Oct. 20, 2010 at 1:29 PM ET
At the "Back to the Mac" event in Cupertino, Calif., today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced a new version of its popular iLife suite of applications which will be called iLife 11.
The iLife collection of applications allows users to create, edit and manage photos, movies, and music. The new version of iLife includes improvements to iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand.
Some of the enhancements and improvements announced include a new version of iPhoto — called iPhoto 11 of course. The photo application will include enhanced use of full-screen mode, increased Facebook intigration so users can more easily post to the social network and see who responds to which photos. iPhoto 11 also makes it easier to email photos, adds new slideshow themes for showing off your photos, adds new photo books for users to print and display their photos, and adds letter-press card printing as well.
Meanwhile, the new version of iMovie offers enhanced audio editing features and allows users to easily transform their homespun video footage into Hollywood-style movie trailers. iMovie 11 also adds more visual effects like flash and hold, instant replay and jump cuts. And the new People Finder feature analyzes your videos and marks segments containing faces so you can quickly find the people you're looking for when making a movie or trailer.
As for the popular GarageBand application within iLife, GarageBand 11 adds Flex Time and Groove Matching to help musicians improve their recordings. Flex Time, for example, lets users move, stretch or shorten individual notes. It also includes seven more guitar amps, five more stompbox effects as well as 22 new piano and guitar lessons.
Speaking of lessons, the new "How Did I Play" feature listens while you play along to one of the guitar or piano lessons and highlights mistakes you've made. Yes, you too can have you're own personal music critic.
iLife 11 will come free with every new Mac. And it will cost $49 to upgrade for current owners. It is available starting today.
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