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Adobe Acrobat 8 to be Universal Binary

updated 07:05 pm EDT, Mon September 25, 2006

Acrobat 8 to be Universal

Adobe has confirmed that Acrobat 8, announced last week, will be a Universal Binary, making it the fourth application the company has released with native support for both Intel-based Macs and legacy PowerPC-based Macs. The Universal Acrobat 8 will be available as part of an upgrade to its suite of applications for creative professionals, Creative Suite 2.3, which was announced last week and is expected to ship in November. Acrobat, however, will be the only application that supports Intel-based Macs natively, according to the company. "Acrobat 8 is currently the only product in Creative Suite 2.3 that is Universal Binary," an Adobe representative told MacNN. "The next release of the Creative Suite and its point products, including Dreamweaver, will support Universal Binary. We have made it clear recently that Dreamweaver will be replacing GoLive in future versions of Creative Suite and that GoLive will continue development as a standalone product." [updated]

To date, Adobe has released Flash Player, its free DWG Converter for RAW file conversion, and Photoshop Lightroom beta as Universal Binaries. The company also promised to develop an Intel-native version of Macromedia Director, after rumors surfaced that the product may be dropped following Adobe's acquisition of Macromedia.

While Acrobat 8 will be integrated with other Creative Suite applications, other products in the suite will only run on Intel-based Macs under the Rosetta emulation environment. Although Rosetta provides support for many non-Universal applications, users typically experience a significant performance decrease -- in many cases rendering memory- and resource- intensive applications almost unusable.

Users can expect Adobe to deliver Universal versions of the other applications with the next release. Adobe said it was making "good progress" on the Universal versions of the CS applications, including Dreamweaver 8, which will be bundled with Creative Suite 2.3.

"We are making good progress and we have consistently said that customers can expect a major release of our creative products in Spring 2007," Adobe told MacNN. The company however, was unable to commit to support for the next version of the Mac OS X operating system, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, which was formally announced at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference in August and is expected to be released early next year.

"As far as Leopard compatibility goes, we have a good record of dove-tailing with Apple's OS releases as they come to market," the company said.

Adobe, however, refused to divulge any further details on the Universal version of Photoshop, which was demonstrated at Photoshop World earlier this month, as well as other products in the Creative Suite such as Illustrator, ImageReady, Flash, Fireworks, and Director. Despite questions about the status of each of the application, progress on the development of Universal Binaries, and whether it had Universal versions of each running internally on Intel-based Macs, the company provided the same answer: "Customers can expect a major release of our creative products in Spring 2007."

All of Adobe's Creative Suite applications run on Intel-based Macs under Apple's Rosetta emulation environment, which the company says "should offer most existing applications a basic compatibility;" the company, however, does not provide any official support for Rosetta.

by MacNN Staff



  1. terrywhite

    Joined: Dec 1969


    4 Universal Binary Apps

    Actually Adobe has released 4 apps if you also include the FREE DNG Converter 3.5. It is a UB.

  1. Albert

    Joined: Dec 1969


    best interest

    ok maybe abobe is toweing the line afterall' though a bit slower then mud rolling uphill in winter...

    Adobe should either release Freehand and drop the 'lame' illustrator program or at least sell it off to a third company who can keep it going.

    If not Adobe must be considered a 'monopoly' and offer thier 'malware' for free...

    Go directly to jail; do not pass go, do not collect two hundred clams...

    while there at it Adobe should retro Photoshop to version 2.5 (which is the ultimate Photoshop ever!!) and they should give it away for free too...

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PS 2.5 ??

    whataryanuts? PhotoShop 3 introduced layers. that was the perhaps the biggest advance ever in image manipulation. Don't even make me think about loosing that functionality...:-)

  1. chirpy22

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I am depressed that Dreamweaver is replacing GoLive. While both products have their weaknesses, GoLive has fewer of them.

  1. corsair

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How many Universal apps?

    "Actually Adobe has released 4 apps if you also include the FREE DNG Converter 3.5. It is a UB."

    That was mentioned in the article already.

    I count two Universal apps by Adobe...that are actually shipping, production-ready apps. Lightroom and Director are not yet outta beta. That leaves Flash Player and DNG. Not exactly the high-end stuff.

  1. tindrum

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Drop Acrobat too

    Adobe should drop Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, and the PostScript language. They should give away the rest of their products. Oh, and I've been smoking albert's schwag. WTF are you talking about, albert, that Adobe should drop Illustrator? Maybe you don't use it, but I and many others do. It's a great tool.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969


    he's just teasing

    That albert person, I've seen him in some other forum recently, spreading the same "PS 2.5 rulez" bollox. Ignore him, he's just after the attention. His mum is probably out shopping, and he feels bored.

    Apart from all that, counting that converter-thingy as a UB application is downright frivolous and should be punished with several hits on the head. I mean, please - that's the thing that sits within PS and loads your RAW images, right? With PS still running in Rosetta, that should really speed things up.

    But the best punchline has to be this one: "good record of dove-tailing with Apple's OS releases as they come to market". Rrrrright, me boy. Exactly HOW long did it take you guys to present an OS X version of Photoshop that didn't *completely* suck??

    Oh gimme a break.

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