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Bought a new iMac, I would like to burn photos on CD...

by psphoto / October 13, 2006 7:15 AM PDT

My last computer was a dinosaur of a PC, with no burning capabilities. I installed a burner & lost all available space with it's software. Finally convinced to buy the iMac of my dreams, I have transfered all of my photos. I know I can create DVD shows of my photos or burn them onto CD. I tried to 'Find' burning software. Does anyone know if/what burning software comes on the new iMacs & what are the best type of CDs or DVDs to burn. Any suggestions...

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Burning CD/DVD
by Dan Filice / October 13, 2006 8:45 AM PDT

Burning photos to a CD and burning to a DVD are two different issues. What is your goal? Do you want a disc with music and transitions between pictures, or do you simply want a disc that allows you to view the pictures? If you want the latter, just simply burn a CD and place the disc in any DVD player that recognizes JPEG images. Once inserted, you can use the remote to view the pictures one by one. If you want to make a picture slide show with music and transitions, then you want to burn a DVD. In either case, your Mac comes complete with what you need. To burn a CD, simply place a blank CD into the drive, and when asked what to do with it, name it and click OK. You will now see an icon on the desktop of your CD. Locate your pictures on your computer and simply drag the files on top of the CD icon. If you have 50 pictures, your CD should have 50 separate picture files in it. Now either drag the CD icon to the trash (where you will be given a window asking you to "Burn" the disc, or choose the icon under the Apple logo in the upper-left of the screen and choose "Burn."

If you want to make a DVD with music and transitions, you will need to use iMovie and iDVD, which your computer has. These are part of the iLife package of software, and it is brilliant for home use. It's too complicated to give instructions here, so go buy a book about iMovie/iDVD. My favorite has been the "Missing Manual" book. Do a Google search for "iMovie Missing Manual" and you will find it.

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more images than I chose to burn
by sambo65 / November 30, 2010 4:56 AM PST
In reply to: Burning CD/DVD

I have tried to burn photos to disc twice...both times the images multiplied by 3 times or more. There are the original jpeg files plus all these closeup face shots of each person in every shot. Why is it doing this? Then when I opened the pics on my hp laptop the pics were small and all pixelated when I tried to make them bigger. What am I doing wrong??? Also I tried to put images onto an external hard drive so I could put them on my regular laptop to do some other editing and they would not copy to it. I would appreciate any help! Wink

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Create a folder on your desktop
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 30, 2010 7:20 AM PST

Open iPhoto and drag the pictures you want into that folder.
Close iPhoto.
Insert a blank, writable, CD
At the prompt, choose Open Finder
After the disk has shown up on the desktop,
Drag the folder containing your pictures onto the CD
Drag the CD to the trash.
Answer Yes to any question asking if you want to burn the disk

You're done


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Presuming you are running MacOSX
by boya84 / October 13, 2006 8:46 AM PDT

on you new machine... You have several choices. Here are two:

1) If you just want the photos on the CD or DVD, insert the blank CD or DVD into the CD/DVD drive. In a couple of seconds, it will appear as "untitled" on the right side of the desktop - and at the same time, you will likely get a dialog box asking what you want the OS to do (open an application of your choice). Just select "Finder" and proceed. Locate the pictures on your hard drive that you want on the CD/DVD. Option-drag them to the CD/DVD. You will notice that there is a white + in a green circle when you option-drag on the CD/DVD. That means it is making a copy of the file (photo) onto the CD/DVD. You will also see on the Finder window - on the left side, at the bottom of all the icons, your "untitled" CD/DVD - and to the right of it, a little round Black and yellow "burn disc" icon... At this point, it you click ONCE on the word "untitled" you will highlight the word and be able to name the disc whatever you want (withing reason on the number of characters). When all the pictures you want to burn to the CD/DVD are on the CD/DVD, click on the black and yellow "burn disc" icon.

2) The other thing you *could* do is add all your photos to iPhoto. You can make albums and slide shows and split the photos by topic, date, whatever... then, use the icons at the bottom to burn to disc.

I know you've been in a pc environment. there is no separate "burn" application on a Mac (unless you install it... like Toast). You don't need to make it difficult. CDs are pretty cheap, try burning something on one to see how easy it is!

Congratulations on your wise acquisition.

