My copy of iPhoto’09 is finally here.
Apologies to Windows users, you can skip this post, it’s Mac specific.
Â My favorite Fedex gal just dropped it off.Â
Most of my â€œstuffâ€ comes via UPS or Fedex.
I’m backing up my iPhoto library to another volume before I install it.
Never upgrade without doing backing up.
Okay, I’ve safely copied my iPhoto library.Â
And before you install, here are the requirements:
Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor.Â
iMovie requires an Intel-based Mac, Power Mac G5 (dual 2.0GHz or faster), or iMac G5 (1.9GHz or faster)
GarageBand Learn to Play requires an Intel-based Mac with a dual-core processor or better.
512MB of RAM; 1GB recommended. High-definition video requires at least 1GB of RAM.
4GB of disk space
DVD drive for installation
Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later
QuickTime 7.5.5 or later (included)
Since I backed up, I proceeded. When iPhoto launches, it goes through your Library.
Mine took at least 2 hours and my library is about 30GB.
Just plan on leaving it running while you do something else.
You might be surprised that I use iPhoto.
Well, I use it for my personal pictures because I feel it’s robust enough.
And when it comes to sharing pictures with friends and family, I feel there is no easier way.
Sure I can upload a zipped folder to my webserver, post the URL and send it to my recipients but that’s not as pretty or simple or impressive.
Just ask my sister-in-law who recently bought an iMac. She’s been using iPhoto 08 to create and share webpages. Her Windows using friends are in awe.
If you’re interested, I check out my tutorials with videos on the right sidebar â€œMy Mac Tutorials.â€Â
So the highly touted new features are â€œFacesâ€ and â€œPlaces.â€ Doesn’t that remind you of an this Beatles’ song â€œIn My Lifeâ€?
If you’re like inquisitive, curious like me, you must be wondering if â€œFacesâ€ will be tripped up by:
- Â Pictures of people who occasionally wears glasses or sunglasses
- Appearance changes due to good old Father TimeÂ
Yep, those are the 2 biggies I’m dying to see. My mind is going into overdrive here thinking about what facial recognition might be able to do.Â
As for Places, I’m not exactly dying to let people know where exactly I took some of my pictures. I mean sure I like to share and all but there is a matter of privacy too.
Or how about if I have a secret location which I don’t necessarily want to let everyone in Â on? Just kidding..
I’ll be doing a demonstration on this for the local Mac User group‘s next meeting. If you’re in the area, you’re welcome to attend and best of all, it’s absolutely free. Meet other Mac users at the same time.
Moving along… I selected the Faces pane and then a picture of my son Gabriel.
After iPhoto went through the paces, I was presented with a picture of him on a corkboard.
I guess that’s where I’ll have to go in and fine-tune its sorting process.
Obviously iPhoto can’t be expected to get just pictures of Gabriel.
I’ll look for pictures of him before he got glasses next.
Even with those errors, I think I can live that. I’m certain as with most software, the next versions will prove to be more and more accurate.Â
Kind of like dictation software. Remember how you used to have to read and continually train the application?
For a 1st impression, this is promising. Adding keywords is easy but this is another tool which will definitely make life easier for me.