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Adobe's Principal Project Manager for Photoshop John Nack today announced on his blog that future versions of the company's Creative Suite packages will drop support for Macs running on PowerPC processors and become Intel-only offerings.
By the time the next version of the Suite ships, the very youngest PPC-based Macs will be roughly four years old. They're still great systems, but if you haven't upgraded your workstation in four years, you're probably not in a rush to upgrade your software, either. Bottom line: Time & resources are finite, and with big transitions underway (going 64-bit-native, switching from Carbon to Cocoa), you want Adobe building for the future, not for the past.
Additional information for Adobe's customers using PowerPC machines can be found on the FAQ page for Creative Suite. Nack also notes that news about other Adobe applications, including Flash Player and Acrobat Reader, will be released in the near future.

Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard, due for release next month, is also dropping support for PowerPC-based Macs.

Article Link: Future Versions of Adobe Creative Suite to Drop PowerPC Support
 

GoCubsGo

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If anyone is at all shocked by this then they're silly. The second Apple drops PPC support Adobe is sure to follow suit.
 

Dr.Pants

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Somehow I am not surprised.

EDIT - Jessica and I must have posted at the same time. At any rate, PPC support being dropped in the newest OS which everyone will be coding for will leave the Universal Binary (for major applications) behind; maintaining both codebases would cost too much time and money in many corporate opinions.
 

Sky Blue

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"if you haven't upgraded your workstation in four years, you're probably not in a rush to upgrade your software"

Couldn't agree more.
 

GoCubsGo

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Somehow I am not surprised.

EDIT - Jessica and I must have posted at the same time. At any rate, PPC support being dropped in the newest OS which everyone will be coding for will leave the Universal Binary (for major applications) behind; maintaining both codebases would cost too much time and money in many corporate opinions.

We were a minute apart. However, it has been said I have very fast fingers. ;)
 

modular

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Considering cs4 was release 10 months ago, and the CS's have been released every 1.5-2 years, we've still probably got about another year before cs5 i'm guessing. So I guess I've got one more year with my g5 :) btw the g5 runs cs4 pretty well for a 5 year old comptuer-
 

Dr.Pants

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We were a minute apart. However, it has been said I have very fast fingers. ;)

I also have satellite internet, which measures its ping time in seconds. Even though the latency bites hard, it beats dial-up hands down. If you're a faster typist then I am (very probable), then we probably started at the same time :p
 

rickdollar

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"if you haven't upgraded your workstation in four years, you're probably not in a rush to upgrade your software"

Couldn't agree more.

That's funny. I was going to quote the very same statement... down to the exact words you quoted.:D
But yeah, that is a very realistic assumption and makes a lot of sense.
 

Xian Zhu Xuande

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Seems like a reasonable move.

"if you haven't upgraded your workstation in four years, you're probably not in a rush to upgrade your software"

Couldn't agree more.
The people pitching fits about this will generally be the ones who pirate the software. Even development firms would be phasing out any PPC computers left at this point, simply because the speed increase would be more valuable to them.
 

Eidorian

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Hahahahaha... nice one :p. If it must be so, Microsoft should drop PowerPC support for Office in the next version.
Intel-only Office? Unlikely but it'd be nice if the Installer wasn't run under Rosetta. Bring back the old drag and drop install option.
 

Willis

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It's amazing how fast 3 years has gone by since the Intel transition. It was obvious it was going to happen, in the same way SL being Intel only too.
 

Fabrice

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Still...

...They have to keep Flash Player for PPC...
I wonder how they will deal with this... Messy times are coming...
 

Doctor Q

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Don't confuse dropping support for PPC in new versions of Creative Suite (what they are doing) with dropping support for PPC in old versions (which they are not doing, at least for now).

From their FAQ (italics mine):

What are Adobe's plans to support the PowerPC platform for the Creative Suite family of products?

Adobe intends for future versions of the Creative Suite range of products to run on Intel based Macs with no support for their installation on PowerPC systems.

Will Adobe continue to support the version of Creative Suite that I am currently running on PowerPC?

Adobe does not plan to make any changes to the existing complimentary and paid support programs that are enjoyed by our customers.​
So nobody needs to upgrade Creative Suite or update their hardware to do what they do now. You'll just need new-enough hardware if and when you do further upgrades to Creative Suite.
 

Pomares

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Don't care any more. Have found an alternative for each product that I am very happy with, except for Illustrator, which I am very fond of.

Have you found a good alternative to Illustrator?
 
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