iTunes 10 – Create Ringtones from your Music

Creating ringtones to use on your iPhone from your Music stored in iTunes is really quite simple, and if you follow the instructions below, step by step, then you will be able to do this too

The ringtone track should be no more than 30 seconds in length, so make sure you know the start and finish times of the section of the song that you want to use before proceeding with the following steps.

1. Open iTunes

2. Pick the song you wish to use as a ringtone

3. Right click (or CTRL click) on that song and select ‘Get Info’

4. Select the Options tab

5. Tick the box next to Start time and enter the start time of the section to be used as a ringtone

6. Tick the box next to Stop time and enter the finish time of the section to be used (no more than 30 seconds after the Start time)

7. Click OK

8. Right click (or CTRL click) on the same song again and this time select ‘Create AAC Version’, (iTunes will automatically only select the portion of the song specified in steps 5 & 6 and create a new track with just that portion in it)

9. Right click (CTRL click) on the new shorter version of the song and choose ‘Show In Finder’

10. Rename the extension at the end of the file from .m4a to .m4r

11. Go back into iTunes and choose the shorter version of the song and right click (CTRL click) on it, choose ‘Delete’ from the menu

12. Click ‘Remove’

13. Click ‘Keep File’

14. Go back to the Finder window and double click the .m4r file to import it into iTunes

15. Plug in your iPhone and sync it, if you have followed all the steps then it will show up on your iPhone under Settings>General>Sounds>Ringtone

If the ringtone shows up in iTunes but won’t show up on your phone then there are 2 causes for this, either the ringtone is over 30 seconds in length, or steps 11-13 were not followed

Sign a PDF with Preview

One of the features often underused in Preview is the ability to add your signature to a PDF document, and it is fairly simple to do, providing you have a webcam, just follow the instructions below

Open Preview (located in /Applications)

Then click on Preview in the menu bar at the top of the screen and click on Preferences

You will have a few tabs, but we want to use the Signatures one on the end, so click on that

If you don’t have any then the window will be empty so just click on the Create Signature button

a new window will open, with instructions on how to do this, for clarity I will list them here

Write your signature on a piece of white paper in black ink

then hold the signature up to the webcam so that the bottom of the signature rests on the blue line

once you are happy with the preview then click the Accept button

Now, once that has been saved you will no longer have the Create Signature button, so to create a new one just click on the + button at the bottom of the window

Finally, the point of the whole thing, adding the signature to a PDF document, which is done as so

Open a PDF document in Preview

click on the Annotate button (the one that looks like a pencil in the toolbar)

around the middle of the Annotate toolbar you will have a button with a small x and a big S which looks like this x S

there will be an down arrow next to it so click on that and choose the signature to add

Once selected you will then need to go to the area of the document that you wish to add it to, and click on that point

you will then be presented with a little signature image which you can then drag the edges of the box to correctly size the signature

and thats it, you’re done