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Non-native programs slow on Intel iMac

updated 11:05 am EST, Thu February 23, 2006

Non-Apple apps on Mac

Lack of software compatibility and performance continues to plague the Intel iMac and its functionality, according to a new review by PC World. The review notes that while Apple applications run much faster on the new iMac in comparison to its predecessor, third-party software is disappointingly slow. The Intel iMac boots more quickly and program response is "much snappier" versus the PowerPC versions, but programs such as Mozilla Firefox and Adobe Photoshop now take about twice as long to respond as previous versions, says Rebbapragada. PowerPC software does run on the new iMacs, but programs not written in Universal Binary--a format that contains native versions for both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs--must be translated real-time through Apple's Rosetta software. Rebbapragada lowered the rating for the new iMac in comparison to the PowerPC iMac due to these speed issues.




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  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    News Flash...NOT!

    This is hardly anything new. Apps running under Rosetta are equivalent to those running a midrange G4 Mac. Rosetta is also a RAM hog, so adding additional RAM helps out with Rosetta performance a great deal. I noticed a dramatic increase in speed with PPC apps once I upgraded from the standard 512MB.

    Besides, within a year this won't even be an issue anyway as virtually everything will be Universal by then.

  1. howdesign

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Quandry

    I'm in the market for a new laptop, and I've struggling between buying a refurbed Powerbook or new MacBook. I used lots of Adobe (PS, Flash, Illus, InD, GL) and only tend to get new machines every 3+ years. Chances are Adobe and others will still make PPC compatible software for the next few years, so the decision for me is tough. Yeah, fast iMovie scores are nice, but coming from a PB 667, even slow MacBook scores are an improvement. Help!

  1. J.W. Pepper

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    More like 2-3 years

    If the transition to OSX is anything to go by, it will be nearer two years before most applications and drivers are re-written.

    Don't underestimate the amount of work to be done partically if you own a multi-function printer or use applications like NeoOffice, it seems that NeoOffice may never be made into a Univeral Binary.

  1. scotty321

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Annoyed with ad links!

    Is anybody else totally ANNOYED at MacNN for adding ADVERTISING LINKS into their stories? Who would ever expect MacNN to sell out like this? And destroy our once-enjoyable reading experience at MacNN!! MacNN has gone completely downhill... and these new link-based ads just prove how far MacNN has fallen.

  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Keep in mind...

    If you have a TiBook (1 GHz) the MacBook Pro (MBP) 2.0 GHz will out perform it even when running Photoshop under emulation (performance numbers show this). So for a large number of folks with 3+ year old laptops even with emulation the MBP are a nice upgrade... and when native versions of the application you use come out you will benefit even further.

    In other words for those with older laptops getting MBP will not disappoint and it will continue to get better over the next year or so as optimized / native software comes out with out you having to upgrade any hardware.

  1. siMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    this just in...

    Non-native programs slow on Intel iMac! 'Earth is round', according to Google software! Scientists say poking yourself in the eye with a pencil can damage your sight!

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    right on scotty!

    These embedded ad-links are "despicable", as Daffy Duck would say!

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Scientist discover.......

    Scientists discover that water is wet.

    This story is sensationalist garbage. There are already hundreds of universal binaries released or about to be released. Just because Adobe is dragging its feet, it does not mean that everyone is.

  1. howdesign

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bummer

    The only bummer I could see is if any new Adobe apps don't really show significant improvement numbers... it would be REALLY reassuring to have Adobe and Apple do a dog and pony demo where they at least show early versions of Universal apps and some performance claims... won't see that happen though I'm sure. At least not until much later this year or next.

  1. misterjoeblack

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    intel iMac owner

    I own both a intel iMac and also a PowerBook G4. To be honest I have been pleasantly suprised by the performance of the iMac and have no real issues with Rosseta's performance. My only problem is until companies like Real update their software to include a universal binaries browsing the web can be a pain as some webpages are broken but its no biggy.

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