Thursday, December 13, 2007

I was planning on upgrading my Macbook to Leopard in the next month or two with the assumption that all of my essential applications would run fine. I mean, with the Universal PR that Apple has put out over the last couple years, I didn’t think it would be an issue. Then I happened across this notice from Adobe, which says that the Photoshop CS 2 that I bought a year ago won’t be supported with Leopard, and I’ll have to pay $599 to upgrade it.

Q. Will older versions of Adobe creative software—such as Creative Suite 2 and Macromedia Studio 8 software—support Mac OS X Leopard? A. While older Adobe applications may install and run on Mac OS X Leopard, they were designed, tested, and released to the public several years before this new operating system became available. You may, therefore, experience a variety of installation, stability, and reliability issues for which there is no resolution. Older versions of our creative software will not be updated to support Mac OS X Leopard.

Adobe CS3 was released on April 17, 2007, so if you bought CS2 in early 2007, it’s now already out of date a mere 8 months later. I’m not sure who to be more angry with — Adobe or Apple. I can see Adobe’s motivations, however ill-intended they may be, of trying to get users to upgrade. The amount of work required to release a patch would be minimal since Leopard is not drastically different than Tiger. So this must be a marketing decision, since most people have little need to upgrade an already stable, mature platform. But I’m stunned that Apple didn’t work out an agreement with Adobe to support this, or fix whatever the problem seems to be on the OS side. Isn’t poor support of older hardware and software the main problem facing Windows with Vista upgrades?


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