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Revised Book/DVD to Cover Apple's New iLife Suite

Peachpit Press author given advance access to new versions and is available for comment on Apple's new iLife strategy
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Author/host: Jim Heid,
For Peachpit Press: Scott Cowlin,

Apple Computer's new iLife software suite will transform the way Mac users listen to music, work with photographs, and make movies. The Macintosh iLife, a new book/DVD hybrid produced by Peachpit Press and Avondale Media, will transform the way Mac users master these tools.

Available in February, The Macintosh iLife is a completely revised and expanded version of the critically acclaimed best-seller, The Macintosh Digital Hub, by Jim Heid. The Macintosh iLife is a beautifully illustrated, full-color guide to iTunes 3, iPhoto 2, iMovie 3, and iDVD 3. The book includes a companion DVD-Video disc containing more than 90 minutes of interactive tutorials and tips.

Author/host Jim Heid was given the unprecedented opportunity to work with advance copies of the new iLife programs. "No one outside of Apple has more experience with the new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD," said Scott Cowlin, Executive Marketing Director at Peachpit Press. "We're thrilled to be able to bring Jim's expertise to the Mac community."

The book and DVD were developed in parallel and each is designed to complement the other. Throughout the book, readers will find references to specific chapters on the DVD that relate to the topic being discussed. Similarly, the DVD frequently refers viewers to the book for technical background and more in-depth information.

The Macintosh iLife book is organized into a series of two-page spreads, each a self-contained reference or tutorial on a specific topic. Each spread is beautifully designed, with illustrations, sidebars, glossaries, and step-by-step instructions that demystify the digital hub and get readers' creative juices flowing.

The book contains four primary sections:

  • iTunes and iPod: Making Music
  • iPhoto: Organizing and Sharing Images
  • iMovie: Editing Video
  • iDVD: Putting it All Together

The DVD is organized similarly, with dozens of subchapters and "jump to topic" menus that make any chapter accessible with just a few clicks.

A Macintosh iLife Sneak Preview is also now available, as Peachpit Press has published a 16-page, full-color sneak preview of the new iLife suite and The Macintosh iLife book/DVD. Free copies are available at Macworld in the Peachpit Press booth (2023). An electronic PDF version is also available at

Like its predecessor, The Macintosh iLife is the result of a collaboration between Peachpit Press and Avondale Media, producers of seminars and DVD-Video instructional courses ( The Macintosh iLife has a suggested retail price of $29.95.

The Macintosh iLife at Macworld San Francisco

Author/host Jim Heid will be discussing the book/DVD and demonstrating the new iLife programs at this week's Macworld Expo in San Francisco. He is also available for comment on the new versions.

  • Wednesday, January 8, 11:00 am—User conference session. "From Music to Movies: Secrets of the Macintosh Digital Hub".

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2:00 pm—Digital Hub/iLife book signing and Q&A, Peachpit Press booth, #2023.

  • Thursday, January 9, 2:00 pm—iApplications panel. Peachpit Press booth

  • Friday, January 10, 11 am—MacBeginning session (free to all Macworld Expo attendees): The Digital Hub for Everyone!

The Macintosh iLife Goes Live at iDay 2003

Author/host Jim Heid will be hosting a series of fun, informative, one-day seminars on the new iLife programs. Called iDay 2003, the seminar series kicks off in Los Angeles on January 25. The iDay 2003 series is sponsored by Peachpit Press, Macworld magazine, and other leading companies in the Macintosh community. More information is available at

The Berkeley-based Peachpit Publishing Group has been publishing top-notch books on the latest in graphic design, desktop publishing, multimedia, Web publishing, and general computing since 1986. Its award-winning books feature step-by-step explanations, timesaving techniques, savvy insider tips, and expert advice for computer users of all sorts. The Peachpit Publishing Group represents an elite collection of the world's top computer book imprints specializing in graphics and design, including its flagship, Peachpit Press, as well as New Riders, Adobe Press and Macromedia Press, among others. The Peachpit Publishing Group is a part of Pearson Education, the world's largest integrated educational publisher (a Pearson company, NYSE: PSO).

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