Are you an iLife-aholic? Did you watch Steve Jobs present iLife ‘11? Are your saliva glands working? Are your credit cards dusted off? Do you lust after iWeb and iDVD?
It’s time to rejoice, iLife lovers, version 11 has hit the streets. It’s lower in price and heavy in eye candy. Apple has focused on the three most popular apps, and added a bunch of spine tingling features to help you socialize online, learn music at home, and create your own cinematic indie blockbuster.
The First Thing You Notice
Apple only focuses on the funner aspects of new products. iLife ‘11 is all about iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband. You can see it in the iLife ‘11 logo. Apple. Photo (camera). Movie (filmstrip). Keyboard (music).
Maybe that explains the $49 price tag.
Apple is all about laser-like focus. Out with the old. In with the better. iDVD? That was soooo 1999. iWeb? Facebook probably gets used more. Much more.
iPhoto Gets All Full Screen
One of the first things to notice about iPhoto is that it doesn’t look like iPhoto. Apple has a new look and it’s the whole freakin’ screen. Get used to it. It’s the iPhone and iPad way and it’s coming to the Mac.
The second thing to notice is all the eye candy. Your eyes will need to see a dentist when you’re done browsing iPhoto’s new sweetness. There are new ways to view Events, Faces, Places, Albums, Projects, and photo Editing.
You won’t need to leave iPhoto to share photos, either. Facebook access is built in. So are a bunch of new slideshow themes. Creating those hard cover books is easier, now a companion with Letterpress Cards.
Yes, you can still email photos, but there are more attractive templates for photo attachments.
iMovie Gets All Cinematic
If you truly like movies (the kind you watch) and you wonder why your home movies don’t look the same, have no fear. iMovie is here. Your eyeballs will end the day in a sugar high, there’s so much eye candy.
What kind? Movie trailers. Take a bunch of your video clips, fill out a few forms of information, and iMovie creates a full cinematic movie trailer. It’s all drag and drop, point and click (except for the part where you fill in stuff).
That’s not all. There’s also ear candy with a bunch of new audio exiting tools in iMovie. Multiple tracks, easier editing, special filters. For video, iMovie has One-step Effects which add instant replay, slow motion, and effects timed to music.
Video scenes can even transition from color to black and white, or other filters. The People Finder feature finds people without you having to dig through all your video clips. Think of it as facial recognition for video.
iMovie comes with a bunch of new Themes to make a quick and dirty production (without the dirty). It also distributes your blockbuster indie movie to Facebook, Vimeo’s video service, and even to CNN’s iReport.
Last And Least, Garage Music
Garageband gets some 21st century love with new audio tools to help sync your crummy piano or guitar playing to Apple’s perfect drums, so the end result is real rhythm. Also added are new guitar amps and effects.
If you’re new to music and trying to learn an instrument, then Garageband delivers ear and eye candy with more Music Lessons, and a How Did I Play? feature that lets you track how you play against music that actually sounds good.
Garageband’s Flex Time tool lets you change the timing of your recording to improve rhythm. Groove Matching gets individual out-of-rhythm tracks all on the same groove, so to speak.
There’s all kinds of new effects, too, especially for guitars. British Blues, Large Twee, Octane Stack, and more.
What’s missing in iLife? What about iDVD and iWeb?
Apple’s web site indicates they’re in iLife ‘ll, but not loaded with any notably new features (that we can find—yet).
Apple is telling us something. Instead of doing web sites, Mac users are into Facebook. Instead of doing DVDs, Mac users are into doing something else, I guess. Maybe simply uploading video clips to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and other online services.
Our favorite Mac maker seems to think that DVDs and web sites are passe’, 1999-ish, and not the future at all. I’d like to argue the point, but the last time I sent out a DVD was a year or two ago, so maybe Apple is on to something.