After photos are imported, they can be optionally 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, crop and resize and other basic functions. iPhoto does not, however, provide the comprehensive editing functionality of programs such as GIMP, Apple's Aperture, or Adobe's Photoshop (not to be confused with Photoshop Elements or Album).
Numerous options then exist to share 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. Or they can be uploaded using simplified web publishing to Apple's MobileMe online service. iPhoto can also sync photo albums to any iPod with a color display. These iPods have an audio/video output that 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 and even 100-page hardcover or softcover volumes—again, such services are available only to users in certain markets.
|Version||Release date||Availability||New Features||Notes|
|iPhoto||January 7, 2002||Free download from Apple website.|
|iPhoto 2||January 7, 2003||Purchase as part of iLife, free download.|
|iPhoto 4||January 6, 2004||Bundled with new Macs, also as a separate purchase (iLife '04).||"Smart Albums", photo ratings, Rendezvous (now known as Bonjour) sharing, better slideshows, support for up to 25,000 photos.||Bundled as part of the iLife '04 package. No longer offered as a free download.|
|iPhoto 5||January 11, 2005||Bundled with new Macs, also as a separate purchase (iLife '05).||Support of RAW images and MPEG-4 video clips. Enhanced editing support, better search support, more slideshow option and new book designs. Dropped the random order capability for slideshow viewing, but is still available by selecting desired images and hitting the play button.||Bundled as part of the iLife '05 package.|
|iPhoto 6||January 10, 2006||Bundled with new Macs, also as a separate purchase (iLife '06).||Enhanced scrolling, full-screen editing mode with more one-click effects available. Introduction of "photocasting", available to .Mac members, touted as podcasting for photos. Users can/will be able to construct calendars and greetings cards from photographs.||Bundled as part of the iLife '06 package. First version of iPhoto to be made available as a Universal binary. Also sports a refined look based on iTunes 5 and 6.|
|iPhoto 7||August 7, 2007||Bundled with new Macs, also as a separate purchase (iLife '08).||Use of "Events", to enable easier photo finding. Enhanced editing tools, users allowed to copy edit settings from one photo to another. Online web gallery for MobileMe members to post photos to, which allows other MobileMe members to post photos (if permitted by original gallery owner), which are in turn uploaded to the original iPhoto gallery.||Bundled as part of the iLife '08 package.|