Since most iPhones and iPod touches are, in fact, cameras, iPhoto will annoyingly launch itself every time you plug them in. It turns out, though, you can disable this behaviour — the setting is just a little hidden.
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Mac OS X only: The latest version of the free Plex Media Centre for Mac now includes iTunes and iPhoto support, iTunes visualizations, TV theme music, and the ability to play songs you've purchased from the iTunes Store. This tight iTunes/iPhoto integration comes in part from the Plex Media Server, which makes your songs and photos show up inside Plex while running in parallel. The Plex developer explains:
The Plex Media Server is a standalone program that runs alongside Plex (or alone on any machine, it's a Universal Binary). It serves up media from your iLife applications (iTunes and iPhoto today, Aperture and Lightroom shortly). Plex communicates with the Plex Media Server on the local machine, on your local network, or even across the world over the Internet. This means that you can play your friends' iTunes playlists or browse their podcasts or photo albums.
The Plex Media Centre is a fork of the XBMC project, which also offers a Mac version. In fact, XBMC Atlantis' Mac version also includes iTunes and iPhoto support; compare our Plex screenshot tour to the Atlantis tour to see the differences between the two projects, which share the same code base. Plex is a free download for Intel Macs running Leopard only.Plex
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Mac OS X only: As the name suggests, free plug-in iPhoto2Gmail adds Gmail integration to OS X's default photo management software, iPhoto. Windows users enjoy no-nonsense integration with Gmail via Picasa, but since Google hasn't made the OS X jump with Picasa, iPhoto2Gmail makes adds the functionality for you. The plug-in supports your actual Gmail contacts and optionally resizes the photo before you email it. If you're a Gmail lover who hasn't set up Mail to send email, this plug-in is just the ticket. iPhoto2Gmail is a free download, Mac OS X only.iPhoto2Gmail
Mac OS X only: Freeware iPhoto plug-in FFXporter integrates with iPhoto to seamlessly upload your pics to the popular photo sharing web site, Flickr. Exporting pictures from iPhoto to Flickr with FFXporter is simple, and the uploads preserve the transfer of all your iPhoto metadata into Flickr—including titles, keywords/tags, and ratings. FFXporter also supports importing photos into your existing photo sets and can create sets from your uploads. For a slightly more robust but currently shareware iPhoto-to-Flickr exporter, check out Flickr Export. Otherwise the freeware, Mac-only FFXporter handles exports to Flickr with ease.FFXporter
Apple has finally brought iPhoto photo albums to Australia. Prices start at 29c for an individual photo, or $39.99 plus postage for an album. Other products like calendars are also available - but you'll need iLife '08 and iPhoto version 7.1.2 to play.
Mac OS X only: Desktop Facebook application PhotoBook browses your own and your friends' Facebook photo albums in an interface similar to iPhoto. Install PhotoBook and log into your Facebook account to easily navigate users and albums in what's decidedly a more user-friendly interface than Facebook on the web. PhotoBook comes with easy "add to iPhoto" feature (great for sucking friends' and family members' albums into your own collection), search as you type, full-screen slideshows, and keyboard shortcuts that make flipping through Facebook photos a lot faster and easier. PhotoBook 1.1 is a free download for Mac only.PhotoBook 1.1