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Apple applies for Rosetta trademark

updated 05:25 pm EST, Tue November 8, 2005

Rosetta trademark

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.




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  1. swatson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    2 things

    1. If Apple shipped an intel powerbook tomorrow, I would order one, regardless of what apps are out there. As long as apple has it's core apps, that is enough for me to get started.

    2. With adobe's luke warm response, this would be the perfect time for a company to make inroads with a photoshop alternative (including Apple). Though I love photoshop.

  1. Ikon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    me too

    1. I am looking forward to the intel products too, not that I need something right now.

    2. Is'nt it time for Adobe to really streamline their applications. I don't really like the different approach in docking palletes in their apps. The way it is handled in Indesign is great though.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    More Transitions

    I figure it'll be about 2 years AFTER the first Intel Macs ship before enough applications run natively and at full speed (and the hardware bugs are chased away), for MacTels to be really worthwhile.

    Maybe some people are willing to settle for iLife and TextEdit and some mysterious variation of OS X "Classic" mode for their main applications... sorry, not me. I've been burned by too many of Apple's promises of "smooth transitions" to buy another load of THAT malarky again.

    I just bought a new PowerBook and plan to ride out the hardware and software transitions to come. The Rev. B or C MacTels ought to be about ready for primetime as far as hardware and software stability and compatibility are concerned. Then I'll make the move.

  1. eswinson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Quark

    Quark will go intel in 2020. Until then apple will be forced to sell PPC powermacs.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Prior Art?

    Since the Rosetta Stone was used for language translation before there were electronic computers (and since the stone was created well before the discovery of electricity - although it wouldn't surprise me if Al Gore claimed to have invented it too) isn't there a significant case for prior art in the use of this word? After all, the languages being translated should be immaterial to the case, whether they are regular written languages or languages used by computers to transmit data and instructions. Assembly language is still a language, as is machine code (the 1's and 0's people frequently talk about). I have little doubt there are all sorts of lawyers thinking up ways of making money from this one.

  1. corsair

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Adobe

    The Adobe quote has almost no meaning. Of course they won't retrofit Creative Suite >>2

  1. corsair

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Adobe

    (last post clipped apparently due to my use of brackets)

    The Adobe quote has almost no meaning. Of course they won't retrofit Creative Suite --2-- apps for Intel, just like Microsoft is probably not going to retrofit Office 2004 for Intel and Apple is probably not going to make the current versions of FCP, Logic, etc. run on Intel.

    By the time Apple ships Intel Macs in volume, Apple will probably be trying to sell us an upgrade to FCP 6 for Intel, Microsoft will be trying to sell us Office 2006 for Intel, and Adobe will probably be trying to sell us Creative Suite 3 for Intel.

  1. EELinneman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sorry Apple, already gone

    Apple is going to have a hard time getting that trademark. See here:

    http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/9317&vid=38224

  1. dbergstrom

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Gone, Part II

    http://www.rii.com/

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