Using iPhoto 8

Share Your Photos Online with iPhoto '09


Share Your Photos Online with iPhoto ’09


iPhoto has come a long way since its first version with the sole purpose of being used just to organize your photo library. In the the latest version ’09 you can now easily share your photos online using iPhoto with Flickr, Facebook, MobileMe, iWeb or Email. In this how-to I will show you the easy it is to post your photos online and how you can add geotagging info to your iPhoto photos.

Selecting a Photo Sharing Service
What you will need. You will need a photo-sharing account with one of the following services Flickr, Facebook or MobileMe. You can also use various plug-ins available like Google Picassa Web Albums Exporter, AOL Pictures which includes an iPhoto plug-in, SmugMug iPhoto plug-in and Shutterfly iPhoto plug-in.



Upload Your Photos
Once you have your account set up and plug-ins installed you are ready to start uploading photos to one or all of you photo sharing services. To upload your photos start by:

  1. Selecting a single photo, event, flagged, or album.
  2. There are a series of icons in the lower right and section of the iPhoto windowor you can go to the main menu and select ‘Share’ and then select the service you want ot post your photos to.
  3. Next a dialog appears asking if “you want to publish ‘[Name of your Gallery]’ to [Service]?” and to whom the photos will be viewable to and at what size.
  4. Finally Click the ‘Publish’ button and thats it.


Adding Geotagging Info in iPhoto
If you want to add geotagging info in iPhoto start by selecting the photo.

  1. Click on the small ‘i’ icon in the lower right hand corner of the window.
  2. A dialogue will appear where you can enter more Title, Date, Rating and Descriptive information.
  3. Click the ‘photo place’ field. You can be as detailed as you want in the ‘photo place’ field entering address, city state, country.
  4. Click Search (Magnifying Glass).
  5. In the dialog that appears you can ‘Drop Pin’ additional places or ‘Assign to photo’ the location you searched for.


Convert MTS to Quicktime

How to play AVCHD MTS video files in Mac OS X


Convert AVCHD MTS file to Quicktime .mov


I recently purchased a Panasonic GF1 Lumix four-thirds micro camera and it is truly one of the best camera’s I have owned. I could go on and on about all the great features and the quality but I rather focus on a technical challenge I faced after starting to use it. The Panasonic GF1 shoots excellent video and offers three compression levels for AVCHD Lite movies (17Mbps, 13Mbps, or 9Mbps), all of which are at the full 720p resolution. As an alternative to AVCHD Lite the Panasonic GF1 also shoots Motion JPEG recording 30 frames-per-second video at 1,280 x 720, 848 x 480, 640 x 480, or 320 x 240 pixel resolutions. There are a couple of things that I knew before purchasing this camera, that the RAW file would not work in Apple’s Aperture since it only supports the major manufactures like Sony, Canon and Nikon and that the AVCHD MTS would require conversion.

After shooting in the AVCHD MTS video mode I was hoping that I could convert the video using VLC Media Player as it supports h.264 video and AC3 audio. When trying to export it from VLC the video was not the same quality as I shot it. The following guide is my solution using iSkysoft Software.



Download and Install
You will need to download a trial copy of iSkySoft Video Converter for Mac OS X (Intel or PowerPC Version). Next your will need to drag the iSkySoft Video Converter to you Applications Folder. Once copied you are ready to go.

