Adobe prefers (and promotes) PCs over Macs

Adobe has posted a page on the site, “PC Preferred” stating:

“In the July 2002 issue of Digital Producer Magazine, Charlie White reported on a head-to-head duel between a single-processor Dell 2.53GHz Pentium 4 – the Dell Precision Workstation 340 – and the fastest Macintosh then available – a 1GHz dual-processor G4. The contest compared renderings of files created in Adobe After Effects, Illustrator, and Photoshop software that are typical to the video post-production workflow. The graphs below show some of the results, which were consistent. While the computers used in this study are no longer the fastest in their respective classes, the information is still valid. The PC outperformed the similar Macintosh machine, at an impressive rate.”

They fail to mention that Mac OS X does not run on a PC.

Comments can be directed to Adobe here.

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  1. Adobe started out on the Mac platform & they have made a TON of money on the Mac user base. I’ll bet you all those people buying e-machines & $599 HP’s from Wal-Mart spend a lot of money buying Adobe software.
    If the ingrates at Adobe want to cast their fate with WinTel, then goodbye & good-riddance.

  2. I reckon this is because Adobe is pissed off about Final Cut Pro – the emphasis on video post-production gives it away. By saying that a PC is better for video work than a Mac, they are in effect saying Adobe’s software is better than FCP, as the latter doesn’t run on a PC. Note that this is most certainly NOT my opinion, but is the opinion I believe Adobe want the people who read this article to form.

  3. Dont get into a tissy, most of us with any sense have known that the g4 has been getting its butt kicked by intel! This not a secret. This is why apple had to resort to 2 cpu’s and still is getting wooped. Hopefully a 970 will correct this. But how long will it be until apple has this on the shelf. That is the real question.

  4. Basically Adobe software has become crap….anyone actually try and use Illustrator 10 on OS X? Photoshop? GoLive? SLLOOOOWWWWWW and buggy as hell. And PDF for hi-res output? It crashes rips running Adobe’s own PostScript, and you would think they would at least get that right.

    For similar work FCP whumps not only the Fisher-Price level Premiere but Avid Express. Now this is a comparison I’d like to see.

    So this only makes PC weenies feel better about using 2nd rate software on 2nd rate hardware.

  5. My prediction, if Adobe leaves the Mac platform. They’ll shortly be on the scrapheap of history that many software giants share space on, or will become pretty much irrelevant.

    Ashton Tate.
    And in a few more minutes, Corel.

  6. Jim, your benchmark claims are on the Apple website, do you honestly think any vendor will post a benchmark result that will work against their favor?

    Adobe is a neutral company, and so any benchmark comparisons between platforms will be more accurate than those on either Intel/AMD’s or Apple’s. However, I am quite surprised that they actually have something like that on their website. I mean, afterall, it’s a software company and they shouldn’t really be promoting any “Prefered Platform” thingy at all.

    About the Mac community, if you’ve read my previous posts, I WAS actually going to switch to the Mac platform. But last week, I got my brand new AMD Athlon machine with WindowsXP and am perfectly happy with it. I would have switched, but not with the following reasons:

    – Mac’s seriously lacking on games (& games hardware). Come on, still using the Quake III benchmark? That’s so “2000”.
    – Windows may be inferior, but being a programmer, I’ll just have to spend a little more time programming my own customized programs.
    – ** I have been spending the last month reading stuff in Mac forums, and personally, I think you guys are really sore losers. Almost every single article has a user-response trying COMPARING Mac to Windows, and trying to diss Windows as much as possible. You don’t see this kind of thing (often) in a Windows forum.

    Bottom line is, Mac Hardware is lacking. Windows software is flawed. And nothing will ever improve unless y’all shut up and work on it.

  7. Keo, you’re an idiot. Again, what’s a Windows programmer hanging around Mac sites for? Or, could it be to just post comments like that?

    As for all the rest of the readers that weigh in that Apple is losing ground, I ask, “So what?” Does anybody actually think this platform is going to just vanish from the computer landscape? That would be like thinking that Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW would just go away due to low market share. Apple’s in good financial health, got tons of innovative technologies out there and surely in the works, and hasn’t shot itself in the foot (at least not any more severely than any other company) in well over five years.

    So, come on people, Apple “get’s it.” All of this minutiea mashing is unnecessary over specifications or what M$ or Adobe are saying about the platform don’t amount to a hill of beans. People seem to be so fixated on Apple vs. Wintel that it is so similar to the current war in Iraq. You all seem to need to analyze this issue on a blow for blow basis, when you need to be looking at the overall context. Apple machines are better “quality” overall, they cost less, have a more sound core OS, and have a build quality unmatched by those in the PC world. But! They do cost more, don’t have the software titles or shear numbers of developers, and tend to be slower at adopting the latest technologies (DDR RAM) and sort of skimps the end user on RAM and HD space. However, they play the thresholds and make the pain not severe enough that you “won’t” buy their machines, but high enough that they can get a few extra percentage points of profit on each machine thereby off setting some of their costs of being a smaller company.

    Expect Apple to keep innovating, because that’s what they do well. That’s their niche in the whole PC world. They make lots of money on hardware so, they won’t lag behind for long, because they can’t afford to. They’re committed to the PowerPC processor which involves IBM and Motorola. So, if there’s a problem that exists in that alliance for long expect Apple to either turn up the heat or to leave. Again, whatever makes the most sense for them to do and to stay “competitive” in the market, they’ll do. That’s business and Apple is a sound company with good leadership. So, stop worrying. G5s will be coming! And, better machines after those will be on their way too, with better ones following those…

  8. Would some of you financial geniuses (genii ? ) help out here?

    First, how many 64-bit Win XP machines are out there – ZERO!, right? How many 64-bit Win VISTA workstation machines are out there – OUTSIDE of the redmond Campus, of course – a finite decimal value percentage of less than one, right? How many 64 bit OS X Leopard workstations, and laptops are out there – an infinite number of future Apple-Tel boxes going forward, right?

    What will be the cost differential in initial purchase of an incompatible Vista 64 bit premium edition, on a new Win-Tel box, and not be able to run any 32-bit apps VS. the cost to buy a 64-bit, mac workstation that could run the new 64-bit Adobe ware IF it weren’t bloated bad code?

    How is Adobe justifying this stupidity in simple profit accounting to its shareholders?

    How soon will it take for for Adobe to run itself into the financial ground before someone bids for a hostile takeover?

  9. Fear not my dear Applings..

    Soon will come a device known as the ‘iphone’–& it will exclude vital proprietary software offerings from Adobe. This device, due in large part to its immense popularity, will cause developers en masse to begin using alternate (& much more efficient) solutions to accomplish the same tasks. for Apple to switch to (brace yourselves) the Intel Chip. I kid you not–the future is bright. prepared for a bozo named ‘Obama’–he will arise on the American scene rapidly & lie to the blinded hearts of americans & lead them to the slaughter like pigs.

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