That’s right, a brand spanking new version of our favorite web design tool is being released at the end of the month as part of the all new iLife 09. Phil Schiller made the announcement earlier on today during his keynote speech at MacWorld 09. A new version of iLife was on the cards and has been talked about for the last 3 or 4 months on many of the various Mac related web-sites as people have being trying to second guess Apple and what would be talked about at MacWorld. But now we know; iWeb 09 is coming.So what can we expect to see in the all new version of iWeb 09? To be honest not a great deal. Apple could have done so much more but seemed to have stopped short; here are the highlights of what we can see come 31 January.
Built in FTP – For those of you who do not publish your site to MobileMe this addition is well overdue. Okay, we have the fantastic application called CyberDuck at the moment, but iWeb 09 will do away with that.
And while we are on the subject of publishing your site, iWeb 09 now has the ability to only publish the pages you have changed – fantastic for those bloggers with hundreds of entries.
And once you have published your site you get a new button to press along side the ‘Visit Site’ and that is ‘Announce‘. This little tool allows you to e-mail all your friends and families to let them know your site has been updated.
Sadly, there is still no way to design and save your own theme but Apple has introduced a few new themes in the way of Fine Line and Leaf Print. We shall have to wait and see if they have removed any of the current iWeb 08 themes or whether any of the third party iWeb themes available on the net are compatible.
Facebook seems to have played a big part in the new iLife and iWeb 09 does not escape. You now have the ability to link your iWeb site to your Facebook profile so that every time you republish your site your Facebook profile is updated to let all your friends know.
The new-look Media Browser which slides elegantly from the right of iWeb 09 once you have clicked on its icon also has a new button. Widgets! Not that there are that many new widgets to choose from, Google Maps and Adsense is still there as are the HTML Snippets; but now we have the ability to insert a MobileMe gallery, YouTube videos or photos and videos from your iSight camera. There is also a new ‘Countdown’ widget to add a countdown clock (with 4 different styles) to your iWeb site.
So there you have it. Is it going to be worth the $79 asking price when it comes out at the end of January? I can’t say for definite, but I know that I will be pre-ordering my copy for the integrated FTP alone. I would like to have seen more to helps us with theme design and can think of a few other things I would have liked included such as the ability to build and manage multiple sites seperatly rather than still within one folder, but who knows; perhaps they will be there in iWeb 10. If we start the rumor now it may become a reality.
To find out more about iWeb 09 as well as the rest of the iLife 09 suite of applications you can take a look at the Apple web-site pages on the new iLife.
Let me know what you think, is there something you wish Apple had added or perhaps taken away form iWeb 08? Leave a comment.