Originally Posted by TwilightVampire
Adobe CS not universal? I remember a time when you had to perform Voodoo rituals to get Adobe apps to even install into Windows, let alone work properly, but it would go on a Mac with no trouble.
A brand new mac pro with a core 2 duo (maybe a xeon, I'll have to ask the tech guys at work) and 2gb of RAM was eaten alive by my laptop in the entire adobe CS2, Quark XPress, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Cinema 4D. I dont care if the programs arent written universally they're supposed to run faster no matter what when the specs are that far superior.
The only one of those programmes that is universal is QXP and it's only QXP7 and right now the universal version is in beta so it's quite likely you don't have it installed.
And, no, they're not supposed to run faster no matter what. Right now all of those programmes have to send their PPC instruction calls through Rosetta. Rosetta then has to translate those calls from PPC to x86. When the processor does it's thing it sends it's x86 instructions back to Rosetta which has to convert x86 into PPC.
It works, and for some older, less complex software it works well. The software used in graphic design however is complex. Especially things like Photoshop and Illustrator which do a lot of complex math. The fact that they run at all and anywhere near a respectable speed is incredible.
Do not assume that just because something is supposed to be faster that it is. Apple could easily have decided not to include Rosetta and then you'd be completely out of luck.