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Creative Suite shrugs off old Mac

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Adobe will not support Mac PowerPC-based systems in future versions of its Creative Suite product.

It's the latest blow for PowerPC users, who may have bought their Macs as late as 2006 in Apple's pre-Intel days.

In June, Cupertino lined up a nail in the coffin of its ageing PowerPC flotilla by announcing that its upcoming Mac OS X 10.6 platform, AKA Snow Leopard, wouldn't support the PowerPC.

So it's unsurprising to see Adobe cuddling up to Apple's Intel-powered machines for future releases of its Creative Suite software bundle, including Photoshop, Flash and Illustrator.

Adobe said PowerPC hangers on will still be able to use Creative Suite 3 and 4 on their machines. However, the firm will only provide support that deals with critical issues in the software for those running it on non-Intel Macs.

The vendor is yet to announce details of its next iteration of Creative Suite, but it's clearly keen to see users ditch their PowerPCs in favour of a juicier Apple.

Adobe gives the full lowdown here. ®

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