Adobe's Bad News For Apple: No MacTel-ready Photoshop Until Spring '07 (ADBE, AAPL)

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by: Mick Weinstein

It's not only PC boxmakers who got bad news from the software front in the past week.

During Adobe Systems' recent conference call with analysts, CEO Bruce Chizen said:

We have heard from some of our larger customers that their transition to new CPUs that are MacTel based will be a similar transition that they experienced going from OS 9 to OS X. They will get there, but they won't get there on Mac for a while, and we think by the time they get there, we'll be ready with our Creative Suite 3 products.

Adobe thereby acknowledged that it would be waiting until its next full Creative Suite edition (CS3 -- which includes Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Illustrator) to begin supporting Apple Computer Inc.'s Intel Macs in the requisite 'Universal' standard. CS3 isn't due for release until Spring 2007. Terri Stone of CreativePro notes:

This is unwelcome news for creative professionals interested in Apple's new computers, which use Intel processors faster than those in previous Macs... If software can't run natively, it operates under the Rosetta translator. While CS2 apps do function this way, Adobe doesn't recommend that creative pros rely on Rosetta for high-volume production environments.

Graphic designers -- many of whom rely on Adobe's products for the bulk of their work -- tend to prefer Macs. But with this announcement from Adobe, many will reverse Chisen's logic and put off purchase of a new Intel Mac until well into next year.

That's not good news for Apple's Mac revenues for the remainder of 2006.

Note that Adobe made a similiar acknowledgement in a recently-released statement (.pdf of course) available on their site.


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