Adobe balks at Intel Mac transition costs

by admin March 27, 2006 at 3:09 am

Software developer says no shortcuts to Photoshop for Intel Macs

Adobe will not provide a quick update to allow its flagship Photoshop graphics editing suite to run on Intel-powered Mac computers because the costs of creating such an application are too high.

“There’s no limited-cost option for getting most of the performance available on the platform for Photoshop in a short amount of time,” Adobe engineer Scott Byer wrote on a company blog.

He noted that creating a version of the application for OS X on Intel “no small task” because Apple’s XCode development tool is unable to handle the job.

“Apple is doing an amazing job at catching up rapidly, but the truth is we don’t yet have a shipping XCode in hand that handles a large application well.”

Apple chief executive Steve Jobs revealed that the company would switch to Intel processors last June, when he also unveiled the latest version of XCode. He promised at the time that switching would be easy for developers. But Byer posting points out that the process is more complicated.

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