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    "Most Buggy Release - Not ready for show time"

    June 25, 2011  |   By PrivettP


    Garage Band works very nice. iMovie trailers look clean/impressive, intuitively combines storyboard and timeline view and it now lets you output to 1080p HD video format.The green screen tool works effortlessly. Supports captions.


    At the time of this release update 9.02 was released. iPhoto is not ready for release. iMovie only works with Cameras and Video records pre-processed video formatting and nothing else. Cameras supported are very limited.


    When I purchased my MacBook Pro, I downgraded my iLife version to 2006 because of its ease of use, lack of bugs an superior editing features over the most recent version I had at the time. Since that time I have helped friends with later upgrades including 2011. For me, since the release of 06, I have not seen an improvement in editing feature or ease of use in the later versions and never bothered to upgrade. For 11, I have never seen an apple release so buggy. Apple support boards are overflowing with angry users particularly with iPhoto. This appears to be more common with Apple releases.

    Often when you just click on the already-open iPhoto icon in the dock it freezes again; one to three minutes later iPhoto appears, with all the images that were visible on screen visually corrupted. It's frustrating that a program with so many compelling new features is so buggy for so many users. With the advent of digital photography, we are collecting more and more pictures.

    I hope Apple can sort out the issues with iPhoto '11. If you take the plunge and upgrade to iLife '11, make sure you have a good backup of your iPhoto library. It's in your home directory, in the Pictures folder.

    iMovie only wants to work with actual content from camcorders and cameras and no other type of pre processed file formatting. I was also disappointed with the limited selection of video-capable digital still cameras that iMovie directly supported.

    For Garage Band, it is good and works fine. However, if you aren't a musician, this upgrade will do nothing for you over previous releases.

    I'm confident many of these issues will be fixed in an update, but until then I'd advise users to hold off on upgrading, or use caution if they do. Once these upgrades are resolved, I'm willing to get iLife 11 and run and remove the 06 version of iDVD and Garage Band and iWeb to iLife 2011 while letting iPhoto and iMove run independently in 06 and 11. Apple has also been known to inexplicably stop investing in any bug fixes. The internet forums are littered with Apple's key unresolved bug fixes. As a consumer, I just wait for those fixes to be resolved before buying the software. For me, it hasn't been worth waiting for most of those fixes. For 6 months 2011 users are still waiting. For product with a 1 year release cycle and iPhoto not properly handling fundamental issues and limited Cameras/Camcorders waiting for iLife 12 maybe a real option for some.

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