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by Danalee133 / July 15, 2010 5:50 PM PDT

Thanks ur advice helped me a lot. I love my iMac n iPad n one to one but I forgot to ask about how to burn CDs DVDs. One more question what cd DVDs do I buy for the imac to put pics n movies on?? I was looking at the. And theyhwve different names and numbers n brands and types I felt like I was buying ink and paper for the 1st time again... But that parts mastered but now on to movie an CDs and slide shows... Ps do
U know by chance if I make a website for a friend and want them to see it b4 I finish or somethilnf can I save that on to a cd!? N does a flash disk work just like a cd ?? Do u know where I can look for all this info I know I'm asking you a lot but I can tell from your answers you know what your talking are talking about!!! Thank you very much!!

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A mobileme account from Apple
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / July 15, 2010 10:01 PM PDT
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will allow you to create albums on line so that you can show off your pictures prior to finishing the CD.

The CD/DVD type should be -R (Minus R). Although your optical drive will burn both types, you will have fewer problems with the -R ones.

Flash drives are not the same as CD's. With a flash drive you can put data on, take it off or delete it, in exactly the same way as you can a normal hard drive.
That does not happen on an optical disk, just Write Once and Read Many. (WORM)


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oops... I forgot...
by boya84 / October 13, 2006 8:50 AM PDT

I use Fuji or Memorex CDs and DVDs (including double layer DVDs). I have had good luck with both manufacturers. Since I have been happy with them, I have not tried others.

I know people who like Verbatim and TDK discs.

I stay away from non-brand-name media manufacturers... You get what you pay for.

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Burning pictures
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 13, 2006 9:47 AM PDT

Now that you are totally confused on how to handle the whole burning process, try this:
All those pictures that you put on your new Mac are probably sitting around the hard drive somewhere.
Gather them up and put them in the Pictures folder, if they are not already there. It would be best to put them inside a folder that you create inside the Pictures folder. You'll see why later
Now, open iPhoto. This is the program that you are going to manage all your pictures with.
Click on File and choose Import to Library. Now click on the Pictures folder that is in the lefthand pane of the window that just appeared.
Find the folder the you just created and put all your pictures in, click it ONCE and then click the Import button. All your pictures go into iPhoto.
Now that you can see all of your pictures, hold down the Apple key (next to the spacebar, and click on all the pictures you want to burn to CD.
Shift click and Apple (Control) click behave the same one the Mac as it does on a PC.
Once you have selected all the pictures you want to burn, go to the Share menu (top of the screen) and select Burn.
Insert a blank CD and follow the instructions.

There, you're done. Easy, huh!

For regular burning of a CD, for something other than this, when you insert a blank CD into the Mac it will ask you what to do. Choose Open Finder. This will allow the blank disk to mount on the desktop. Just drag the files or pictures that you want to copy, onto the CD. When it comes time to eject the CD, drag it to the trash and answer YES to the "Do you want to burn this CD" question. CD's burned in this way cannot have anything added to them.

Good luck and welcome to the Mac world


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the mac world
by LeynaKB / April 15, 2008 1:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Burning pictures

I occasionally see the blank cd pop up on the desktop when I load one...occasionally. Sometimes its not there. If you look up burn cd on the help, the only thing help addresses is audio cds. I have had my brand new imac with the latest operating system for over 6 months now and still feel very frustrated at how bad the help is and at how non-intuitive everything is. I've now entered 7 blank cd's without having them show up on desktop. I guess I'll try restarting the entire machine. I have so few options. It is too bad that you cannot simply move a file to a cd without putting it into specific applications like the annoying iphoto or itunes.

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Burning CD's
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 15, 2008 9:46 PM PDT
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"It is too bad that you cannot simply move a file to a cd without putting it into specific applications like the annoying iphoto or itunes."
And that is exactly what you CAN do!

Question for you:
When you put a blank CD into your Mac, exactly what happens?

I have a feeling that either iTunes or iPhoto opens for you. This is NOT default behavior, it is behavior that you have told the computer to do each time you insert a blank CD.

Go to the System Preferences, usually in the Dock, and open the CDs & DVDs pane. On the top line, where it says "When you insert a blank CD:" change the setting, by using the drop down menu, to "Ask what to do"

Close the preference pane and close System Preferences.

Insert a blank CD. You should no get a question. Choose the Open Finder option and the CD should mount on the desktop.

Did it?

