Mac 911

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Unsolicited Advice

Given the mission of Mac 911, you’d think my mailbox would spill over with letters demanding to know the meaning of arcane error messages or the reason that a Mac has suddenly caught fire.

Hardly. No, what readers want to know most is how to manage the media they own—specifically, how to use programs bundled with a new Mac on an old Mac, how to back up DVDs, and how to restore a corrupted music library from an iPod. Allow me to offer the shorthand versions of solutions for these problems:

Using Bundled Programs on Another Computer CharlesSoft’s $20 Pacifist is designed to extract folders and files from OS X .pkg files. It’s the tool to use for installing a single application from an Apple installation disc.

Backing Up a DVD Opus Computer Consultancy’s free DVDBackup can back up a DVD to your Mac’s hard drive. It will not, however, allow you to create a disc-based copy of the DVD’s contents. To create a disc-based backup, get DVD2one (€50 (about $66 at press time), a tool that compresses the Video_TS folders created by DVDBackup so they fit on a 4.7GB disc.

Restoring Your Music Library from an iPod The Little App Factory’s $10 iPodRip can transfer to your Mac not only an iPod’s music library but also its playlists.

Tip of the Month

In the December 2004 Mac 911, you addressed the issue of flipping the image from an iSight camera with mechanics. This is no longer necessary, thanks to iGlasses, an $8 shareware application from Ecamm Network. iGlasses can not only flip and mirror an iSight image (thus allowing you to mount it upside down); it also allows you to enhance the picture that the iSight broadcasts, by brightening the image and fine-tuning color settings. [ Click here for a full review of iGlasses.—Ed.] Steve Kellener

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