May 29, 2009
Download the iDVD portion of my book for FREE!
Click here to download the PDF (6.2 MB).
When Apple revealed iMovie '09 at Macworld Expo this year, I was thrilled to see so many new features compared to iMovie '08. (You can read my Macworld review of iMovie '09 here.) But that also created a problem: my publisher needed the book to stay within a certain page count to avoid increasing the price of the book—remember, this is a full-color book printed on good paper. I knew I couldn't fit everything into the book.
As it turns out, Apple made my job easier. iDVD wasn't updated at all, so I made the decision to do something unusual: I removed the iDVD section from the printed book and am offering it as a free download to anyone who wants it. That freed up the pages needed to cover all of iMovie's new and changed features (and, in fact, the book's retail price is lower than the previous edition, now $24.99 compared to $29.99!).
Don't worry, the printed book still contains all the essential information you need to use iDVD. I added an iDVD Overview chapter that walks you through the steps of creating an iDVD project, and the "Archiving, Encoding, and Burning" chapter is there, too.
So what's in the free download? More than 70 pages of all the ins and outs of creating and editing an iDVD project, including:
- Customizing themes
- Customizing individual elements such as buttons, backgrounds, and text
- Creating DVD slideshows
- Using the Map, drop zones, OneStep DVD, Magic iDVD, and more.
- A full index to the addendum, to make it easy to find the information you're looking for.
If you don't own the print book, this free iDVD addendum will give you an idea of what the book is like: easy, step-by-step walkthroughs of how to do everything, with lots of color screenshots.
The PDF also includes a deal in the back to buy the book at 35% off when you order directly from Peachpit Press!
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What perfect timing. I had to burn a DVD today, to compile a set of videos. I got totally fed up with the opaque nature of iDVD because I couldn't crack its code to make it do what I wanted, and I ended up burning it with Toast. Next time I'll have a clue.
Posted by: Doug Plummer | May 29, 2009 7:59:01 PM
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