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Customizing iDVD 3, Part 2

Creating additional button presets for your repertoire By Dave Nagel
Just last week we took our first look into button customization for iDVD 3. It's not a terribly difficult process, but, as with this week's tip, it's not entirely obvious unless you want to spend all of your free time hunting around the guts of an application looking for all the little pieces that make customization possible. Kind of like what I do. Hmm. Can we trade lives?

This time around, we're going to take the process to its next logical step. Instead of replacing buttons in the existing menu in iDVD 3, we're going to make additional slots available so that we can keep the old buttons and also have our own handy. Sound tricky? It's really not. If you got through last week's tutorial on this topic, this new one will not tax your mind in the least.

In order to complete this phase of the customization process, you'll have to read and understand the techniques outlined in the last part. If you haven't seen it already, you can access Part 1 of this series by clicking the Tutorials button on the left (or bottom, depending on which site you're reading this on) or simply click here to access it directly at Creative Mac, home of your humble author.

Beyond this, you will also need to make sure that you've installed the Developer Tools that came with Mac OS X. I know this sounds daunting to some, but there's just one application you'll need from this set of tools in order to get through this, a utility called Property List Editor. If you don't have Developer Tools installed already, don't fret. The installer is on your hard drive at Macintosh HD/Applications/Installers/Developer Tools/Developer.mpkg. Just double-click this file and follow the instructions.

Finally, as always, you probably ought to back up your pristine copy of iDVD 3, as we'll be tearing into it without regard to its physical well being. Something can always go wrong ... on your end ... and I don't want to have to hear you crying about it. OK? Good.

Making your new buttons
As with last week's tutorial, begin by right-clicking (or Control-clicking) on the iDVD application. When the contextual menu pops up, choose the "Show Package Contents" option from the list.

There, you'll see a number of tasty-looking options to play around with. For our purposes here, we're only going to concern ourselves with the directory called "Resources." You'll recall that this is the location of, among other things, the graphics and data files associated with individual buttons and themes. It's also the location of iDVD's basic settings that relate to buttons--a file called iDVD.plist.

Just keep this in mind for now. We'll go in and play with it in a little bit.

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