Universal Photoshop

Macworld Podcast episode 61

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Adobe has a new public beta of Photoshop, and the Macworld Podcast has the first word on what to expect from this Intel-native version of the flagship image-editing application.

That’s right—the public beta of Photoshop CS3 is a Universal Binary, meaning it will run natively on PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs alike. That’s important because up until now, if you ran Photoshop on an Intel-based Mac, you had to do so using Apple’s Rosetta emulation technology. That caused a performance hit for this processor-intensive application. With an Intel-native version of Photoshop, users will begin to see the performance benefit of switching to Intel-based processors.

How much of a performance gain? To find out, I talked to contributing editor Ben Long, who’s had a chance to test the new software. (Ben will have a first look at Photoshop CS3, which we’ll post when the beta becomes available Friday.) I also talk with senior features editor Kelly Turner and senior reviews editor Jackie Dove about the whys and wherefores of this beta release.

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Show notes

Back when the first Intel-based Macs appeared in January, we ran benchmarks to see how non-Universal apps performed under Rosetta. (You’ll find Photoshop-specific numbers on the second page of that 11-month-old article. Since then, updates to OS X 10.4 have bolstered the performance of applications running via Rosetta—we published those findings a month ago.

The Photoshop CS3 beta won’t be available until Friday, December 15, but when it is ready for download, you’ll find it at Adobe’s Web site.

Music credits

“Basic‚” by Epicte the Elemental. Want to hear more of his music? Need a DJ in the Washington, D.C. area? E-mail him at epicte [at] gmail [dot] com.

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