Late Night with iLife

I’m up playing with iLife 06. Here’s my mini-review.

First, I like the fact that all the apps are following iTunes in their ‘edgeless’ appearance. Second, it’s interesting that a few of the apps are starting to look like other Apple Apps. Once example would be iWeb. It looks kinda like Pages. At first glance you could almost mistake iWeb for Pages. Weird. Third, the media viewer seems more present in this release and it’s an interesting concept to access you movies, photos, and music that you have. This cross pollination will take some time to get use to. Not that I’m complaining, I like the idea of easily sharing assets between programs.

I totally dig iPhoto, the Photocasts (rss feeds) look decent in NetNewsWire, and I like how they kept the “published” icon consistent across ical and iphoto. It IS much snappier and I like the full-screen editing. My only complaint is when entering and leaving full-screen editing I was expecting a nice fade in and out, perhaps with a slide of the menus. What I received was a quick snap in and out. Meh.

I looked at this briefly. I like the fact that there is a category of Video FX that allows you to use compositions from Quartz Composer. This opens up the possibility of someone creating some spectacular effect ‘plugins’ I also like the new iDVD themes; pretty always wins a point in my book.

I haven’t messed with any of the podcasting stuff in Garageband. But I will soon.

I created a quick page ( in iWeb. It renders nicely in Safari, Firefox, and yes even IE for the Mac. I can’t see anyone who already has a blog (such as WordPress) wanting to use the blogging feature, it seems kinda clunky compared to the content management systems I’ve used in the past.

It’s been around for awhile, and I’m not sure if it’s even technically part of iLife anymore. But i like it!

$200 website

You can get a custom designed website for your band/group for only $200. What will $200 get you? Innovative flash intro, animated rollover images for dynamic linking, and a whole plethora of animated gifs. Do you want a site like this? Do you have $200? Do you have no fricking clue as to what good taste is? Then click here to see an example of this mastering of the internets.

Interface Design

I want to design interfaces. That is my dream job. I want to take an emerging product and make it work as it should. I want it to be powerful and easy to use. I want it to be fast. I want it to be fun. I want it to fire off that one neuron in the human brain that makes a person go, “Neat”