updated 03:05 pm EDT, Thu July 30, 2009
Shake leaves Apple Store
Apple has quietly discontinued a once-important digital imaging tool, observers note. Shake is used for compositing and visual effects work, but today the software no longer has its own product page, and it has also been removed from the Apple online store. One source claims to have learned that Apple sales representatives are being officially notified of the product's termination.
Shake is a comparatively old program, having been acquired from Nothing Real in 2002. It has also been neglected for some time, having been given its last major update (v4.1) in 2006, at which point Apple announced it would no longer be selling maintenance, as no more updates were planned. A v4.1.1 patch was nevertheless released in 2008.
The software may have been rendered obsolete by Apple's newly-upgraded Final Cut Studio, which includes Motion 4 amongst other utilities, eliminating much of the usefulness of the app. Shake was itself an extension of Studio, and the product page for the former now redirects to the latter.