Apple releases iMovie 3 and iPhoto 2

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Apple on Friday released two components of the company's recently announced iLife bundle. iMovie 3.0.1 and iPhoto 2 are now available as free downloads from Apple's Web site.

iTunes 3, the third of four components that make up iLife, is also available as a free download from Apple's Web site. iDVD, the fourth application included with iLife, will not be available as a download due to its size.

iPhoto 2 now includes one-click photo Enhance, which can improve less-than-perfect pictures; a new Retouch tool for removing scratches, hair, lens dirt, etc.; photo archiving to a CD or DVD to preserve and share your iPhoto library; and the ability to e-mail photos with one click using Mac OS X Mail, Eudora, Entourage and AOL.

iMovie 3 features pro-quality special effects, including the new "Ken Burns" effect for adding motion to still photos; new audio editing tools and sound effects from Skywalker Sound's seven-time Academy Award winner Gary Rydstrom; special video effects such as Aged Film, Letterbox and Earthquake; and the ability to add chapter markers to movies for DVD navigation and scene selection.

iDVD 3 includes 24 new pro-quality, Apple-designed, customizable DVD menu themes; automatically created DVD scene selection menus from iMovie chapter markers; and the ability to personalize iDVD 3 themes with personal photos, music and movies using iDVD Drop Zones.

Originally slated to be released on January 25, 2003 and then delayed for a week, the iLife bundle started to reach customers this week.

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