Adobe CS5 on Parallels

Discussion in 'iMac' started by goombamd, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. goombamd macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hi All,

    I used some grant funds to get a 27" i7 iMac with 16gb of RAM (self upgraded with Crucial) because it was actually about the same price as a PC desktop with everything else I needed plus warranty through my university.

    Anyway, I am hesitant to purchase CS5 for mac because I just hear that CS5 for Windows is so much better. More features, and it's optimized/Designed for Windows and ported over to Mac (ported programs inherently lose some optimizations, or so I hear). Plus I need visual studio (PC only), and I like the PC version of office/outlook better than the new mac version... so I think I'll work on PC side a lot... but not exclusively.

    Just curious if anyone has tried CS5 Premiere/After Effects on Parallels 6 on an i7 with plenty of RAM. Or, should I just boot camp and use it primarily as a Windows PC?

  2. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    CS5 for Windows is not inherently better than the Mac version and I'm curious where you heard this. If you want to use a Mac, just get CS5 for Mac. In any case, trying to run them in Parallels or VMWare will severely cripple performance to the point that it's effectively unusable.
  3. goombamd thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010

    Thanks for the reply...
    The link above is what scared me about it... and I've heard this from others in the field.

    Quote "Not necessarily.

    Adobe undoubtedly ports their apps, originally written for Windows, to OS X. As a result, Windows-optimized code has to be altered or discarded. Since it's not written from the ground-up but ported, problems can ensue.

    It's the same reason Bryce 7 Pro crashes on me in OS X, but when doing the same functions, Bryce remains stable in Windows. It's slightly faster as well.

    Apps written from the ground-up for OSX will run solidly and fast, at which point Windows ports of those - since they won't be re-written from the ground up - will be problematic as well.

    But I've put Windows 7 on my Macs and bought CS5 for Windows."
  4. gullySn0wCat, Dec 27, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010

    gullySn0wCat macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2010
    CS5's main apps (PS, Illustrator, Indesign) work great, however some of the other apps (Dreamweaver) have various annoying but not critical Windows-isms (for example, you cannot set a site root folder as ~/User/Whatever, it MUST be an absolute path which can be very irritating if you move whole users accross hard drives often.) while others feel like straight up Windows apps (BRIDGE!)

    tl;dr: It depends. For the most part the Mac versions are fine, the the problem is what's not different with some of the apps as opposed to what is. Don't bother with parallels.


    To be completely honest, CS5 in general isn't a great release. Adobe's implementation of multi-core processing (background PDF export) has proven itself to be something of a fail. No competition=LAZY

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