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.

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