Apple ships Shake 3

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Shake 3, the new version of the compositing and visual effects software from Apple, is now available.

Apple previewed the update of high-speed compositing software that's optimized for high resolution visual effects on April 6 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show. Shake 3 includes such Mac OS X only features as Shake Qmaster network render management software that allows visual effects artists to distribute rendering tasks across a cluster of Apple's Xserve 1U rack servers or desktop Power Mac G4 systems. What's more, Mac OS X users of Shake receive unlimited network render licenses at no extra cost.

Shake 3 also includes new features available for Mac OS X, Linux and IRIX customers, including film grain simulation and tracking on paint strokes. See our April 6 article for details.

Shake 3 is available immediately for Mac OS X, Linux, and IRIX. The Mac OS X version -- with unlimited render licenses -- has a suggested retail price of US$4,950. The same configuration for Linux and IRIX users is $9,900 with an annual maintenance costs of $1,485. Existing Shake for Linux, IRIX, and Windows customers have the option of doubling the number of their existing Shake licenses at no additional cost by migrating them to Shake on Mac OS X.

Shake was originally developed by a company called Nothing Real. Apple bought the company in February 2002.

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