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Apple iLife '08

by Apple
Macintosh, Mac OS X


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  • A major update to Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications; includes iPhoto, iWeb, iMovie, GarageBand and iDVD
  • Powerful new Events feature automatically organizes your photos and video by the events where they were taken
  • Completely reinvented iMovie collects all your video clips in one library where you can make movies in seconds with drag-and-drop ease
  • GarageBand makes it simple to produce great music, whether you're an accomplished musician or you've never played a note
  • Showcase photos and movies online with a few clicks in a .Mac Web Gallery, create stunning websites, photo books, calendars, DVDs, and more

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  • Platform:   Macintosh, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Never has it been so simple to get so much out of your photos, video, and music--and to share your memories with friends and family. The powerful new Events feature works the same way your memory does, automatically organizing your photos and video by the events where they were taken. The completely reinvented iMovie collects all your video clips in one library where you can make movies in seconds with drag-and-drop ease. GarageBand makes it simple to produce great music, whether you're an accomplished musician or you've never played a note. You can showcase photos and movies online with a few clicks in a MobileMe Web Gallery, create stunning websites, photo books, calendars, DVDs, and much more. All with the new iLife '08.

Now iPhoto automatically organizes your library by Events.

iPhoto. Your photos, like you've never seen them before.

Your Web Gallery visitors get an interactive experience, viewing your photos as they wish.

A whole palette of retouching tools and an array of effects to play with.

New in iPhoto '08.
Don't be daunted by all those digital photos you've been taking. Have fun with them. Share them by email or create amazing web pages, cards and calendars. iPhoto automatically organizes your photo library and makes editing as easy as clicking your mouse--so you can get the most out of even the biggest collection.

Organize by Events.
You don't remember photos by time and date. You remember them by events, like "Karen's graduation" or "Nathan's first bike ride." And that's exactly how iPhoto '08 organizes your entire photo library. So it's more fun to browse, and much easier to find a specific photo.

MobileMe Web Gallery.
In iPhoto '08, it's easy to share photos with friends and family. With a couple of clicks, you can send an Event or photo album to your personal MobileMe Web Gallery, where visitors can enjoy your photos, download high-quality images, or even contribute photos of their own from a Mac or PC.

Powerful editing tools.
Your photographic talents are legendary. But even the pros take photos that need a little work. With iPhoto, improving photos is almost as easy as snapping them. You have a whole palette of retouching tools and an array of effects to play with. And all of your edits are nondestructive--so you can always go back to the "negative" if need be.

Unified search.
How do you find that one special photo when your library has thousands of photos? In iPhoto '08, the answer is: with ease. You have a number of ways to search your library and they're all in one place. Search by name, keyword, rating, or date and see your results in an instant--neatly organized by Event.

Theme-based home printing.
Print beautiful, frame-worthy photos based on Apple themes, directly from your home printer. Make them perfect--change layouts, add effects and borders, enhance photos--and just hit "print."

New calendars and books in iPhoto '08
Stunningly beautiful hardcover photo books. Bigger calendars. iPhoto raises the standard again with eye-opening new ways to enjoy and share your photos.

The most personal gifts and keepsakes are the ones you create with your own photos. Now iPhoto gives you even more ways to dazzle friends, family, and yourself with professionally printed memorabilia--from a new hardcover photo book complete with dust jacket and foil-printed cover to a larger 10.4-by-13-inch calendar.

Completely redesigned to help you make movies in minutes.

iMovie. Now showing: Your entire video library.

With iMovie, putting together a great movie is as quick as drag and drop.

Have iMovie send your movie to iTunes and you can sync it with your iPod or iPhone.

New in iMovie '08.
iMovie '08 makes viewing and working with video as intuitive as enjoying your photos. A built-in library automatically organizes your video, so all the clips you've captured and movies you've created are just a click away. With its revolutionary interface, iMovie makes it quick and easy to browse your library and create new movies. And iMovie is built for sharing. In just a few steps, you can add movies to your website, publish them on YouTube, and create versions for iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV.

New video library.
iMovie makes it easy to view, explore, and enjoy your video. All of your video clips and movies are automatically organized in the iMovie library, where you can browse by Events or use simple search tools to find specific videos.

Skimming and playing.
With a central library organized by Events, you can quickly locate the Event you're looking for and browse the clips inside each Event. View in real time or quickly skim through a clip to find a favorite scene.

Superfast moviemaking.
Everyone's a director. Really. With iMovie, putting together a great movie is as quick as drag and drop. Drag your best video clips to the project area. Drop in Apple-designed transitions, effects, titles, and your favorite iTunes soundtrack. Then schedule your opening night.

