Apple today announced Shake 2.5, a compositing and visual effects software package. Shakes target market is the high-end post production workflow on motion pictures and television shows. From the press release:
Shake is high-performance compositing software designed for large format productions. Shake features the fastest rendering engine on the market, an extensive and mature compositing toolset and an imaging architecture that simultaneously supports multiple bit depths and provides superior image quality. Shake 2.5 adds an improved image input, a disk-based proxy system and the ability to limit the rendering process to a portion of an image for quicker processing.
Shake 2.5 is the first release of the program under the ownership of Apple since the company Nothing Real was bought back in February of this year. It will be available for Mac OS X, Linux, IRIX and Windows in August of this year. The Mac OS X package will retail for US $4,950 with an annual maintenance fee of US $1,199 while the Linux, IRIX and Windows versions will retail for US $9,900 with an annual maintenance fee of US $1,485.