Well, I did get iLife '06 this week. I'll have to say that most of my previous comments hold true. I still plan to use iMovie, iDVD and Garage band very little. iWeb however, is much more handy than I expected. The blogging feature is very slick, I must admit. But I'm not going to use it to replace my blog. It might be useful for some people, but you have to have a .Mac account and a copy of iLife '06 in order to use it. That means it costs a whopping $178 just to have a blog with iWeb. I don't see how many people will prefer that over Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, or any one of the free blogging options out there. iWeb, to me, is only handy for publishing my iPhoto galleries, which works much more spectacularly than with iPhoto 5. There are a lot less themes in iWeb, but the galleries are published using AJAX so they rock. I'll be republishing all of my pictures with iPhoto 6 and iWeb soon.

The Photocasting feature is really disappointing. Contrary to Apple's photocasting page, photocasting can't be done by mere mortals. Unless the using Safari, you're greeted with "We're Sorry" in 48pt font and the correct subscription URL in 10pt font. The subscription isn't a link, mind you, making it extremely difficult to subscribe with Firefox's "Live Bookmarks". Subscribing with any other RSS reader (even sage with Ff) would be as simple as copying and pasting the URL. With Firefox, you have to make a Live Bookmark to something else, then go to the properties of that item and change the URL. I don't think anything would be more of a pain in the ass. That's too bad, because photocasting is a neat idea, it's just the most brain dead implimentation of anything I've seen in my life. The marketing department must have come up with the requirements.

Also, for some inexplicable reason iPhoto can't set desktop pictures anymore. The button is there, but permanently dimmed. I've even been taking part in a discussion on Apple's support site about this issue. Apparently it's widespread, arbitrary and with no known solution or workaround. Crappy.