this awesome power at your disposal, it’d be a crime to make a boring, plain-Blaine podcast—here’s how to avoid that.

Enter the Podcasting Studio

Launching GarageBand presents you with some options for making a new project. Select New Podcast Episode, and give your project a name in the dialog that follows. The new podcasting project comes preloaded with a Podcast Track, Male Voice and Female Voice tracks, and tracks for Jingles and Radio Sounds. If you’re creating a one-person show and you’re in a hurry, just click either of the voice tracks, click the red Record button, and have at it. When you’re done speaking, click Record again to stop.
Start with a New Podcast Episode— starting a regular project and adding a Podcast Track later isn’t the same.
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If you’re making a one-person podcast, proceed to the next step. In this step, you’ll record an iChat conversation to spice up your podcast with a compelling guest interview. Or you can use it for some private blackmail fodder— whatever suits your fancy. To record the chat, simply set up GarageBand as in the previous step, but before pressing Record, fire up iChat and initiate a chat with your victim—er, guest—by double-clicking the phone or camera icon by his or her name in your Buddy List. Alternately, you can highlight the person’s name on your Buddy List and select Buddies > Invite To Audio Chat. And FYI, you can’t record a chat initiated by someone else—this trick only works if you initiate the chat. Once your chatee accepts the chat (and you disclose that you’re recording the conversation),

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press GarageBand’s Record button; GarageBand will alert you that it’s detected an audio chat and confirm that you’d like to record. When you’re done, click the Record button again; if the playhead keeps moving, press Play to stop it.

This is GarageBand’s way of saying “Quiet on the set!”

If you’re quick on your feet, you can play GarageBand’s sound effects while recording your monologue or iChat interview. A piano-style USB keyboard makes this easier, but you can use GarageBand’s onscreen keyboard and tickle the ivories with your mouse. Select Window > Keyboard and click the Radio Sounds track to highlight it, which also activates the keyboard. Plink around until you find the sounds you want. To load a different sound-effect kit, double-click the track title in the Track List to open the Track Info window (or choose Track > Show Track Info). Keeping Sound Effects highlighted in the left-side list, switch to Applause And Laughter, Comedy Noises,

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or Radio Sounds to load podcastappropriate sounds. When you’re ready to really dig in, click the Details triangle and use its check boxes and pull-down menus to create some truly bizarre sounds via the onscreen keyboard. You could spend days tweaking your sound effects here.

You can play Sound Effects by poking around on GarageBand’s onscreen keyboard, but tickling the ivories with your mouse is annoying—so use your Mac’s keyboard instead. Select Window > Musical Typing, and highlight the Radio Sounds track or another Software Instrument track. Click the eye icon, navigate to a sound effect or loop you want to use, and drag it from the loop drawer onto the key you want to assign it in the Musical Typing window—sweet! You can assign your own sounds to every key on the board—and cooler yet, if your interview is rife with choice sound-bite fodder, you can isolate a segment by loading its clip into the Track Editor (double-click the clip) or simply highlighting the clip and selecting Edit > Split

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a couple of times. Drag the segment directly from the timeline to any key in the Musical Typing window.

Not only can you type via the QWERTY keyboard, you can assign it your own sounds.

At least half the fun of podcasting comes from adding all the rockin’ radio-style jingles, zany zingers, and stupid sound effects. Of course, you’ll want way more of them than you can cram in while recording the live vocal track(s)—and that’s where post-production comes in. To pepper your podcast with wackiness, highlight the Jingles track, and if your loops aren’t loaded, click the eye icon to open the Loop Browser; then press the podcast icon to load the Jingles, Stingers, and Sound Effects. For the standard talk-radio format, drop matching Jingles at the beginning and end of the show, before and after any commercial breaks (hey, it could happen), and anywhere else you need a little pause in the action. The real fun is in the Stingers and Sound Effects; insert sound effects at will by dragging them into position on the Jingles track or another Software Instrument track (click the plus-sign icon to add another).

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Proper Post-Production

You can have all kinds of fun with podcast sound effects.

RAISE THE BAR If your podcast has a perfect fade-out ending, GarageBand might cut off the tail end. To prevent fadeus interruptus, click the Cycle Region button to activate the orange Cycle bar in the timeline, and then click and drag the end of the Cycle bar out a few measures past the end of the project.

