Apple updates iLife suite for Mac with app redesigns, OS X Yosemite support

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Apple on Thursday released updated versions of iMovie, iPhoto and GarageBand for Mac, bringing refreshed designs, new features and support for the newly released OS X Yosemite operating system.

GarageBand reaches version 10.0.3 with today's update and also brings a tweaked user interface and additional features like access to audio effect plug-ins and new Voice Templates for quick vocal recordings.

Also included is a virtual Bass Amp Designer that lets users create a bass rig by mixing and matching qualities from vintage and modern amps, cabinets and mics. New vertical zoom controls automatically adjust the height of recorded tracks, while additions have been made to Accessibility features.

Finally, the app taps in to Yosemite's iCloud support, allowing users to share large projects with Mail Drop.

GarageBand is a 1.17GB download from the Mac App Store.

With the latest release, iMovie hits version 10.0.6 and brings a refreshed look for OS X Yosemite and a host of new features.

New file export options include "Custom H.264," "ProRes," and "Audio Only" options, while entire HD video clips can be sent over email via iCloud's new Mail Drop feature. Users can also share video frames as images.

User interface tweaks include an always open Adjustment Bar for audio and video tools and fixes for reliability issues with copying and pasting certain adjustments.

In addition, Apple points out the latest release helps developers prepare app previews for the App Store with iPhone and iPad screen recording through QuickTime Player, animated titles and a share option to export projects to the iOS App Store.

iMovie is a 1.97GB download from the Mac App Store.

The smallest of today's iLife suite updates is iPhoto, which hits version 9.6 to bring compatibility with OS X Yosemite, along with unspecified stability improvements. The app comes in at 1.14GB from the Mac App Store.