Adobe vs. Apple vs. Avid

Of interest, it appears Avid and Adobe are both stepping up with applications which compete with a couple of Apple's applications:

Avid will be releasing Avid Free DV (for free):

    "a streamlined version of Avid's award-winning video editing software with capabilities that include two video tracks, four audio tracks, basic trimming and editing functionality, and up to two streams of real-time effects"

While ease-of-use and overall functionality is unknown... the two video tracks add some functionality that users of Apple's iMovie have been asking for. Avid Free DV is expected to be available in mid-2003... for both Mac OS X and Windows XP.

Adobe is introducing a new product called Adobe Photoshop Album - This $49.99 package provides similar functionality to Apple's iPhoto, but is Windows only and will be available in February 2003.