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Mixing spoken content with sound effects requires ducking—dropping the volume of the background to ensure the important stuff gets heard. How low you duck your background music is up to you, but we can tell you how to set it: If you started GarageBand with a new podcast or movie-score project, you’ll see the ducking controls on each audio track— otherwise, select Control > Ducking. Click the up arrow on lead tracks and the down arrow on tracks you want to duck out of the way. The track-volume slider only controls the track’s regular volume; to fine-tune your ducking, open the Track Info pane (press Command-I or select Track > Show Track Info) and select Master Track. Find the Ducking Amount slider near the bottom of the window, and slide it up toward 100 to increase the amount of ducking—remember, the higher you set the ducking, the quieter the sound effects get when you talk.

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Define your duck: You specify how low the background sounds duck to avoid the vocals.

Now that you’ve got the audio portion of your podcast squared away, click the Podcast Track to add enhancements such as chapter markers, Web links, and episode artwork. Remember, if you recorded an iChat AV interview, all of the participants’ chat icons (or iSight snapshots) get automatically added to the Podcast Track each time the participants speak. In Podcast mode, GarageBand’s Track Editor magically sprouts a Chapter Marker manager; click the Media Browser icon to load your iPhoto library. Drag a photo from the Media Browser directly into the timeline or Chapter Marker manager,

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or click the Add Marker button and drag in your artwork later. Click the placeholder text fields (Add Title Here, URL Title, URL) to add chapter titles and Web links. You can later rearrange the order of the Chapter Markers by dragging the regions (each Chapter Marker designates the beginning of a new region) around in the timeline, or by altering the numerical value in the Time column. Don’t try dragging Chapter Markers around in the Track Editor—that only moves the art, not the marker itself. And don’t forget to drag an image into the Episode Artwork pane—this is the equivalent of album-cover art, so make sure it looks good.

You can even embed Web links into your podcast—so where’s that wireless Web-browsing iPod?

Shrinking photos you want to use as podcast art down to iPod-friendly postage-stamp size doesn’t require launching iPhoto. Just double-click any piece of artwork in the Track Editor (including the Episode Artwork and Podcast Preview images) to load that image into GarageBand’s Artwork Editor; use the slider to scale the image, and then drag the image to adjust what appears in the visible center of the crop frame.

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NO iLIFE? NO PROBLEM!
GarageBand is the easiest way to crank out a killer podcast, but 79 bucks is 79 bucks. These Web sites offer tools, tips, and even online hosting for your podcasting pursuits—and the basic services are free with registration. GARAGEBAND.COM’S Podcast Studio (www.garageband .com/podcast) seems like it’s wearing a target for Apple’s lawyers. PODOMATIC (www.podomatic.com) provides a selection of canned George W. Bush answers for your fake-interview pleasure. ODEO.COM (www.odeo.com) can pipe your podcast directly to the iTunes Music Store’s Podcast directory. CLICKCASTER (www.clickcaster.com), currently a free beta, promotes your own on-demand radio show.

Who says that size doesn’t matter?
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Bend iWeb to Your Will
by Niko Coucouvanis WHAT YOU NEED
Mac OS 10.3.9 or later iWeb 1.0.1 ($79, part of iLife ’06, www.apple.com) TextWrangler (free, on the Disc, www.barebones.com) SITE ORGANIZER BLOG ENTRIES

Lists all of your sites and pages.
MEDIA BROWSER

Create and manage blog entries here.
INSPECTOR WINDOW

Web isn’t a tool for snooty Web pros who can recite the XHTML 2.0 spec backward— it’s for the proverbial “rest of us.” But even the most unwashed of the Web masses deserve better; here are some tricks to make iWeb more fun.

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Keeps the rest of iLife within reach. Click the edge of a mask to activate the inner squares to resize, drag, or rotate the mask.

Lets you tweak almost anything.

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TextWrangler

Use the outer squares of a mask to resize or drag the image.

A good navigation scheme is crucial on a busy Web site— but sometimes you want to put up secret, unlinked, under-development pages without links to other parts of your site. Select the page you want to hide in iWeb’s Site Organizer, and click the Inspector icon. Now click the Inspector’s Page icon, and remove the checkmark in the box labeled Include Page In Navigation Menu.
iWeb adds a nav bar to every page, but you can make it stop.

