Apple is acquiring 3D-applications developer Nothing Real, manufacturers of the Shake and Tremor 3D-compositing and animation tools, reports claim.

Nothing Real exhibited at Macworld Expo, San Francisco, this year, running a Mac OS X version of Shake, which was used "extensively in The Lord of The Rings", MacMinute reports.

In a statement issued to MacMinute, Apple reveals its plans to use Nothing Real's technology in future versions of its products.