Hands on With ILife '09

With iLife '09 in the wild, it's time to take a look at some of its intriguing new features. And what could be more intriguing than iPhoto '09's Faces--the ability for iPhoto to recognize faces and create collections of people based on that recognition--and Places, a reflection of iPhoto's new geotag awareness?

In this edition of the Macworld Video I offer a few techniques for taking advantage of these two features.

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Show Notes

During the video I mention a few products other than iPhoto '09. They include:

MacSense's Geomet'r. This is a smallish US$150 GPS unit that attaches to the hotshoe of Nikon D300, D3, D200, D2Hs & D2Xs, and Fujifilm S5 Pro DSLRs. You velcro the unit to a hotshoe insert and then plug the data connector into the camera's data port. It derives its power from the camera's battery and takes around a minute to acquire coordinates. The included software is pretty clunky, but hey, you're using iPhoto '09, what do you care?

HoudahGeo.. Houdah Software's $30 HoudahGeo is a powerful utility for adding geotags to images. It writes EXIM, XMP, and IPTC tags; allows you to acquire coordinates from Google Earth, a built-in maps, or from GPS track logs provided by your GPS unit (a Garmin, Magellan, or Wintec unit, for example); and you can export your data to Google Earth as well as upload geotagged pictures to Flickr. If you don't care to do your geotagging within iPhoto because you find the process too slow, HoudahGeo is definitely worth a look.

MacUser's Derik DeLong (known affectionately around here as "d00d") reveals that iPhoto '09's Faces may work with your pet. Jim Dalrymple got together with Apple's vice president of applications product marketing, Rob Schoeben, to get the inside dope on some of iPhoto '09's new features. And Macworld senior editor, Jackie Dove, tells you what you need to know about this new version of iPhoto.

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