Adobe’s Creative Suite: Trouble with Lion

I’ve heard from Quark that the upcoming QuarkXPress 9.1 is certified for Lion. It is scheduled to be available before the end of August.

Normally, I don’t write here about Adobe products — we’re focused on Quark’s offerings. But with Apple’s release of Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), there are some significant problems I feel obligated to warn everyone about, since all new Macs have Lion pre-installed and some Mac users may be considering upgrading to Lion.

For a comprehensive overview, please see Jackie Dove’s story in Macworld here.

The short version is:

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In Lion, Java is no longer preinstalled, but rather is available for download as an optional package after install or before opening an application that requires the Java runtime.

If you do not install Java before running an Adobe application, there may be functional problems with Adobe software. For example, you might experience launch failures; a prompt to install Java runtime when attempting to use the applications; or the application may hang on quit.

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Adobe CS2 or earlier versions required Rosetta to run on Intel Macs. These older versions will no longer be supported as Apple removed Rosetta support with the Lion release.

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Adobe currently has no support built in for Lion’s Restore feature—which restores your windows after quitting and re-opening an app.

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The Adobe Reader plug-in and Acrobat plug-in are not compatible with Safari 5.1, the default browser in Lion that’s also available as a download for Mac OS X 10.6.

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Flash Builder 4.0.x will not work on Mac OS X Lion. Adobe does not plan to update this product for use with Lion. Flash Builder 4.5 is generally compatible with Lion; however, Adobe has discovered problems that may degrade the user experience or affect use of the products.

Flash Catalyst CS5 does not work on Mac OS X Lion. Adobe does not plan to update this product for use on Lion. Flash Catalyst CS5.5 is generally compatible with Lion; however, Adobe has discovered problems that may degrade the user experience or affect use of the products.

Flash Player may cause higher CPU activity when playing a YouTube video. Plus, the Flash Player settings dialog does not respond to mouse clicks.

(Editor’s note: is this perhaps a harbinger of Adobe dropping Flash?)

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In Illustrator CS5 and CS5.1, the option to save or export is disabled from Save As or Export dialog window when the desktop is set as the save location.

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Droplets created in Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS4, or CS3 stop working after you upgrade to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Adobe recommends updating Photoshop CS5 with the latest updates and then recreating your droplets. Droplets created in Photoshop CS4 and earlier do not work on Mac OS X Lion.

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