NAB: Apple Shake update to have Intel support

Apple’s high-end digital compositing software Shake will receive a major upgrade in the next few weeks. Shake 4.1 will ship in May and feature support for Apple’s Intel Macs, Apple executives confirmed on Monday at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kirk Paulsen, Apple’s Senior Director Pro Applications Marketing, demonstrated Shake this morning for Macworld running on an Intel Duo Core iMac. This, admitted Paulsen, is not something that could have been done with the PowerPC iMac.

Typically, users of Shake have the most powerful system available to them — like a dual processor Power Mac G5 — in order to run the application. Paulsen said the processors are no longer the bottleneck when running high-end applications like Shake, now it’s the speed of the hard drive.

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