Adobe Announces Support for Leopard… soon
Sandee Cohen and I are sitting in a session at The Creative Suite Conference in Chicago, listening to Adobe’s Adam Pratt and Whitney McCleary. Before they started their presentation, Whitney gave an official statement of how Adobe will be working with Apple’s new Leopard operating system (Mac OS 10.5) which Apple has announced will “arrive” Oct. 26th.
McCleary said, “It’s a huge release with more than 300 new features. We’ve been working very closely with Apple over the last year, and we fully intend to support Leopard. We’ve been going back and forth with their testing team, but we now need to test against their GM [golden master] build. In general, OSes change up until the GM, so we’re going to take the next few weeks to test against this final build.”
It’s clear that there may be problems with CS3 under Leopard. McCleary added, “Our testing teams believe that many applications will work, but that some will need to be patched to address issues.” Adobe will want to release those patches in a single bundle, so that all the apps will work together. They are expecting to make an announcement about compatibility in the mid-November.
On the question of how people should update to Leopard, Pratt suggested “I would do some sanity testing. Try [Leopard] out on a few machines and make sure things are working.” I can’t agree more. In my opinion, hust because you can update to a new OS doesn’t mean you should.
To one question about the coming Leopard patch, Whitney added, “I want to be clear about this: We are adding Leopard support, we’re not eliminating support for earlier operating systems — such as Tiger.” She also pointed out that Adobe is not planning on making any substantial changes to the Suite applications for Leopard.
There were some concerns about Leopard support a few weeks ago (after some ambiguous remarks made by Bruce Chizen; see comments from John Nack), but McCleary’s comments offer much more clarity on the issues.
(Portions of this post were contributed by Sandee!)