Picasa has always been a long time competitor of Mac’s iLife iPhoto, however, the release of the latest iPhoto ’09 yesterday at MacWorld might just bring a short lasting temporaily end to this battle (until Picassa updates that is). The new iPhoto has so much to offer and social networking freaks like myself absolutely adore those new functions!
iPhoto has been updated with two features called “Faces” and “Places.” Faces, as you may have guessed, lets you tag photos by subjects’ faces, similar to what Facebook and Picasa have done. iPhoto makes its best guess as to the identity of a subject based on previous tags and asks for confirmation, which is pretty innovative!
Places allows for geotagging of photos. Some cameras and the iPhone 3G will use GPS information to tag photos. iPhoto then organizes those photos by location, or “place.” Also, Flickr and Facebook support are built-in. Those without GPS access can retro-tag photos by hand.
There’s been quite alot going on at Macworld, we’re aiming to bring you the very best and the essense of it all At Macworld today the new iLife ’09 was revealed and one of the applications that make apart of iLife is iMovie. I’m not sure how many of you have used it before since it’s not the easiest of all video / clip making softwares, but we have used it to make a few videos over at our YouTube channel. The new iMovie features precision editing, advanced drag and drop, animated travel maps, and image stabilization. With the new iMovie you can grab audio from another clip then add it to a different clip easily. You can view your projects in a thumbnail view as opposed to the iPhoto ‘08. Image stabilization is said to be really nice but slow to correct, but worth every penny. You can now add effects to your videos and also add slow motion to any clip. There are updated themes and many more great new features!
The iPhone Dev Team have now released their latest unlock tool for the iPhone 3G, though a tiny bit later than what they promised! The tool as you will know called yellowsn0w, will work with the iPhone’s latest OS update, firmware version 2.2 and in fact it requires that your iPhone be updated to 2.2 to run at all. Yellowsn0w is at the moment still in beta, version 0.9.4 (version has been updating constantly today!), which means it seems yellowsn0w isn’t absolutely perfect and everyone should use with 100% caution.