October 21, 2010
iLife ’11 Announced!
As a regular Mac user and Apple consumer I was thrilled to see Apple announce the brand new iLife. Consistent with the past, the new iLife suite will be included in new Macs, but now it is a low fee of $49 to upgrade your current iLife version to iLife ’11. The package includes a newly designed and modernized form of iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie, three extremely popular Mac programs used today. Let’s take a glimpse at the new software!
Personally, I do not use the iPhoto portion of iLife very often, but this year that may change. With the addition of entertaining new slideshow themes and the new full screen modes made available will enhance the program tremendously. Also, iPhoto ’11 comes fully equipped with quick and easy ways to share photos via Facebook or email. Obviously an added bonus for the millions of people constantly using Facebook.
The new GarageBand sports many fancy features including FlexTime, Groove Matching, more instrumental effects, different piano and guitar lessons, and How Did I Play. As a Cupertino crew member said when asked about Groove Matching, “it’s like an automatic spellchecker for bad rhythm.” The most anticipated aspect of the new GarageBand is the How Did I Play feature. This allows you to receive an analysis on your music after you have played, and even offers a live note monitor that tells you which notes were hit correctly and which were not, similar to Rock Band. As of right now however, the guitar and piano are the only instruments that are compatible with this feature.
Personally, iMovie is my favorite and most used program on the Mac because of the possibilities presented to you. With iMovie ’11, Apple has only added to this list! Among the extremely important fixes in iMovie are the new audio editing options which include, per-segment sound level adjustments, and easy fade sliders. The program even includes one step effects, a People Finder, and an easy to use movie trailer developer. For aspiring film makers, the movie trailer maker included proves to be successful. It offers a variety of templates to choose from and supports 24fps video editing/output which delivers a more professional movie trailer. The People Finder, the feature that I am most excited to check out and see how well it works, is able to identify individuals in a clip. Finally, you are able to directly share videos to not just YouTube, but Facebook and Vimeo too. With these new features I believe that iMovie ’11 will not be a disappointment like iMovie ’09 was.
Put simply, the new iLife ’11 package looks to be beautiful, but we must put it to the test. In the near future ITK will be testing every aspect of the programs in order to deliver you top quality information on everything. As of right now I feel like each program within iLife contains beneficial features, except I do have a few questions. First, why do we really need a People Finder? If we shot a video, we most likely already know who each person in it is. Also, will the People Finder be able to recognize people through audio as well as video? Don’t get me wrong, I think it is an awesome feature for iMovie, but I am looking for a few simple answers as well. iLife ’11 is available today with any new Mac or a $49 iLife upgrade. In my opinion it will be worth the money, and I can’t wait to test it out so please check back soon for in-depth reviews and tutorials.
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Source – iLife ’11 Info
Source – iLife Upgrade