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Apple on Wednesday unveiled the latest version of its iLife software suite, with the 2011 edition including new versions of three included applications: iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand.

As with previous versions, iLife '11 is included free with every new Mac. And for users who want to upgrade, it's just $49, and available today.

"This has got to be some of the highest value software in the world," Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said.

Apple noted that iPhoto '11 has a whole new look, with full screen modes for Faces, Places and Events. iMovie '11 aims to make it easier than ever to edit videos and quickly transform them into fun theatrical trailers for easy posting online. And GarageBand '11 introduces new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs with Flex Time and Groove Matching.

"iLife is widely regarded as the best suite of 'Digital Life' applications in the world, and iLife '11 makes them even better," Jobs said in a press release. "iLife now makes it easier than ever to create books and letterpress cards, make amazing movie trailers from your personal videos and post them online, and make your band sound far better or teach yourself piano or guitar."

Highlighted during Wednesday's presentation were iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. Features in the suite, announced by Jobs and demoed on stage by executives and engineers, include:

iPhoto '11:
New full screen modes
Facebook enhancements
Easy to e-mail photos
New slideshows, including themes like Places
A big leap in books
New letterpress cards
Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide product marketing, demonstrated creating slideshows with new themes, sending photos via e-mail from within iPhoto, and the ability to download snaps from a Facebook account. He also demonstrated "powerful" new capabilities that allow users to automatically create a photo book with minimal user input.

The presentation also included a video that shows new "Letterpress" cards that allow paper to first be indented in a press, and then filled in with colors via a digital printing process.

It also used a broader full-screen mode, which Jobs said allows users to "live in full screen." Projects are also kept on a bookshelf that looks like iBooks on the iPhone and iPad.



Apple said iPhoto '11 features stunning new full screen modes that take advantage of your Macs brilliant display for browsing, editing and showcasing your photos. Sharing your photos is easier than ever in iPhoto 11, whether you send them by email using one of eight beautiful themes, post them to your Facebook wall with a single click, or play them in full screen with one of 12 professionally designed slideshows.

iPhoto '11 features a completely new approach to creating books and cards with a sleek carousel interface, intelligent book layout and a bookshelf that displays all your projects. New letterpress cards let you combine your photos and text with elegant imprinted designs to create unique wedding invitations, birth announcements, holiday greetings and more.







iMovie '11
All new audio editing
One step effects
People Finder
News and sports themes
Movie trailers with "almost no effort," Jobs said.
A demo was used to show off how the new version of iMovie allows users to easily make changes to audio levels and add effects. Sections of audio can be selected and heightened or lowered, for example, if it is too soft or loud.

The new Movie Trailers feature allows users to make their own mock trailers, including a title, cast and credits. Clips can also be given a cinematic feel with a new 24 frames per second mode.



Apple said iMovie '11 helps you turn your videos into captivating Hollywood-style trailers that are fun to watch and share. You can choose from 15 different genres including Adventure, Romantic Comedy and Epic Drama, each one complete with its own unique titles, graphics and cinematic soundtrack.

Powerful new tools make it easy to selectively adjust audio levels and apply sophisticated visual effects like flash and hold, instant replay and jump cuts with a single click.

People Finder analyzes your videos and marks sections containing faces, so you can quickly find the perfect clips for your trailer or movie. iMovie '11 also adds exciting new themes that make your videos look like professional news or sports programs.







GarageBand '11

Flex Time
Groove Matching
More guitar amps & effects
New piano and guitar lessons.
New feature: "How did I play?"
Demoed on stage was Groove Matching, called "like an automatic spell checker" for syncing up instruments according to a beat in GarageBand. Flex Time can also take individual recordings and drag them out to extend sounds.

New piano lessons will also rate in real time how a user is doing. A percentage in the bottom left hand corner shows how accurately a piano performer has played a particular song. The feature also works with guitar.



Apple said GarageBand '11 includes two new ways to fix or change the timing of your recordings. Flex Time lets you move, stretch or shorten individual notes by clicking on just the part of the audio waveform you want to change, without affecting the rest of the recording.

With Groove Matching, you can select any track as the Groove Track and all other tracks will instantly match its rhythmic feel. GarageBand 11 adds seven authentic-sounding new guitar amps, five fun new stompbox effects, and 22 new Basic Lessons for piano and guitar.

The new How did I Play? feature listens while you play along with any lesson, highlights mistakes and tracks your progress to help you become a better musician.







iLife '11 is available beginning today for $49.00 in single license form, while the Family Pack costs $79.00. It's also available as part of the new Mac Box Set that includes Snow Leopard and iWork '09 for $129.00 ($179.00 for the Family Pack).
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WHAT!!? Still iDVD!!? WHEW!!
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post #3 of 66
The rumors are true: Mac OS X is becoming iOS—just look at the interface of iPhoto.
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I hate to say this, but Steve looks really under the weather.