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To automatically redirect folks from your .Mac account’s HomePage to your new iWeb page, first mount your iDisk (in the Finder, choose Go > iDisk > My iDisk). Fire up TextWrangler (free, on the Disc, www.barebones.com) and open index.html in your /iDisk/Sites folder. Find the redirect tag: <meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0;url= http://homepage.mac.com/your member name/your page name.html”> and change the URL to http://web .mac.com/your member name/ iWeb/. Save and .Mac’s HomePage is tricky—but it’s no close the document. match for your human smarts.

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Click a placeholder image on your page to select it (or drag in an image from the Media Browser), and press the Mask button in the lower toolbar (or press Command-Shift-M) to enable the mask-editing mode. A translucent rectangle will appear, framing the central part of the image while masking the edges. Click anywhere on the image and drag to reposition the image behind the mask. Now hover the cursor over the edge of the masked area until the cursor changes from a hand to an arrow, and click once to select the mask. Click and drag the resizing handles (the little squares) to resize the mask, or click and drag anywhere else on the mask to reposition it. If you want to You can’t make a custom-shaped edit the mask later, doubleimage mask, but you can set any shape’s background to an image. click the image.

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To modify iWeb’s stubborn template elements directly, quit iWeb, Control-click the iWeb icon (/Applications /iWeb), select Show Package Contents, and navigate to /Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Templates/About Me. Control-click the Baby About Me.webtemplate file, and select Show Package Contents. Open any of the JPEGs inside to inspect their pixel dimensions, and replace them with your own JPEGs of the same dimensions. Use this method to change any of the templates’ main images and buttons—even some pagetrim elements. If you want to tweak the templates further, you’ll need to hack the index .xml.gz file—just be sure to Modifying iWeb templates isn’t make a backup of it first. impossible if you’re sneaky.
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Take Back the Templates

Niko Coucouvanis remembers when WYSIWYG meant “what you steal is what you get” (at least regarding HTML code).

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Prettify a Page with Pages
by Niko Coucouvanis
TOOLBAR ControlPAGES BUTTON Save page layouts (Format > Advanced > Capture Pages), and then insert them with this. STYLE BUTTON OBJECTS BUTTON STYLES DRAWER

click and select Customize Toolbar to put any of Pages’ commands in the toolbar.
VIEW MENU

Quickly access your Paragraph Styles.

Insert Text, Shape, Table, or Chart objects.

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This translucent, exploded 3D pie chart is a masterpage object.

Leave comments for other users reading your document. Option-click an Inspector icon to spawn that Inspector in a new window.
INSPECTOR Summon the contextual Inspector to tweak settings for any item, object, or the whole document.

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This shape contains multiple shadow and reflection effects. You can decide whether and how text wraps around it.

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Pages 2. Follow along as we dig into Pages’ niftier (and mildly advanced) tricks to prove that you can live a Wordless existence—and a downright enjoyable (not to mention attractive) one at that.

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Pages’ cache of graphical tricks and good-looking templates helps you look your very best.

First, jazz up your page a bit by adding an image inside a starburst shape and flowing the surrounding text gracefully around it. Click the Objects icon in Pages’ toolbar, and scroll down to the shape you desire—use the blue handles to resize the shape. Click the Media icon in Pages’ toolbar to load the Media browser; select iPhoto from the pull-down menu, and drag an image into the shape—again, use the blue corner handles to resize the image. Now click the Inspector icon in Pages’ toolbar. Click the Inspector’s Text icon to manipulate the text formatting; click the Wrap icon to determine how text flows around the shape; and click the Graphic icon to meddle with the Fill, Stroke (border), Shadow, Reflection, and Opacity of the shape and image. Both
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Select Insert > Chart (or click the Objects icon in Pages’ toolbar and select Chart). Now click the chart-looking icon in the Inspector to bring up the Chart controls. Now add your own data; click the Edit Data button to open the Chart Data Editor. Once you get all of your data in place, the real fun begins. Click the Chart Type button on the Chart Inspector, and pick a different type—we dig the 3D pie chart. Each chart type has its own stylistic controls, such as lighting and depth for the 3D charts; formatting of labels, axes, numbers, data points; and more. You can even explode the pie charts—whee, exploding pie!

