Apple Introduces ILife '09

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Apple on Tuesday introduced a new version of iLife, its software suite that it includes with new Macs.

iPhoto '09

Building on its predecessor which introduced a feature called "Events" that let you organize photos around specific events, iPhoto '09 introduces "Faces." The software incorporates facial recognition features. The software identifies faces of people in the pictures you take. You can assign them names, then iPhoto adds a snapshot. It uses facial recognition to identify the same person across multiple photos.

"Places" is also new. Like "Events" and "Faces," it gives iPhoto users a new way to organize photos by place--users are presented with a map with pins for where your photos are located. It uses geotagging--GPS-based location-finding technology embedded in many newer digital cameras, as well as the iPhone. Users who don't have a camera device that supports geotagging can rely on Google Maps or just typing in location data. iPhoto has a database of place names for common vacation and travel spots.

iPhoto also adds integration with Facebook and Flickr, two popular social networking Web sites. iPhoto '09 can automatically export photos to Facebook; if a Facebook user assigns a name to people in your photo, the information will be synced back to iPhoto.

A new panel has been added for slideshows, and more themes have been added to printing and books, including a "Travel Books" option which incorporates maps produced using geotagging data.

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This story, "Apple Introduces ILife '09" was originally published by Macworld.

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