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iLife '09 [OLD VERSION]

by Apple
Platform : Mac, PowerMac, Mac OS X
205 customer reviews

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  • iLife '09 lets you get the most out of your photos, movies, and music on your Mac with new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb and iDVD
  • Organize and search your photos by faces and places with iPhoto '09; Create a movie in minutes or edit your masterpiece with iMovie '09
  • Learn to play, start a jam session, or record and mix your own song with GarageBand '09
  • Design, publish, and update your own websites just the way you want them with iWeb '09
  • Turn your home movies and photos into gorgeous Hollywood-style DVDs with iDVD
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0014X5XEK
  • Item model number: MB966Z/A
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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166 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Harrison Murchison on February 14, 2009
I think the purpose for a review is to get a sense for the product being reviewd. Unfortunately user submitted online reviews can and do end up becoming bully pulpits where people who feel slighted launch invective towards a product. Let me say that this will not be that type of review.

I own a Mac mini 1.66Ghz Core Duo with 2GB of RAM that shipped with iLife 06 (I skipped the 08 upgrade) . Even by the standards of 2007 it wasn't a barn burner. I have become aquainted with iLife 09 (hereafter IL9) and here are my thoughts.

iMovie 09 (IM9) - This is the second version of what has become a hot button issue for many users. My computer shipped with iMovie 06 aka iMovie HD and I have tried to edit some video in it. The anger comes from the fact that Apple scrapped iMovie HD for new application called iMovie 08. The problem was that iMovie 08 was such a radical departure from iMovie HD and it had much less features. The uproar was so loud Apple capitulated and allowed iMovie HD to be downloaded separately. Now we have the second generation of this new movie editing application and the iMovie HD fans are back with a vengeance but are they justified again? I do not believe so and here's why.

Apple switched to a whole new video app for reasons that we can only guess but I'd surmise that they felt that iMovie HD had grown too complex with plugins and time lines and audio editing features that are truly best served in a higher end application like Final Cut Express. They decided to go back to the roots. iMovie 08 would be a video app for people that only need to edit every now an then or total newbies.

They have succeeded. iMovie '09 rectify's most of the issues i've seen that actually hampered the ability to edit video easily.
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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful By FroggyM on January 29, 2009
There is no way that I could give the iLife suite anything but 5 stars. I switched to the mac 1.5 years ago and have been intensely using iLife '08 for the entire time. The suite of programs is just incredible. I would probably pay upwards of $600 for the suite of programs, and it costs only [...]. Crazy.

The following review covers the new features added in iLife '09 that weren't in iLife '08. There are a lot of new features, and I'll update my review after I spend time with each one.

iPhoto '09
FACE RECOGNITION: My iPhoto library is relatively small at 14,000 photos, most of which feature friends and family. Because I'm a bit OCD, with iPhoto '08, I took the time to label all the photos with the names of the people contained in each picture. I did this by writing the person's name in the "Key Words" field of each photo. For a variety of reasons, my iPhoto library is much more valuable and useful to me when they are properly labeled with people's names. As such, I was intrigued by the face recognition feature of iPhoto '09. After allowing iPhoto '09 to scan my library of photos for faces (which took about 3 hours), I spent a handful of hours training iPhoto to know what everyone's faces look like. This process (if you know how to do it) is indeed easier than the old way (of me typing in people's names in the "key words" field under each photo). The facial recognition is pretty good, or maybe very good. The problem I've discovered is that facial recognition is never going to be perfect. Indeed some of the best photos have friends or family with their backs turned to the camera, or whatever, so facial recognition doesn't notice them. If I were to rely solely on the facial recognition in iPhoto '09, I would fail to properly label all my pictures ...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ecklynn on September 18, 2012
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I wanted a copy of iDVD for my new mac (mountain lion OS) which did not come with it. Its great for burning DVD's of home movies. I had to buy the entire iLife 09 to get it; but it was well worth it! Only installed the iDvd portion, and it works great!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Keeling on February 19, 2010
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I only use the iPhoto app in iLife 9 and this version is so slow at loading 1000 plus image libraries, I just got frustrated. iPhoto 7 is eye blinking quick at loading my large libraries (have 10 libraries; 1999, 2000....2010) full of digital and scanned images. iPhoto 9 has the face recognition feature that runs all the time whether you want it to or not and it is a resources hog. Slows everything down. A simple on/off switch in the preferences pane would make version 9 much more palatable; faster. If Apple ever updated iPhoto 9 with and on/off switch for faces, I may try it again. Right now it is just too darn slow. Too, my macbook has a 2 ghz processor and 4 meg of ram. That is plenty of horsepower for properly written apps. iLife 9 just isn't one. iLife 7 is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Dowrick on September 23, 2009
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iPhoto 09
60% accurate at even finding a Face on the page, even if the face is huge and obvious.
of those, it has about a 50% chance of Identifying it as someone KNOWN.
Of Those, it has a 90% chance of Identifying them correctly.
So, if you Click FACES, and click Tom (whatever name), then look at the "please confirm" list, you will be amazed. It's
about 90% accurate in who it thinks is Tom.
But... if you then go through your photos, you will find at least 70% of the pictures with Tom in them, either have no box around the face, or have it listed as "Unknown Face".
It's a cool feature, but it's a lot of work going through 10,000 + photos. It almost never recognizes profile or 3/4 shots.

iMovie 09
It's strange, but a LOT of the user friendly stuff you got used to in the past, are gone.
The first time you load it, it takes forever. It loads in every movie you ever took in iPhoto.
There is no SAVE command. Or even SAVE AS. It saves as you go, so no backups.
It freezes at the cuts, so you'll never know what your film actually looks like until you export it, and this is not a memory issue. I have 3 Gigs of RAM, and I was doing a 30 second film.
Good thing is that is ADDs iMovie 09 to your system. IT leaves iMovie HD alone, so you can use both.
No more Drag n Drop. That's gone. Why? Don't know. just is.
You can not just drag videos from your desk top to the clips panel. You have to use the menu, and IMPORT.
You can not simply COPY a clip you are using, and paste it again in your video. You must grab the original clip from your clips and re-cut it to the same length, apply FX, etc. I had a bouncing ball I wanted looped. Same for Text. Can't just grab text you liked on one section and paste over another.
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