Livin’ The ‘iLife – Apple Launches Massive Software Suite

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Apple is now selling the iLife ’06 software package, which comprises new versions of iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD & GarageBand and introduces a new program: iWeb.

Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, said “This is the most exciting iLife upgrade ever. With this major upgrade to iLife, we’re leaping even further ahead of anything available for the PC. Apple pioneered applications to serve our emerging digital lifestyle and then consolidated them into the iLife suite.”

 

The package introduces iWeb, which Apple says simplifies website creation – including publishing Podcasts, blogs and photos – which can be very easily published on www.apple.com/dotmac/ (“dot mac”), Apple’s group of online services. Apple-designed templates assist website creation. Powerful editing tools allow for website customisation without HTML knowledge. The iLife media browser allows drag and drop addition of photos, movies, music or play lists.

 

Also included are iPhoto 6, iMovie HD 6, iDVD 6 and GarageBand 3.

 

iPhoto 6 offers support for up to 250 000 photos and introduces Photocasting, which is like Podcasting for photos where anyone can subscribe to a published photo album and automatically receive full quality photos directly within iPhoto 6 or on a PC.

 Pictures automatically update when the owner adds, edits or deletes a photo within the published album. Photos can be viewed on Apple’s stunning displays with new full-screen edit and compare mode without menus or windows to distract from the image. Up to eight photos can be compared simultaneously and adjusted with a one-click image enhancements and effects panel. Professional-quality books, calendars and greeting cards are created easily by adding photos to Apple-designed themes.

 

iMovie HD 6 introduces let’s users add Hollywood-style production value to their movies. Effects can be previewed without waiting. Cinematic titling gives users flexibility to create text effects and new audio enhancement tools and sound effects are on offer. Multiple projects can be opened simultaneously and clips can be moved among projects. It’s also the easiest way to make a video Podcast which, of course, can be published with iWeb.

 

iDVD 6 allows burning with compatible third-party (non-Apple) hardware. Users take content shot with the latest HDV and widescreen DV cameras and author custom DVDs with widescreen menus, movies and high resolution slideshows. iDVD 6 includes Magic iDVD which, with just a few clicks, allows users select a theme and choose their movies and photos, and automatically create a complete DVD that’s ready to burn.

 

GarageBand 3 is now a complete solution for creating professional-quality Podcasts. Voices can easily be recorded using the built-in expertise of an audio engineer and Podcasts can be enhanced with radio-style sound effects and music jingles, chapter artwork and URL links.

 

Cost: $119      

 

iTunes version 6.0.2 is currently available as a free download at www.apple.com/au

 

See www.apple.com.au

 

 

 

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