Apple Shake 4.1:
The bottom line Shake is and always has been one of the major powerhouses in compositing tools. Version 4.1, though, is the best to date, for its ability to run on Intel-based Mac hardware, for the performance enhancements it gains on those pieces of hardware and for its new breakthrough price of $499. At that price and with the kind of power Shake offers, it ought to be irresistible to anyone working professionally in the visual arts. I give it a Must Buy recommendation, making it the tenth application that has received that recommendation to date. (Apple now has three of those 10, including Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro.) To receive a Must Buy recommendation, a piece of software must be the best in its category; it must be a tool central to the workflow of creative professionals; it must be an outstanding application in its own right, apart from what else is out there in the market; and it must be priced within reason. Shake easily makes it on all four counts.