“Apple today is releasing its first major update to Final Cut Pro X with new features it says professional customers have been asking for, along with a new trial version users can try out for free,” Josh Lowensohn reports for CNET.

“Among the biggest new feature to be added as part of a software update that will go out to users this morning is support for XML,” Lowensohn reports. “This adds the option to both import and export projects in the XML format, meaning users can take XML formatted projects from Final Cut Pro 7 and other non linear editing software and work on them in Final Cut Pro X.”

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, that should have been included in the initial release.

Lowensohn reports, “Besides the feature updates, Apple is continuing its efforts to entice potential upgrader hold-outs with a free trial of the software and a guide to ease the transitions for Final Cut Pro 7 users.”

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Lowensohn reports, “That free trial gives users a full version of the software in download form from Apple, which will work for 30-days from the time it’s first launched. Apple offers a similar free trial for its Aperture photo management and editing software, which is also aimed at professionals.”

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MacDailyNews Note: The free Final Cut Pro X 30-day trial is here.

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