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Apple launches iLife 05, shipping Jan. 22

updated 03:40 pm EST, Tue January 11, 2005

Apple iLife 05

a major upgrade to its suite of digital lifestyle applications, featuring major new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and GarageBand and including the latest version of iTunes. "iLife '05 continues to lead the industry with the most innovative and comprehensive suite of software for organizing, editing and sharing digital photos; creating stunning digital movies and DVDs; and purchasing, managing and creating digital music."

iPhoto 5 adds advanced editing tools so you can perfect your photos without ever leaving iPhoto, including controls to set exposure, black and white points, saturation, tint, temperature and sharpness, while also showing users a histogram and providing an intuitive way ever to straighten photos.



iMovie HD allows users to capture and edit High Definition Video (HDV) from the new generation of HDV camcorders. iMovie HD also includes Magic iMovie, the "easiest way ever to make a movie." With just a few clicks, Magic iMovie automatically imports your video into separate clips, adds titles, transitions and music, all in one step. iMovie HD imports video from HDV and standard DV camcorders, and from video cameras that generate MPEG-4 video.



iDVD 5 includes 15 new themes featuring moving drop zones that can display video clips or photos in motion across DVD menus, "just like the latest Hollywood DVDs." iDVD 5 also features OneStep DVD, which lets users create DVDs by simply plugging in a DV camcorder and clicking a button. iDVD 5 now supports all single-sided DVD formats including -R, +R, -RW and +RW with a compatible Apple SuperDrivetm.



GarageBand 2 adds 8-track recording, so users can record an entire band at once, plus pitch and timing correction to quickly fix tracks that don't sound perfect. GarageBand 2 now displays and edits musical notation in real time for people who know how to read and write music or want to learn. With Apple's growing family of GarageBand Jam Packs, including the latest, Jam Pack 4: Symphony Orchestra, GarageBand users can create professional sounding music in their favorite genre.



iLife '05 also includes iTunes 4.7.1, the latest version of the best digital music jukebox software with the iTunes Music Store inside.



iLife '05 will be available in the U.S. on Saturday, January 22 and worldwide on Saturday, January 29 for a suggested retail price of $80 through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The iLife '05 suite of applications will be included with all new Macs, and an iLife Up-To-Date upgrade package is available to all customers who purchase a new Mac on or after January 11.




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