Avid will expand its range of video and audio content creation solutions for Intel-based Mac systems, the company has cofirmed.

The Avid Video division expects to deliver new versions of its industry-standard Avid Xpress Pro and Media Composer systems for all Intel-based Macs by December, the company revealed in a press release.

Digidesign also expects to release a compatibility update for its Pro ToolsHD 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 preliminary testing indicates that both applications will run without problems.

Digidesign's M-Audio business unit expects to qualify various hardware interfaces for the Mac Pro workstation by December.

Mike Rockwell, vice president and CTO of Avid Technology, said: "Throughout the Mac's history, we've supported every version of its OS, and since 1998, we have optimised 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."

Avid also plans to maintain backward compatibility with PowerPC-based Mac systems and to offer support for future Apple operating systems, the company said.