“Apple’s svelte iMac computers always turn heads. But I’m also smitten with the Mac’s rock solid OS X operating system and top-shelf iLife software suite — programs that tame pictures, videos and more,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today.
“Enhancements to some iLife programs were relatively modest: In iWeb, you can add Google Maps, Google AdSense targeted ads and other live “widgets” to your website. The iDVD program has new animated themes. And GarageBand added a fun Magic GarageBand feature that lets you ‘audition’ with a virtual band by selecting a musical genre and then clicking on various software instruments, or using real ones,” Baig reports.
“Changes to iPhoto and iMovie were more dramatic. The makeover of iMovie was so substantial — dumbed down, some will say — that in eliminating features found in previous versions, it may frustrate advanced users. But the old version is still at hand,” Baig reports.
“The result is sort of iMovie on a diet, simpler for beginners to create polished videos quickly but lacking editing tools that more-seasoned video editors have come to appreciate, notably video and audio “timeline” tracks. Installing iMovie ’08 as an upgrade leaves the previous version, called iMovie HD, intact on your system. Or if you buy a new Mac with iLife ’08, Apple lets you download iMovie HD for free,” Baig reports.
“Taken as a whole, iLife remains the best collection of multimedia software. And in looks, design and pizazz, the iMac is still the best desktop computer for home users,” Baig reports.
More about Apple’s new iMacs and iLife ’08 in Baig’s full article here.