This really isn’t very promising. Don’t buy Adobe product if you are a Mac user and an ordinary consumer. They prefer to cater to their big markets: professional users and the Windows world. The following is an
excerpt from Macworld about the new release of Photoshop Elements 4.0 for Windows:
Adobe explained that with their professional products, a simultaneous release is important to its customers and they adjust their product teams efforts and resources according. By doing this Photoshop or Creative Suite users are able to count on being able to work collaboratively with their counterparts.
“For our professional applications like Photoshop and the entire Creative Suite, simultaneous, cross-platform releases continue to be critical,” an Adobe representative told MacCentral. “Graphics professionals often share working files across heterogeneous networks, and cross-platform releases allow them to make a smooth transition to the new version.”
Unlike professionals, consumers who typically purchase products like Photoshop Elements don’t work collaboratively, so simultaneous releases are not as important.
“This reality gives Adobe the opportunity to balance our resources differently for our consumer products, while still delivering the right products at the right time,” said Adobe’s spokesperson.
While Adobe said that its Windows version of Elements did have more sales than the Mac version, the company said they are still committed to the Macintosh community.
“We’ve seen an overwhelmingly positive response to Photoshop Elements 3.0 for the Mac and have also seen an increase in sales within this community. Our Mac customers are still very important to us,” said the Adobe spokesperson.
Adobe would not say when the Mac version would ship or what new features the product will have.
(italicised by me)
One should probably start to look for a replacement for Elements… It was the same story with the version 2.0. Compared to Adobe’s Windows updates to non professional graphics applications, Mac updates are happening light years later!
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