Our plastic light-up Rumor Santa here in the fabulous Cabelpartment doesn't talk often, but when he does, you listen! Because it's creepy and weird. And a thoroughly strained vehicle for sharing gossip. So, Santa, what are you sharing this time?

It might go like this: if you, like me, frequently use Photoshop (and note that I'm only talkin' Photoshop here), and your latest file has about forty squidzillion layers, and you happen to be using an otherwise awesome Intel Mac, and you're gettin' a little tired of ridin' the Rosetta Express to Slowsburg, and you thirst for new feature hotness, then maybe, just maybe, Christmas might come a couple weeks early this year. (Maybe even, like, in a few days.)

Which is both totally shocking, and totally awesome. (OK, fine... shocksome.) And which you might have already heard, but Santa swears on it. Thanks, Santadobe


I'm really hoping that this comes to fruition. I can't wait for the speed increase that a universal binary will bring to the application. I think I'll love my Intel iMac even more.
Anonymous Jeff Smith 12/12/2006 11:10 AM  
It would be shocksome, yes, but based on Adobe's track record I'm not getting my hopes up. Sorry Plastic Santa, I ain't a (make-) believer quite yet.
Blogger Sean 12/12/2006 11:48 AM  
A rumor started about a week ago when someone briefly saw a link on an Adobe product page pointing toward a download of the CS3 beta. The link was promptly removed, and everyone's been getting their hopes high since.
Anonymous Doug 12/12/2006 12:03 PM  
Does the amazing plastic light-up Rumor Santa's Delphic prognostications reveal that there will definitely only without a doubt be a Photoshop beta coming, or is there a chance that there will be some Illustrator and InDesign goodness too?

Or, barring that, does he have any startling revelations on what they'll cram into Illustrator this time?

Also, is there any chance you can adapt the startling Seer Santa into a widget? Or is it based on some fancy quantum algorithms that would require some sort of supercooled USB dongle?
Anonymous Chris P. 12/12/2006 12:05 PM  
That would be absolutely amazing but somehow I doubt it, highly.
Anonymous Anonymous 12/12/2006 12:07 PM  
Well, that smart-ass Bruce Chizen asked steve jobs "what took you so long" to switch to Intel.... i think in a few weeks at MWSF 2007, Stevey J ought to ask Bruce, after the PS Intel demo...

"Bruce, what took YOU so long?"
Anonymous the other steve jobs 12/12/2006 12:18 PM  
Does this mean that if Rumor Santa is wrong we get to smack him like a weeble wobble?

Of course if he's right can we still smack him weeble wobble style?

Anonymous Mike Stickel 12/12/2006 12:20 PM  
There are two things going on right now given this unusual move of releasing a beta of Photoshop to their existing user base and the obvious campaign to leak word of this upcoming beta.


1. Adobe knows Apple has got a photoshop killer on the way.

2. Adobe is afraid Apple has a Photoshop killer on the way.

Of course, both could be true.

A third option, I suspect, that this was some deal between Apple and Adobe. Apple gave them a ton of people and computers, Adobe agreed to have a beta out by MWSF.

Whatever the causality, something is afoot. Lumbering giants don't change their ways randomly. Corporate bureaucracy would never allow such a thing.
Anonymous BWhaler 12/12/2006 12:58 PM  
Thank you Santa, that is indeed shocksome!
Blogger Anson 12/12/2006 2:59 PM  
lol... santadobe. classic.
Anonymous Anonymous 12/12/2006 4:30 PM  
Adobe is finally ready with a beta (well nearly) only because Vista is nearly ready. The Mac OS could have taken advantage of the new goodies a long time ago.
Anonymous Anonymous 12/12/2006 5:16 PM  
I suspect Apple has been leaning on Adobe quite heavily to come public about the progress it is making with CS3 for Intel, hence the early beta of Photoshop.

It'll go a long way to encourage all those creative pros who are sitting on the fence waiting for Intel versions of CS apps to finally purchase a MacPro or MacBook Pro.

I wonder what Adobe gets out of the deal, though?
Anonymous Anonymous 12/13/2006 1:22 AM  
Wow. I hope!
Your Santa, Cabel, is better than mine... :-)
Anonymous emilio 12/13/2006 1:52 AM  
Anonymous Martypants 12/13/2006 4:13 AM  
CS3 has been pre-announced for some time. Adobe *isn't* getting many Mac sales of CS2. Pre-announcing doesn't hurt them at all at this point (and releasing a public beta is the equivalent of pre-announcing since nobody is going to buy CS2 when they know that CS3 is coming in Q2 next year), but they get a HUGE amount of goodwill from the Mac community (and presumably Apple) by releasing a beta.

Pump up that pend-up demand, baby!

Why didn't they do it sooner? Converting a program from MacApp/CodeWarrior to XCode (and a relatively advanced programming environment to a primitive one) is a b*tch. They've got a lot of code and a lot of internal programming tools that allowed them to have ONE codebase for both Mac/PC. This ALL had to change. I'm amazed they are going to have anything at all.

Is it going to happen? Oh yeah. The website fiasco is a dead giveaway.

Is it going to happen before Christmas? Maybe. Before or at MWSF? Hell yes.
Anonymous Anonymous 12/13/2006 7:28 AM  
I'd be really surprised if this happened. it would be without precedent for Adobe to release a public beta of any member of the CS suite.

as a tester for Indesign CS3, I sure hope that Photoshop CS3 is a lot further along than Indesign which is still pretty shaky.
Anonymous Anonymous 12/13/2006 10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous 12/14/2006 1:21 PM  
Woo plastic light-up Rumor Santa!
Blogger Alexander 12/14/2006 3:55 PM  
I love how Anonymous says that Apple is "leaning on" Adobe. Why do people keep using that term? After reading Mac news sites, you'd sure get the impression that Apple does a lot of leaning on, whatever that even means.

And thanks for the info, Santadobe! You came through.
Anonymous Anson 12/16/2006 4:05 PM  

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