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PCWorld blogger defends iMovie '08

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Mon August 20, 2007

PCWorld defense iMovie '08

Loyal iMovie fans cried out for change after Apple released iMovie '08 at its special event in Cupertino earlier this month, leaving many like New York Times columnist David Pogue to criticize the company's latest iMovie offering. PCWorld blogger Phil Shapiro however suggests that people don't see beauty unless they go looking for it, implying that iMovie '08 is perhaps "a small jewel after all." Many users were dissatisfied with the new feature set of the iMovie revision, but soon learned that Apple had released iMovie HD as a digital download to support those more experienced users who demand a wider spread of tools when editing movies. "Is there a lesson to be learned here? Yes. It's important to reserve judgment and not be too quick out of the gate with your reactions. Apple sometimes makes big mistakes, but they seldom make colossal mistakes," Shapiro wrote. "As software users, it's our duty to look for the intentions of the software designer."




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  1. chas_m

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    Spot on

    Phil Shapiro has hit the nail on the head. You lose NOTHING, gain an (admittedly minor) update to iMovie 06 *and* get a radically new tool that works better for different sorts of projects. WHERE IS THE PROBLEM?? Use whichever version of iMovie best suits your needs for that particular project and quitcher bellyachin'.

  1. factorguy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iMovie 08

    I put iMovie 08 through its paces this past weekend. While I do like the changes as they apply to workflow, it is a step back in many regards. And yes, I know I still have iMovie 06 to use. Which I had to do, to do things like add some basic visual effects to my clips. Seriously, who thought that removing all of the visual effects from iMovie '08 was a good idea, or that it wouldn't get noticed?

    This is the first iLife upgrade that has seemed really lackluster to me. The changes to iPhoto are welcomed, but not so ground breaking that I couldn't live without them. Ditto for Garageband. iWeb and iMovie are just two big pieces of poo, in my opinion. I guess I've just outgrown iLife.

    On a positive note, I love iWork '08 and give it my highest recommendation.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What is this?

    Now MacNN is quoting PCWorld postings now?

    And I don't think its wrong for users to complain that Apple basically dumbed-down a program. They apparently knew there'd be backlash (which is why they posted the 6.0.4, which is a non-update update, not a 'minor' one), but couldn't bring themselves to even integrate a hook to iMovie 06 to iMovie 08?

  1. hybrid

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    a different paradigm...

    iMovie '08 really is a new paradigm for editing video. It is pretty slick and "idiot-proof", which will appeal to a certain type of user.

    It's a shame they didn't include a little switch in the software to flip it back into the "non-dummy" mode, so you could use the new interface to quickly rough out some edits, then switch into the more advanced mode to polish it, add effects, etc.

    They've essentially introduced a completely different product with the same name, which is probably why people are reacting so harshly toward it.

  1. dscottbuch

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Should be iVideo

    I think the only real mistake Apple made was to keep the name. They could have released it as 'iVideo' (don't know if the name is taken or not) and kept iMovie in there with just minor tweaks.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    they knew??

    How do u figure they knew there would be a backlash?? Cause they posted 6.04? wow.. they must have planned ahead and spent weeks coming up with a disk image for iMovie 06!! :P

  1. HombrePhaty

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Yay, Apple!

    Three cheers for Apple.

    When software gets "updated" it becomes bloatware. Even software that is "all new" or "rebuilt from the ground up".

    Only Apple releases new software that is actually new: revolutionary, easier, more sharply defined.

    I have to think that Adobe and Microsoft have excellent people working for them, but all they ever release is uninspired bloatware.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: they knew??

    How do u figure they knew there would be a backlash?? Cause they posted 6.04? wow.. they must have planned ahead and spent weeks coming up with a disk image for iMovie 06!! :P

    First, 6.04 never existed before. Its only change that anyone can probably point to is that the installer verifies you have iMovie 08 on your computer. So someone had to write that up.

    But, more importantly, unlike how all of Apple's installers generally work, and how the rest of iLife 08 installed, the install of iMovie 08 did NOT delete iMovie 06. So, from this, we extrapolate that someone high-up in Apple's food chain realized "Hey, you know, we're taking out a bunch of options with this 'new' version, maybe we should leave the old version around, otherwise, you know, we might irritate our customers.".

  1. bhuot

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I use Quicktime instead

    I gave up on iMovie several versions ago as it took 1 GB of hard drive space per second of movie. I now use Quicktime Pro and am much more happy with it. I can also save to more formats, including ogg with a free plugin.

  1. dafalcon

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    PC User

    "As software users, it's our duty to look for the intentions of the software designer."

    While I agree that iMovie '08 deserves some respect, Shapiro's comment above just SOUNDS LIKE a comment that a longtime Microsoft user would make.

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