How long must we wait for Adobe to produce Universal applications for Apple’s Intel-powered Macs?

“It claims there are more than 3000 Universal applications for the Mac, including Apple’s own Mac OS X, iLife 06 suite, iTunes, Safari web browser and Final Cut Pro, and more are being added every day,” David Frith writes for Australian IT.

Frith writes, “Alas, the popular Photoshop isn’t one of them. Nor are any of the other programs in Adobe’s Creative Suite.”

“The software company says it is ‘excited’ by Apple’s move to the Intel platform, and is committed to producing all-new Universal versions of many of its applications, including InDesign, PhotoShop, Dreamweaver and Illustrator – but it definitely won’t upgrade current versions,” Frith writes. “None of the upgraded versions appears remotely close to reaching the market. The industry whisper is a commercial release could be the second quarter of 2007. Or maybe later.”

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More info about Universal Applications:

MacDailyNews Take: The problem is that Adobe’s apps are “mature” (read “old”) and need quite a bit of rewriting. Still, we have to question the extent of Adobe’s commitment to the platform that made their company.

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Adobe CS3 sneak peek shown on Apple MacBook Pro as Universal Binary application – May 25, 2006
Cringely: Apple must replace Microsoft Office, buy Adobe Systems for attack on Microsoft to succeed – April 28, 2006
Adobe CEO: Universal version of Photoshop due in spring 2007 – April 21, 2006
Adobe software engineer explains why Photoshop for Intel-based Macs is taking so long – March 24, 2006
Should Apple buy Adobe as leverage against Microsoft? – December 16, 2005


  1. I read yesterday that Adobe’s apps are not developed in XCode and still can’t be because the environment doesn’t handle something that large. If this is true I don’t blame them at all for taking so long.


  2. I don’t think we have to question Adobe’s commitment. This is a tremendous opprotunity to sell everyone that owns Photoshop a new copy. These sales won’t come from just PPC upgraders, but from Wintel switchers as well.

    IF Adobe were to release Photoshop in January, that would be a major fete. Photoshop is a large and complex application. A total rewrite (bug free) in just 18 months is a monumental accomplishment.

    I think people are being overly critical of Adobe.

  3. A bit of spin from Apple here. The big 3 – Microsoft, Adobe, and Intuit aren’t ready. That is kinda of lame. I’m glad I decided not to buy an Intel machine until next year.

  4. I agree with those that council patience. It is Adobe’s interest to have these apps Universal and I don’t doubt that they are moving on it in a methodical way. Remember that Apple and Intel have pushed the transition to Intel hardware much faster than anyone predicted, if you can believe the articles on that transition. So, maybe Adobe didn’t believe that Apple and Intel would have the Pro Macs ready before early 2007.

    Anyway, the new MacPros are so powerful that you can run Photoshop under Rosetta without a hit. Even on my MacBook Pro I can work with Photoshop without much distress.

  5. The “industry” isn’t “whispering” anything of the sort. Adobe, themselves, said they are going to release CS3 in their normal, 18-24 upgrade cycle, which puts it anywhere from October of this year to April of 2007. That’s what they’ve said all along. A little research will tell you that.

    As for why they aren’t simply releasing a UB update to CS2, read Scott Byer’s article about why it is so complicated:

    Things could have gone more smoothly if they had handled the OS X transition a little differently back in 2001, but there’s no use crying over spilled milk. Besides, as the recent processor shoot-outs have shown us, Rosetta works pretty well on the Mac Pro – hardly noticeable.

  6. Adobe loves to do this. They are flexing their superiority complex.

    Apple needs to accelerate the development of their own software so that Adobe doesn’t matter any more.

    iWork and iLife need unlimited budgets, the best and brightest people paid whatever it takes, and then we won’t have to tolerate Adobe’s arrogance – although sometimes it’s hard to tell whose arrogance is the most offensive, Apple’s or someone else’s.

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