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Making PC compatible CD's with MAC

Michael Miller , Oct 12, 2011; 07:59 a.m.

I just switched to an iMAC and I can't figure out how to make CD's for my clients who have a PC? When I go to burn the cd from iphoto folder in my Mac it makes the CD but then it won't play on the PC of my clients. Is there something else I need to do with Mac. I never had this problem with my old PC. Any help would greatly be appreciated. I need to figure this out fast as I have 7 client CD's I need to get in the mail this week. Thanks so much!


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Lorne Sunley , Oct 12, 2011; 08:28 a.m.

If you select items with Finder and right click the selected items you get a "Burn to Disc" option that produces Windows and iMac compatible CD/DVD discs.

Michael Miller , Oct 12, 2011; 08:52 a.m.

Thanks Lorne. I'm a little confused with the Finder option. Is there a way to actually do it through my folder in iphoto instead of actually manually choosing every single photo in Finder?

John Deerfield , Oct 12, 2011; 10:39 a.m.

From iPhoto help:

To create a CD or DVD to be viewed in Windows or by a photo-processing company:

  1. In iPhoto, select the photos, albums, or video clips you want to burn to a disc.

  2. Choose File > Export.

  3. In the Export Photos window, click File Export, and then select your options.

    For best results, choose JPEG, Maximum, and Full Size. For more information, see Export a photo.

  4. When you’re ready, click Export, and export the photos to a folder on your computer.

  5. When the export is finished, quit iPhoto.

  6. Click the Finder icon in the Dock, and then insert a CD-RW disc or a blank CD-R or DVD-R disc into your drive.

  7. Drag the folder that contains your exported photos to the disc’s icon.

  8. When the files have been copied, choose File > Burn Disc, and then click Burn.

On another note, Toast is a great burning app for the Mac (and uses a different burning engine than Finder). And on a 2nd note, you might want to look into Aperture if you are managing client files. iPhoto is a bit consumerish, but that's just my opinion.

Martin S. , Oct 12, 2011; 10:42 a.m.

As far as I recall, iPhoto creates an image CD/DVD that behaves like an iPhoto library and hence requires iPhoto for playback at the other end.

Your best bet is probably to insert and name your blank CD/DVD in the Finder and then drag&drop the thumbnails from iPhoto's library window onto the CD's icon. That will copy the plain, full-size images to the CD in a hybrid format that can be accessed by both PCs and Macs.
Alternatively you can use iPhoto's Export command, choose "original" for the file format and select your CD as the export destination.

Andrew Gillis , Oct 12, 2011; 11:57 a.m.

+1 for Toast--when I first started burning CDs from iPhoto it always seemed as though there were multiple copies of files, and it was confusing for others to find the images they were looking for. This was from the iPhoto that came with OS 10.3, circa 2004. I don't know how the current version behaves, but Toast has been virtually problem free for me and for clients.

J. W. Wall , Oct 12, 2011; 01:45 p.m.

I have no experience with it, but Toast 11 has some serious flaws according to reviews on Amazon.

Andrew Gillis , Oct 12, 2011; 02:03 p.m.

I'm still using Toast 8 titanium, which came with my external LaCie CD/DVD burner. Only the occasional hiccup when I connect/disconnect an external Firewire hard drive during disc burning, so I don't do that any more...

Martin S. , Oct 12, 2011; 02:16 p.m.

The Finder is perfectly capable to burn simple cross-platform discs; Toast isn't needed.

Michael McCann , Oct 12, 2011; 03:59 p.m.

Toast is not needed, but Toast 11 runs perfectly and is extremely flexible. I don't know why someone would say it has serious flaws.

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