Apple used Macworld Expo San Francisco 2003 to introduce iLife, an integrated suite of its digital-lifestyle applications, featuring brand-new versions of iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD, as well as iTunes 3.
Apple claims that iLife is the only integrated suite to include all of the four applications required for today?s digital lifestyle ? digital music, photography, moviemaking and DVD creation ? and is the first product to offer the benefits of seamlessly integrating them.
The iLife applications will be included with all new Macs. On January 25, iPhoto 2 and iMovie 3 will be available for free download. The iLife retail package with a single installer for all four applications will be available for a suggested retail price of £39. An iLife Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchase a new Mac system with SuperDrive? (DVD-R/CD-RW) on or after January 7 that does not include iLife.
?iLife does for our digital lifestyle what Microsoft Office did for office productivity - all the applications you need are in one box, and they all work together,? said Steve Jobs, Apple?s CEO, during his expo keynote speech. ?Apple is far ahead of its PC competitors in offering the best-in-class applications for digital music, photography, moviemaking and DVD creation, and now they all work together seamlessly.?
iLife includes new versions of iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD with dozens of advanced new features, all integrated to allow users to easily access their digital music, photos and movies from within each application. Users can select music from their iTunes library to use in their iPhoto slideshows, movies or DVD menus from directly within iPhoto 2, iMovie 3 or iDVD 3 ? ?without interrupting the creative process by having to switch back and forth between applications?, Apple says.
iPhoto 2 iPhoto 2 includes: one-click photo Enhance, which improves less-than-perfect pictures; a new Retouch tool for removing scratches, hair, and lens dirt; photo archiving to a CD or DVD to preserve and share iPhoto?s library; and the ability to email photos with one click using Mac OS X Mail, Eudora, Entourage and AOL.
iMovie 3 iMovie 3 features pro-quality special effects, including the new ?Ken Burns? effect for adding ?emotionally powerful motion? to still photos; powerful audio-editing tools and ?blockbuster sound effects? from Skywalker Sound?s seven-time Academy Award winner Gary Rydstrom; pro 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 iDVD 3 includes 24 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.
iLife requires Mac OS X version 10.1.5 or later and a Macintosh with a PowerPC G3 or G4 processor; 256MB RAM is recommended. A built-in USB port is required for importing photos to iPhoto from a digital camera and a built-in FireWire port is required to input digital video from a camcorder. DVD burning from iDVD requires a Macintosh equipped with an Apple SuperDrive (DVD-R/CD-RW) and DVD archiving from iPhoto requires Mac OS X version 10.2 or later.
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