Four years since the great Intel transition for the Mac platform was revealed at WWDC 2005 (see above clip), Adobe has announced that future versions of Creative Suite will run only on Intel-based Macs.

Four years since the great Intel transition for the Mac platform was revealed at WWDC 2005 (see above clip), Adobe has announced that future versions of Creative Suite will run only on Intel-based Macs.

This news helps seal the fate of PowerPC Macs, which are all now effectively consigned to some environmentally-friendly landfill, that’s the situation.

Of course, it’s not just Adobe who is turning its back on PowerPC. Apple has also confirmed years of speculation it will do the same, on news that Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will itself be Intel only.

Flash back to WWDC 2005, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs stunned developers with confirmation of then current rumours the company intended moving to an Intel architecture.

Justifying this, Jobs pointed to the failure of Apple’s PowerPC partners, IBM and Motorola, to keep pace with their processor speed road map, saying, “As we look ahead, we can envision some great products we want to build for you, but we can’t imagine how to bring them to you using PowerPC.”

The move sparked a mass migration to the Intel platform as developers rushed to release software capable of supporting both the Intel and PowerPC platforms, and Apple hustled out Intel-supporting Macs at a dizzying pace.

Not so Adobe. Even one full year since the transition was announced and relevant development software was released to developers, Adobe still attracted criticism from users, frustrated the company hadn’t yet managed to ship key software applications such as Photoshop for Intel Macs.

Seems we’ve come full circle, on Adobe’s announcement yesterday it will now abandon PowerPC support for future iterations of Creative Suite.

Existing Creative Suite 3 and Creative Suite 4 customers can of course use the software on both types of Mac, but the company will only provide limited support for this, and wanted to warn customers of its intention so they could figure out a migration part for the as-yet unannounced Creative Suite 5.

The PowerPC has reached the end of the road. Here’s a history of the platform.

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