Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Apr 2008 19:50 UTC, submitted by tupp
Graphics, User Interfaces From John Nack's blog: "In the interest of giving customers guidance as early as possible, we have some news to share on this point: in addition to offering 32-bit-native versions for Mac OS X and 32-bit Windows, just as we do today, we plan to ship the next version of Photoshop as 64-bit-native for Windows 64-bit OSes only."
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bousozoku
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2006-01-23

It's not that Adobe didn't have time or Apple didn't push them. It's that Adobe wanted to reap great rewards from poor and very old code.

When Adobe brought out Photoshop 7 around 2001, it was the first version that ran under the Carbon libraries, so that it could be a native Mac OS X application. It also ran much more slowly as if Adobe added the "include carbon.h" line in the source code and linked to the carbon libraries without doing anything more. Photoshop 6 in the Classic environment, with Mac OS 9.x as a host, ran faster.

The application became a progressively worse performer through CS and CS2, showing that it was never really re-written for Mac OS X but patched.

After a very long delay, the CS3 version finally works reasonably well, but doesn't remain completely idle--always taking around a minimum of 3% CPU--unusual for a Mac OS X application.

The on again/off again decision from Apple concerning 64-bit Carbon is a pain but Adobe knew what was ahead and they chose to do the cheap thing, again.

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