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Apple Offers iMovie as Free Download

Apple Computer Inc. announced Friday that its video editing software is now available as a free download for PowerBook and Power Mac G4 users.

The Apple (AAPL) product, iMovie, comes preinstalled on all iMac DV and iMac DV Special Edition systems. The download is available at the Apple iMovie web site.

With the software product, users can import video from a digital video camcorder directly into their FireWire-enabled iMac DV, iMac DV Special Edition, Power Mac G4 or PowerBook, rearrange clips and add special effects like cross-dissolves and scrolling titles. Completed iMovies can be stored on the computer or transferred back to a camcorder for viewing; saved as a QuickTime file and emailed; streamed from a personal Web site built using HomePage or shared over the Internet in a public folder via iDisk, an Apple iTool that provides 20 megabytes of personal Internet-based storage on Apple Internet servers.

The free download is in response to public request, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. "Due to popular demand, we're bringing this software to a wider range of Mac users, at no charge," he said.