In his new book “Illustrator CS for Dummies,” Ted Alspach, Adobe’s Group Product Manager for Illustration Products, advises new computer buyers to get a PC. However, Adobe says that this certainly isn’t the company’s official position.
“As of 2003, Windows systems have taken a decisive lead over Macs when it comes to performance,” Alspach writes in his book. “The difference is most apparent with graphics applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator, but you’ll notice it with other applications as well. If you’re thinking of purchasing a new system, and speed and responsiveness is important (or at least more important than the feel of the OS, I suggest getting a zippy PC over a (comparably) sluggish Mac.”
However, Adobe PR spokesperson Russell Brady told MacCentral that these comments are Alspach’s personal feelings, not the company’s.
“We have worked very closely with Apple over the last few months as we came up to the launch of our all-new Creative Suite,” he said. “For example, the latest version of Illustrator — Illustrator CS — has been optimized to take advantage of Apple’s new Power Mac G5 systems. The results are spectacular.”