updated 05:25 pm EST, Tue November 8, 2005
Apple has applied for a , the translation technology that will enable programs made for PowerPC Macs to run on forthcoming Intel-base Macs. Company executives have described Rosetta as "Apple technology," but it uses an engine from a start-up company called Transitive, which offers a variety of engines for translating software written for one operating system or processor to code that can run on a different platform. Although many major software makers have committed to adding Intel support to their software, it is unclear how quickly that support will come. Adobe, for example, has said it will support Intel-based Macs with future versions of its software, but doesn't plan to retrofit its Creative Suite 2 products to work with the new Macs.