Apple once again
revolutionize how software should be made with their current
incarnation of iLife '08 that makes multiple media creation a truly
innovative and simplistic process yet maintains enough power to
create some impressive looking results. The beauty of iLife 08 is
that it releases the hidden muse in even the most creatively challenged
user and offers the following applications iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, iDVD
and Garageband '08.
The installation process of iLife
'08 is a breeze and it simply
auto-installed on our system with minimal prompting from the user.
The system specifications of iLife require either an Intel-based Mac
or Mac PowerPC G4 of greater to run this impressive software suite.
Definitely one of my favourite aspects of
iLife '08 is iPhoto which
is the definitive photo collection software that makes organizing
your photos a truly simplistic process. This program allows you to
sort your photos in a variety of ways with the inclusion of the new
'Events' feature that automatically groups pictures based on
The interface has also been revamped and is
quite fast, even when your photo library begins to get out of
control. Skimming through photos is a pleasure which allows you to
find that photo with ease. This new version also allows you browse
photos on your digital camera and media cards as this was not
possible in previous versions.
You can even upload your photos to the
.Mac web gallery to share your photos with other people, however
there is a fee to use this service but you do get 10GB of storage
space. Lastly of course, iPhoto also allows for basic photo manipulation to ensure that your
pictures look their best.
Now iPhoto automatically organises your library by Events, based
Build a stunning online gallery using .Mac, where visitors
can view and download your photos, and add their own photos from
a Mac or PC.
New tools let you edit like a pro and paste a set of
adjustments from one photo onto another.
Search your photo library in one place — filtered by name,
date, rating or keyword.
Create new hardcover photo books with customized dust
jacket, large-format calendars and more.
Print high-quality, frame-worthy photos with coloured
textures, borders and mattes on your home printer.
iMovie has received a much needed face lift that had Apple going
back to the drawing board by revitalizing the interface and adding
elements of iPhoto which allows you to catalogue all your video
content. Apple have removed the complexities of previous
incarnations and makes this one of the most easiest to use video
editing software packages.
The program also supports DV, HDV,
MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and AVCHD which basically means just about
everything. Wish to create YouTube video content?
Simple! A click of the button and off you go but best of all, you can even change your videos to support
iPhone and iPods. There's even the ability to add audio tracks to
All your video is automatically organised by Event in an
Easily skim through your video to review footage faster than
Drag favourite clips or parts of clips to a project and
arrange scenes like slides.
Add or view titles, transitions, and music in real time as
Publish movies directly to YouTube or .Mac Web Gallery. Send
to iTunes to view on an iPod or Apple TV.
iMovie supports standard and high definition video, as well
as the most popular formats, including DV, HDV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4
and even AVCHD.
The definitive music software has also returned again with Garageband
once again contains return the user to this powerful program that
contains everything you need to tweak your recordings. Whether
you're mixing your music by adding vocals or instruments,
Garageband does it all.
There is even a "Magic Garageband"
creates pre-generated options, allowing for easier manipulation of
those technically challenged people. Magic Garageband also allows to create
a virtual band with nine genres available from Rock to Jazz which
can then be used for your videos or even slide shows in iPhoto.
Another impressive feature of
Garageband '08 is that it features 24-bit audio, the ability to add
multiple edits to your tracks and of course PodCast creation which
is a must have feature of all good music software these days.
Play with a hand-picked band on a virtual stage. GarageBand
generates a new project based on genre and performance styles.
Define sections of your song — intro, verse, chorus — and
copy, move, or delete at will.
Mark a region to repeat, record your part multiple times,
and pick your best performance.
Graphically adjust frequencies for each track by clicking
and dragging individual EQ bands.
tempo effects and instruments.
Set multiple edit points in a track to automate EQ and
effect changes like a pro.
Give your songs new melodic character with a wide range of
world-class solo and choir voices.
For those dabbling at webpage creation, iWeb allows you to quickly
create your own websites through a variety of themes and full
integration with the .Mac network which introduces web widgets and a variety of
other powerful web tools, ensuring that your websites has the flare
My favourite aspect of iWeb is the ability to switch
themes on the fly and even integrate Google Maps and Google AdSense
into your freshly created pages.
Add live content from other sites, like video, stock tickers
and headline news.
AdSense and Maps.
Place fully interactive Google Maps and Google AdSense ads
on your web pages.
Simplify navigation by dragging your photo albums to a
sleek, animated index page.
Display up to 500 photos per album, complete with
auto-pagination and viewing options.
Switch the theme of any page with the click of your mouse.
Mix themes in a site if you wish.
Give your site a personal touch with an address like
www.yourcoolname.com using .Mac.
Lastly is iDVD, a basic to amateur DVD Creation software package
that contains a variety of themes to assist in your DVD creation. The menus
available really give your video creations a truly professional
appearance and you can import a variety of video formats. The
interface is also streamed and once again Magic iDVD will assist
those technically challenged to create those impressive end results.
Apple-designed themes with animated menus give you more
choices in 16:9 and 4:3 formats.
Snappier response means faster switching between themes and
menus to explore your options.
New button library, drop zone editor, and dynamic alignment
guides provide total control.
Combine video and photos in your slideshows and use
Maintain higher quality with more of your movies and
slideshows on a single DVD.
In conclusion, Apple have once again
revolutionized iLife 08 by
adding a variety of new elements and also streamlining the interface which will
allow this program to be used by both novice to professional Mac
At an affordable price of
$99AUD, there is little to complain
about iLife '08 that we could recommend to all Mac users. The only
downside to the program is that users must pay for the .Mac
experience but for those starting out, it's the perfect addition for