Major upgrades to iPhoto

OK so this year’s MacWorld wasn’t exactly thrilling but for snappers there was some good news with the announcement of iLife 09.

While this includes upgrades to GarageBand and iMovie, for photographers, the big news is the upgrade of iPhoto.

The key addition is the ability to organise, browse and search images not only by when they were shot (Events), but by who appears in them

(Faces) and where they were taken (Places).

Says Apple: ‘iPhoto automatically scans

photos to detect people’s faces and when you assign a name to any face

iPhoto will automatically find more pictures of that person. The

library can be searched by name or browsed using the new Faces View.

‘Places automatically imports photo location data from a GPS-enabled

camera or any iPhone or you can manually assign a location to any

photo, group of photos or event. Once iPhoto knows where photos were

taken, you can easily explore them with a simple search or an

interactive map.’

The new version of the software is also claimed to make it easier for photographers to put their images up on Facebook or Flickr and, as a nice added extra, snaps published to Facebook include assigned names, and

name tags added on Facebook sync back to iPhoto.

Photographers can also share

photos by creating a themed slideshow to play on your Mac, iPhone or

iPod, or create a travel book, complete with customised maps

of your journey.

iLife ’09 will be available this month for $79 through the Apple Store but remember it’s for Macs only.