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Adobe to CS2 users: Want Vista? Upgrade

Creative Suite 3, set for release later in the spring, will work with Windows Vista--but the OS isn't recommended for version 2.

Adobe Systems, poised to release Creative Suite 3 later this spring, said it will not support Windows Vista on the current version.

The company released a document (PDF) earlier this month describing its operating systems support plans.

Running Creative Suite 2.0 on Windows Vista is "not recommended" and it will not update those products for Vista, Adobe said.

"While some of its components, including Adobe InDesign CS2, Illustrator CS2 and Photoshop CS2, install and run under Windows Vista with only minor known issues, other components such as Acrobat 7.0 Professional do not support Windows Vista," according to the statement.

The company said that it is not aware of any major problems for people who want to run Creative Suite 2.3 on Vista.

Adobe is scheduled to launch Creative Suite 3 on Tuesday in New York. Company executives say it's the biggest product launch in Adobe's history.

Creative Suite 3 was designed to run on 32-bit versions of Windows Vista--Home Premium, Business, Enterprise and Ultimate. The suite will also run on Macs.

In a recent interview with CNET, Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen said Creative Suite 3 will not fully take advantage of the graphics capabilities in Vista, in part because of the uncertainty of Vista's shipping date.

"Another reason is, how many customers are really on Vista in the installed base, and is it worth the work, especially in the creative customers? And we have no desire to really showcase Microsoft's technology," Chizen said.

Adobe said that it is still testing Vista compatibility for Photoshop Lightroom, the company's photo-management application made available for pre-order in late January. There is one known problem burning CDs and DVDs. The company said it will evaluate whether to do an update for Vista.