Category Archives: Apple & Mac

Giving iLife ’06 a Trial Run

Podcast Studio

I’ve spent the last 90 minutes or so exploring iLife ’06 from Apple. It’s new this week and boasts loads of features. iPhoto runs smoother, the apps are even more integrated but the most intriguing pieces are iWeb and the Podcast Studio of Garageband.

Here’s a flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsphotos/sets/72057594047315870/

I was able to record a podcast in about 25 minutes and mix it down for iWeb to post at my .mac account. You can see the podcast blog and hear the podcast here:

http://web.mac.com/mstephens7/iWeb/TTW.Mac/TTWPodcasts/TTWPodcasts.html

There is a learning curve for Garageband but it’s not bad at all once you get a few things in place. The podcast includes a graphic and its in MPEG 4 format. I’m interested in how useful this might be.

Update:

TTW PodcastsAdded to iTunes

The iWeb software creates a front page of my podcast blog that includes a SUBSCRIBE button that automaticcally adds the podcast to iTunes. Wowza.

And here’s the easy as pie VIDEOCAST!

Multiple Party Video Chat with iChat and Tiger!

Testing 3 Way Video Chat with Meikel & Dino

Finally! I met some fellows who were able to test Tiger’s new multiple person video chat feature. Meikel (Michael) is in Germany and Dino is in London! Note that the video is not as crisp as one to one chats and the reflections of participants on the smooth surface of the virtual conference table.

We will test again and hope to soon use an application such as this for virtual meetings with my LIS colleagues from all over the world! (So everyone buy a Mac!)