"Bad Apple!"on by ed state--2008
Pros iPhoto '08 is a nice step forward
Cons iMovie '08 will go down in history... in a BAD way
Summary iPhoto is a nice improvement.
Garageband is okay.
iWeb is REALLY buggy (doesn't open old domains well), and incomplete (still doesn't support more than one site... yes, really.
And iMovie is worthy of a class action lawsuit.
Nowhere in the WWDC speech or on the website does it warn "iMovie will NOT INSTALL on anything but the latest, fastest Macs... not even if you're already running the latest verstions of FinalCutHD, ProTools, or even CS3... nope, this "consumer" app will render any computer that's older than 1 year OBSOLETE." Of course, it does say something to that affect in 3 point grey type on the back of the box. Why not merely include a warning "you may experience sluggish performance..."?
This is underhanded, unncecessary, and very un-Apple.
Pros A full suite of apps for making movies, DVDs and songs
Cons Most of the best features require a $99/year .Mac account
Summary iLife '08 is a great suite of apps for anyone who purchase a new Mac (it comes pre-installed). However, for those considering paying the price just to upgrade, I would advise against it. Here's why:
iWeb - Google Maps integration is wonderful. It'd be a great way to coordinate directions to a party or wedding reception. The ability to have personal domain names are a great addition. Unfortunately, you will need a .Mac account (which costs you $99 per year) to take advantage of the feature. THe upgrade allows instant theme switching, which is great, but should've been in the first version of iWeb.
iDVD - This pretty much remains the same. No complaints, as it has been a good app for quite a while and remains to be.
Garageband- This one is neat. Magic Garageban (which shows you the instruments on a "stage") and multi-take recordings are great!
iPhoto - A nice set of feature that allow skimming a collection - very cool! .Mac Web Galleries are also very cool... however, again, it doesn't do you any good unless you pay $99 per year for a .Mac account. Events is a nice bit of organization and the ability to download select photos from your camera is well over-due and very welcome.
iMovie - Whoa! Probably my once-favorite app is now definitely the worst. The videos are organized into Events (like iPhoto) and that is great. It's also great that iMovie is now the central location for all the movies on your computer as it is a nice organization app. However, editing movies just plain suck: No more timeline view; no more multiple audio tracks; fewer effects and transitions than iMovie '06. It's a completely new app... and that is NOT a good thing. I understand that iMovie is supposed to be basic, but that shouldn't mean functionless.
Overall, I'd definitely wait for iLife '09 or until I buy a new Mac before I upgrade. There just aren't enough GREAT features to justify shelling out $80. Plus, the ones that are GREAT require another $99/year fee to use them. No thanks.
Pros awesome controls integration and interface
Cons want features back into the better albeit more limited imovie
Summary Worth avery pennyUpdated
imovie finally is easy
iweb gets editable themes and google
idvd is better w 3d party drives
as a whole this is a great upgrade especially the web -.mac integration!
"Good as always"on by nickcao8
Pros Is good like other apple products
Cons Not much new, though
Summary iLife '08 is good, but I haven't noticed any large changes that will benifit me.
Pros easy to use, fun amd cheap
Cons Missing some Pro features that other software have
Summary I think Apple did a very good job.