Quick ways to add polish.
iMovie is designed to make everything simple--including the professional touches that help your movie stand out even more.

View and share anywhere.
One of the great things about digital video is that it can be shared with friends, family, and the world. And iMovie lets you share in many different ways. Every online sharing option lets you "tell a friend" about your newest creation with an email announcement, complete with a link to the web page where your video can be viewed.

Make music, audition instruments, even create your own virtual band.

GarageBand. Take the stage.

With your arrangement set, you can quickly rethink the structure of your song.

GarageBand gives you a range of powerful-yet-intuitive tools to help you get the mix you want or experiment with your sound.

Assign the instruments and styles to your musicians. Then let Magic GarageBand generate a new project file based on your choices.
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New in GarageBand '08.
GarageBand '08 and a little inspiration are all you need to make incredible music, even if you've never played a note. The new Magic GarageBand turns your desktop into a virtual stage, where you can choose the band and instruments they play to easily create amazing songs. Then plug in and jam along. You can even add a singer to your song with the new Jam Pack: Voices. And accomplished musicians will appreciate other new features like multi-take recording and 24-bit quality.

Magic GarageBand.
Get the creative juices flowing. Bring the band together and let Magic GarageBand generate a new song. Create a virtual jam session or use the song project as a starting point to create your next hit.

Arrangements.
Most songs are arranged in distinct sections: introduction, verse and chorus. GarageBand brings this kind of structure to your song. With the different sections clearly defined, you can rearrange your song at any time.


Multi-take recording.

  • Define a region.
    Mark off the section of the song where you want to add your part. GarageBand repeats that section as you play, so you can lay down as many takes as you like.
  • Save every take.
    Every take you perform is recorded and saved. GarageBand displays that part of your song as a multi-take region.
  • Pick your favorite take.
    After you've recorded all of your takes, GarageBand makes it easy to pick the best one. As you play back your multi-take region, you can switch between takes in real time. Simply select your favorite and move on.
  • Change your mind, change your take.
    Even after you've picked a take, GarageBand saves them all. That way, if you're so inclined, you can select another take days or weeks later.

Visual EQ.
You don't need to be an expert to tweak the sound of your mix in GarageBand. Using the built-in Visual EQ, you can adjust a track's equalization simply by dragging the EQ bands until you get the sound you want.

Automation of tempo effects and instruments.
Record producers use dynamically changing effects to keep a song sounding fresh and exciting from start to finish. GarageBand makes it easy to do the same by automating effect changes within a composition--so you don't have to settle for one constant setting throughout.

Create websites that are more custom, more complete, more you.

iWeb. Your life: Now playing on the web.

New in iWeb '08.
iWeb makes it easy to create a website that's stunningly beautiful--and totally you. Start with an Apple-designed theme, then customize it with your own text, photos, movies, and podcasts until it's exactly what you want. And switch themes with a click anytime.

Web widgets.
With iWeb, it's easy to add live content from other websites--like videos, stock tickers, and news headlines--directly into your web pages. So you can create pages that are informative, interesting, or just plain fun.

iWeb makes it easy to incorporate some of Google's most useful features.

Google Maps and Google AdSense
iWeb makes it easy to incorporate some of Google's most useful features. With just a few clicks, you can add a fully interactive Google Map to your site. Or you can place Google AdSense ads on your pages and get Google credits every time a visitor clicks.

My Album pages.
It's so easy to create new photo and movie pages using iWeb that you'll probably create quite a few. But don't worry about your site's navigation growing too cluttered as a result. My Albums will keep things perfectly organized and easy to find.

Enhanced photo pages.
Dream big when you think about making photo pages with iWeb. With a click, you can turn iPhoto albums and Events with hundreds of images into beautifully designed, customizable photo pages.

Theme switching.
Apple-designed themes in iWeb make it easy to create a stunning website, page after page. It's also a snap to refresh your website at any time by switching themes. All it takes is a click.

Create Hollywood-style DVDs featuring your movies and slideshows.

iDVD. Hollywood-style DVDs made easy.

New button library, drop zone editor, and dynamic alignment guides provide total control.

Apple-designed themes with animated menus give you more choices in 16:9 and 4:3 formats.

New in iDVD '08.
Let your admiring audience enjoy those movies and slideshows in their living rooms. Quickly create a Hollywood-style disc with iDVD, using Apple-designed animated themes to give your DVD a gorgeous style from main screen to chapter selection. Ten new themes and snappier performance make iDVD more fun than ever.

Better performance.
iDVD is more responsive, so the creative process is faster and more fun. Rapidly switch among themes as you try out different looks for your menus. Quickly navigate between menus. Preview your completed project with smoother real-time playback.

