Apple yesterday unveiled a bevy of new products and enhancements to existing products.
Among what's new is the addition of RAW format support, an improved slide show and beefier editing tools in iPhoto 5. The list of cameras whose RAW formats are now iPhoto-compatible is relatively short, though several recent digital SLR models from Canon and Nikon are supported. iPhoto 5 is part if iLife '05, which also includes revved versions of iMovie, Garageband and iDVD. The new version of the iLife suite is US$79 direct from Apple in the U.S., and is to ship by January 22, 2005.
Keynote 2 improves upon the program's already-stunning graphics capabilities with the addition of text animation, more granular control over the timing of elements entering and leaving the slide, additional Themes (including several designed for the presentation of photographs) plus the ability to create self-running shows as well as export to the Macromedia Flash format (in addition to QuickTime, PDF and other formats already supported). It's also easier to import photos into the program. Keynote 2 is part of a new software suite called iWork; the other half of the suite is a word processing program called Pages. iWork is US$79 direct from Apple in the U.S., and is to ship by January 22, 2005.
Apple also introduced the Mac mini, a 6.5 in x 6.5 in x 2 in computer that starts at US$499 in the U.S., a midrange high-definition video editing application called Final Cut Express HD and the iPod Shuffle.