Working with MobileMe and iLife

Publish movies from iMovie

If you want to publish a movie from iMovie on an iWeb site, you must first share them to the iLife Media Browser. Follow these steps:

  1. In iMovie, select a project from your Project Library.
  2. Choose Share -> Media Browser. A dialog appears with size options showing which sizes are the best fits for the iPod, iPhone, AppleTV, a computer, or MobileMe.
  3. Check the boxes for the movie sizes you want to make available to iWeb and other applications, and click Publish.

Your shared movie now appears under iMovie in the Movies pane of the Media Browser. Then, in iWeb, drag one of the available movie sizes to a Web page or blog entry to include it on the page.

Publish a podcast with Garageband

Creating a podcast involves recording an audio file, optionally editing it (to, say, add music or sound effects or to remove mistakes), uploading it to a server, and putting a line of HTML code in a blog post so that RSS readers can see and download it. GarageBand and iWeb handle nearly all these details for you, making the job much simpler.

To create a podcast, you’ll need a microphone. Although many Macs have built-in microphones, you’ll get better results from an external microphone. Some microphones require an adapter to connect to a Mac. The directions that follow assume that you’ve already successfully connected a microphone and configured GarageBand to use it.

To create a simple podcast episode, follow these steps:

  1. Open GarageBand and, if the splash screen appears, click the Create New Podcast Episode button. Otherwise, choose File -> New and click Create New Podcast Episode.
  2. Enter an episode name, choose a storage location, and click Create.
  3. Select the Male Voice or Female Voice track, as appropriate, and click the Record button—the round button with the red dot—to start recording. When you’re done, click Record again to stop.
  4. To add music, sound effects, or other audio embellishments, drag them from the Loop Browser to the desired location in your recording. (If the Loop Browser isn’t visible, choose Control -> Show Loop Browser [Command-L].)
  5. Choose Share -> Send Podcast to iWeb. GarageBand mixes down your recording, converts it to the correct format, and opens iWeb.
  6. In iWeb, choose a Blog or Podcast template, and click Choose.
  7. Enter text to accompany your podcast; you can also modify other information, such as the page’s title.
  8. Choose File -> Publish to MobileMe.

iWeb uploads your podcast, along with the new blog entry, and then displays a dialog with the site’s URL and buttons you can use to visit the site or send an e-mail message announcing the site.

Create a site using your own tools

If you find iWeb too limiting, you can create Web pages using other software, and then copy those pages to the appropriate folder on your iDisk—either the Sites folder or a subfolder of the Sites folder—to publish them. I can’t explain all the ins and outs of HTML here, but I want to point out a few important things:

• To include media files on your site (such as photos), CSS (cascading style sheet) files, or other external files that you’ll reference in your Web pages, you have two choices:

  • Store the files in the folders at the top level of your iDisk, such as Pictures or Movies—in which case you must reference them using a full path, with a period before the top-level folder, as in http://homepage.mac.com/member-name/.Pictures/folder-name/photo.jpeg
  • Place the files within your iDisk’s Sites folder, in which case you can reference them with a relative URL, such as subfolder-name/photo.jpeg

• Even if you do your own coding, the MobileMe Web site does not support server-side programming languages such as perl or PHP. You can, however, include JavaScript code.

• To make a file the home page for a site—so it appears when someone enters a URL like http://homepage.mac.com/member-name/site-name/—name the file index.html.

• Any file you place in the Sites folder or one of its subfolders is immediately available on the Web, via a URL of the form http://homepage.mac.com/member-name/filename (for files at the top level of the Sites folder) or http://homepage.mac.com/member-name/folder-name/filename (for files in a subfolder).

[Joe Kissell has written numerous books about the Mac, including many popular Take Control ebooks. He is also Senior Editor of TidBits, contributes frequently to Macworld, and previously spent ten years in the Mac software industry. One of his most recent books is Take Control of MobileMe (TidBits Publishing Inc., 2008).]

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