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iPhoto '11: Full-screen modes

iPhoto '11: New slideshow themes

iPhoto '11: Sharing

iPhoto '11: Facebook albums

iPhoto '11: Facebook tagging

iPhoto '11: Books theme

iPhoto '11: Books layout

iPhoto '11: Letterpress card builder

iPhoto '11: Letterpress card result

iMovie '11: Movie trailers

iMovie '11: Audio editing

iMovie '11: New effects

iMovie '11: Sports and news themes

GarageBand '11: Groove Matching

GarageBand '11: Amp effects

The new version of iPhoto offers an array of full-screen modes for viewing events, Faces, Places, albums, and projects. You can also do all of your editing in this mode, as shown in the screenshot here.
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The app includes a variety of new slideshow themes, but one of the most compelling is the Places pin mode shown here. It aims to tell a trip-based story and looks pretty neat.
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iPhoto now creates complete themes within an e-mail message. There are eight to choose from, and you can even rearrange photos from within the compose screen of the e-mail.
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The program has also expanded its Facebook integration. For example, once your account is linked, you can browse albums from your profile from within iPhoto.
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In addition, you can tag your friends from within the software, rather than having to enter Facebook separately.
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Apple has made noticeable upgrades to the book creation feature in iPhoto. Here you can see the dynamic theme browser, which lays out your project in a carousel for easy viewing.
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Autoflow is now purportedly smarter, laying out your photos automatically in the order they were taken. There's also a new layout view that lets you see the entire arrangement of your book on a single screen.
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For those who miss iCards, Apple has added a new printing feature to iPhoto '11. You can build them easily from the theme carousel shown here.
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Each card is printed on premium card stock and features a textured overlay on the front as well as a matching envelope. There are currently 15 themes to choose from.
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The most exciting addition to the new iMovie is the ability to easily create movie trailers for your videos. You can add your own titles, cast, credits, and even a studio name.
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The app also attempts to make audio editing even easier with a highlighted track and real-time previews of fade-in changes.
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There are a handful of new auto effects in iMovie. Select "instant replay" to automatically insert text over a particular scene and have it repeated in slow motion. There's also "flash and hold" and "jump and cut to beats."
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The video-editing program already included several themes; Apple has now added some geared for sports and news.
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GarageBand '11 doesn't have a huge amount of updates, but one major addition is a feature called Groove Matching. It lets you easily select tracks that play at different speeds and get them in sync.
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Finally, you get 7 new guitar amps for a total of 12. You can also reproduce the sound of classic foot pedals with 5 new stomp box effects, which brings the choices to 15 in all.
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