newbie question - Photoshop Elements/Flash/ on iMac

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  1. anemone macrumors member

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    I'm a long time PC person excited to be switching to an iMac soon from a 4 year old Dell. I'm waiting for the rumored new iMacs and will probably get a 20" with 2 GB of RAM. I thought that in the meantime I'd try to get a few questions answered about software.

    I have older versions of Photoshop Elements (v. 2.0) and Flash (MX 2004) that have both the Mac (PowerPC) and PC versions on the installation CD. Will either of these install and run at all on a new Intel iMac using Rosetta, or will I have to upgrade the software to be able to use them? I don't want to upgrade Photoshop Elements until the new universal binary version is available. I only use Flash a handful of times per year, so I could just use my old PC when necessary (it will become my son's computer), but I use Photoshop Elements all the time for Web-related work and digital photography. If it runs, but slowly, I can deal w/ that as a temporary measure, since it's pretty slow on my 4 year old PC anyway.

    I know it's possible to install Win XP on a Mac, but would rather not have to muck up the new Mac w/a Microsoft product if I can avoid it.

    Also, what is the latest guesstimate on when Adobe might release a universal binary version of Photoshop Elements?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Why not just use something like Gimpshop while you wait until the UB is released. It will be much quicker than running Elements.

    As for Flash I have no idea.
     
  3. heySparky macrumors regular

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    I have PSE 4 on my MacBook and it runs if a bit slowly. I'm sure the PSE 2 will install and run at least as well as PSE 4. You already have it, so give it a try.
    I don't know about Flash, but once again, give it a try and see if it will work. I'm thinking it will run.
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Photoshop Elements 2.0 is ancient, but it should run just fine in Rosetta. Quite frankly, I don't see much improvement in either PSE 3.0 or PSE 4.0.

    We're talking about Adobe here. For a company whose very existence depends on the Mac, Adobe's attitude toward Mac development has been most mercurial for more than a decade. I don't believe that anyone outside Adobe can tell you when or even if Adobe will release a Universal Binary version of PSE.
     
  5. anemone thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, this is exactly why I never upgraded 2.0. I saw a lot of reviews of the later versions that said something to the effect of "I prefer the old 2.0 version, it was much faster," and 2.0 did everything I needed it to do, so I stuck with it.

    I will try to install both and if PSE is running too slowly for my taste, I'll give something like Gimp a try while waiting for a UB version of PSE. I assume http://www.gimp.org/ is the correct link to Gimp?

    Thanks, everybody.
     
  6. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    I'd use Gimpshop rather than just the Gimp. It has been modified so the menus are more like Photoshop so you should be more familiar with the layout of the program. You can download it via the link below.

    http://plasticbugs.com/index.php?p=241
     
  7. heySparky macrumors regular

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    The only reason I went from 2 to 3 was for RAW image support. Otherwise, 2 suited my needs quite well. I wish I hadn't wasted my money on 4.
     

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