Ten new animated themes.
iDVD lets you choose from more than 150 Apple-designed animated themes, including ten new theme families with coordinated designs for every screen in your DVD. Simply choose a theme, then drag your videos and photos into the drop zones to make them 100% yours.

Advanced menu customization.
Make every DVD uniquely yours. iDVD '08 gives you a range of options for customizing your menu screens. You can edit drop zones, choose from an expanded button library, and use built-in alignment guides to make your layout perfect.

Pro-quality encoding.
See movies and slideshows in superb quality. The new professional-quality option in iDVD uses advanced encoding technology to maintain the highest possible quality for DVDs that are near or at the disc's capacity.

Product Description

Never has it been so simple to get so much out of your photos, video, and music - and to share your memories with friends and family. The powerful new Events feature works the same way your memory does, automatically organizing your photos and video by the events where they were taken. The completely reinvented iMovie collects all your video clips in one library where you can make movies in seconds with drag-and-drop ease. GarageBand makes it simple to produce great music, whether you're an accomplished musician or you've never played a note. You can showcase photos and movies online with a few clicks in a .Mac Web Gallery, create stunning websites, photo books, calendars, DVDs, and much more. All with iLife '08.

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  140 reviews
76 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bugs make iPhoto a minefield Sept. 2 2007
By Shafter - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased iLife mostly for the improved organization of iPhoto. While I like the concept and presentation of events, bugs in importing, sorting, selection, and organizing have made the program an enormous waste of time. Twice in two days, large chunks of photos and events have simply disappeared, requiring reimporting and reorganizing (I was fortunate that I had backed up my library before installing 08). iPhoto often adds photos to a selection on its own (I suspect this is behind some of the mystery deletions) and when emptying the trash seems to also discard related photos still in the library. It's to the point where I dare not delete anything for fear of what else will be discarded. Some events display the wrong dates for the photos within and so are placed out of order. iPhoto08 continues iPhoto06's tradition of importing multiple duplicate files despite instructions not to import duplicates.

A program which should have been a big improvement in organization and convenience is instead a frustrating mess. I have many Apple products, and this is the first time I have regretted a purchase.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GarageBand, GarageBand, GarageBand, GarageBand, GarageBand, GarageBand! Aug. 21 2007
By als3rd - Published on Amazon.com
GarageBand 08. That's what I bought iLife 08 for. I don't see any reviews here for this superb and yet unjustly, incorrectly maligned program, so I'm here to fill that gap, and tell other musicians why I think GB is worth the entire price of iLife 08 by itself. First, I don't use iPhoto - I use Adobe Bridge CS3. I don't use iMovie... nor do I have any need to make DVDs with iDVD. For web production, I use Dreamweaver CS3 and Photoshop CS3, not iWeb. And I don't need podcasting capabilities.

I payed my money for GarageBand alone, less than a tenth of the price of Logic Pro (which I also own), and GB has all of the essential bits and pieces that I need to play, mix and produce excellent quality music. I skipped upgrading to the last version of iLife, because GarageBand was suddenly turned into a Podcast program during the height of the Podcasting craze, and the musicians wants and wishes took a back seat. This version of GarageBand has been improved so much it is serious competition for the "Big Boy Pro Applications."

GarageBand 08 is now a home studio capable of recording a full blown CD with (new) 24-bit audio recording and playback. - You must have a 24 bit capable USB or Firewire audio interface to record Real Instrument tracks (guitar, vocals, mic'd drums ..etc.) to take full advantage of this feature. - These are abundant and affordable on the web. Some of the other features that I like (that are new) are featured below.

But first a word about "Magic GarageBand". When I first saw this I thought it was the lamest, most pathetic looking thing I had ever seen! A corny mock up of a stage spotlighting each instrument??? Come on! But then I auditioned one of the Blues "genres". And to my surprise... I liked it! I brought into the multi-track time line, plugged in my Les Paul and was jamming with a great band! This was a great treat for a home studio musician like me. It was really nice jamming with some one other than my self and loops.

Now for the new features that I love and are new in this edition of GarageBand.

1. Multi take recording. Say you mess up a Real Instrument part. Simply set up a loop over top of the track(s) you messed up and re-record another 1, 2, 3 ..etc takes. Then audition each take, pick the best one and throw out the rest. This feature has only been available in the high priced programs until now.

2. Visual EQ: If you have a track that has too much treble, you can adjust it, by making the EQ curves visible, clicking on the pencil and manually pulling the Visual EQ curves down into the correct range. You can also do this with bass and low and high mid frequencies as well.