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Charts Gone Wild!

This chart doesn’t actually convey any information, but damn, it looks good.

To make your chart appear on every page, drag the object to where you’d like it to appear, and select Format > Advanced > Move Object To Section Master. If that option is grayed out, put a paragraph break (press the Return key) immediately before the object on the page. Select Format > Advanced > Make Master Objects Selectable, and click the chart to select it. Now click the Inspector’s Graphic icon and use the Opacity slider at the bottom to fade the chart. You can apply the same technique to text, images, shape objects—anything that you can put on a page.

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You can still select and tweak objects after adding them to the master page.

If charts are Pages’ eye candy, then Tables are its braininess. Insert a Table by selecting Insert > Table (duh) or by clicking the toolbar’s Objects icon and selecting Table. Next, click the Inspector’s Table icon. Use the Table section to set the number of rows and columns and their sizes, and then click the Numbers tab for the real fun. Click any table cell and type some data. Once you’ve got some data entered, you can assign mathematical formulae to cells (typically to the last cell in a column or row) to process the data from other cells: Just click a cell to highlight it, and pick a formula from the pull-down menu. Too limiting? Select Formula Editor and string together your own formula: Click the function button to insert an operator, and then click on other cells in the table to add them to the equation.

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Color-coding makes the Table and Formula Editor tools surprisingly easy to work with.

To create your own personalized-form-letter factory, start by prepping your Address Book (/Applications/Address Book). Make sure all of the contacts you want to spam have the First Name field (or whatever field you want to merge data from) filled in. In Pages, type the first line of your form letter: Dear Butthead. Highlight Butthead and click the Inspector’s Link icon to access the Link Inspector, and then click the Merge tab. Click the box labeled Enable As An Address Book Field, click the Recipient Field radio button, and pick your poison from the Type and Field pull-down menus. To add recipients’ first names, select Name and First. Repeat the process for other fields you’d like to merge in. To pipe in the data, open Address Book and drag in a contact’s card. When you’re ready for some big-league spamming, create a Group in Address Book, and drag in the whole enchilada—Pages will ask if you’d like to send the merged letters directly to your printer or create a new Pages document with each recipient’s personalized letter in its own section of the document. Your call.
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OFF COLOR
I noticed in your “Microsoft Office Tricks” story (Mar/06, p28) that Max was green! Poor guy. I just wanted to make sure that he’s better now and let him know how much of a trooper he is for going to the photo shoot so sick—that’s dedication. I know there’s no one like that in the Windows world.—sinclair_tm via the MacAddict.com forums

female athlete is being chased as she hurls a sledgehammer into a giant screen—only this time, the hammer is sucked into the image. The dictator starts to laugh sardonically as the Thought Police arrest the athlete and take her away. Steve Jobs has gone over to the Dark Side.—Doug Robb Take a deep breath, Doug, and repeat after me. “It’s just a chip. It’s just a chip. It’s just a chip.” There, feel better?—Max

BIRD BRAIN

My sister’s bird Jedi always feels the force when she is using her iMac. She is, however, a hunt-and-peck typist. —Paula Paradis

THE END OF THE AFFAIR, PART II
I was a little disappointed in your last survey (see “Survey Says,” below). You didn’t offer the option for never. —M. J. Pete

M-A-E T-H-A F-O-R-S B-E-E W-I-T-H Y-O-O.

.com/hotlist, the new home of our Hot List product recommendifier.—Max

Smiling on the outside; dying on the inside.

AW, SHUCKS
I read your commentary online at www.macaddict. com every day. I think you’re pithy and smart, and your take on the day’s events and news is top-notch in its subtlety and style. Thanks for making my day, and for giving me something to look forward to at lunch time. —Michael Garner Aw, thanks Michael—though I do hope you really meant “pithy,” and you don’t merely have a lisp. By the way, the next time you’re on our site, check out www.macaddict

iSALE FOR SALE?
Your review of iSale ( Mar/06, p50) says it’s the only eBay app for the Mac. Well, not only is it not the only eBay app for the Mac, it’s not even the best eBay app for the Mac. GarageSale (www.iwascoding.com) is far better and only costs $24.99. How much did iSale pay you for the review? —Dave Wilson iSale was outbid in the final minute by one Josephine Mungespittle of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, who purchased our review for $17.50 (plus

shipping and handling). All kidding aside, when we said iSale was the only eBay app for the Mac, we erred, which is apparently human—but we still like iSale.—Max

