I bought a new Mac Pro with the M1 chip without realizing that it doesn't run Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. My fault for not reading the small print but it's a major problem for me as I use this program for work. I've tried working online but Adobe imposes a limit of 100 pages and the documents I need to work on are 200-400 pages. Seems like Adobe doesn’t care about their customers AT ALL! Affording a M1 MacBook was way out of my budget but somehow I managed to bought it. With Adobe Creative cloud apps and the power of M1, I was hoping that I would be able to stay ahead in my game.
Adobe Photoshop, the world’s most popular photo editor, has been updated this week with native support for Apple Silicon Macs. Mark Dahm, the product manager at Photoshop, detailed in an interview with ComputerWorld how the company has been working to update its apps for the M1 Macs and what the real benefits of this transition are.
We already know that having an updated app with full support for the M1 chip enables much better performance, not to mention more power efficiency — which is great for MacBook users. However, according to Dahm, Photoshop runs up to 50% faster on a M1 MacBook when compared to a previous generation Intel MacBook.
The difference becomes even more noticeable when you compare it to older Intel Macs. Adobe says that upgrading a complex software like Photoshop to a new platform isn’t exactly easy, but the improvements for users are extremely significant.
Recompiling a large application for Apple silicon requires investment on behalf of its developers. However, as we have shown in Photoshop’s case, it can result in significant user-facing improvements to performance. […] We compared an M1 MacBook to a previous-generation MacBook similarly configured, and found that under native mode, Photoshop was running 50% faster than the older hardware.
The Photoshop product manager reminded that the app has been available to Mac users for more than 30 years now, and that Adobe has handled another major transition before when Apple migrated from Power PC to Intel processors. As Photoshop is one of the most used tools by professionals, it’s important for Adobe to keep the app updated with the latest and greatest features.
At the same time, the more complex the software gets, the more the engineers have to rewrite it for a new platform. Dahm says that the Rosetta 2 technology really helped the Photoshop team with the schedule until the update with M1 support was ready. He also praised Apple’s development tools, saying that they provide a “seamless transition” from Intel apps to Apple Silicon.
Fortunately, Apple’s Rosetta mode allowed Photoshop to run reliably and fast on M1 devices on day one, without requiring significant changes to the code base. And many features were running as fast, or even faster than on the previous systems, so those earlier questions about performance were being resolved quite satisfactorily.
Right now, only Photoshop and Lightroom have native versions to run on M1 Macs. The company is also working on updates for Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, and Audition with Apple Silicon support, which are currently available as beta apps for Creative Cloud subscribers.
You can read the full interview with Mark Dahm on the ComputerWorld website.
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Adobe Illustrator M1
Lightroom and Photoshop run natively on Apple M1 computers. We are testing and optimizing other apps for these new devices.
When will Adobe release apps that run natively on computers with the M1 chip?
Lightroom and Photoshop run natively on Apple M1 computers. We are working to ensure that our other apps run natively on these computers, but don't have release dates for all our apps yet.
We will update this document when more details are available.
You can install the following apps on computers powered by the Apple M1 chip. They run using Rosetta 2 technology. The apps may initially take longer to open while Rosetta 2 translates them for use in your M1 computer.
Acrobat Pro (known issues)
Adobe Bridge (known issues)
Illustrator (known issues)
Adobe M1 Mac
InDesign (known issues)
Lightroom Classic (known issues)
Adobe Media Encoder
Photoshop* (known issues)
Adobe XD (known issues)
* With the March 2021 release, Photoshop runs natively on M1 computers.
You can download these apps on your M1 device directly from creativecloud.adobe.com/apps. The Creative Cloud desktop app automatically installs with your app.
Does Adobe support apps running using Rosetta 2?
Adobe Apple M10
We provide support for the apps listed above. We haven't certified other Adobe apps yet and don't support their use on M1 devices.
For best results, run all other Adobe apps only on operating systems and hardware platforms noted in the system requirements.
Can I install plug-ins for Creative Cloud apps on Apple M1 computers?
Yes, you can install plug-ins or extensions on Apple M1 computers from the Marketplace tab in the Creative Cloud desktop app.
Photoshop only supports the new plugins (based on UXP, under Plugins in the menu) natively on Apple M1. If you want to use legacy plugins (under Window in the menu) run Photoshop in the Rosetta mode. If you are a developer, check if you can migrate your plugins from CEP to UXP.
Will Adobe continue to support Apple devices with Intel processors?
Yes. We have no plans to stop support for Apple devices with Intel processors.
How do I know whether my Apple computer uses an M1 or Intel chip
Select Apple menu () > About This Mac. The name of the chip in your computer is displayed next to Chip.
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