(Source: TUAW) One of the dark spots hanging over the excitement over Snow Leopard is whether or not Photoshop CS3 will work.

Adobe caused some real consternation when they announced earlier this week that CS3 would get no support (along with the rest of the older Creative Suite) and suggested people upgrade to CS4

In an Adobe FAQ [PDF download link] it’s stated: “Older versions of Adobe creative software were not included in our testing efforts. While older Adobe and Macromedia applications may install and run on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6), they were designed, tested,and released to the public several years before this new operating system became available. You may therefore experience a variety of installation, stability, and reliability issues for which there is no resolution.”

Then there was some backtracking from John Nack, Adobe Photoshop product manager. “It turns out that the Photoshop team has tested Photoshop CS3 on Snow Leopard, and to the best of our knowledge, PS CS3 works fine on Snow Leopard.”

Hmmm. So will it work? People have invested a fortune in Adobe products. Some users who have used CS3 says it runs OK with late beta releases of Snow Leopard, but others have said there are a lot of problems. I’ve heard both stories from people using it, and remember, Adobe isn’t saying CS4 is perfect either.

If I were making my living with Photoshop or other parts of the Creative Suite and was running CS3, I think I’d wait until there are a lot of user reports. Yes, CS3 has been out for a long time, and yes, Adobe would love to have us update to CS4, but in my case there are some critical plug-ins I use that haven’t yet been updated to work with CS4, and I’m probably not alone. 

Here’s a link to John Nack’s blog where some customers are commenting none too happily about Adobe right now.

I expect this issue is going to get a lot of attention when people start upgrading to Snow Leopard. Stand by.



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