I life looks fantastic btw, the only thing hate are the itunes-like embossed icons that don't use any colour to separate them. That I don't like.
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I think they are trying to put me to sleep on purpose.
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Yawn...
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The iMovie '11 trailer themes look amazing!
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The iMovie trailer creator is like MadLibs for video. Pretty cool.

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WHAT!!? Still iDVD!!? WHEW!!

That surprises me too.


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The rumors are true: Mac OS X is becoming iOSjust look at the interface of iPhoto.

It's not becoming iOS, it's merely borrowing familiar and useful elements of iOS.
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Steve Jobs re: iMovie
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The number one request we got in the last version was better audio editing.

B.S. The number one request has been high definition support.

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Steve Jobs re: iMovie
B.S. The number one request has been high definition support.

I was under the impression would already import and export HD content.
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Strange how the iPhoto interface takes design cues from the iPad, and iTunes, while the rest look more like the marble interface we were supposed to have on sl.

As I am a huge aqua fan I am disappointed to see it go, but what can you do.
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Big disappointment in iMovie. Lots of sizzle, but no steak. How about a better way to organize clips? sigh.
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I was under the impression would already import and export HD content.

It does.

iMovie '09 imports and edits 1080p AVCHD footage without issues. Perhaps people are griping about different HD functionality that I am not familiar with.
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System requirements, please. Is it going to require Snow Leopard? Do the formerly PPC-compatible apps (like iPhoto) still work on PPC-based Macs or is it all-Intel now?

Update: Nevermind. They just put up the product page. According to the system requirements (http://www.apple.com/ilife/systemrequirements.html), Mac OS X 10.6.3 or late is required. Some features also require a dual-core processor.
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iMovie '11
All new audio editing

How many audio tracks? Also when will iLife be available - did he say?
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Looking forward to the new iMovie!!... not bad for $49 if you ask me.
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How many audio tracks? Also when will iLife be available - did he say?

Today. They're upgrading the online store at the moment. Would hope they'd offer a family pack for a quantity break, but haven't seen anything on that so far and Jobs didn't mention it.

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iWeb? No update...
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Today. They're upgrading the online store at the moment. Would hope they'd offer a family pack for a quantity break, but haven't seen anything on that so far and Jobs didn't mention it.

Well, he said you'd be able to run any app purchased through the app store on all your Macs. Great news for me.
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Well, he said you'd be able to run any app purchased through the app store on all your Macs. Great news for me.

Yes i noticed that too ... so that's five Macs as in same as Family pack right? Apple always allowed use on a laptop and a MacPro for example but with some assumption it wasn't at the same time, this is new. I wonder if they will limit this to consumer apps. I doubt FCPro Studio is a one click purchase and usable on five Macs!
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Just ordered mine Shipping in 24 hours.
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iWeb? No update...

+1 Bummed. I had hoped for... hmm... what had I hoped for? Not sure. Something that made more complex sites, I suppose. Maybe html 5 pages with help using h-5 to the fullest.

Sort of sounds like a next-gen thing, huh? Maybe next summer with iLife '12.
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I was really hoping for a revamped iWeb and it didn't even get updated.
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I was under the impression would already import and export HD content.

It does.
I suppose he means it doesn't support HighestDef (1080p) and obviously can't write BlueRay disks.
Some folks are never satisfied.

[ed. Whoops, I only have V7. Didn't know the latest versions could do 1080p. Anyway, even more disproves the OP's complaint.]
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Apple on Wednesday unveiled the latest version of its iLife software suite, with the 2011 edition including new versions of the same five applications: iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iDVD and iWeb.

iDVD and iWeb look like carryovers, no new features at all.
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Just ordered mine Shipping in 24 hours.

I would have ordered mine now too, but I just bought my daughter an iMac and I qualify for the up-to-date upgrade.
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Bought it.

iWeb & iDVD look unchanged. Can't find anything on the web site about multiple audio tracks in iMovie (mix them in GB, I guess). People Finder seems cool.

iPhoto & iMovie now act as catalogs. For those of us with digital cameras that also do movies, this could get confusing. If I import the contents of a card and it has movies & photos on it, where do they go? Can I see them in both? If I double click a movie in iPhoto will it open iMovie?

From the iMovie web site: "iMovie puts it all in one place and organizes it for you so your video is easy to browse and fun to watch. Just plug in your device, open iMovie, and start importing your video."

When I plug in my camera, iPhoto launches and I import from there. Now what?

- Jasen.
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Is anybody else impressed with the iLife price reduction from $70 to $50? That's pretty cool!

Something I did not see mentioned is whether iPhone 4 movies are imported directly as iMovie events rather than via iPhoto. Of course I wouldn't expect to see such a visually unspectacular improvement featured in a keynote. I do hope if somebody runs out and buys this today in the store, that they will report back with an answer to my question.
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"Even your phone rocks your single. GarageBand can take your song, Apple Loop, or any recorded audio and instantly turn it into a custom ringtone optimized for iPhone."

Hmmm... Was that in there before?

- Jasen.
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If I double click a movie in iPhoto will it open iMovie?

As iLife '09, movies in iPhoto play in QuickTime X. No idea about iLife '11.

