“iLife ’11 is a welcome, and long-overdue update to Apple’s suite of digital media applications. This year’s version adds a handful of advanced features to iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand without making them more difficult to use,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET. “It’s a shame iDVD and iWeb did not receive updates with this year’s version, but with a slightly lower price for upgraders than in years past, iLife 11 still represents a good value to consumers looking for a set of tools for editing and sharing media. At $49, and close to two years since the last major update, we can easily recommend picking up this up.”
Lowensohn reports, “Though this iteration of iLife may not have the flash of some previous releases, it brings each of the updated applications closer to professional-grade software-editing tools without making them unnecessarily complicated. If you’re a frequent iPhoto user who does a lot of sharing, the updated Facebook and e-mail enhancements are must-haves; with iMovie’s new movie trailer feature, you can turn scattered bits of vacation footage into something truly compelling that friends and family will want to watch. GarageBand’s updates also bring a number of pro quality features to the table, while offering people who have little to no musical training easier ways to learn how to play.”
Read the full review, which includes a video review, here.