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Shake disappears from Apple's product lineup

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bauhaus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    motion =/= shake

    Shake is completely different than motion and Motion can't do 90% of what Shake does. This is just a case of Apple realizing they bought a company that does something outside of their core company structure (consumer, low-end, iPod) and killing a really great product. They originally thought this product would help their sales in the server/raid line (which they are also slowing killing) by selling rendering farms. The only products really alive today that compare to Shake is AutoCAD's Discreet line (Smoke, Flame) -- actually rotoscoping and compositing.

  1. themacjedicali

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thanks bauhause!

    Just a slight mis-statement Bauhaus, it is Autodesk not Autocad as the parent company of Flame and smoke. Autocad is the actual product, but what you say elsewhere is pretty much spot on. With regard to the writer saying that Shake is made obsolete by Final Cut Studio, they have 0 idea what they are taling about. Like you said, Shake takes the crown from those apps every day of the week not only in what it can do, but how it does it and how fast. Shake was used extensively on Transformers 1 which was years after Apple discontinued it. Also, Shake is professional level app for many other reasons so for MacNN to suggest that final cut studio somehow eliminates Shake's usefulness just shows a lay persons view of Shake and of VFX in general. Also, Apple pretty much acquired shake to bring more people away from Avid and other similar suites at the time to get people on the mac. Everyone who is anyone in VFX knows how powerful Shake is, and Apple knew this so they thought porting it to the Mac would bring those people over from Linux and other platforms. But now that programs like Nuke run on intel and PPC, Shake in its pathetically un-updated state couldn't compete. Nuke is an amazing program that has kept up with new technologies and trends in VFX and has been well-maintained. Anyone who knew Shake well enough will be able to fit in with nuke without a problem as they are both similar in their node-based workflow.. As much as I love Shake and wish Apple hadn't dropped the ball on it, I am very thankful that Nuke is around with a very slight learning curve to fill in the gap Shake left.

  1. ursinus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Anyone knows what's happening with Phenomenon, the supposedly ressurrected version of Shake?

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