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5th April 2009, 10:17 AM
Hi all

I am collaborating with a local film maker on a series of workshops that involve digital storytelling. participants of this workshop are *apparently* going to be given a DVD containing (iMovie, MovieMaker, Audacity & Photoplus). there is no charge to participate in these workshops and nothing is being "sold".

whilst the latter 3 are obviously freely available for "dark-side users" - I was under the impression that iMovie was part of the iLife suite and NOT freely available via a download to anyone with a mac!!!

have I missed something here?? any advice greatly appreciated guys....


5th April 2009, 10:42 AM
If it's an older version of iMovie, it can be downloaded from the Apple website.

5th April 2009, 11:29 AM
Yeah, iMovie isn't free - iMovie '06 is only available to download if you own iLife '08 and '09 and don't like the newer versions of iMovie that come with it.

5th April 2009, 11:45 AM
It would be safe to assume though, if your have a mac, you'll have iLife (the version that comes with the initial install discs). That being said though, you can only run iMovie on a mac, so if you're using a PC you're buggered.

Thanks for the enlightenment there though Anthony, I had no idea about iMovie 06 being only for iLife 08 & 09 users.

5th April 2009, 01:31 PM
Depending on where the workshops are being done depends on what you can get for free. I've done courses with Microsoft and got free* copies of of Server 2003 or SQL 2005 or whathaveyou (the licence strictly stipulates they are education versions but are otherwise fully functional). At the Apple training I did we got free copies of a few utilities that one would usually pay for. If the training place has an agreement for a free copy of iMovie then that's what you get :)

* Not really free as a lot of the training I've done has been $2-$3k per student...but works pays for it so it's free for me ;)