Adobe offers further details on Intel plans

Earlier this week, Adobe commented on its plans for supporting Apple’s Intel Macs. While the company initially only released its plans for the Creative Suite and Lightroom applications, Adobe on Wednesday offered further details on some of its other applications, including those recently purchased from Macromedia.

In addition to the Creative Suite, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, GoLive and Acrobat, Adobe said they were currently working on or evaluating transition plans for After Effects and InCopy, among other applications.

Customers of Macromedia applications recently obtained by Adobe are not being left out in the cold. Macromedia applications that Adobe is evaluating for Intel support include Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, Flash Basic, Fireworks and Contribute.

While Adobe did not detail specific dates for the release of Intel-based applications, the company did offer some clues of when customers could expect them.

First, Adobe said that they do not plan to re-release current applications just to add Intel support. This applies to the Creative Suite, Studio 8 and After Effects 7.0. Adobe pointed to its history of releasing updates to its professional applications every 18-24 months as a roadmap of when customers can expect updates.

Running current Adobe apps on Intel machines

While Apple has included Rosetta — a dynamic translation layer built into Mac OS X — to allow non-native applications to run on Intel machines, some applications will see slower performance compared to a PowerPC computer. While some of the slow downs can be offset with more RAM, Adobe said that customers looking for optimal performance may wish to stick with their PowerPC machines until they release updates.

Since Adobe’s creative applications have not been tested extensively using Rosetta, the company said compatibility and other issues may arise. The company said there are no known issues running Studio 8 or After Effects 7 under Rosetta.

Creative Suite has only one issue the company has isolated. Version Cue Workspace (Server) does not run under Rosetta. According to Adobe customers can use Version Cue to share files, track versions and participate in reviews only if it is installed on a PowerPC or Windows machine that is networked to the Intel-based Mac.

Adobe said they would continue to offer support for its products as usual, but noted that they may not be able to address installation or compatibility issues that arise on Intel Macs using Rosetta.

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