Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Apr 2010 10:47 UTC
Apple The backlash is starting to show. The most recent change in Apple's iPhone developer agreement isn't going down well. The change is clearly aimed at increasing lock-in, and seems to have little to nothing to do with anything else. While individual developers are hit hard, Adobe as a whole has been hit pretty hard too, giving rise to sentiments on the web that Adobe should abandon Mac development. I have the sneaking suspicion this is exactly what Apple is aiming for.
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Such nonsense
by MahRain on Sat 10th Apr 2010 15:19 UTC
MahRain
Member since:
2008-06-05

Adobe is making their money in the publishing world, photography only comes second. They recently succeeded in migrating many users away form Quark to InDesign and the whole workflow with PDF, networks, licenses, and an entire ecosystem of hardware, printing presses, software tools like Suitcase etc. are embedded into the printing world.

While Photoshop might be the CS's flagship application, I'd argue that InDesign and Illustrator are much more significant in this area.

Apple wouldn't only have to recreate the creative suite functionality but the integration, workflow and an entire backlog of legacy compatibility and integration in workflow and tools.

Adobe will never abandon the Mac platform just like Microsoft will never abandon the PC.

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RE: Such nonsense
by majipoor on Sat 10th Apr 2010 15:28 in reply to "Such nonsense"
majipoor Member since:
2009-01-22

"Adobe will never abandon the Mac platform just like Microsoft will never abandon the PC."

Agree even if I don't see the similarity with Microsoft on the PC platform.

You may be true concerning Apple replacing Adobe workflow, but keep in mind that not all CS users need the whole stuff (I'm a photographer and I only use Photoshop).

Moreover, even if Apple should lose the publishing market, it would probably represent less than 10% of their revenue now which would be quickly compensated by the increasing revenue from iPhone/iPad and even Mac sold to consumers.

Not a big threat for Apple.

Edited 2010-04-10 15:31 UTC

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RE[2]: Such nonsense
by mattbland on Sat 10th Apr 2010 15:46 in reply to "RE: Such nonsense"
mattbland Member since:
2010-04-10

Don't under estimate the number of people running Photoshop who aren't in the publishing industry. I know lots and lots of people on Mac's who have it installed, either purchased like me, or pirated for 'personal' use. I know very few 'serious' Mac users who don't have it installed.

I admit Photoshop is overkill in many cases as they only use it for minor editing or for a bit web design.

Still, I've been using it for nearly twenty years and have tried other applications and always returned to it. If there wasn't a native Mac version it would be a very big deal for me and hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of other users. At least we'd still have the current and old versions to fall back on until something better came along, or have to bite the bullet and run it under virtualisation on Parallels or Fusion.

Edited 2010-04-10 15:48 UTC

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RE: Such nonsense
by Fettarme H-Milch on Sun 11th Apr 2010 01:04 in reply to "Such nonsense"
Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

Adobe will never abandon the Mac platform just like Microsoft will never abandon the PC.

Microsoft already abandoned the PC to some extend. MS almost completely ditched PC/Windows as entertainment platform with the cancellation of all PC games development as most obvious example. Focus has shifted to the Xbox and WP7. (3rd party publishers like Valve with Steam are the only ones who keep the PC as entertainment device alive.)

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