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Apple iLife '09 - iDVD & Conclusions

By Hugo Jobling

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

iDVD

There's pretty much nothing to say about iDVD. After all, how much can you update a DVD writing application? There's a bunch of fancy menus, themes and so forth, but fundamentally it's just more of the same this revision.

Conclusions

As with most application suites, it's unlikely you'll buy iLife with the intention of using every program available. Luckily each - the value-add iDVD aside - feels like it is worth the £70-odd asking price of the whole package. Presumably Apple's marketing folks are smart enough to know trying to charge 'full price' for each application in the suite would be a losing battle.

iPhoto is a great basic photo editing suite, iMovie is an excellent tool for putting together slick home movies easily, GarageBand is as great as ever and Artist Lessons are just inspired, and iWeb is, while somewhat restrictive, still a fantastic bit of kit for simple website creation by those not interested in learning any actual web coding. Oh, and iDVD... well, it works, so that's nice.

Verdict

iLife '09 may be just an evolutionary update form last year's version, but that evolution is far from incremental. If you don't need the new features, don't rush to upgrade, but if you've been holding off a purchase pending a better application suite coming along then you should wait no longer.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Value 8
  • Usability 8
  • Features 8

AndyR

March 4, 2009, 12:46 pm

Nice review. iLife 09 came with my refurb MBP and I have to say its quite nice compared to 08. The extra features in iPhoto are a plus and at least iMovie is not crippled now.

Hamish Campbell

March 4, 2009, 5:03 pm

Latte is just expresso with frothy milk in. I like it. But you'll always find someone who finds it offensive you put some sugar in, milk, or don't take your espresso anally.

Jay4d0

March 4, 2009, 6:46 pm

I really hope microsoft do something like places integrated into their photo program soon as well integrated I hasten to add.

Pbryanw

March 4, 2009, 7:07 pm

I've never taken my expresso anally - I find it spoils the taste. I don't quite get your point halm, but I like the way you've expressed it.

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