Posted by fabriziogiudici
on April 3, 2008 at 6:14 AM PDT
Adobe has just announced that it will be impossible to have the next Photoshop to support 64 bits on Mac OS X systems . The reason is that Apple notified, the past June, that it won't support 64 bits for Carbon, so Adobe has to rewrite it on Cocoa and this would affect about one million (!) LOCs.
While in the past Java has had big troubles for supporting the desktop, and nowadays still a few issues remain, it appears clear how big is its advantage in such scenarios: with Java you can get 64 bit support almost for free (supposing you have a good 64 bit VM support, which happens in Windows and Linux).
It's also appalling to me to learn that strategic software manufacturers such as Adobe (I don't think Apple would have been so successful in some marketing segments that were strategic in the past without the contributions of superb products such as the Adobe Suite) don't get early warnings from Apple about its close technologies such Carbon and Cocoa (Adobe's statement refers to WWDC news). This makes me understand even better how important is to work with open technologies.