OS X Mountain Lion: Some developers are way behind the curve

“I do not believe that Mountain Lion was designed in response to the perceived potential threat of Windows 8. To me, Windows 8 is little more than the traditional Windows OS with an an ill-conceived tiled overlay. That change could have been accomplished with an add-on, and Microsoft didn’t need to spend billions of dollars to make it happen. Aside from that, and the alleged porting of Windows 8 to ARM processors, I don’t see much meat in Microsoft’s OS plans,” Gene Steinberg writes for Tech Night Owl. “It seems to be little more than misdirection rather than OS innovation.”

“The real question is how developers are greeting Mountain Lion. For those who quickly made their wares Lion friendly, adding Mountain Lion hooks may not be so big a deal,” Steinberg writes. “I’m thinking in terms of compatibility with the Notification Manager, for example.”

Steinberg writes, “I also have to wonder about developers that, so far, haven’t really embraced Lion and are suddenly confronted with the prospect of having to catch up with yet another OS X upgrade. Perhaps they will just have to consolidate their work, and get it done in one process. But when it comes to such companies as Adobe and Microsoft, we may be looking at 10.9 before anything meaningful happens.”

Much more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

22 Comments

      1. Sadly since they bought out Macromedia Adobe is the only game in town. The other really sad thing is they used to be a high quality software company and dedicated to the Mac platform.

        1. When Adobe – and many other Mac Software Developers – started porting their Apps to Windows – they saw up to 20-fold increases in sales (at least in the near-term.)

          The real crime, IMO, was Adobe’s decision to abstract their software to the lowest common denominator of shared capabilities, without supporting either Apple’s or Microsoft’s respective UI’s. Adobe Apps had their own look and feel, scrollbars, etc.. And since then, they’ve avoided platform-specific features, which largely translates to them ignoring Apple’s superior OS features.

  1. I’m betatesting Windows 8 for my company and so far it is just a far more complicated version of windows 7. They just added the “Metro” interface and move some items, but not any real feature was added nor security of functionality.
    They said Kinec for Windows will make it more useful but I really don’t see many companies buying a kinect fro every employee.

  2. If you look/troll over at the Microsoft developer blogs you will see one question come up over and over again concerning Windoze 8:
    “CAN I TURN METRO OFF?”

    Now, If you are M$ and betting the company on Metro across all platforms that cannot be very encouraging.

  3. Adobe has been behind for more than a decade. Each new release of the standard CS apps gets more bloated and ungainly. It takes as long for me to save a 300 dpi PSD in CS5 on an Intel Core2Duo as it did on my PowerPC 601 running Photoshop 4. Something is wrong with that picture.

  4. As a tech consumer I’m 100% behind Mountain Lion. Unlike Microsoft, Apple isn’t afraid to deprecate legacy support. And I think that’s a good thing because supporting legacy code means your underlying OS code base becomes spaghetti-fied over time which is what is ailing Windows today – bloated, cumbersome trash.

  5. When we talk about Mac software companies living in the last century, let’s not forget about our good friends at Intuit who made their last version of Quicken for the Mac in 2007.

  6. Apple supports a 3-year range of computer models, and older models if appropriate. We mostly, as Mac users, remain satisfied with our Apple hardware, and don’t need to upgrade annually to remain within the current tech bubble, and tend to continue using older OS versions. Nothing compelling has lead me to upgrade to Lion or pursue Mountain Lion seeds. Apple engineers deprecate legacy APIs, and are privatizing more sections of the OS, taking access away from developers, where a true HAL is emerging farther and farther from the metal. Good news for most app developers, but increasingly difficult for high-end (low-level) programmers with pro apps and drivers.

  7. Both Adobe (especially) and Microsoft are holding computing, especially broader adoption of OS-X back because both companies are behind on preparing for current and coming versions. ESPECIALLY Adobe.

    I know a number of businesses that cannot upgrade to Lion because the Adobe CS5 suite is not stable with it. That keeps a log OC professional users stuck on Snow Leopard or Leopard. My wife uses CS5 heavily along with Freehand (whose interface she strongly prefers to Illustrator’s), which she runs on a separate G5 iMac.

    Holding back users hurts Apple, and perhaps this is by design with Adobe. Their arrogance and unwillingness to change is breathtaking.

  8. This guy expectations are unrealistic. Adobe and Microsoft are cross platform developers. In the case of Adobe, the code is written and then compiled for each platform, so they don’t use much of the host platform API as much as they could. I am more excited about other smaller developers like Panic or MacRabbit, who are pushing OSX to it’s limits. I use Adobe software because I don’t have a choice, but for any work that I might find an alternative for an OSX only solution, I am there. I don’t open Dreamweaver that much any more. Coda and Expresso are much better alternatives for certain tasks.

  9. Adobe is one of the most destructive companies for the creative sector.

    They bought Golive to kill it so they coud peddle their hodgepodge Nightmare Weaver, POS developed for PeeSee. YUCK!

    I pity my daughter having to learn this peace of steaming dog shit.

    1. I beg to differ. I used GoLive for a while in the 90s. It wrote the dirtiest code in town. I am a BBEdit guy these days. While Dreamweaver may not be your cup of tea, its output is superior to anything that ever came out of GoLive.

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