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Transitive defends Rosetta speed

updated 11:00 am EST, Fri March 10, 2006

Transitive defense Rosetta

Transitive, the developer of the technology that lies beneath Apple's Rosetta software, defended the fact that certain key Mac applications--such as Adobe Photoshop--perform at sub-par levels in the eyes of some users. "If you use performance intensive applications, or if you are a professional user and you are going to use certain applications in a way that is computationally intensive, you will see some loss in performance. But we think that that's a relatively small percentage of the users, and a small percentage of the applications. For the vast majority of users, we think that Quick Transit delivers more than sufficient performance," said Bob Wiederhold, CEO of Transitive. Apple's new Intel-based Macs easily outperform their older siblings when running native Universal Binary applications, but in many cases fail to perform even as well as the older models when running non-Universal Binary applications such as Adobe Photoshop or Cinema 4D, according to Macworld UK.

by MacNN Staff





  1. LordJohnWhorfin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Quick Transit

    Quick Transit is a good name for a bran cereal, not a high tech product...

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Add More RAM

    Rosetta is fine, it's just RAM hungry is all. If you must run a high volume of PPC apps on an Intel based Mac, you really need to max out the system RAM to 2GB. Most typical consumers will be fine with 1GB though as they won't be doing heavy Photoshop work on one, that's what a Power Mac G5 is for.

  1. Aaron

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Let's get real

    I don't understand the expectation that any application running via emulation or translation of some sort should be faster than the native version. The only people who are "disappointed" in Rosetta's performance are those who don't understand the situation to begin with and have unrealistic expectations.

    Transitive has no obligation to defend Rosetta. It works as advertised.

  1. inkhead

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cooliest ever.

    Transitive makes the COOLEST technology every, why anyone would put them on the defensive about it is beyond me. DO YOU REALIZE? THAT A POWERPC APPLICATION is running fine on an entirely different processor just by double clicking it? It runs very fast when you think about what's going on. The technology BLOWs my mind.

    Think about the mechanics of it... Rosetta rocks, and so does transitive.

  1. Rosyna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Small amount?

    This "small percentage of users" is actually the Mac's key demographic. These are the same people that would use a Mac just because these applications run faster. If they run much slower on a new mac, why not just use a PC running windows that will get native speed with no need for emulation?

  1. loopless

    Joined: Dec 1969


    They are kidding right?

    Rosetta performs exceptionally well. Compare it to , say, an emulation product like Virtual PC, and it is clearly a generation ahead in performance. Any criticism should be levelled directly at Adobe and their lame excuses for not having a Universal version available sooner.

  1. dynsight

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No way to experience it

    I have been to several Apple Stores, and they do not have any MACTEL's running Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FLASH, FireWorks etc. I would love to boost it to 2GB, but I need to actually experience the speed (or lack thereof). It may be just as good as my 1.5 GHz G4 Powerbook with 1GB, but I do not plan on dropping the dough just yet.

    Any word on a 17" MacBookPro (like the name I do not)

  1. Mediaman_12

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cinema 4D?

    Nobody should be running Cinema 4D under Rossetta, There is an Intel Mac version as a free upgrade.

  1. itguy05

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "DO YOU REALIZE? THAT A POWERPC APPLICATION is running fine on an entirely different processor just by double clicking it? It runs very fast when you think about what's going on. The technology BLOWs my mind. "

    It's emulation. I have PearPC on my work PC. It runs OSX 10.3 pretty well - the only thing that stinks is disk access - that's abysmally slow. And this is a 3 year old laptop running PPC, not a new "faster" architecture. Furthermore, this software was created by the open source community, not commercial developers.

    Rosetta is cool, but it's just emulation.

  1. mike3k

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Works great for me

    I'm very happy with the performance of non-native applications on my Intel iMac. It's still a lot faster than my PowerBook G4.

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