PowerBook and Power Mac G4 users can now download Apple's video editing software iMovie from the Internet for free.
Apple's iMovie, which comes pre-installed on all iMac DV and iMac Special Edition systems, has established itself as one of the most popular editing software packages since it was introduced in October.
It allows users to edit and create their own movies, rearrange clips, and add special effects, dissolves and scrolling titles. Movies can then be stored on the computer, transferred back to the camcorder for TV viewing or saved as a Quicktime file.
The company, which plans to ramp up the software in future versions, claims the free download will bring the product to a wider range of Mac users.
"The idea is to make the software more readily available across the whole line of Macintosh products," said Apple's corporate affairs manager Myrna Van Pelt. "Macintosh is really the only vendor to provide a free digital editing package and it has such broad appeal. It really is a benchmark of what consumers want, and the PowerBook option makes it amongst the most portable software packages available."
The 19.2MB download does not include tutorial files, which are available from Apple stores. "We eventually plan to ramp up to upgrades and make the software more functional," Van Pelt said.
The download is available at http://www.apple.com/imovie.