Apple released minor updates to GarageBand, iMovie, and iPhoto yesterday. Interestingly, the updates to the three iLife applications hit the Mac App Store first, long before appearing in Mac OS X's Software Update.
All three updates promise fixes for assorted problems that have cropped up in the respective apps. In iMovie 9.0.4, for instance, Apple improves support for opening projects imported from iMovie for iOS. An issue where audio adjustments weren't always preserved is fixed, as are performance issues when using lots of video clips that have keywords associated with them. And Apple says that iMovie should now launch faster than it had been for users with large iPhoto libraries.
Fixed in GarageBand 6.0.4 is an issue where the GarageBand Lesson Store would not successfully complete downloads. An issue with tempo-based effects falling out of sync is corrected, too. And various problems with Magic GarageBand projects opening incorrectly are resolved by the update.
Rounding out this crop of bug fixes are the updates in iPhoto 9.1.5. Event date ranges now update correctly when you change photos with the Adjust Time and Date command. An issue that could cause iPhoto to scroll incorrectly when Event Titles are displayed is also fixed. Also addressed are problems with applying the Ken Burns effect on photographs in Classic slideshows and a bug with reverting crop adjustments. And removing photos from a Web album no longer deletes those photos from your library.
It's unclear if the delay in the updates appearing in Software Update was a deliberate move on Apple's part or a sign that the company is placing a greater emphasis on the Mac App Store as the avenue for pushing software updates. (We've got a call into Apple, and we'll post the company's response if it offers one.) As this article was published, information about the iMovie, GarageBand, and iPhoto updates had yet to appear on Apple's Support Downloads web page.