Photoshop takes aim at Mac-Intel release

Photoshop, Acrobat 8 among items Adobe Systems has slated for release on Apple's next-generation Mac-Intel computers.

Dawn Kawamoto Former Staff writer, CNET News
Dawn Kawamoto covered enterprise security and financial news relating to technology for CNET News.
Dawn Kawamoto
Adobe Systems is gearing up to release its popular Photoshop and Creative Suite publishing software on Apple's new Macintosh-Intel systems next spring.

The migration to a Mac-Intel offering is expected to bode well for Adobe, which receives nearly half of its Photoshop and Creative Suite revenues from Mac users, said Kevin Connor, senior director of Adobe's digital imaging product management.

"People will move to the (Mac-Intel) products at the same rate they move over to the new systems," Connor said. "It will take some time for the transition to happen, but it's inevitable that it will."

For Apple, the transition could not come soon enough. The computer maker recently attributed a slowdown in sales to users' reluctance to buy new systems while they await a wider selection of products designed for Mac equipped with Intel processors.

Nonetheless, Adobe is moving forward with its product lineup for the new Mac-Intel systems.

Adobe earlier this year released a public beta of its photography software Lightroom, designed to help manage workflow tasks ranging from printing to controlling tone to managing images.

"Adobe is very committed to Mactel (Macintosh-Intel), but we also just completed the Macromedia acquisition and people now have higher expectations of integration between the two," Connor said. "We have to balance our schedules carefully."