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Chapter 1. Getting Started > Acquiring iPhoto

Acquiring iPhoto

Apple offers a number of simple methods of getting iPhoto. I’ll explore some of these in full detail on the next few pages.

Ways to get iPhoto:

  • Look in your Applications folder. If you have purchased your Macintosh since January of 2001, iPhoto may already be installed (but you’ll likely need to update to iPhoto 2 using Software Update).

  • Buy a new Macintosh, which will come with iPhoto pre-installed. Although I’m sure Apple would appreciate your business, there are much less expensive methods of picking up iPhoto, which is, after all, free.

  • Use the Software Update preferences pane in Mac OS X’s System Preferences to download and install iPhoto. Conveniently, Software Update provides you with iPhoto 2 whether or not you ever had iPhoto 1.0 or 1.1.1 installed. Be warned that iPhoto 2 is big (about 33 MB), so the download will take a long time over a slow Internet connection.

  • Visit Apple’s iPhoto Web page at www.apple.com/iphoto/ and download a copy manually. Again, at nearly 33 MB, this will take a long time over a slow Internet connection.

  • Buy a $49 copy of Apple’s iLife, which is a CD/DVD package containing all four of Apple’s digital hub applications: iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, and iDVD. Although these applications are free and come with new Macs, the iLife package is the only way to get the update to iDVD 3 and is generally helpful for anyone who would otherwise spend hours downloading Apple’s free programs. See www.apple.com/ilife/ for details.


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