I am continuing to be seduced by the incredibly easy to use integration in Apple’s iLife applications.
I originally signed up for a .Mac account as an easy way to keep my Mac address book synchronized across multiple machines, but I’m starting to figure out that it has other great uses (well, duh!).
Last night Michele asked me to put some pictures of our kitchen remodel up on the web. It was trivially easy to accomplish this, using iPhoto and .Mac – import the photos from the camera, do some really minor editing (just rotating photos for the proper orientation), select the photos, and click the Web Page icon. From there it’s select a theme, enter some titles and captions, and click publish. Poof – that’s it! For those interested (either in the process or the kitchen), the results are here.
And I have just started playing with Garage Band. As someone who spent a lot of time a few years back immersed in Sonic Foundry’s Acid (now owned by Sony), Garage Band is a lot less revolutionary than the hype would have it. But so far, I’m impressed with the sound and the bundled loops, and the price of entry (part of the $50 upgrade to iLife 04, which ends up being something like $25 for those of us who can get academic pricing) is unbelievable. It is definitely a hardware and memory hungry devil though – so be prepared. I’ll post some results when I have some that aren’t too laughable.