A word of advice: If you buy a chicken-salad sandwich at the Microsoft cafeteria and find yourself thinking it looks a bit bluish, it’s probably not because of the funky lighting.—Max

THE END OF THE AFFAIR
I have had a love affair with the Mac since 1986—but now, an Intel chip is going in a Mac. How can this be? I can see the new Apple commercial now: A young

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Plug your server into a KVM switch, and your G5 will give you an interesting error. I’m not quite sure where your “build-in” keyboard actually is, but Apple may want to check its grammar and hardware definitions. —Chris Buckle Oh, Apple—you could learn a thing or two from MacAddict, where we never accidentally misspell words!—Max

Survey Says
Here are the results of our January 2006 survey. Check out www.macaddict.com each month for a new online poll.

WHEN DO YOU PLAN TO BUY AN INTEL-BASED MAC?

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MOOT, MEET FOUTH
On page 78 of the Mar/06 issue, there’s a pie chart labeled “What’s your biggest worry about Apple’s switch to Intel processors?” One of the worries reads, “21%: Current apps will run dog-slow in Rossetta.” On the next page is a reference to Roseanne Rosannadanna. I submit it should read Rosseanne Rossannadanna. Consistency. Smile. —Curt Scott Ass I jusst ssaid, Misster Sscott, we never accidentally misssspell wordss. We alwayss do it on purposse.—Max

upgrade, and I discovered that Apple doesn’t offer an upgrade price like most other software companies do. My advice: If Apple wants PC types to keep migrating to Macs, consider offering a reduced upgrade price. PC folks are accustomed to this courtesy.—Len Fedullo

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Harman Multimedia’s new JBL On Time ($299.95, www.jbl.com) not only looks great; its JBL Phoenix and Ridge transducers assure that it sounds great, too. Use its clock radio to wake up, or plug in your ’Pod for more music choices—you can even hook it up to your Mac to sync your tunes through the JBL On Time’s charging dock. Want it? Just write the best caption to the photo below, and it’s yours. Only one entry per contestant.

MIGHT AS WELL FACE IT
I was reading your Mar/06 issue and enjoying the iDate review (Shut Down, p80). I noticed on the “Sensation Intense” package the text “L337 H4XORS H4V3 S4L3 S3X!” That’s Leet for “ELITE HACKERS HAVE SALE SEX!” Is this intentional? Or are you L337 M4C H4X0RS over there playing a joke on us? —Adam McClellan No joke, Adam. These days, everyone’s preaching about safe sex—that’s why we here at MacAddict have decided to focus on how freakin’ expensive is it.—Max

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UPGRADE UPROAR
I switched to a Mac three years ago and never looked back, but Apple’s softwareupgrade policy stinks. In January 2006, I purchased iLife ’05. Two weeks later, iLife ’06 came out, so I called Apple to find out how much it would cost me to

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QUARANTINE
Is what I’m hearing true? Has the first OS X virus really been discovered?—L. Murphy Well, that depends on how you define virus, but two pieces of malware—malicious software—showed up in mid-February. The first was Leap-A (or Oompa-Loompa, which we find far cuter), which was actually a trojan horse; trojans pretend to be something they’re not (an image file, in this case) and require you to actively unleash them yourself. The second was OSX.Inqtana.A, a worm; unlike trojans, worms can replicate themselves—in this case through your Mac’s Bluetooth connection. But Apple closed that Bluetooth loophole in a June 2005 software update, so if you’ve stayed on top of Software Update’s securityrelated releases, you should be just fine.—Max They’re coming to get you.

Winner!

Congratulations to Mathew Kaufman, whose cleverness won him a Fujitsu ScanSnap ($495, http:// scansnap.fujitsu.com), and a special honorable historical mention to the dozens of you who riffed on “Four cores and seven years (or, in a few “I think I’m going to spring for cases, beers) ago…” the Granny Smith upgrade.”

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