Originally Posted by BRussell
I think the best that can be said is that the lack
of features is the primary simplification of iMovie '08. If you're just starting out, and you're trying to figure something out, there's less stuff to wade through that you don't understand.
I can kind of see that, once you get the browser/library populated with all your footage.
But, again, I look at the default iMovie '06 work space. I see a place for clips, I see a timeline. I drag clips to timeline. I drag transitions to timeline.
It's true, I have to press a "clips" button see and drag clips, and an "editing" button to see and drag transitions, but is that really a lot to wade through?
Is the little yellow clip length window actually less confusing than scrubbing through your clip to where you want to make cuts and hitting the cut command?
One thing that occurs to me is that '06 sort of invites you to do a lot, so even if you decline and just use the defaults and most overt aspects of the UI, you still have a "sense" that it's more complicated than it is. Whereas since '08 makes sure that you can't do anything but the most overt stuff maybe there is a psychological effect of "less intimidating".
Which gets into some interesting UI stuff regarding discoverability. My understanding is that discoverability is how you offer depth without making the interface too horrendously complicated.
So, for instance, in a world processing program, you want to put the most frequently used tools right out there in the default interface where anyone can see and understand what they're for. But it really wouldn't be that great an idea to simply limit the tool set to what can be comfortably deployed within the standard window, so you strive to put less frequently used tools where they can be readily discovered-- as in not going more than two deep in a menu tree, or making sure that tool bar buttons that offer multiple choices indicate that graphically, somehow.
So what I'm having a hard time understanding is why a video editing program needs to be pretty much the simplest-by-way-of-constraining-the-tool-set app on the Mac?
I mean, iPhoto, brand new '08 iPhoto, is much
more complicated than iMovie '08. It offers many more options for dealing with your media, editorially, organizationally, and presentationally. Garageband is vastly
more complicated, requiring the user to understand the use of a timeline, meter, tempo, multiple tracks, loops, several different work spaces depending on what you're doing, etc.
But I don't here anyone yearning to see those apps brought into the realm of mere mortals by drastically limiting what they can do.
And Pages is Photoshop compared to iMovie, but surely no one would advocate for making the preset templates the only way you can do anything, so people won't get lost with options? Offering the templates, sure, that way anyone who doesn't want to mess with formatting can produce a pretty good looking letter, or whatever. But taking the formatting tools away? Obviously, a non-starter.
Maybe it's because we're such a visual culture, which increasingly means a moving image culture, so that the act of making and sharing moving images needs to more along the lines of texting-- the interface is practically invisible, but for what is intended formatting and editing options are actually liabilities. Media creation and sharing, for the average user, becomes entirely ad hoc and casual, and nearly in real time, so that the tools to manipulate media need to emphasize speed and transparency over any other criteria.
Still, even if Apple were to add a Twitter level text app, focused on getting that cumbersome email UI out of the way, you wouldn't expect them to replace Pages with it.