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Apple has added the iLife '11 suite -- released just few days-- to Mac Box Set offerings available at the online Apple store, and various other outlets such as Amazon. A basic $129 bundle includes iLife '11, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iWork '09. The Family Pack edition costs $179, but includes licenses for five computers instead of just one.

iLife '11 makes major changes to its three core programs, for instance implementing new fullscreen views in iPhoto, and effects macros in iMovie. GarageBand has gained tools for fixing rhythm and note duration. Some fullscreen modes in the suite notably borrow design cues from the iPad, mimicking things like the tablet's photo stacks and iOS-style menu bars.

But, recently a thread began discussing iLife '11 and the problems associated with upgrading, a poll is also included showing that 33.33% of people who have upgraded have had no issues to report. And one forum goer declared that they've had enough of Flash and sparked a rather lengthy debate about the practicality of Flash.

Would I really see a difference? Would we really need the new special thing?

Just days after issuing a quick fix for a critical library bug, Apple has rolled out the first major iLife '11 upgrade with iPhoto 9.1, which restores the ability to create and order calendars, a feature that went missing on the initial release. It also fixes an issue that prevented videos downloaded from MobileMe or Flickr from importing correctly into iPhoto events, and adds some holiday-themed letterpress card options. The update addresses only the version of iPhoto that shipped with the new iLife '11 suite.

The loss of the calendar-creation option had sparked much hue and cry among iPhoto users, and it remains unclear if the omission was unintentional or not. Apple's web page for iPhoto '11 has already been updated to specifically mention creating calendars.
The update, which is recommended for all iPhoto 9 users, also addressed a video-importing bug that affected MobileMe and Flickr users. iPhoto 9 was one of the three significantly upgraded applications in the iLife '11 suite, adding new full-screen management options, new email templates, new slideshows, improved integration with Facebook and improved book printing.

As for me, I like iMovie. It makes it easy to import, select, edit and export (in several formats) our clips; and the speed at which we can make such good-looking movies with transitions and effects removes the chore aspects. So I can convert dvd to avi/mp4 then make short movies, just a personal preference.

Lastly, to support the launch of iLife '11, Apple has implemented what it calls the iLife '11 Hardware Up-to-Date Program. Instead of having to pay the usual $49 for an iLife '11 upgrade, people can potentially get the software for just $7. Those who bought a Mac with an earlier version of iLife between October 1st and the 19th must submit an order form by November 19th. For people buying a Mac with an outdated iLife on or after the 20th, a 30-day post-purchase window exists.

In the case of multi-system purchases, people can opt either to get one upgrade kit per computer, or buy a smaller number of licenses and request "right to copy" permissions. Qualifying Macs must come from the online Apple Store, one of the company's retail locations, or an authorized reseller. But I think that there are always ways to fix that. DVD, for example. Some people like to go to the cinema, whereas others like to watch movie at home. Now I put dvd to ipod/ipad with a dvd converter, and it's easier to enjoy on a trip. Hi-tech electronic products can make us live more comfortably.

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Hi, Went to the Mac store to upgrade to Snow Leopard and was told my OS was "way too Old to upgrade to Snow Leopard!" Sorry, I'm a numbskull when it comes to these things. Figured as long as my computer was working then I didn't need to keep upgrading. Now I'm in a pickle. Have Jaguar OS X but must have upgraded along the way since my "about this mac" says I have version 10.4.11 power pc not 10.2. What upgrade do I need to catch up in order to upgrade to Snow Leopard? Thanx!


Apple recommends that if you wish to go from 10.4 to 10.6 then you should purchase the 10.6 Box Set.

System Requirements to run Snow Leopard:
  • Mac computer with an Intel processor
  • 1GB of memory
  • 5GB of available disk space
  • DVD drive for installation
Snow Leopard Installation Instructions:
  1. Just insert the DVD in the optical drive.
  2. Restart your Mac while holding down the C key.
  3. You will be guided through the installation procedure and be prompted at one point to choose which install option you want.
  4. Once the Snow Leopard install is completed the Mac will restart itself.
  5. You will probably be asked to register with Apple upon restart.
  6. Enjoy Snow Leopard on your Mac!
Q: Can I upgrade directly from Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)?

A: Yes. Apple recommends purchasing the Mac Boxed Set for this purpose, which will also update iLife (it is unknown at the time of this writing whether older versions of iLife work with Snow Leopard) and iWork. Also note that while it has been said that the $29 upgrade will work with 10.4, it is not officially supported and may be in violation of the licensing terms.

Q: What happened to the different install options? Can't I do an Archive & Install?

A: Apple has revamped the familiar installation options for Mac OS X. You now have two choices, either a straight upgrade or a clean install. Supposedly if you choose to do a straight upgrade, what actually goes on behind the scenes is what was traditionally known as an Archive & Install.

Q: Is there anything I can do to better prepare myself for the upgrade?

A: Yes. It is advisable to run a Verify/Repair Permissions and Verify/Repair Disk in Disk Utility. You may also want to run the maintenance tasks in Onyx. And finally, it would be wise to get your applications up to date using a program like AppFresh.

Feb 16, 2011 | Apple Mac OS X

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I have purchased the Mac Box Set that has Mac OS X Snow Leopard, iLife & iWork. After I have installed it in order to go further with iWork it is asking for a iWork 09 serial number. Where do I get this number from? Is it on the box? Steve


If you downloaded iWork (30 day trial) it requires a serial number to unlock. if you purchased iWork in a retail box, it does not require a serial number.
It is likely you still have the trial version on your mac. Delete the Apps from your applications folder and reinstall from the disk.

Dec 18, 2010 | Apple Mac Box Set Family Pack Full Version...

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Video transfer from Canon Optura 10 to Apple iMac


It should work well with Apple iMovie that came with your mac. There is a new version (imovie 09) that is said to be a major improvement over imovie 08 (the version that likely came with your computer). It is part of the iLife suite of multimedia Apple software. Available for $79 from the apple store. Here's a link to the store page. Buy now

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