Screenshot of iPhoto '11
|Initial release||January 7, 2002|
|Stable release||9.5.1 / December 11, 2013|
|Operating system||OS X|
|Stable release||2.0 / October 22, 2013|
iPhoto is a digital photograph manipulation software application developed by Apple Inc. and which used to be included with every Macintosh personal computer as part of the iLife suite of digital media management applications. First released in 2002, iPhoto can import, organize, edit, print and share digital photos. In Mavericks, rather than being included in OS X, iPhoto is available from the Mac App Store.
iPhoto is often compared to Google's Picasa, CyberLink's MediaShow, Adobe's Photoshop Album, Phase One's Media Pro and Microsoft's Windows Photo Gallery. iPhoto '11 (9.5), the latest version of the software, was released as part of the iLife '11 suite on October 20, 2010.
iPhoto is designed to allow the importing of pictures from digital cameras, scanners, picture CDs and the Internet to a user's iPhoto Library. Almost all digital cameras are recognized without additional software, as are many scanners. iPhoto supports most common image file formats.
After photos are imported, they can be titled, labeled, sorted and organized into groups (known as "events"). Individual photos can be edited with basic image manipulation tools, such as a red-eye filter, contrast and brightness adjustments, cropping and resizing tools, and other basic functions. iPhoto does not, however, provide the comprehensive editing functionality of programs such as Apple's own Aperture, or Adobe's Photoshop (not to be confused with Photoshop Elements or Album), or GIMP.
iPhoto offers numerous options for sharing photos. Photo albums can be made into dynamic slideshows and optionally set to music imported from iTunes. These slideshows can be exported to QuickTime movie files, further edited in iMovie or burned directly to DVD-video discs using iDVD. Both slideshows and static photos can be shared to other Macs on a local network by using the Bonjour "zero-configuration" technology up until iPhoto 9.5. iPhoto can also sync photo albums to any iPod with a color display. These iPods may also have an audio/video output to allow photos to be played back, along with music, on any modern television. Additionally, photos can be printed to a local printer, or, in certain markets, be sent over the internet to Kodak for professional printing. iPhoto users can order a range of products, including standard prints, posters, cards, calendars, and 100-page hardcover or softcover volumes — again, such services are available only to users in certain markets.
At an Apple media event on March 7, 2012, Tim Cook announced a new version of iPhoto for use on the iOS mobile operating system. iPhoto for iOS was made available that day on the App Store for US$4.99 alongside the already-released iMovie and GarageBand for iOS. It is officially supported on the iPhone 4 and later, iPod Touch (4th and 5th generations), iPad 2 and later and iPad Mini (1st and 2nd generations), but hackers have discovered that it can be installed manually on older devices using Apple's iPhone Configuration Utility application.
iPhoto for iOS offers a feature set fairly comparable to that of its Mac counterpart. It can organize photos that have been synced to the device or taken with its camera. Editing features include color correction tools and photo effects, as well as cropping and straightening tools. iPhoto for iOS lacks tools for creating books, calendars, cards and ordering prints, though it can create "Photo Journals" – digital photo collages that can be uploaded to Apple's iCloud service and shared.
iPhoto for iOS has been highly praised for its professional tools and good performance and compatibility.
|iPhoto 1||–||January 7, 2002||10.1||PowerPC|
|iPhoto 2||iLife||January 3, 2003||10.1||PowerPC|
|iPhoto 4||iLife '04||January 6, 2004||10.2.6||PowerPC|
|iPhoto 5||iLife '05||January 11, 2005||10.3.4||PowerPC|
|iPhoto 6||iLife '06||January 10, 2006||10.4.3||Universal|
|iPhoto 7||iLife '08||August 7, 2007||10.4.9||Universal|
|iPhoto 8||iLife '09||January 7, 2009||10.5.6||Universal|
|iPhoto 9||iLife '11||October 20, 2010||10.6.3||Intel (32-bit)|
|iPhoto 9.5||–||October 22, 2013||10.9||Intel (64-bit)|
|iPhoto for iOS 1.0||March 7, 2012||5.1|
|iPhoto for iOS 1.1||September 19, 2012||6.0|
|iPhoto for iOS 2.0||October 22, 2013||7.0|
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