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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I'm frankly not surprised
by madcrow on Thu 13th Aug 2009 17:49 UTC
madcrow
Member since:
2006-03-13

Apple seems to want everybody to move along to Intel hardware and pressuring ISVs like Adobe to only compile their apps for x86 is a big part of that. The fact that Apple is discontinuing PPC support in 10.6 (the version of OS X likely to be shipping when the next version of Adobe stuff comes out) probably has something to do with the decision also.

Nevertheless, I look forward to snapping up a cheap used G4 laptop once all the Jobs-worshiping masses are finally forced to move along.

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RE: I'm frankly not surprised
by Jimbob on Thu 13th Aug 2009 20:31 in reply to "I'm frankly not surprised"
Jimbob Member since:
2005-07-07

I had a PPC, then brought the first Intel iMac, and was very happy with the upgrade. Heaps quicker. Stay on G4's if you want but I think the Intels are quicker.

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RE: I'm frankly not surprised
by KugelKurt on Thu 13th Aug 2009 22:08 in reply to "I'm frankly not surprised"
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

High-end G4 notebooks have the miserable performance of middle-class Atom netbooks with the weight of modern Intel Core notebooks. Combine that with the horrible durability of old batteries (new ones are half the price of a new netbook) and you'll end up with a very expensive piece of slow hardware.

Oh, BTW: Try to get some SD RAM to increase the main memory to something somewhat acceptable.

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RE: I'm frankly not surprised
by Eddyspeeder on Fri 14th Aug 2009 23:16 in reply to "I'm frankly not surprised"
Eddyspeeder Member since:
2006-05-10

Also, don't pin this down to Steve Jobs. John Sculley (Apple's CEO before Jobs returned) considers not moving to the Intel platform one of his greatest mistakes during his Apple career:
http://macworld.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=7045" rel="nofollow">http://web.archive.org/web/20071208100556/http://macworld.co.uk/new...

Like I said before, I too think the PowerBook G4 laptops were wonderful, beautiful, elegant and a whole lot of other descriptions involving praise. But I think most people idealize that beautiful G4 era.

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