Adobe CEO: Universal version of Photoshop due in spring 2007

“A version of Adobe Systems’ flagship Photoshop software that will run on Mac computers based on either the legacy PowerPC or new Intel platform will be available in the first half of next year, the company’s CEO said Friday,” Martyn Williams reports for IDG News Service. “‘We are working very hard on making our products Mactel (Mac Intel) compliant,’ Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen said at a Tokyo news conference. ‘When we ship the new product Acrobat 8 this fall it will be Mactel (Mac Intel) compliant. When we ship Photoshop and the Creative Suite products next spring they will also be Mactel compliant.'”

“Adobe has recently released several new products in Universal Binary form, and Chizen appeared on stage with Steve Jobs during Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference to back Apple’s switch to the Intel platform. ‘Many of our customers use Macintoshes and we believe that Mactel will provide for a greater performance and better experience and that will be good for Adobe’s customers which means it’s good for Adobe,’ Chizen said in Tokyo. He also said the recently announced Boot Camp software, which allows Intel-based Mac computers to run the Windows operating system, won’t have a big impact on Adobe’s Mac software line-up. ‘For the majority of our products, writing directly to the Macintosh operating system is an advantage to the customers and you will see us continue to do so and not work through Boot Camp or the Windows emulator because we think that will not be good for the majority of our customers,’ he said,” Williams reports.

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  1. I think it’s relevant. Adobe’s failure to provide Universal binaries is already hurting sales of the intel Macs, and is screwing up purchasing patterns.

    At my company, we’re almost ready to make new workstation purchases. If we buy today, we get the quad-G5’s, which according to Apple’s earnings call will be replaced before the end of this calendar year. So we wait for the intels. But we can’t buy the intel hardware until the Adobe suite is out. More pushbacks.

    The guy showed up at WWDC and pledged that he was on board. Yay partnership. Then he f’ed us all. Talk is cheap. Adobe has failed to produce, and it’s hurting Apple.

  2. Adobe is going the fast as they can. They want your money as much as you want to give it to them. The problem is, as was admitted on an Adobe developer’s blog, that they’ve got a ton of legacy code from the 68k Mac days (written in Metrowerks) that simply won’t run on the Intel Macs, so they basically need to re-write the entire application in XCode. That will take a long time, but once they’re done, the performance should be better than ever.

    Here’s that blog.

  3. If you read Scott Byer’s blog (he’s one of the guys working on PS at Adobe – here’s the address, it makes sense that they’re not going to release a Universal version of CS2, but what still gets me is that Chizen had the nerve to ask SJ what took him so long to come to Intel. Things at Adobe started going downhill when he took over.

    On a somewhat related note, when are they going to give us an idea of what their plans are for the MM apps, like Freehand, and the whole GoLive-Dreamweaver deal?

  4. What’s the big deal anyway, photoshop under rosetta on a macBook Pro will still run the same speed or faster as on a G4 powerbook..

    The universal binary of photoshop will speed it up a lot, but on the other hand, the powerpc version should be fine on intel macs for now.

  5. If it’s a big deal, buy the intelmac and run it in XP. Truth be told it may test faster tham the PPC and faster than Rosetta, it sure doesn’t feel that way. Also, Adobe did some irritating thing to CS2 for the Windows side. Me, I’m buying the new powermac and saving a $1,000.00 of my money by using Rosetta and not upgrading my Adobe/Macromedia stuff until summer of next year.

  6. Wonder if this news might help Aperture eat into the Adobe marketshare just a tad…

    As for me, looks like I’ll be waiting till Fall 2007 for Intel-native Photoshop Elements… 🙁 (Yeah, PE runs under Rosetta, but it’s sluggish, especially using Photomerge to put together panoramas which I’ll be doing a lot of after my Alaska trip this summer…)

  7. 1. I take offense from those that insist on referring to the new Mac’s as “Mactel’s”
    2. I don’t want the next PS to be merely complient. I want it to be the best PS experience and performance found on ANY platform.
    3. If it is taking until the second half of next year, item No. 2 better apply.

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