How did you update iLife 11?
By Stephen WITHERS
Apple's bifurcated update mechanism can cause confusion.
The ability to update all your Apple software in one place - Software Update - has long been a significant convenience. But the arrival of the Mac App Store has introduced a degree of uncertainty.
If you obtained free or paid software via the Mac App Store, that's where you need to update it. If you obtained a piece of Apple software through more traditional channels (eg, the copy of iLife that came with your Mac, or the iWork package that you purchased in a physical store), Software Update is still the place to go.
When word began to spread about the release of iLife updates (primarily for iLife 11, but also for iWeb 3 and iDVD 7 which were part of iLife 08), some users were concerned that they couldn't find the updates.
The problem was merely that the updates were released through the Mac App Store before they appeared in Software Update.
So if you're an eager beaver who likes staying on the cutting (and sometimes bleeding) edge of Apple software, be sure to keep looking in both places to keep your knowledge up to the minute.
This is probably a transitional situation. As new pieces of software become available only via the Mac App Store, it will presumably become the sole place for updating them. Don't forget that Apple announced at WWDC that the Store will support delta updates.
Back to the latest iLife updates. They're mostly the usual 'stability and minor issues' fixes. That's certainly true for iWeb 3.0.4, while iDVD 7.1.2 specifically improves iPhoto 11 slideshows handling. Some of the bugs fixed in iPhoto 9.1.5 sound quite important to me (eg, "Deleting photos from a web album using the contextual menu now removes them from the album without deleting them from the library"), and it also benefits from performance improvements.
iMovie 9.0.4 improves support for projects from iMovie for iOS and speeds launching on systems with large iPhoto libraries, and GarageBand 6.0.4 highlights include the correction of issues with some tempo-based effects falling out of sync with the main song tempo.
The updates are also available via Apple's Support Downloads page - which is especially convenient when you have the same software installed on multiple Macs.
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