3. Arrangements: For songwriters this functionality allows you to keep track of verse, chorus, middle eight and all the other bits and pieces that make up songs while composing. This means, that you can mark off the chorus, and copy and paste it in farther down the line. A brilliant time saver.

3. Automation: With this feature you can dig into the mix and speed up, slow down tracks, making a song pick up tempo on all tracks without making the singer sound like Mickey Mouse. And speaking of vocals, if they don't match the song's present key, simply click on the LCD and raise or lower the entire key of the song to fit your vocal range! Another nice touch previously only available on the "Pro" applications!

Finally, GarageBand 08 has an elegantly simple user interface that does not get in the way of me and my creative spark. No interface distractions, no I/O problems ... it just works. Buy it, it's worth every penny, and a bit more.
65 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great consumer software Aug. 21 2007
By D. Solberg - Published on Amazon.com
It seems that some people are disappointed in the new iMovie, which is substantially different than the old one. The new one is much easier for most non-computer people to use, making it possible for just about anyone to make a movie quickly and easily. So what's wrong with that? That ease of use sacrifices many of the uber-advanced features that technical people love. Everything is packaged and ready-to-go to look good, but you can add advanced volume or video controls and filters. In the end, this will push the technical people to buy the more advanced Final Cut Express, and make the majority of the population able to finally make a movie quickly. What you think of this depends on what you want. Personally, I like it because I don't have a lot of time to satisfy my inner geek.

The other software is generally improved. I am a big fan of the new iPhoto events, which groups your photos according to the days and times you took the photos. For this to work, you've got to set your camera's time and date correctly; otherwise, the events are grouped into odd clusters. iWeb is improved with better management for personal sites. Garageband has a new Magic Garageband feature that makes it much easier to generate your own music. All of this software is more efficient at handling today's huge data files.

One caveat to all of this software is that there are more bugs than I'd like. Apple does do a good job fixing bugs, though, and most things I do work fine. Also, this software appreciates a newer Mac - either a 2.0 Ghz or faster G5 or an Intel Mac are required to use the new iMovie. So if you're using a G4 or older processor, you might be disappointed by the speed of this software. On the other hand, with a newer computer, you'll probably be impressed by the speed.

Generally, if you like fast, easy-to-use software and you have a newer computer, you'll love the new iLife. If you're a technie and you like to have lots of features and options, this update might not impress you.
116 of 147 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars iMovie 08 Should Be Named iMovie Lite 1.0 Aug. 14 2007
By Skyhawk - Published on Amazon.com
After several days of experimenting with iMovie 08 (part of iLife 08), I have found that I cannot use it. I have gone back to iMovie 06. With no ability to set Chapters where desired (without using Garageband!) no timeline editing and no sharing with iDVD I found the program unusable.

iMovie Lite 1.0 (iMovie 08) is fine to edit a 3 minute video to share on youtube, but it lacks features that are needed for longer projects or if you want to make a DVD of your movie.

iMovie Lite 1.0 (iMovie 08) lacks a true timeline, Nor does iMovie Lite 1.0 (iMovie 08) let you add DVD chapter markers to specific spots in a movie, such as the beginning of each major scene (each day in your vacation, for example).

I feel bad for people who purchase iMovie 08 but have never used 06. They may never know how good Apple can be at designing entry level video software.

But what if you want those missing capabilities? Apple has a great video-editing program for you: it's called iMovie HD (iMovie 06).

I am confident that Apple will eventually correct this mistake. (I understand that Apple has made iMovie 06 a free download for owners of iMovie 08!) I believe that the best course of action would be for Apple to continue upgrading iMovie 06 (iMovie HD) with full support for iDVD and DVD burning. Rename iMovie 08 (iVideo?) for small, quick little videos or slideshows for absolute beginners that don't want to burn a DVD.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy it for iMovie Aug. 23 2007
By Ghibli - Published on Amazon.com
I used to buy iLife just for iMovie and iDVD: I'm on a different universe with music so I never opened Garageband, I do not have a .mac account and don't use iWeb. iTunes is a free download, so really this suite for me is iMovie, iDVD and iPhoto. Iphoto is nice but I could live vith previous versions too, and for what I've seen iDVD seems quite fine (no big modifications), but iMovie is just a shadow of what it used to be. Although I have to admit that the skimming feature is quite cool to see, the "new iMovie" has many drawbacks. No timeline, no integration with iDVD (no more share to idvd option), no chapter markers, just really basic audio editing, no video effects, no more transfer back to camera and so on. So if you (such as myself) use to buy iLife just for iMovie and iDVD, my tip is to pass on this one.

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