iLife ’11 productivity suite is a collection of 5 applications (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb & iDVD) to help you manage your multi-media and is included with every new Mac. But if you haven’t purchased a new one in the last few months then your iLife is probably out of date.
iPhoto is a photo manager that allows you to manage, organize edit and share you photos as well as assemble slideshows. You can also create and order photobooks, cards & calendars.
The latest version allows for better slideshows, additional themes and Facebook integration.
iMovie is like iPhoto, but only for movies. Instead of slideshows, you can drag and drop clips and photos and create you own masterpieces along with special effects. The latest version now allows for audio waveform editing and audio effects as well as a new trailer creation tool.
GarageBand allows you to record, mix and master music on your Mac by plugging in instruments or writing your own. You can also create podcasts. The latest version offer users better flexibility, easy fixing like the ability to adjust single note and enhanced learning capabilities with 22 new music lessons.
iLife ‘11 also includes iWeb that allows you to easily design, create and publish your own website. And finally, iDVD is an application that allows you to create and burn professional DVDs with movies and slideshows that include menus, buttons and scene selections just like on a store bought disc.
For a little info on the upgrades, read the Back to the Mac event rollout recap.
iLife ’11 is a gem. Upgrades are only $49 or $79 for a family pack of 5 licenses.
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