Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Aug 2009 23:57 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Adobe has announced it is dropping PowerPC support from its next version of the Creative Suite for the Mac. "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."
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RE: Not to surprising.
by alias on Thu 13th Aug 2009 07:27 UTC in reply to "Not to surprising. "
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Member since:
2007-02-11

I have an old 1.67 G4 powerbook. The screen is not as bright as newer ones, and some edges around the keyboard are a little "worn off", but the rest still works perfectly. In many ways, this notebook blows off many low/mid-end notebooks I've seen using by my colleagues in these weeks (including performance).

I would have no reason to switch if it wasn't for an increasing number of programs built *only* for intel (for no reason whatsoever). I could certainly use Snow Leopard on this machine (and love to), but it's not supported. Again, this is not a terrible issue, but eventually stuff will only be compiled without *any* backward compatibility.

I could simply stay "behind", but being a developer, this is not acceptable. Not that I need the speed, honestly. I still prefer my opaque screen to the glass (even after trying it for months), and I love to be able to replace the battery with a fresh one when I'm traveling. On the hardware side, I see absolutely *no* reason to switch.

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RE[2]: Not to surprising.
by flanque on Thu 13th Aug 2009 11:09 in reply to "RE: Not to surprising. "
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Could you expand on the part about one notebook blowing off another?

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RE[2]: Not to surprising.
by No it isnt on Thu 13th Aug 2009 11:21 in reply to "RE: Not to surprising. "
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Actually, it's your fault, as a developer, that your PPC Mac will be outdated within a few months. Since Apple developers always think they need to stay updated, virtually no new software works on older revisions of OS X. And since Apple cuts off support for their hardware several years prematurely, older Macs can only run abandonware for older OS X versions.

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RE[2]: Not to surprising.
by Raeth on Thu 13th Aug 2009 12:53 in reply to "RE: Not to surprising. "
Raeth Member since:
2009-07-02

I think the key word here is "developer". Do you use any apps that may need more power, such as the Adobe suite and Apple's movie-editing stuff?

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RE[2]: Not to surprising.
by polaris20 on Thu 13th Aug 2009 15:33 in reply to "RE: Not to surprising. "
polaris20 Member since:
2005-07-06

By opaque you mean matte screen, yes? Apple now offers the 15" with an antiglare finish. Need more battery power than 8 hours? Get one of these:

http://www.hyperdrive.com/HyperMac-External-MacBook-Battery-and-Car...

Kind of a non-issue. As for your system's performance; Even most G5 systems are left behind by the cheapest MacBook Pro in terms of performance. I can't see how you'd possibly want to avoid upgrading.

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RE[3]: Not to surprising.
by AmigaRobbo on Sat 15th Aug 2009 10:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Not to surprising. "
AmigaRobbo Member since:
2005-11-15

Err... The cost?

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RE[2]: Not to surprising.
by boldingd on Thu 13th Aug 2009 15:34 in reply to "RE: Not to surprising. "
boldingd Member since:
2009-02-19

I've got to ask, have you considered a linux distribution for your PPC Mac? I don't know what kind of developing you do, so it's probably not a practical option... but at least you'd have current software.

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