I was dropping off something at the Apple store today so I decided to go ahead and pick up a copy of the all new iLife ’11 that was just released last week. I was going to download it but that option was not available (why, I really don’t know) but since I was at the store, I saved myself a few days of waiting for the postman and dished out the $49.
For those of you that might be unfamiliar with iLife, it is a suite of programs that includes iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. I don’t really care about GarageBand, although it is a pretty cool program for musicians, but the other two programs are well worth my money. I might also add that if you are a Windows user you can completely disregard this post since iLife is strictly a Mac affair.
I installed the program last night and haven’t had a ton of time to check out the new settings but from what I have already seen, the updates are plentiful. The first thing I looked into after the somewhat lengthy install was iPhoto.
I’ll give a full review once I’ve had a chance to really dig in, especially on the slideshow and book printing features. I checked them out briefly and I really like some of the new features, especially in the books. Below is the new slideshow setup screen with a bunch of new themes to choose from.
And the following is a screen capture of the new book layout screen. It’s very different from the 09 version and yet very intuitive.
BOOK LAYOUT SCREEN
Also, it seems as though Apple is really trying hard to bring a similarity to all their software as evidenced by the new Projects screen. Those of you with an iPad or iPhone will no doubt recognize the bookcase from the iBooks app.
If you would like to find out more about the iLife ’11 programs, head on over to the Apple iLife page.