“Adobe Systems on Wednesday said it has no plans to re-release its current applications as Universal binaries that can run natively on both Intel- and PowerPC-based systems, and instead will focus on delivering native support for Intel Macs along with the next major versions of its software,” Kasper Jade reports for AppleInsider. “‘This applies to Adobe Creative Suite 2, Studio 8, as well as individual applications, such as Photoshop CS2, InDesign CS2, Acrobat 7.0 Professional, Dreamweaver 8, Flash Professional 8, and After Effects 7.0,’ the San Jose, Calif.-based software developer said in a statement. ‘Instead, we are focused on delivering the next versions of these products as Universal applications that will run natively on the new Intel-based Mac computers.'”

“Unfortunately for consumers and professionals alike, this news, which was first reported on Macintosh news site MacNN, means Creative Suite applications, including Adobe’s flagship Photoshop software, will not run natively on Intel Macs until a future release of Creative Suite,” Jade reports. “Citing a policy of not commenting on future ship dates, the company would only point to its track-record of releasing significant upgrades to its creative professional applications every 18-24 months. Adobe Creative Suite 2.0, the current version of its professional applications suite, was released in April of 2005. This means the first version of the suite to natively support Apple’s Intel Macs could be as many as 14 months away. A native version of Flash, which was last updated in August of 2005, could be even further.”

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“While Adobe confirmed virtually all of its applications run under Apple’s Rosetta emulation environment, it said that customers would experience a few problems as well as a noticeable performance gap. ‘In general, applications that are not designed to run on Intel-based Mac computers, including current versions of Adobe’s creative professional applications, may be noticeably slower than they are running on PowerPC-based Macs. Instead of experiencing much-anticipated speed enhancements, customers are likely to see some degradation of performance.’ The company said that customers could mitigate some of these performance issues by using machines with large amounts of memory–at least one gigabyte of RAM, but recommends that professionals use PowerPC-based Macs for maximum workflow efficiency,” MacNN reports.

“‘Mac-based customers looking for optimal performance may prefer to run Adobe Creative Suite 2, Studio 8, and their components on PowerPC systems until we release future versions of our software as Universal applications,’ the company said. “In addition, it noted that Adobe’s Version Cue Workspace, a component of Creative Suite 2, is not compatible with Rosetta,” MacNN reports. “Release of the recently acquired Macromedia platform may even be further away, as Macromedia delivered major software upgrades in August 8, when it released Studio 8, which included the popular Dreamweaver 8, Flash 8, and Fireworks 8. The company also only recently released Adobe Affect Effects 7.0, a major new release of its video editing software, which could mean that those customers would wait at least another 18 months before seeing a native Intel version.”

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