“Earlier this week, I got an e-mail from a reader that said: ‘As a PC user who juggles multiple applications to complete multimedia projects, I’m jealous of the integrated approach’ of Apple’s iLife programs. ‘Is there any product on the PC that comes close to the integrated solution you’ve discussed so many times for the Mac platform?’ I get these e-mails regularly. When you buy a Macintosh, you get a free suite of excellent, integrated programs, called iLife, for managing and editing photos, music and videos, and for creating DVDs and CDs that include these multimedia files. The programs include iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and iTunes,” Walt Mossberg reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“All of these functions have been available on Windows from various companies, but not in a truly integrated suite that has a unified user interface and works together well,” Mossberg writes. “And the individual Windows applications for doing these things have tended to be harder to use than Apple’s.”
“But I have been testing the first program that claims to bring iLife-type simplicity, integration and power to the Windows PC. It’s called Easy Media Creator 7, and it’s from Roxio,” Mossberg writes.
Mossberg then delves into the features of Apple’s iLife vs. Roxio’s attempt to mimick Apple and finds, “Overall, I found Media Creator to be significantly inferior to the Apple suite. It’s harder to use, less consistent in the way it works, less well integrated, and it fails to display the same delicate balance between power and simplicity that is the real strength of the Apple software.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: The hodge podge concept of cobbling together hardware from multiple outfits, running an OS from another, and then applications from yet another isn’t ever going to match Apple’s elegant, integrated solutions.