Adobe to bring Premiere Pro to Intel Macs

After going Windows-only, Adobe brings the Production Studio suite of applications to both Windows and Mac.

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Adobe Systems said that it will release its Premiere Pro video editing software on Intel-based Macs by the middle of this year.

Until now, Premiere Pro had been available only on older versions of the Mac. And in fall 2003, Adobe started to release new versions of the program only on Windows.

With Apple Computer porting its Macintosh operating system to Intel processors, Adobe will be able to create a new Macintosh version in a reasonable amount of time, said Simon Hayhurst, director of product management for dynamic media at Adobe.

"We always had the intention to go back to the Mac but it was always a question of time. Obviously, to do a good video editor you need to do a lot of low-level programming, and when Apple announced it was going to Intel, we were able to accelerate our schedules," he said.

Premiere Pro is part of Adobe's Production Studio, which the company intends to release on both the Mac and Windows by the middle of the year.

Adobe will also make Adobe Encore DVD and Adobe Soundbooth available for Intel-based Macintoshes. The other applications in Production Studio, including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, will be offered as universal binaries for the Mac.

In a change, Soundbooth, rather than Adobe Audition, will be the audio-editing software in Production Studio, according to Hayhurst.

Adobe plans to show its new Production Studio applications at the upcoming Macworld 2007 Conference and Expo in San Francisco next week.