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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46 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…)

  4. 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.

  5. A lot of old timers are like me, we know the software and it runs very well, it is hard to justify an upgrade of software just because I bought a faster machine.

    If there wasn’t a processor change I wouldn’t even be looking at updating my Adobe software. I only upgraded last time to make use of OS X without Classic.

    Apple has been doing Adobe a favor the last 4 -5 years with switching Mac users over to newer software. Quark dropped the ball and gave an opening to Indesign. Adobe needs to be careful it doesn’t make the same mistake.

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