Missing iPhoto 4 Features

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by sigamy, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    Well, I'm very excited to get iLife '04. All of the apps look great and GB is just what I was looking for (Soundtrack Express and more!).

    But, I can't believe that they didn't add calendars to iPhoto. The books are great, but they are expensive. It would be nice to be able to use the same layout tools to design a 12 month calendar and have it printed by Kodak. I really thought this was going to be added...

    I'm also upset that the 4x6 prints are still $.49. I may have to start uploading more and more images to ofoto.com just to get the $.29 price. Or maybe take the memory card to Walgreens.

    One last item, does anyone know if you can now print wallet sized pics at home? The 2x3 offered is not a standard wallet.
  2. CMYanko macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2004
    I always found printing to be a weakness of iPhoto in general. I turned to ImageBuddy but haven't used it much yet except to do a collage.

    In particular I don't like that iPhoto will scale-to-fit an image for my 4x6's which almost always gives me an unwanted extra border on two of the sides. To do it right you have to crop with a constraint. My old HP printing software would just auto-crop the long side to fit my 4x6. I could push it around a little to choose which part to crop but it was painless and easy.
  3. Lincoln macrumors regular


    Sep 22, 2003
    No Support for Quicktime Movies

    Most Digital Cameras today have the ability for Short Quicktime or mpeg movies. Yet Iphoto still does not support them, the "inferior" competitor Adobe Photoshop Album (currently version 2) on the PC has had this from version 1.

    Apple invented Quicktime, I'm sure that they could come up with an intuitive way to get these images of the camera and then organise them in iPhoto, maybe even linking the movies to iMovie or Quicktime Player

    I would much rather use iPhoto to do the lot than use it for the stills and then the cameras software for the movies.
  4. ftaok macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Re: No Support for Quicktime Movies

    I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Apple to add video clip support to iPhoto. iPhoto is for pictures. The video clips from digicams can be imported with Image Capture.

    iMovie may or may not import these clips perfectly. If they are Quicktime encoded clips, then they'll probably import right into iMovie. If they are mpeg's chances are you'll have to de-mux them first. Either way, it is possible to get the video clips onto your Mac and into iMovie.

    BTW, Quicktime Player should be able to play the video clips that your camera generates. If it doesn't, the problem lies in the format that your camera is using.
  5. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003

    i have canon s230. it takes .avi movie clips. once imported using image capture, it plays fine with QT and can also be imported into iMovie...

    however, i second that iPhoto should incorporate something to import movie clip. iphoto itself doesn't have to organize the clips, but it would help to have a small link or an option to launch image capture so i won't have to use both "explicitly" to download the movies... just a thought, because small movie clip is a very popular feature of the digital cameras now. iphoto is for pictures... yeah, but i think i iphoto should be for digital camera management in general, to keep up with the times now...
  6. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    This is a good point. All they really need to do is have iphoto (or imovie) also check for video clips when the camera is plugged in. Then up pops a dialog which says something like "iphoto[imovie] has detected a video clip on your camera. would you like to import this into [imovie/iphoto]?" That's a real digital hub for you--do it without having to fool around.
  7. sigamy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    All this talk about importing movies from digicams reminded me of my other big missing feature....import directly from scanners!

    The new iPhoto page says:
    "In iPhoto, it’s as easy as ABC to import, organize, enhance and share your digitally scanned photographs."

    What exactly does this mean? Will iPhoto find my scanner as an import device? Or is it still a multi-step process where I scan in from my scanner software (or Image Capture) and then import files manually into iPhoto?

    Any clues?
  8. ftaok macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Yeah, I forgot about the scanner thing. Jobs did gloss over that during the Keynote, I think. It would be nice to be able to scan in a bunch of photos and have it come up as a roll. Right now, I'm scanning in a bunch of photos into Photoshop Elements and it's very tedious. Elements really eats into the processor cycles and leaves very little to do other things.

    BTW, is your screen name in reference to the Sagami restaurant in Collingswood?
  9. GlenT macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2004
    The Real missing features in iPhoto

    RAW camera file support! All Digital SLRs use this format and iPhoto provides no support for such files. iPhoto should display a preview of the RAW files and open the chosen program to convert or process the RAW file and then create a new Album of Processed images.

    When iPhoto was first released it was revolutionary. The few improvements made since its original release is an insult to those who first conceived the program.

    I prefer iphoto's interface to other products, but I think that they could take a cue from iView Media Pro and Portfolio by Extensis to add support for RAW files.
  10. Thirteenva macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2002
    Another missing features is nested albums/sub folders or whatever you prefer to call them...
  11. sigamy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    4x6 prints are now $.39...not bad, I guess there has to be some mark-up for the convience of not having to upload images to ofoto or some other site.
  12. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040


    Nov 5, 2002
    I'm just glad to have the archive .... that was my second order of busines after installing ...

    I don't buy prints so thats not a feature ... I also have the s230 and I've never been impressed with the video feature so i don't use it much
  13. benixau macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    video will burn out the sensor.
    CCDs are meant for short bursts. Even sucessive multi-fps shooting leaves enough time in between frames for the CCD to recover for the next shot.

    Video does no such thing - very very bad.

    CMOS chips are a little better but I would still reccomend against it. But then the only real CMOS chips are in top-of-the-line Canons. Those guys have DVCAM cameras so using their little 640x480 AU$10,000 digital camera is not what they do.

    EDIT: spelling
  14. sigamy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I still don't see how I can import directly from my scanner...
  15. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Your post is very confusing. How can shooting video be bad for a CCD? Video cameras use CCDs.


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