Adobe to drop support for PowerPC Macs in next-gen Creative Suite

Design Premium CS4“It’ll probably come as no surprise that Adobe is following Apple’s lead & going Intel-only with the next generation of the Creative Suite. That is, CS4 is the last version that’ll run on PowerPC-based Macs,” John Nack, Adobe’s Principal Product Manager, Adobe Photoshop, announced on his blog today.

Nack writes, “By the time the next version of the Suite ships, the very youngest PPC-based Macs will be roughly four years old. They’re still great systems, but if you haven’t upgraded your workstation in four years, you’re probably not in a rush to upgrade your software, either. Bottom line: Time & resources are finite, and with big transitions underway (going 64-bit-native, switching from Carbon to Cocoa), you want Adobe building for the future, not for the past.”

More info via Adobe’s FAQ here.


  1. Makes sense. If Adobe is finally going to update their code, why update to an obsolete platform. The Creative Suite is pro-level software and pros’ primary machines are usually less than four years old.

    What’s going to happen with Photoshop Elements?

  2. If it gets them to finally get their act together with the code, I’m all for it. I still have a G5 for personal use, but I haven’t had a PPC Mac at work probably 3 years. I also rarely use CS3 on the G5.

  3. Adobe? Who are they? Too many other products out there! They lost their business in a lot of markets a long time ago due to their extravagant cost and software bloat. CS2 was the last time I used them and already the software would not work very well and took up too many resources on the computer!

  4. This is a great move for Adobe. If they can really move from Carbon to Cocoa, go 64-bit, and slim down the size of the apps by making them Intel-only in time for CS5 then they are on the right track. That doesn’t help the astronomical pricing, though.

  5. I agree it’s the right move for Adobe (my only PowerPC computer is now just a very good dedicated music server for the house that works great with Remote and my touch).

    But can anyone tell me whether or not the supposed 64-bit prowess of the G5 ever really got utilized by any software.

    I remember how excited I was that the G5 was 64-bit and that Tiger was going to take advantage of it. But, at least in my daily computing, I don’t think those promises ever came to fruition.


  6. Here’s what I wrote to John Nack of Adobe in response to his blog:

    “Thanks for the heads-up! Given that you threw us under the bus when you dropped Freehand without a civilized means to correctly transfer many years and thousands of files we created over Illustrator (without major hiccups), it’s positive that Adobe simply does not care. I feel about as welcome as anyone who dares speak out in disagreement with Nancy Pelosi.

    “If Adobe had given Freehand users transparent way to move the body of a decade of work to Illustrator, and thus be able to use Intel-based Macs, your blog today would be a non-issue. But you are hurting both Apple and yourselves, because we will have to stay on PowerPC-based Macs for some years to come.

    “I previously wrote and begged Adobe to take some of the best ideas from Freehand, and consider having your programmers re-create these features into Illustrator. Obviously, that idea went nowhere. Instead, you do what all victors do when the capture a country: trash it. Some brilliant ideas, such as the contextual menus of GoLive, have been tossed aside as well. In your corporate hubris, you have left so much brilliant intellectual property in the garbage. Both we, the customers, and Adobe are the worse for it.

    “Oh, a tip: when you get a moment, take a look at the upgrade chart on your Web site for customers wanting to go to the latest version of Creative Suite. It made me think of this: . There’s a lesson in it for Adobe. That is, if you are willing to listen and learn.”

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