Apple announces iLife 11, available today for $49

Today during Apple's live streaming event, they announced the brand new iLife 11, with improved features from last year.

iPhoto 11

The new iPhoto 11 gives you an easy to use layout for all of your photos, with face tagging and detection, geolocation tagging, and easy to make slideshows. The tagging feature can be manually added or automated to quickly sort your photos by faces.

The easy to use slideshow feature comes with a number of themes, including holiday inspired themes and location maps with moving backgrounds. The 3D look and feel of your movies transforms your photos bringing them to life. iPhoto can also include music soundtracks to your slideshows or movies, giving your slideshows that extra touch.

iPhoto 11 also includes an organizer, which can group your photos together in an easy to browse through view. The stylish and customizable background. The full screen mode lets you just view your photos, letting you focus on viewing and editing your photos.

iPhoto 11 also groups together all your projects, displaying them in a bookshelf theme, so you can easily recall your projects without having to search for them.

  

iMovie 11

iMovie 11 comes with iLife 11, with new audio editing, one step effects and many more new features. The new colour audio feature lets you see and adjust your volume, correcting your loud and quiet sections of your videos. iMovie 11 has improved audio effects to fade in audio, or change the volume of selected segments, raising or lowering the volume.

Some new audio effects including voice altering, which lets you change the voice of clips or segments, changing the voice of someone with pre-set voices.

iMovie 11 not only has audio enhancements, but video effects too. Movie trailers is a new feature that turns your videos into a movie trailer, with a pre-set list of themes. With some quick editing to your titles and credits, you can transform your videos into professional looking videos.

iMovie movie trailers has scene templates, where you select action shows, group shots or anything iMovie 11 is asking for, adding in photos or videos of your friends and vacation trips. iMovie 11 also comes with original audio scores to include with your trailers.

  

Garage Band 11

Flex time, groove matching, more guitar amps and effects, new piano and guitar lessons (how do I play?)

Garage Band 11 is really what you would want and need if you're starting up a band and trying to record professional sounding music. With the new features, including groove matching, lets you filter our specific instruments, seeing what members of your band is out of sync. Groove Matching takes your out of sync music, and adjusting the tune and rhythm of your song and syncing them, giving you a better sounding track.

Flex Time makes editing your instruments much easier. With a couple of clicks, you can shorten or lengthen your notes, to give your music that professional edge and sound.

Garage Band 11 comes with piano and guitar lessons, if you're looking to learn how to play. With video and on screen step-by-step strings, you can see how to play a song on the piano or guitar. While you're learning, you Garage Band 11 records how you're playing, matching it up with the original to see where you made mistakes by highlighting the song with either yellow if you're going too slow, or red if you miss a note.

The progress meter lets you track how well you're doing over time. These features requires you to have a USB keyboard or guitar.

  

iLife 11 is free with every new Mac and if you're looking to upgrade your Mac, iLife 11 is only $49 and available today.

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thenonhacker said,
So this is the software they keep on comparing with Windows Live Essentials.

Well, I like the features and interface of iMovie more than Windows Movie maker... but for the most part it is kind of a kick in the pants when Apple sells an upgrade for $50 while MS makes theirs freely available. iPhoto and the WL Gallery (or whatever it is called) are about on par with each other IMO.

thenonhacker said,
So this is the software they keep on comparing with Windows Live Essentials.
Windows Live Essentials is absolute dog turd in comparison to this, not being a fanboy of either company... just sayin'. Compare the two!

hotdog963al said,
Windows Live Essentials is absolute dog turd in comparison to this, not being a fanboy of either company... just sayin'. Compare the two!

true .. but cant really compare them when one is free and one cost 49 dollars.. Like comparing solitare to Halo 3.. Considering that I would say WLE is pretty good for being free..

Lachlan said,

true .. but cant really compare them when one is free and one cost 49 dollars.. Like comparing solitare to Halo 3.. Considering that I would say WLE is pretty good for being free..

Well, the latest version of iLife always comes with the purchase of a new Mac. I would say its more like Quake Live compared to Halo 3.

Lachlan said,
true .. but cant really compare them when one is free and one cost 49 dollars.. Like comparing solitare to Halo 3.. Considering that I would say WLE is pretty good for being free..
Cost aside

Dinggus said,
Did they discontinue iWeb?

I tried iWeb once and was very unimpressed. Freely available CMs are the way to go (WordPress, etc).

Shadrack said,

I tried iWeb once and was very unimpressed. Freely available CMs are the way to go (WordPress, etc).


Yup, iWeb does not really do anything special that follow web standards. It just for mom's and pop's to create a very simple website.

Windows Live Essentials is missing a program like Garage Band which can be used to record podcasts. Or Apple could port iLife to Windows, but of course we all know how awesome Apple apps run on Windows /endsarcasm

Are you still using Internet Explorer for Mac? Try running Office:mac and then you'll see why Microsoft gets it right and why Apple quite simply doesn't care how their software runs under Windows.

C_Guy said,
Are you still using Internet Explorer for Mac? Try running Office:mac and then you'll see why Microsoft gets it right and why Apple quite simply doesn't care how their software runs under Windows.

No I am however running Microsoft Messenger 8 and the ****ty Flip4Mac plugin in order to see Windows Media content.

To me it's a myth that iTunes runs poor on Windows. I recently tried it on Windows 7 and it worked perfectly fine. At least not any worse than the Mac OS X version.

Gabotril said,
^This. God we NEED somthing like GarageBand.

Microsoft had a Garage Band like application in the 90s, it was called something like MS Music Maker (can't remember exactly). It let you do tracks, add in filler, accompany your track, and even mathematically create music based on your the style settings you gave it, with a random final result.

I don't know if it was Ballmer or who that killed it, but they need to be smacked in the head, as it had features back in the 90s that still isn't available in Garage Band.

C_Guy said,
Way to neglect iWeb. I guess they've run out of ideas.

Yeah, seems weird to me to. iDVD as well. At the very least add some new themes or something.

What Apple really needs to do is setup iTunes for Windows to sell apps and games like Steam and a number of other web sites. THAT will PO MS.

Is there something comparable for Windows? Something like GarageBand and iMovie for Windows? At like less than a $100 in total for both?

And I don't consider WL Movie Maker to be in the same league...

So is there a comparable pack for Windows by any company? To be more specifc, a GarageBand or iMovie like program for amateurs/prosumers? Preferably both less than a $100 total?

I know about Windows Live Movie Maker, but they're kinda not in the same league.

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