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When I plug in my camera, iPhoto launches and I import from there. Now what?

Historically that's how it's always been. Movies shot with a digital camera are imported into iPhoto. Movies filmed with a camcorder can be imported directly into iMovie.

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"Even your phone rocks your single. GarageBand can take your song, Apple Loop, or any recorded audio and instantly turn it into a custom ringtone optimized for iPhone."

Hmmm... Was that in there before?

Yes. I have iLife '09 and that feature is there.
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Yes, GB was already able to do this

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"Even your phone rocks your single. GarageBand can take your song, Apple Loop, or any recorded audio and instantly turn it into a custom ringtone optimized for iPhone."

Hmmm... Was that in there before?

- Jasen.
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iDVD and iWeb look like carryovers, no new features at all.

Astounding. I was ready to pony up cash if iWeb was updated. I wonder if this means they'll eventually be dropping it from the suite?

Here are the features the new version needs:

1. Blog updating of iWeb sites from any computer and any platform. Currently to update a blog I need to go home to my iMac with the entire website file and publish the website. Stupid. Other blog tools online allow content creation even when away from the machine.

2. Template converter. If I switch between designs using Apple-created template, my existing website gets bollixed up. That needs to change. Apple should be smart enough to have their software properly format the old content for the new template, without a ton of work tweaking the content to make it fit and look good.

3. New templates. Yeah, there are 3rd parties doing it. But no one has designs that look as sharp as Apples, at least that I've found. Plus, converting the old to new completely screws up my site (see #2, above). Too much work to covert.

4. Better control over site formatting. Currently if I want to change the width of a blog page, for example, I can do it with but it's not that easy. Also, it doesn't change the underlying template. They need to have an easy, intuitive way to make some of those alterations to the underlying template more easily.

5. Multiple domain name control. Currently MobileMe allows me to use one domain. that's it. I publish several sites to several domains. One hosted by Mobile Me and the rest hosted by GoDaddy. But I still want to use iWeb for those multiple sites and multiple domains. Currently Multisite for iWeb provides some workaround, but I need to quite iWeb, change sites, and come back in. Plus, MobileMe only allows one domain. If I wanted two sites published to MobileMe under two different domains. Forget it. Doesn't work.

Go to http://www.apple.com/feedback/ and tell them they need to update it with these features!

I know, I can buy some other website creation tool if I want, I can use some other blog tool, or I can use different hosting.. But I really like iWeb for its templates and its excellent integration with MobileMe and the iLife suite. I just want that improved a bit. Is that too much to ask of our dear Apple?
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How many audio tracks? Also when will iLife be available - did he say?

The current version has tonnes and tonnes of tracks available. I had one movie with over 20 tracks so how much are you wanting?

I'm missing iWeb. I guess I'll stick to Flux then. HTML5 support, web development capabilities for Ruby and PHP, even support for Wordpress and Tumblr themes.
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I have not been able to find any mention of whether iLife '11 made the transition to a 64-bit suite from a 32-bit suite. So, I presume iLife '11 remains a 32-bit suite. Does anyone know to the contrary?

Update: iLife 11 remains 32-bits according to Macrumors; determined via Activity Monitor.

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post #35 of 66
...the ability to merge & consolidate libraries from different users & machines. Why can't they add this simple feature? Fuck slideshows and while I'm at it, fuck Garageband too. I hate Garageband.
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Well iLife 11 will not be in my future. I am still on a PowerPC. I am being left in the technology dust.
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nevermind
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Originally Posted by kpluck View Post

Steve Jobs re: iMovie

B.S. The number one request has been high definition support.

-kpluck

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I was under the impression would already import and export HD content.

It does! iMovie had support for AAVCHD long before FCP.

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Yes i noticed that too ... so that's five Macs as in same as Family pack right? Apple always allowed use on a laptop and a MacPro for example but with some assumption it wasn't at the same time, this is new. I wonder if they will limit this to consumer apps. I doubt FCPro Studio is a one click purchase and usable on five Macs!

You can run FCP on one Mac at a time -- it checks the network for others running -- similar to MS Office apps.

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Bought it.

iWeb & iDVD look unchanged. Can't find anything on the web site about multiple audio tracks in iMovie (mix them in GB, I guess). People Finder seems cool.

iPhoto & iMovie now act as catalogs. For those of us with digital cameras that also do movies, this could get confusing. If I import the contents of a card and it has movies & photos on it, where do they go? Can I see them in both? If I double click a movie in iPhoto will it open iMovie?

From the iMovie web site: "iMovie puts it all in one place and organizes it for you so your video is easy to browse and fun to watch. Just plug in your device, open iMovie, and start importing your video."

When I plug in my camera, iPhoto launches and I import from there. Now what?

- Jasen.

When you plug in your camera and iPhoto opens, you should then quit iPhoto and open iMovie.
You can then import the video into iMovie. Don't import it in to iPhoto.
If you do import it into iPhoto you can still access it in iMovie, but I find it better to keep then separate.
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