Photoshop for Mac OS X nears completion?

Out early January, we hear - other apps coming sooner

Updated Adobe at long last announced the immediate availability of the Mac OS X version of Illustrator yesterday and promised that OS X-native versions of its other applications will ship within the next six months.

Certainly if there's one application Mac users want ported over to OS X as soon as possible, it's Photoshop. Two separate sources suggest that it's not too far off. The code is currently in "fairly late" and "mid-to-late" beta testing, and we reckon Adobe is on course to announce the product at Macworld Expo San Francisco early next January.

That event will, says an emailer who claims to be an Adobe staffer, mark the arrival and announcement of almost all of Adobe's key applications, including InDesign 2, Adobe's DTP software; digital video editing package Premiere; and LiveMotion, which converts Photoshop and Illustrator files into Web-based animations.

GoLive and After Effects are expected to be announced sooner. GoLive, Adobe's Web design tool, may be unveiled later this month, we're told, with After Effects - a video effects package - following in early December at the DV Expo show in Los Angeles - where, incidentally, Apple's chief spin doctor, Phil Schiller, will be giving the keynote. Will Adobe's CEO, Bruce Chizen, join him on stage for a demo?

Beyond Macworld Expo, Adobe is hard at work at its Web-based 3D environment generator, Atmosphere, which we hear is in late beta for Mac OS 9 and alpha for OS X. Ditto AlterCast, and Adobe's publishing workflow management system components InCopy and InScope.

An Adobe spokeswoman itself described the details as "completely inaccurate", so it may be worth taking the above with a big pinch of salt. However, we understand InDesign is set to ship in December, the date our source claims it will go Golden Master. That's no confirmation, to be sure, but perhaps sufficient not to dismiss the schedule out of hand. ®