iLife ’08 Updates

Apple released 5 updates for various iLife ’08 applications.

First there’s iLife Support v8.1 which is a 10.3MB download through Software Update (for Intel) and 7MB as a standalone download. You need to install this update before the other updates. Apple tells us:

This update supports system software components shared by all iLife ’08 applications, improves overall stability, addresses a number of other minor issues, and supports general compatibility issues. It is recommended for all users of iLife ’08.

iPhoto Update v7.1 is the largest update. It’s 61.8 MB through Software Update and a 59.3MB standalone download. Apple tells us:

This update addresses issues encountered when moving photos between Events, plus new greeting card themes, including holiday card designs. It also supports general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and addresses a number of other minor issues.

GarageBand Update v 4.1 is a 47 MB download through Software Update and a 46.1 MB standalone download. This one brings us:

This update addresses isolated graphic display issues, compatibility with 3rd party audio software, fixes minor problems with Magic GarageBand, and supports general compatibility issues.

iDVD Update v7.0.1 is a 20.2 MB download through Software Update and a 18.6MB standalone download. This one is described with the typical…

This update improves overall stability, supports general compatibility issues, and addresses a number of other minor issues.

The last update is iMovie Update v7.1. It’s a 46.1 MB download through Software Update and a 44.6MB standalone download. This one is a real update and adds a bunch of new features (or maybe returns features that were dropped – any iMovie users care to comment?). The list is…

This update addresses several areas including video and audio editing capabilities, and performance associated with opening and switching iMovie Events and Projects. This update also supports general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and addresses a number of other minor issues.

iMovie 7.1 features include:

Multiple Clip Selection
Select multiple clips in order to assign keywords, paste adjustments or reorganize clips in your project faster than ever.

Fine Tuning
Quickly refine the start or end frame for any clip without leaving the Project view.

Still Frame Creation
Freeze the action for creating a dramatic ending or applying the “Ken Burns” effect on any frame of your video clip.

Frame-by-Frame trimming
Adjust each clip to the perfect start or end frame using frame-by-frame precision trimming.

Audio Ducking level control
Dip music tracks and background tracks to the perfect level as voice over or other audio comes in and out of your movie.

Manual Audio Fades
Make smoother sounding audio transitions by manually adjusting the fade duration.

Performance Improvements
Enjoy you video more quickly by switching between any of your Events.

Set Duration for Transitions and Stills
Change the duration of photos or length of your transitions without accessing Preferences.

Show Current Playhead Time
Get duration or timing information at a glance as you skim through your Events or movie.

I installed the updates to my iMac without any issues. Although, of the apps iPhoto is the only one I use regularly and would notice subtle problems.