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Less than a month after releasing Adobe Photoshop for Apple silicon, and more than three months after releasing Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, and Audition for Apple silicon in beta, Adobe has begun testing Illustrator on Apple's latest chip architecture.

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Adobe released the first beta for Illustrator for Apple silicon late last week, saying that many "core features" of Illustrator are supported in the native version of the program for Apple silicon. Until now, users have needed to run Illustrator on Apple silicon using Apple's Rosetta 2 emulation.

With native support, Illustrator and other apps such as Photoshop not only offer faster performance but improved reliability on newer Mac machines. Adobe customers interested in testing Illustrator with Apple silicon can download beta version 25.3.1 from the Beta Apps section in the Creative Cloud Desktop app.

Update: Adobe has also released a new version of its Premiere Pro public beta for Apple silicon.

Article Link: Adobe Illustrator Now Available for Apple Silicon in Beta
 
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nutmac

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Photoshop for M1 is so wickedly responsive that it makes my 16-inch MBP feel slow in comparison. Illustrator is my third most used Creative Cloud app (behind Lightroom and Photoshop), so I look forward to the release version.

My only major wish (beyond M1 migration) is for Adobe to embrace Mac App Store and offer App Store versions, just like Lightroom. Creative Cloud app has many background processes that sucks up resources even when the app is not running.
 
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ch1ptune

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Photoshop for M1 is so wickedly responsive that it makes my 16-inch MBP feel slow in comparison. Illustrator is my third most used Creative Cloud app (behind Lightroom and Photoshop), so I look forward to the release version.

My only major wish (beyond M1 migration) is for Adobe to embrace Mac App Store and offer App Store versions, just like Lightroom. Creative Cloud app has many background processes that sucks up resources even when the app is not running.
Is zooming in and out not weird for you in the M1 version of Photoshop for you? I use the Magic Trackpad and zooming is almost useless in this version. I don’t get why Adobe can’t seem to succeed in making moving and zooming gestures as smooth as in all Affinity apps.
 
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mdriftmeyer

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Photoshop for M1 is so wickedly responsive that it makes my 16-inch MBP feel slow in comparison. Illustrator is my third most used Creative Cloud app (behind Lightroom and Photoshop), so I look forward to the release version.

My only major wish (beyond M1 migration) is for Adobe to embrace Mac App Store and offer App Store versions, just like Lightroom. Creative Cloud app has many background processes that sucks up resources even when the app is not running.
Why would they do that? They have no financial incentive to do so. Adobe was all cloud years before 99% of the industry. They aren't going to move off of their own cloud services.
 
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macduke

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Great. Now if they can just ditch the ripoff subscription model and get millions of users back.
They’ve had unprecedented growth since switching to that model, so I’m pretty sure they’re not missing anyone. Expenses like this are nothing for companies, and many can negotiate lower bulk rates. And for freelance workers, this is nothing compared to the revenue it helps generate. They’ve also added a lot of value with things like TypeKit which simplifies and streamlines licensing fonts. And they’re investing a lot in AI now to compete better with the latest apps. https://www.statista.com/statistics/266399/revenue-of-adobe-systems-worldwide-since-2004/

That being said, I really like the Affinity suite of software, which is great for most users who are creating on Mac or iPad who don’t want a subscription. It’s great for individuals who do this as a hobby and it’s my recommendation over Adobe for people who can’t afford a monthly subscription to an entire professional suite of 30 or so apps. That being said, I think they should offer a build your own subscription for less. They have some bundles for photography, but it would be nice to bundle a few apps and save some money. Like PS, LR, and Illustrator are my bread and butter for my personal work so like $30-35/mo would be good. It needs more flexibility.
 
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I am happy with my Intel versions of the Adobe products that is still faster with a I9 that supports more memory, better support for multicore threading and no scaling back of product features. Maybe in a couple years, I will make the switch once everything is running faster and features are matched up.
 
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Serif updated Affinity Designer for M1 the week after Apples M1 presentation.

And Affinity Photo for M1.

And Affinity Publisher for M1.

For a certain kind of designers these apps are awesome.
Affinity Designer is great value for money. I just so wish it had a tool for laying down dimensions. It’s a pain in the butt if you use it to sketch up a room layout design, for this reason.
 
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reyesmac

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I have developed scripts and custom automation tools to automate every function in illustrator. It’s mostly dependent on AppleScript and extend script so first thing I’ll be looking for is if they bail on those scripting languages. When they bail I’ll bail on Adobe altogether. My company makes millions a year on how much faster files are processed by scripting illustrator tasks. But it has always been a battle because apple and Adobe tweak their code and break the scripts year after year. Updating then is fine, but abandoning them is not.

side note: A MacBook Air with 8gb of ram can take on a 2020 iMac with 128gb of ram in the Adobe apps. It’s so weird to see that after so many years of incremental speed bumps on intel.
 
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They’ve had unprecedented growth since switching to that model, so I’m pretty sure they’re not missing anyone. Expenses like this are nothing for companies, and many can negotiate lower bulk rates. And for freelance workers, this is nothing compared to the revenue it helps generate.
I have to reluctantly agree here. I can work off the yearly subscription price doing one smallish freelance design gig.

I generally don't care for the subscription software rental model -- BUT in a world where astrology apps can cost $20 a month, $53 for a complete set of production tools suddenly doesn't seem as egregious as it once did.
 
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nutmac

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Why would they do that? They have no financial incentive to do so. Adobe was all cloud years before 99% of the industry. They aren't going to move off of their own cloud services.
It's not entirely unrealistic to imagine Photoshop and Illustrator joining Lightroom on the App Store one day.

Adobe will likely require Creative Cloud desktop app for syncing files and fonts, as well as app discovery and collaboration features, but I don't need any of that. I just want the apps.
 
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reyesmac

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The subscription model subsidizes the work done on apps that are less popular. Without that some apps would get the bulk of the profits and there wouldn't be enough for the rest. I think they should do a model that allows you a set number of saves (not counting automatic cloud saves). My company needs to process hundreds of files a week. But a home user that just wants to dabble in it only creates a handful of projects. So charge that guy $10 a month to save 10-20 files or whatever. That way that version is impossible to use for business but allows someone who creates a couple of things a month the ability to do so at a fair price. If you take away the ability to copy and paste outside of the app, you now reduce the possibility of that being abused. For a vector app that would work well, for photoshop not as much because you can still take screenshots. But the thought of them making less money already makes it hard to ask them to do. Since they do so little to keep the app up to date as it is anytime apple updates break its functionality.
 
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