Apple on Wednesday unveiled iLife ’11 at its Back to the Mac event in Cupertino, demoing three of the suite’s updated applications—iPhoto, iMovie, and Garageband. The updated suite was released Wednesday and will cost $49. It will also come preinstalled on all new Macs.
iPhoto ’11 includes a new, iOS-like full-screen mode for editing and viewing photos, social sharing enhancements (including better Facebook and e-mail support), new slideshows, a “big leap in books”—a complete redesign of the creation process—and the addition of new letterpress cards.
Improved audio editing—which Apple CEO Steve Jobs called “the number one request we got after the last version of iMovie”—led the changes to Apple’s entry-level video editing program.
Randy Ubillos, chief architect for Apple’s video applications, took the stage for a demo highlighting new audio editing capabilities, as well as “one step effects,” which provide instantly rendered visual compositions; easy-to-build movie trailers with fifteen template themes, original scores created by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road; People Finder, which uses face detection to distinguish the number of people in your photo and the framing of the shot; and direct sharing with Facebook and Vimeo. “Isn’t that awesome?” Jobs joked after Ubillos had finished. “You know Randy along with his team has invented all of that stuff.”
The final program to get an on-stage demo Wednesday was GarageBand, shown off by Xander Soren, product marketing manager. Soren focused on GarageBand’s new recording and instrument tools, including new Flex Time, Groove Matching, and “How did I play?” features, more guitar amps and effects, and new piano and guitar lessons.