Jeff CarlsonContributor, Macworld

Author and photographer Jeff Carlson is a columnist for the Seattle Times and a senior editor for TidBITS. He is the author of numerous books including The iPad for Photographers, Second Edition; The iPad & iPad mini Pocket Guide; and Photoshop Elements 11: Visual QuickStart Guide.

iMovieLocationEditor helps edit iMovie's locations

If you want to use the same custom location several times in iMovie '09, you can use iMovieLocationEditor to edits iMovie’s locations.

Review: iMovie '09

iMovie ’09 has caught up with iMovie HD and surpassed it in features and performance. There are enough improvements in iMovie ’09 that I think it is no longer competing with iMovie HD, but instead with Final Cut Express.

Get better group photos

Jeff Carlson shows you how to combine multiple flawed shots into one winner with Photoshop Elements 6

Create a DVD gift

Looking for a holiday gift with a personal touch? Jeff Carlson shows you how to make a custom DVD to send to family and friends.

Time-Saving Tips: Get creative

Working with photos and editing video can be fun, but that doesn’t mean you want to spend all your free time in front of the computer. Here are 18 simple iLife tricks that'll speed you through the boring parts.

ExpressCard/34 Buyers’ Guide

If you've got a MacBook Pro, you've got an ExpressCard/34 slot (instead of the old PC Card slot). Jeff Carlson explains a few of the ways you can use that slot to beef up your laptop.

Review: MobileMe 1.0

MobileMe is a rebranded .Mac, but the service offers one stellar feature that may convince new people to subscribe. Some information can now be synchronized among devices as it changes.

Make iMovie ’08 work your way

Despite iMovie ’08’s seemingly missing features, the program has hidden depth. It can still perform some of its predecessor’s tricks—just not in obvious ways. And a subsequent update, version 7.1, adds other enhancements. Here’s how to get the most out of the software.

Final Cut Express 4

If you’re an iMovie user feeling limited by its capabilities—or you’ve chosen to skip the revamped iMovie ‘08 altogether—Final Cut Express 4 is a great way to jump into semi-professional video editing at a fraction of the cost of Final Cut Studio.

First Look: First Look: Final Cut Express 4

The newly released Final Cut Express 4 addresses two big events directly: the shift to camcorders that record to high-capacity memory cards, mini-DVDs, or built-in hard disks, and this summer's release of iMovie '08. Jeff Carlson takes a first look at the video-editing app and finds more than just an alternative to iMovie '08 but a missing next step that restores the control enjoyed by iMovie HD users.

Review: iDVD '08

Even if you prefer to burn your movies to DVD instead of uploading them to a Web site or YouTube, chances are iDVD alone won’t sway you to buy the iLife ‘08 suite. But given Apple’s disinterest in the format, it’s encouraging to see the fine improvements in iDVD ‘08.

First Look: First Look: iDVD '08

Steve Jobs didn't spend much time on iDVD when unveiling iLife '08, but that doesn't mean there weren't changes to the DVD creation program. Jeff Carlson looks at what's new in the latest version of iDVD.

First Look: First Look: iMovie '08

Forget everything you knew about iMovie. Apple has reinvented its digital-video editing application for iLife '08. Jeff Carlson takes a tour of the new application to see what's improved over past versions of iMovie -- and what's missing in action.

Three for the road

If you travel with any regularity, chances are you have your favorite tricks for making each trip go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few more techniques to add to your repertoire, from three of our mobile Mac experts.

Cinematize 2 Pro

Although the less-expensive Cinematize 2 also handles extraction and decoding, the additional features in the Pro version will appeal to anyone who needs to regularly extract media