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iLife '11 emphasizes iPad-like interface

updated 02:45 pm EDT, Wed October 20, 2010

iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand see upgrades

Apple today revealed iLife '11, a new version of the software suite pre-installed on every Mac. Three core apps have been updated, beginning with iPhoto '11, which has gained new fullscreen views for Faces, Places, Albums and photobooks, in areas using iPad-style interfaces with iOS-like buttons located along the bottom. Facebook sharing lets people view responses to posted images, and a special e-mail sharing tool lets people auto-arrange photos into an attractive layout. Some other changes include new slideshow templates, and a Project view with a bookshelf similar to iBooks.

iMovie '11 has been given new audio editing tools, including a waveform display, and live editing of volume and fading; sound effects can be layered on top. One-step visual effects let people apply several edits at once, and the new People Finder can be used to pick out individuals in clips, as well as close-up versus wide shots. Framerate is newly selectable, and trailers can be created using 15 templates incorporating titles, credits and symphonic soundtracks.

The updated GarageBand includes two tools for manipulating and fixing recordings. The first is Groove Matching, which uses a selected "groove track" to anchor the rhythm of all other instrument layers. Flex Time meanwhile stretches out waveforms, an option to correction note durations. Like iPhoto, a new fullscreen Lessons view takes after the iPad; related to this is the additional "How Did I Play?" mode, which rates and records a person's musical skill in playing various pieces. Extra piano and guitar lessons have been implemented, along with more guitar amps and effects.

The combined suite is free on all new Macs, and a $49 upgrade from earlier editions. Sales begin today.













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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Goodbye leopard

    Snow Leopard required for these.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    No mention

    Nothing was mentioned of iDVD or iWeb...withered away?

    /

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Finally!

    Alright, more stuff moving to the greatest UI ever invented by man, the iPad UI!

    Or is it just a UI that happens to have buttons on the bottom, and so someone thought it must be migrating the UI to the iPad UI?

    For I just don't see this iPad UI stuff in any of the promo shots Apple has...

  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    iWeb and iDVD

    Still included. No changes. Go to Apple.com for proof.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Re: No mention

    Sure, they're there. Just look at the web page. No, not at the top. Farther down. After all the promotion of the three, there's the one line:

    "iLife ’11 also includes iWeb and iDVD for creating instant websites or your own straight-to-DVD classic."

    I guess they haven't changed much/at all (since Apple is so anti-DVD, you'd expect that, but you'd think iWeb would get some love).

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Re: No mention

    Okay, let me clarify....

    Unlike the other applications in iLife, no mention was made of improvements or additions to iDVD or iWeb during Apple's event today. So does this mean their development is to slowly diminish?

    /

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Remember?

    Remember what changed from iDVD '08 to iDVD '09? Exactly: zero. So basically, iDVD '11 is still the same version that came out in August 2007. So much for Apple's commitment to optical media. I'm actually surprised iDVD is still in the mix. Shame about iWeb though, so much potential there.

  1. dseidel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Upgrade because.....

    Maybe I missed something....OK, I missed alot of things! Where are the compelling features that make me want to drop money to get the upgrade? Apple, you're kidding, right? Has my man Steve had a "senior moment" ? It's not like the package was upgrade several months ago. And no update for the mighty little iWeb? Cupertino, call the product development division !

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Re: upgrade because

    It's easier to use! It looks like the iPad! It's, um, snazzier looking!

    Comment buried. Show
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    I will share with you how easy it is to participate.

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