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Old 02-05-2006, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default Adobe & Intel Macs

Adobe has released a PDF announcement of its plans for updating CS and other high-end applications as Universal Binaries for Intel-based Macs.

In a nutshell, the update will be part of the next regular update, 18 to 24 months after the CS2 release. CS3 and other programs will be run natively on both Intel and PowerPC-based Macs.

Adobe acknowledges performance problems with running PPC apps on Intel Macs (using Rosetta). It suggests that increasing RAM to 1GB may help (and implies that running one program at a time might help as well). But it says if speed is important, users should hang on to their PPC Macs until the next release cycle. (Wonder what Apple thinks of that?)

I wonder how many publishing organizations will be in a big hurry to switch to Intel Macs anyway. Big changes generally (and quite sensibly from a production workflow point of view) take some time.

Interesting times. Again.

By the way, the PDF includes a list of apps being prepared for updating to UB in the next cycle. Notable among the missing is Freehand. Not exactly unexpected, but worth noting anyway. (They do have a statement that they are considering what to do with other programs, which may include FH.)

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