Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

Summary: Has the war between Adobe and Apple just hit restart? It could be possible as Adobe has published some incompatibility issues with the new version of Mac OS X, Lion.

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Has the war between Adobe and Apple just hit restart? It could be possible as Adobe has published some incompatibility issues with the new version of Mac OS X, Lion.

Actually, Adobe has posted a very long, detailed list of problems between its software and Lion. Here's a snapshot of some of the most notable quirks:

  • Java Runtime needs to be installed manually, otherwise applications may behave inconsistently
  • Rosetta support no longer included with Lion
  • Adobe Reader plug-in and Acrobat plug-in are not compatible with the Safari 5.1 browser
  • Scrolling behavior opposite of expected
  • Flash Player: May cause higher CPU activity when playing a YouTube video; settings dialog does not respond to mouse clicks
  • Illustrator CS5, Illustrator CS5.1, InDesign CS5.5: Crash reporter doesn’t appear or only appears after long delays
  • Dreamweaver CS4: Color Picker returns incorrect sample color
  • Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5: Droplets don't work
  • Premiere Pro CS5: Universal Counting Leader is missing countdown numbers.

One also has to ask: Why weren't these problems foreseen and/or addressed before Lion was released? After all, we've known that Lion was coming for months. It's not like this new version of Mac OS X was just rushed out.

The answer could be found in Apple and Adobe's tumultuous history. The most significant roadblock in the past between these two foes had to deal with Adobe's Flash technology. Basically, Apple's iPhone as well as the iPad don't support Flash in favor of HTML5. (Although there are some tricks and apps for getting around this.) CEO Steve Jobs has made it clear that he doesn't care, and that Apple has no intention of working to reverse this.

To make his points crystal clear, Jobs straight out called Adobe "lazy." Adobe responded by accusing Apple of undermining business and even the future of the Internet.

Now, although not having Flash support on the iPhone and iPad can be annoying sometimes, it is possible to live without it.

However, for desktop browsers, Flash support is absolutely essential as so many websites still use this technology for video streaming and more. Furthermore, these problems extend into Adobe's Creative Suite, which can be the livelihood for many video editors, designers and developers. Thus, although there are some tips provided by Adobe to get around these issues, both Apple and Adobe need to resolve the bugs before someone gets hurt.

For more information, check out ZDNet's Ed Bott's in-depth post about these problems with Lion. In the meantime, I'll be waiting for Lion to finish downloading and installing on my own laptop.

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Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Enterprise Software, Software

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  • Adobe compatability issues?

    I use *none* of those products. Thank you, come again.
    HollywoodDog
    • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

      @HollywoodDog
      And yet you found the desire to comment the effect it has on you. Maybe those people upgrading their OS who do use those programs may want to know.
      hoaxoner
      • True, but Rachel is wrong with dragging Apple into this: they gave Lion to

        @hoaxoner: ... developers <b>months ago</b>, and all developers which were not "lazy" updated their software accordingly.

        But not Adobe, which still even has PowerPC code which has to be emulated via Rosetta (which Apple stopped include into their OS since now).
        DDERSSS
      • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

        @DeRSSS

        Exactly... Adobe had just as much time as everyone else... This issue is 100% Adobe's fault... It's like they are all butt-hurt and decided to pout and shoot themselves in the foot rather than do what they needed to do in order to take care of their customers... Not only are they lazy, but they are bratty, whinny, morons as well.
        i8thecat3
      • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

        @hoaxoner Couldn't agree more. And yes, I am one of "those people" who wants to know. <a href="http://www.uk-djs.net">DJs</a>
        mrswilliamson
    • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

      @HollywoodDog
      I find it hard to believe that you don't use Reader, Flash or Java...
      ShanOw
      • Why would a Mac user need Reader?

        @ShanOw OSX has Display PDF. Safari can open PDF natively.
        Mac_PC_FenceSitter
      • And Java is not Adobe product at al

        @ShanOw
        DDERSSS
      • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

        @rbethell
        Not the same thing. If you do any interactive pdf forms, the safari pdf render equivalent will fail miserably when the form runs adobe javascripts.
        rengek
    • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

      @HollywoodDog [i]I use *none* of those products. Thank you, come again. [/i]

      Good to know you speak for every single Mac user. Oh wait, you don't? Then I guess they'd care about your opinion about as much as you care about their problems.
      Badgered
    • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

      @HollywoodDog
      well thanks for play. Personal I use a real os (windows 7 and linux) not an desktop over. So they all work great for me.
      rparker009
      • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

        @rparker009 Thanks for making just as pointless and irrelevant post as he did. Time for you to move on so the adults can have a conversation.
        non-biased
    • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

      @HollywoodDog

      I don't use AI But use Flashplayer, Acrobat, PhotoShop and DreamWeaver.

      Adobe needs to get it in gear.

      I don't know when or where the wheels fell off. Adobe is actually beholden to Apple. Were is not for Apple Adobe wouldn't exist as other than a Font house. All the CS applications, Acrobat, ATM and others were created first for Mac's and were then ported to PC after two years when PC people started asking for them. Its as though Adobe is trying to pixx off Apple customers so they can discontinue support.
      pjones
    • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

      @HollywoodDog So, you don't do any print or prepress?
      Robert Severn
  • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

    It's Adobe that need to resolve this like every other developer. It's pretty shameful they've not resolved these issues.
    jeremychappell
    • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

      @jeremychappell <br>Have to question if this was intentional on Apples part or is Apple in some manner blocking Adobe from executing correct fixes?<br><br>If it is not / not then Adobe was woefully lax in pushing out updates.<br><br>Be interesting to see the root cause.... <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/shocked.gif" alt="shocked">
      rhonin
      • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

        @rhonin They had the same information as everyone else, and nothing was surprising about what shipped for developers.
        Jeremy-UK
    • It is odd to me that 2 big names have issues with OS X

      @jeremychappell
      Both Adobe and Intuit have not upgraded their software on OS X and neither of these are small companies with limited resources. I have to wonder if something else is going on. While I don't personally care too much about Adobe, the fact that there isn't a single book keeping app that even comes close to Quicken on OS X is a shocker to me. It is also a deal breaker.

      My point is, it is easy to blame the developers but companies generally act in the best interest of their bottom lines. So why is it that both Adobe and Intuit believe that it would cost more to fix their software than they would make back? What is it about OS X that is so daunting?
      toddybottom
      • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

        @toddybottom Intuit really need a damn good kick in the pants, not getting onto Intel (even if they'd not managed 64bit) is pathetic. The fact that their CEO was on Apple's board just makes it worse.

        Apple have supplied developers with plenty of information as to what was in and what was out...
        Jeremy-UK
      • RE: Adobe reveals 'known issues' with Apple's new Lion OS

        @toddybottom
        Daunting about OS X ?

        Last century's BSD
        Appalling development system

        Even when using someone else's OS, Apple still can't help themselves from breaking previous apps.
        tonymcs@...