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iLife \'06 improved, but not a bargain

updated 12:30 pm EST, Mon February 13, 2006

iLife \'06 not a bargain

Apple's newly introduced suite of digital lifestyle applications--iLife '06--has many improvements, but may not be worth the (upgrade) price. A new column in The Washington Post notes the differences between iLife '06 and its predecessor, iLife '05. Both versions offer major upgrades to iPhoto, while making relatively few changes to iDVD, iMovie, and GarageBand. While iLife '06 features a new addition--iWeb--to the suite of applications, the upgrade only makes sense in a handful of circumstances, according to the columnist. "The most likely reason to upgrade would be if your old copy of iPhoto has begun sinking under the weight of your accumulated pictures." Apple claims iPhoto 6 can store 10 times the number of photos as the previous version, or up to 250,000. The colmnist says that Apple's "bonehead" implementation of RSS (Really Simple Syndication), GarageBand's new podcast studio, iMovie HD stability issues, and iDVD's enhanced support suggest that most users can supplement iLife '05 with shareware programs, or wait for the release of iLife '07. The software is free with new Macs and is $80 for a single-user license. Apple, however, does not offer any upgrade path for users of previous versions.




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  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Upgrade Path

    Given that iLife comes for free with every new Mac, and has for the past several years, wouldn't that $80 be the upgrade path?

    Who buys iLife that doesn't already own a previous version?

  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    ai agree with most

    i don't know what's apple's problem with not supplying any upgrade prices!! one feels like being ripped-off!

  1. RyanG3

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    A Bit To Harsh

    Wow, what a narrow view of iLife '06.

    No upgrade path, what a dork, most upgrades are more than $80 for one app. Idiot!

  1. itguy05

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Worth it for me

    The increased quality of my 10d RAW in iPhoto was worth the cost to me. iPhoto 5 had imported pictures lacking in contrast and resolution compared to Canon's software.

    iPhoto 6 made them reoughly the equal to Canon's S/W. Worth it for me.

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iMovie 6

    IMO, iWeb is worth nearly the $80 all by itself. But overall, I'm finding iLife '06 to be pretty disappointing.

    The most annoying thing about iLife '06, to me, is that iMovie 6 is a complete pigdog. Much slower, and that's when it's not crashing. A patch is needed desperately. For iLife users who particularly use iMovie a lot, this upgrade is a baaaad move. Spend eighty bucks, and watch your productivity plummet? I don't think so.

  1. dingoinnc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Worth the price....

    I would contend that the reviewer didn't look too closely at the apps included. The price is worthwhile for the new abilities in GarageBand alone. It will allow you to create podcasts and feeds with just a few clicks. For anyone that's done podcast creation "by hand," the GarageBand 3 method rocks!

  1. aquapaddler

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iLife '06

    iLife '06 upgrade, for me, is definitely worth every dime. All the appication upgrades are superb. iWeb is an incredible easy and robust application in lieu of working through .Mac to publish online. I am a heavy user of all the apps in iLife and have found them to have awesome surprises due to the recent upgrades. Crashes? I haven't had any problems and I have been using all the applications daily, including iMovie. I just finished a 3 hour documentary for a client using iMovie and built a custom DVD template in DVD Pro. Completely seamless and never had iMovie crash. Garageband is amazing; especially the new podcast features. I would recommend forking out the cash. $80 is a small price to pay for the quality of software and deliverables one can produce.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: ai agree with most

    Did you read my comment above. The $80 is an upgrade price. Everybody who has a Mac that can run it, already has a version of iLife, so there's no reason for a full retail price, which is worth far more than $80.

  1. Bobby

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I agree

    I agree, especially considering the fact that the programs WON'T work on a G3... :/

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Software ROCKS

    The iApps are the best bang for the buck of any program I know of.

    However, if this guy would just say it nicely," if you don't need these things: yadda, yatta, yada... don't pay $80 for an upgrade.

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