iPhoto 2009

Today, at Macworld, Apple announced iPhoto 2009, which offers a number of additional features to the popular Apple photo management and processing software.  iPhoto 2009 is a part of the larger iLife 2009 software collection that includes programs like Garageband and iMovie.

iPhoto 2009 offers some innovative organization options, like organizing photos by faces.  According to Apple, you select a few images with a given person and tag that person in the image.  iPhoto then culls through your image library and suggests additional photos with that person in them.  I find this feature to be quite compelling for those of you who have multiple kids that you are trying to keep track of.

I have a couple of kids myself, whose photos I place in a “Kid A” and “Kid B” folder.  As you can imagine, there is plenty of overlap among the numerous photos and invariably the image of Kid A that I’m looking for is in the Kid B folder because Kid B is also in the photo.  If this feature works as advertised, you Mac moms and dads out there are going to enjoy it.

There are a number of other features in iPhoto 2009 like GPS organization, themed slideshows, integrated online sharing through Facebook and Flickr, and enhancements to the editing tool.  To get the full scoop on iPhoto 2009, visit www.apple.com/ilife/iphoto/.