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iPhoto ’11 9.1 Brings Calendars Back

Apple’s omission of support for creating and printing calendars in iPhoto ’11 was odd, and the company would initially say only that calendar support would return “very soon.” (See “iLife ’11 Updates Three of Its Apps,” 20 October 2010.) Given the popularity of calendars as holiday gifts just before the new year, we were forced to recommend that anyone planning to create a calendar for the holiday season hold off from upgrading to iPhoto ’11 (and the bug that caused photos to be deleted in the 9.0 release didn’t help either).

Luckily, two weeks after the initial release of iPhoto ’11, iPhoto ’11 9.1 has now realized Apple’s “very soon.” This also comes less than a week after the 9.0.1 release that resolved the photo deletion bug (which may have been related to incorrect permissions within the iPhoto Library package, according to one site). You can download the new version directly from Apple’s Web site or get it from Software Update.

Apple says that iPhoto 9.1 not only provides the capability to create and order calendars, it also makes available additional letterpress holiday greeting card themes. The only other change mentioned is a fix for an issue that prevented videos downloaded from MobileMe or Flickr from importing correctly into iPhoto events.

Frankly, I’ll be upgrading my iPhoto Library on my main Mac now, and look forward to digging into the changes in a more-than-cursory way, since before this I didn’t dare commit to an upgrade that would play havoc with my calendar gift plans.

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