updated 05:55 pm EDT, Wed August 16, 2006
Avid for Mac Pro by Dec.
Avid Technology today announced its plans to expand the wide range of video and audio content creation solutions that will be available for Intel-based Mac systems, including the new Mac Pro workstation introduced last week at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. The Avid Video division expects to deliver new versions of its Avid Xpress Pro and Media Composer systems for all Intel-based Macs by December. As noted previously, Avid's Audio Division, Digidesign, expects to release a Mac Pro compatible update to its Pro Tools│HD 7.2 software in September. Full qualification for the existing Intel-based Mac versions of Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered on the new Mac Pro workstation is also expected in December--although the company said that preliminary testing indicates that both applications will run without problems.
"As the only nonlinear editing manufacturer to offer video applications on both the Mac and PC, we'll be able to leverage our cross-platform development expertise to fully harness the power and performance of Apple's new Intel-based Mac workstations. This is great news for our audio and video customers who prefer to run our industry-standard video and audio systems on the Mac," said Mike Rockwell, vice president and CTO of Avid Technology.
In addition, Digidesign's business unit, M-Audio, expects to qualify various hardware interfaces for the Mac Pro workstation by December. A wide range of Digidesign and M-Audio systems are already compatible with the already-released Intel-based computers, according the company.
Leopard, legacy PowerPC support promised
"Throughout the Mac's history, we've supported every version of its OS, and since 1998, we have optimized our products, codecs and software processing routines for Intel chipsets. Avid, Digidesign, and M-Audio customers will experience tremendous performance enhancements compared to previous Macs, and we're looking forward to innovating even greater video and audio solutions on this platform in the months and years ahead," Rockwell said.
In addition to continuing development on Intel-based Mac systems, Avid said that both its video and audio businesses plan to maintain backward compatibility with PowerPC-based Mac systems. Avid and its businesses also expect to support future versions of the Mac OS, including the forthcoming Mac OS X Leopard announced this week at the Apple WWDC. The company, however, said that specific timing for Mac OS X Leopard support will be announced after Apple begins shipping the new OS, which is expected in "Spring of 2007."