Apple releases iWeb and iDVD updates

Apple today released iWeb 3.0.4 which improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues.

This update is recommended for all iWeb 3 users.

Apple today also released iDVD 7.1.2 which improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues, including the following:

– Improves reliability of imported iPhoto ’11 slideshows.
– Fixes a problem that could prevent files from re-linking.
– Addresses an issue that could cause iDVD to use all available CPU capacity when searching for missing files.

This update is recommended for all iDVD 7 users.

iWeb 3.0.4 and iDVD 7.1.2 are available via SOftware Update and also as standalone installers.

More info and download links here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “GmanMac” for the heads up.]

22 Comments

  1. Good Thing, proving that Apple is still paying attention to these two almost-orphans? Or a Bad Thing, being the final – or near-final – update so that Apple can claim that the orphaned product was the best they could do? Fear and Trepidation await …

  2. I REALLY like iWeb. I wish they would refresh/update it, but I also realize that most users are creating web sites, but rather use Facebook, LinkedIn or similar social networking sites … even for their businesses. So from a revenue or service point of view, it may just not make sense to continue it (same with iDVD, as DVD burning is also mostly done by an ever smaller number of users).

    It’s a shame because iWeb is both easy to use and renders beautiful results. Even if they are ceasing the web hosting on MobileMe when iCloud comes, I would love to see iWeb get love like the iWork products. We’re Probably hearing its swan song though…

    1. I have a very hard time believing that there’s no demand for iWeb. No other web design app even comes close to matching iWeb’s ease-of-use. Have people really stopped creating websites in favor of Facebook and LinkdIn? I certainly hope not! Nevertheless, I agree with you that things don’t look good for iWeb.

      1. I think WordPress is a much more capable platform for designing simple websites. The plethora of plugins is unmatched.

        “I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has *no idea* what it means to have a plethora.”

        1. Could it be that once again you are angry at something else, and are looking to take it out on me? Could it be because Carmen chooses to sleep in her cell, instead of with you?

        2. Different strokes for different folks. I’ve been using Macs since 1984 and supporting them since 1995, so I’m hardly a novice user; and I find the WordPress interface clunky and difficult to work with. WordPress may be more capable than iWeb, but can’t touch iWeb’s ease of use imho.

      2. me too. I use the hell out of iWeb with MacHighway hosting to maintain a simple site my office uses to circumvent the IT morons at my agency.

        totally surprised to see this update. I downloaded “freeway express as” and have started working with that. I like it’s CSS functionality.

  3. This post is obviously for all of the ‘genius’ analysts & bloggers that claimed they knew first-hand that iWeb & iDVD were toast! What happened to all of the certainty that these programs were done? Common sense is scarce like natural resources these days!

  4. I used iWeb and it would have been GREAT if had any normal dev cycle. If they just built a blogger-friendly platform with Apple UI… but I do like all the WP extensions and will just be moving my iWeb sites over there. I wish they would have just worked with WordPress to build an iWeb drag and drop interface that worked with WordPress hosting…. built-in drag and drop extensions… could have been amazing. But they’re going in a new direction and it’s just less valuable to the overall Apple picture now.

    1. iWeb existed for one reason, and that was to create websites for MobileMe users. If there’s no MobileMe hosting and no MobileMe, then what would be the reason for iWeb to exist? To grow OTHER companies’ business?

      iWeb was one of those things that was to drive usage of MobileMe and it didn’t. The entire MobileMe experiment failed, so now they’re just performing maintenance level updates just so it’s interface will match the rest of Lion.

      What’s to keep WordPress or Blogger from creating their own iWeb? Because they’re not Apple. It seems silly, but after looking at how iWeb works, I’d have thought that mote tools following that way of working would be out now.

      Any software company that doesn’t create something by next June that works as easily as iWeb is just leaving money on the table.

      1. I agree — I can’t say what their intention was, but I use iWeb because of its integration with the other iLife products, and not just MobileMe (even though the MobileMe integration is sweet). I’ve used WordPress and Blogger in the past, and neither gave me the warm, fuzzy feeling that I get with iWeb. Being able to pull up my iPhoto events, drag and drop iTunes tracks, and import iMovie files seamlessly is unmatched, as far as I’ve seen.

        My plan is to find a new place to host next year, and (if King Jobs allows) continue to design with iWeb!

  5. iDVD updated? Really? Does Steve know about this? Since he long ago famously announced ‘no one needs’ DVDs anymore – I’m amazed that it even exists much less is getting updated.

  6. iDVD is a peace of sh.t besides DVD Studio Pro! Apple, please get back to some real good handy stuff, ready to make real personalized job: give us some real TOOLS back!
    Thanks in advance.

  7. I personally can’t se a replacement for iWeb. I used to use Freeway which was great in many ways but I was always sorting HTML glitches and I almost gave up making web sites for clients. Then through circumstances I tried Web and produce great original sites easily and cost effectively again and was really looking forward to a major update to upgrade its capabilities.

    Since I realised its on death row I have looked at alternatives, Rapidweaver, Concrete 5, WordPress and though some of these can do more overall none come near to offering the flexibility, ease of use, family interface, clean html (mostly) and overall designerbility of iWeb while most of the extra bells and whistles they offer usually come at a price. So it looks like I may have to get out of web designing again at a time when a web presence is increasingly vital for even the smallest of businesses.

    If Apple don’t want to develop it give it to someone else to do so I am sure a small developer out there would love the opportunity to improve and perhaps take it to the cloud which is what Apple itself should be considering if a desktop application is no longer de rigueur.

  8. If the free iCloud is replacing MobileMe and iWeb is being discontinued – why can’t Apple instead keep iWeb as a paid- for service for people who wish to continue having their iWeb sites maintained?

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