Launch and Use
Once you have iSkySoft Video Converter open you will need to do the following:

  1. Click Add Files. (You can add more than one file at a time.)
  2. Specify the output settings in the output settings area. If you plan on editing using iMovie, Final Cut Pro Express or Final Cut Pro select “HD QuickTime Move (*.mov)” under the HD menu. I found this gave me the most loss-less file for editing in Final Cut Pro.
  3. Click on Settings. Set your Resolution for 720x 480 (if you are going full HD then set for 1280×720). Set the following if you plan on editing: Frame rate: 30 fps, Encoder: High Definition H.264, Bitrate: 200000 kbps. Set the Audio setting to: Sample rate: 48000 MHz, Encoder: AAC, Channle: 2 Channel Stereo, Bitrate: 192 kbps.
  4. Specify your Output folder/location.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Convert

iSkysoft Video Converter

iSkysoft Video Converter


If you follow this you will convert the MTS file in to a format that is great for editing. iSkySoft Video Converter can also convert MTS to AVI, MOV, MP4, MPEG, etc. Under the Format drop down you can select for a variety of settings that optimize video quickly for your iPhone, iPod, Apple TV or other portable device.


iPhone Tracking

Ways You Can Recover Your Lost iPhone


Tracking Methods Reviewed to Recover Your Lost iPhone


I have had my iPhone for almost a year and a half now and have not misplaced it or stolen; knock on wood. I know others who have and it is always the same story that once it is gone, its gone. Hind sight is really 20/20 when it comes to an investment like the iPhone. It is more that just any old cell phone or smart phone, it promotes a lifestyle. So when it gets taken away from you its almost as if you lost a very important part of your iLife. Prevention is the best method to avoiding wishing you had done something before losing happens to you. So stop procrastinating and check out these two great apps and services to keep your iPhone in your life!

MobileMe - Single User

MobileMe

Tracking your phone via MobileMe is the most integrated solution out there but also the most costly. The MobileMe service starts at about $79 for a single user and comes with a host of features like Push email, push contacts, push calendars, iPhone tracking, online photo sharing gallery, iDisk (20GB storage), Back to My Mac, Sych and access to online accounts management through me.com. So obviously you are getting more than tracking for the nearly $100 price tag. The service is really easy to setup.

Prepare iPhone:

  1. On your iPhone or iPod touch, find and tap Settings.
  2. Tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.”
  3. Under “Fetch New Data” turn Push “On”.
  4. Under Accounts you should have your MobileMe account setup, if not click on “Add Account…” and setup.
  5. At the bottom of your MobileMe account setup window is a option for “Find My iPhone”. Turn this “on”. When asked to confirm you want this option, tap Allow.
  6. Tap the button in the upper-left corner twice, to return to the main Settings screen.
  7. Tap General, then tap Passcode Lock, and then enter a passcode. A passcode lock provides added security to your iPhone assuring you and only you can turn off Find My iPhone on or off. The only hangup is that you’ll need to enter the passcode each time you use your iPhone/iPod Touch. (Except when answering a call.)


Setting up your MobileMe on your computer using a browser

  1. Once activated log in to MobileMe through your browser
  2. On the top menu bar within your browser click on the Doppler icon. ( You might have to login again.)
Track your iPhone online with MobileMe's web tracking feature.

Track your iPhone online with MobileMe's web tracking feature.

You will see a Dashboard where you can find your iPhone using Google Maps, Send a Message, Remote Lock (in case you do not enable Passcode) and Remote Wipe.

Daveworld, Inc. iHound Tracking Software

iHound 2.0

The next best strategy for loosing your iPhone is iHound by Daveworld, Inc. This iPhone app allows you to send alerts, activate local alarm, active locking and locating features and active push notifications. iHound built in features are more customizable that the integrated MobileMe tracking and similar to MobileMe has a website that you can log into and manage. The iHound App runs about $2.99, the use of the website is Free and is really easy to install and setup. iHound Software’s tracking website allows you can track the approximate location of your iPhone and iPod Touch and interact with the Apps built in features. Setup is easy, start by downloading and create a account through iHound Software website.

Install on Phone

  1. Launch App
  2. Enter your username and password
  3. Exit App. (Press Home)
  4. Visit the iHound Website to configure.


iHound Website

  1. Log in to website.
  2. Setup alarm feature and messages.
  3. Your done!

  4. The only drawbacks to the software are that you need to enable it before you leave your phone and you should follow their best practice guidelines in terms of using the iPhones Passcode features.

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