Adobe: no native Intel Mac support until 2007; Photoshop could be 14 months away

“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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  1. well i think they just dont want to deal with it.why pot out a universal version and give people te cross platform price when they can just be assholes and get the full upgrade price later

    mdn word “income”
    the bottom line

  2. Or get a 20-inch iMac G5 (2.1 GHz) for $200 off while they last. I can’t go Intel unless the Adobe Creative Suite is a universal binary. Looks like Quark will get its edge back with its next release especially since its next release will be Intel native.

  3. I suspect that we’ll see developers try to beat Adobe to the punch. If Adobe won’t provide someone else will. it will fly if it will use Adobe file formats. Will it be Apple?

    MDW: showed — Adobe thinks they showed Apple.

  4. If they would have written good code to begin with and adhered to standards then the re-compile would not be so tedious.

    I guess one day we can hope for a non over-bloated application from Adobe – those CS2 Illustrator files are 2 to 3 times the size of previous versions and just try to open 5 to 10 files at once it is unusable.

  5. I hope Apple squashes them somehow for this. They get too much revenue from the Mac platform to simply walk away, anyhow.

    Get ’em, Apple, MAKE ‘EM PAY!

    Current CS2 customers are getting hosed. It’s an expensive suite that deserves better support. Surely a $60 UB upgrade fee is good enough for CS2.

    greedy bastards.

  6. I’m surprised Adobe didn’t add a few links and suggestions to buy a PC instead and tag on a big smiley face jpg at the end of the article.

    Adobe is getting worse and worse (corporate direction – I like Photoshop/Illustrator). This absolutely sucks for those of us who dreaded the Macromedia acquisition. There is no excuse for releasing a universal binary during that time.

    Adobe Death Star
    “It was like a million mac users crying out in unison, then suddenly silenced…”

    MW: “Death” – really – that was it!

  7. Meanwhile, Director MX and prior versions, including Shockwave 8 runs like a dog on the new Intel Macs. Some 3D code doesn’t work at all.

    Will Adobe resurrect Director? Will monkeys fly out of John Warnock’s butt?

    It’s too bad, as there is nothing close to approaching Director’s capability in so many areas. Flash is cool at what it can do, but it sure can’t replace Director!

  8. Good. Maybe this will allow Adobe enough time to fix its CrashWare — specifically InDesign CS2. What an absolute load of crap. Thank god we still use Quark as our primary layout program for design AND mechanicals at the agency where I work.

  9. This is just stupid! Adobe has known for over a year that Apple would be introducing Intel based Macs in the first half of 2006. A developer kit as been available for over a year! Surely they could have had a few developers working a few hours a week on a UB update.

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