Now, with the CD on the desktop, you can just drag whatever you want to burn, onto the CD. When you eject the CD, by dragging it to the trash, the system will ask if you want to burn the CD. Answer appropriately and it will be done.

Hope this helps.

Let us know what happens


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by robinpence / October 17, 2008 2:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Burning CD's

I need to get the "eject" symbol back on my toolbar, but do not know how to do it. Can anyone help? Robin

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eject in toolbar
by ellenk20 / October 17, 2008 3:36 PM PDT
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Not sure if I understand what you are asking. Which app's toolbar are you referring to?

You can always drag to the trash can in the dock to eject.


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To put the Eject button back, do this:
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 17, 2008 11:48 PM PDT
In reply to: toolbar

Open up any Finder window. Double click the Hard drive icon will do that.
In the menu bar at the top of the screen, choose View > Customize Toolbar.
Then drag the Eject icon from the palette to the Toolbar at the top of the window.
Click Done.

Bingo, the eject button will now appear on every open Finder window.

How dat?


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iMac help
by Danalee133 / July 15, 2010 5:41 PM PDT
In reply to: the mac world

I also just got a brand new iMac n iPad ... Love them both and now that I have them and love them i'm considering getting an iPhone 4 even tho I swore my touch phone was the same for less.... Anyways. I know what u mean it's a new world going from pc to iMac n the tricks of using iMac makes my life so much easier but b4 I knew the tricks I was ready to throw it out the window, it seems at 1st everything is so hard to do even when it should be simple, I promise it's simile once u find out what each tool is for, it's weird that they don't have a key or something to explain the buttons.. Anyways I went to my 2nd one to one class today I have signed up for 3 next week.. U can find out about them by going to or going into an apple store... U can go in any store n ask for help with any issue with anything apple.. U could even take ur iMac iPad iwhatever in n they will show u how to do exactly what u want, but u don't need to they will show u on the stores models and the one to one training is awesome u get apple specialist from anywhere from 20mins for a few hours . How ever long u need the help.. N if u don't understand the 1st time they will tell u n explain as many times as it take but most things once u see how they're done ur really like wow I can't believe it's that day.. Also u can call apple care @(412)683-1186. I write down every question I have some times as the problem comes up I write it down or if I have a few questions I call in and ask if I need the answer right then but most of the time they have open appointments so I go online n sign up for a class n that way u don't forget u ask. I love love love my iMac iPad iLife iWork and everything else that comes from the apple family!! It's great they offer these classes anyone from a little old lady to a kid.can learn from these classes and u will enjoy it much more when u know how everything work... After each class I rush home to try the new stuff out!! I hope this helps u

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It does come with instructions
by sturner--2008 / November 30, 2010 12:46 PM PST
In reply to: iMac help

What many computer neophytes, and that includes a great many computer users, seem to not understand is that Help is always available, and that includes the OS X System Help.

On your menu bar, the last item is Help. I know it's a lot to ask, but if you will simply click on that menu item and type a word that is associated with what you want to know, like Burn CD, you will find a lot of information.

You can also select Mac Help under the Help menu, which will display the help window. You can select the topics displayed in that window, including tutorials, or type a search word or phrase in the search box at the top right of the window.

Apple Help isn't really like Microsoft Help. Apple Help is actually helpful.

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Apple Help
by pingpsb / March 13, 2011 8:32 AM PDT

As a computer neophyte, I've never found the Help system very helpful, and I think that's the first place neophytes go. The Help menu is clogged with ads for how I can help Apple by buying things, and it is not specific enough. Here's my neophyte problem. I dragged my photos to my disc, but they open in photoshop instead of preview. That is the kind of problems neophytes have that are difficult to find solutions for in the Help menu.

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And neophytes often hijack an old thread
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / March 13, 2011 9:54 PM PDT
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to post new problems.

Now that you have the photos on your computer, find one of them and select it. (Single Click of the mouse)
Now go to the menu bar, at the top of the screen, and choose File > Get Info
In the window that appears, look at the section marked "open with:"
Yours probably says Photoshop.
Using the drop down menu, change it to Preview.
If Preview is not a choice, use the "other" choice to browse to the Applications folder and select Preview.
Once you have done that, click on the Change All button.
Once done, close the Get Info window and now all your photo's will open in Preview.

By the way, you must have a special Help file. Mine does not contain an adverts.

let us know how you get on.


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