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Chapter 20. Introducing iLife > System Requirements and Necessary Tools

System Requirements and Necessary Tools

Before you go any further, you need to make sure your system meets the requirements to run the iLife applications. First, your Mac must be running Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later. Your computer also must have 256MB of RAM and a display with a resolution of at least 1024×768. Your computer's processor needs at least a G3 to run iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie. GarageBand requires at least a 600MHz G3 or, if you plan to use GarageBand Software Instruments, a G4. Because of the encoding required to produce a DVD, iDVD requires a 733MHz G4 processor or faster. Finally, if you will be installing all five iLife applications, you need 4.3GB of hard drive space; if you're planning to install only iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie, you need 250MB of space.

Because of the size of the GarageBand and iDVD applications, they come on an installation DVD rather than on a CD. This means your computer must have a drive that reads DVDs, such as a Combo Drive or SuperDrive, for you to install them.

In addition to these system requirements, you'll also need the right tools to meet the expectations you have of the applications that make up iLife:

  • For making your own CDs (containing data, music, photographs, and so on), your computer must have a drive capable of writing CDs. Alternatively, you could use an external CD burner that is compatible with Mac OS X.

  • To get full mileage from iPhoto, you need a compatible digital camera.

  • If you want to use iMovie, you must use a digital video camera that uses either FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) or USB2 technology and your computer must have a compatible connection port. (FireWire and USB2 allow large digital video files to be transferred between your camera and your computer. Without one of them, there is no feasible way to work with video on your computer.)

  • To burn DVDs of iDVD projects, you must have access to a Mac equipped with Apple's SuperDrive, which can read and write both CDs and DVDs. (Note that although external DVD burners are sold, they do not work with iDVD.)



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