I recently got iLife ’08 and it’s pretty sweet. Did I blog about this already? For some reason I think I did. Now I wonder if I should continue. Ah well. Yeah, I like it.
iPhoto 7. Events are pretty awesome. So much easier to organize photos. And the Web Gallery is a pretty sweet way to quickly get photos online for others to see. I’m still going to use Flickr as my primary photo website, but at least I can direct people to My Web Gallery while I am processing and naming and tagging the photos for Flickr. I’ve also started tagging photos in iPhoto to try out the searching capabilities. I’m not too fond of the tagging system, though. I wish the tagging was more along the lines of Flickr or YouTube, but I think I can deal with it. One other thing I’ve noticed that I don’t like is that I can no longer access my iPhoto library directly from Finder. I have to work all kinds of special magic to get to the place where my images actually exist. Fix this, Apple! But overall, iPhoto 7.0.1 is a much better improvement over iPhoto 6, in my opinion.
I have not yet fully tried out iMovie. I shot some footage last night with which I will edit in a day or two. There is much on the To Do list for this afternoon and, honestly, the size of the list scares me a bit. It’s so long that I probably shouldn’t be blogging right now. I have tried out the direct Publish to YouTube and Publish to .Mac features and it’s pretty sweet. I was originally a little worried that they removed all timeline-based editing from it, but it’s not that big a deal as Apple had the foresight to leave the old copy of iMovie HD on the system for those who prefer the old method. I do plan on getting Final Cut soon enough, so I will deal with iMovie 7 until that time. I do wonder what iMovie will do to where my footage is stored. Will it make it difficult to access as iPhoto does? Is it going to bundle the clips with the movie file as iMovie HD did? That really bothered me since my iMovie files were hundreds of megabytes large. I suppose I will post another blog later on dedicated to my experiences with iMovie once I really have a chance to play with it.
GarageBand is pretty sweet. We recorded a song last night in my room which sounds pretty good, though it is not edited or mixed down yet. The one thing I really like about it is that it now has mp3 support. It was always such a pain in the butt to have to export the GarageBand mix to AAC and then import that to iTunes and convert it there. Way too cumbersome. I will try out the mp3 export on Tuesday when I edit down the weekly podcasts. I don’t see why there would be anything weird with it, but you never know. The reason I need to upload mp3 is that my web server doesn’t support AAC. I plan on switching domains because I want to do some enhanced podcasts in the future and need it use AAC. That’s another story for another time.
I suppose that is all for now. I have tons of work to do and really need to get started. Peace out yo.
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