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The Software That Drives Your MacBook’s Digital Hub

By Mark L. Chambers

At the heart of your digital hub is your MacBook. To use and manipulate all the data that arrives at your laptop, your computer needs software, which provides instructions on what to do with the information that you send. Fortunately, Apple has fashioned some easy-to-use software to help you manipulate and manage your digital lifestyle — and that outstanding software accompanies your new MacBook as part of your purchase!

The list of software that belongs to the digital hub includes

  • iPhoto: Use iPhoto to download, manipulate, and organize your favorite digital photographs. After everything is just so, iPhoto can print them, burn them to disc, or even help you design and order a hardbound album!

  • iTunes: iTunes offers the ability to create and manage your music and movie collection, along with sundry other media such as podcasts, Internet radio, audiobooks, and music videos. You can also purchase and download audio tracks and video from Apple’s iTunes Store. iTunes can even burn CDs!

  • iMovie: Every film director needs a movie-editing suite. iMovie gives you the chance to set up Hollywood in your neighborhood coffee shop with outstanding results. (Just keep that double mocha away from your laptop!)

  • iDVD: As home video moves toward the digital realm, iDVD becomes an essential tool for authoring your own DVD media. Home movies will never be the same!

  • GarageBand: Call it a “music-building” application! Even if you can’t play a note, GarageBand makes it easy to create your own original songs — and if you are a musician, you can turn your MacBook into a traveling production studio. The latest version can even help you learn how to play an instrument.

  • iWeb: Interested in producing a professional-quality website, but afraid that you’ll have to give up your personal life to build and maintain it? Never fear; with iWeb you can join the Web publishing crowd the easy Apple way.