We dive into a pair of articles that recently appeared on Macworld.com in this edition of the Macworld Podcast, beginning with a look at the options available to Mac users for running Windows on their Intel-based hardware. Then we leave the cross-platform world behind to explore the latest version of Photoshop CS3, now shipping and ready to run natively on your Intel-based Mac.

Senior Editor Rob Griffiths handles the Windows overview; he wrote Four Ways to Windows for our May 2007 issue, and he joins me to talk about some of his findings. Then, I’m joined by Senior Contributor Jim Heid, who recently reviewed Photoshop CS3, one of the flagship applications that makes up Adobe’s brand new Creative Suite 3.

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Show Notes

In my news round-up, I mention the ongoing investigation into stock options backdating at Apple. Earlier this week, the SEC charged former Apple general counsel Nancy Heinen on allegations of fraudulently backdating stock options. Former chief financial officer Fred Anderson also faced charges, but that case was settled. (In a statement from Anderson’s attorney, the former CFO said he was told to backdate the stock options by Steve Jobs; an internal Apple audit cleared Jobs, and the SEC wrapped up its investigation by thanking the company for its cooperation. Obviously, this is a story a lot of people will be keeping an eye on.

I also mention the recent story about a hacker who managed to break into a Mac as part of a $10,000 contest at the CanSecWest security conference last week.

In “Four ways to Windows,” Rob looks at four options for Intel-based Mac owners: Boot Camp; CrossOver Mac; VMWare Fusion; and Parallels Desktop. Game Room columnist Peter Cohen would doubtlessly want us to mention Cider, a Mac-to-Windows technology for gaming.

I linked to Jim Heid’s Photoshop review up above; he also looked at Bridge CS3. And our reviews of the CS3 components continue with Greg Miller’s look at Photoshop CS3 Extended.

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