Will Adobe Illustrator work on the new Macbook Pro with the Apple M1 chip?

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Hi, Looking to purchase the new Apple Macbook Pro with their new M1 chip. I use Adobe Illustrator for my work and I'm conserned about if the software will still run on this new M1 chip and if I will still be able to access all my saved files. Can anyone give any detail?

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Hi all,

 

Sorry about this trouble. As of now, Illustrator on M1 devices doesn't work natively, but it runs using Apple's Rosetta 2 technology which may cause few performance issues. For more details, please take a look at this help article (https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/apple-silicon-m1-chip.html).

 

We have recently released an update for Illustrator 2021 (v 25.1) which contains some stability fixes. If you are not already on v25.1, then we recommend you to update to latest version and let us know how it goes.

 

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Srishti

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Will Adobe Illustrator work on the new Macbook Pro with the Apple M1 chip?

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Hi, Looking to purchase the new Apple Macbook Pro with their new M1 chip. I use Adobe Illustrator for my work and I'm conserned about if the software will still run on this new M1 chip and if I will still be able to access all my saved files. Can anyone give any detail?

Thanks

Hi all,

 

Sorry about this trouble. As of now, Illustrator on M1 devices doesn't work natively, but it runs using Apple's Rosetta 2 technology which may cause few performance issues. For more details, please take a look at this help article (https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/apple-silicon-m1-chip.html).

 

We have recently released an update for Illustrator 2021 (v 25.1) which contains some stability fixes. If you are not already on v25.1, then we recommend you to update to latest version and let us know how it goes.

 

Regards,

Srishti

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I just purchased the mac mini M1, I am able to use illustrator and other adobe products with no issues. That being said, your workflow may be different and results will show. But so far, nothing bad, everything works. Actually, it's running much faster and smoother than on my macbook pro.

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@RAC0917 any luck with adobe xd?  Waiting to buy until i hear its working...

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Hi @Andrew5CFC , I have tried XD and works fine, I actually just finished building out three pages and a system of UI/UX elements and prototype without any issues.

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Macbook pro 16gb RAM with base storage.

I have been using XD extensively, it has been a week and no crahes so far however it can feel choppy sometimes while zooming(not always). I used Illustrator today simultaneously with XD and it crashed within 5 seconds,  I closed all the apps and then ran Illustrator for 5 minutes until it crashed. I tried importing an After effects project from a windows machine and it successfully imported it, saved it and then crashed with an error. I tried multiple times and ended up with same error. but I was able to create a new project and it worked without any issues.

I was also able to run C4d but not Redshift.

Battery life is serious on this machine and I am impressed so far with overall perfomance but I wouldn't use it as my main work machine for now as it's far from being one.

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Do you know what version of illustrator you're using? I'm wondering if going back a version or two might help mine stop crashing all the damn time.

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I’m asking about XD and I haven’t bought the M1 yet

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I'm using the latest Illustrator. Have yet to have it crash on me, but Photoshop has crashed a few times when using the crop tool.

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Which Mac mini did you buy? The base model or a higher spec model? 

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Didn’t buy yet - planning on the 16 gig of Ram version

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I got the base 512ssd model. Didn't do anything crazy on it yet, the photoshop beta for M1 is practically unusable. 

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I completly disagree with the above comments, they are so far from the truth.

 

I just got a mimi mac yesterday, 512gb, 16gb ram M1 and it is very slow with Adobe illustrator, freezing every second, stalking and getting stuck. I am not sure how RAC0917 could make sucha. comment.  Happy to share video recordings. Bottom line, if your looking to work with AI, PSD etc with the new mimi mac m1 - It will be very very slow, its un workable. 

 

 

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Sounds like a "you" problem.

 

I can make a comment because I have finished multiple projects since I've had my mac mini with only one problem. I got kicked out after trying to crop an image, booted it up again and worked fine. You can go ahead and send videos this way, I can do the exact same.

 

BTW, to the others, DO NOT use the Photoshop Beta version, that one gave me problems, but the normal one works. 

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Absolutely not, I have also faced many issues using the M1chip Macbook pro and Adobe illustrator. It kept hanging and crashing, slowed down all apps I was using and I only stopped facing issues when I deleted creative cloud.

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just saw this article. Not sure it will help..

https://www.dpreview.com/news/2882680958/adobe-apps-not-officially-supported-on-apple-silicon-using-....

 

But you might want to research it! I know PS is planning to support it!

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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. Adobe is actively working to build apps that run natively in Apple computers using the Apple Silicon M1 chip. Please find more information about M1 support on this help article.

Hope it helps.

 

Regards,

Ashutosh

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I heard this in November 2020 when I first purchased my new laptop and now in Jan 2021 it's still the same.

When can we expect AI to work well on the new M1 chip devices?

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I just bought a new MacBook pro M1 today and I'm so frustrated because I use to work with AI, PS and IN all at once but seems to lag and keeps crashing all the time. I even thought it may be the memory but my old MBP 2015 had only 8gb and handled two users with all office suite and Adobe open altogether. I hope they fix it soon or maybe I should return the M1.

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Having the same issue right now. I don't even need native support immediately, I just need it to run with any semblance of stability through Rosetta. Every other CC app I've tried runs flawlessly, and I know it's not because I don't have enough RAM. It's borderline unusable not because of how it runs (it runs amazingly when it works), but because it randomly decides to crash. So frustrating. This really needs to be an urgent fix.

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Out of curioustiy.. how much RAM do you have?  I bought the new macbook pro with the M1 chip - only 8 GB of RAM because they didnt have the 16 in stock.  Adobe Illustrator gives me the beachball of death every time I use it... and its the ONLY program I am running.  I was wondering if it is the program or if it is because I dont have enough RAM?

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I'm having the EXACT same issue. I've tried running just Illustrator doing a simple vector, but it would give me the dreaded rainbow wheel of death. I'm ready to pull my hair out! Glad it's not just me though. 

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The solution a found temporarily for me is by using Affinity Designer. It's incredibly fast, I love the speed. I'll probably go back to Adobe as soon they fix the issue because I don't want to learn a whole new software. Hopefully they fix before I learn it though. Also, they still don't have Acrobat Version for Mac M1. Anyone looking to buy, better wait.

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I've still got a 12 year old Mac and there's no way I could work faster in Affinity Designer on an M1 than in the old version of Illustrator on my museum hardware, because of the severe lack of basic functionality in Affinity Designer.

 

So I'm not sure what you're hoping to gain with that switch.

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So far, it works, but yes, I miss the library, third-party dimensions plugin and the ability to work faster because I know Illustrator for many years. At least I can use my new MacBook pro with Affinity for the time being. It's actually a pretty robust software with lots of potentials.

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My brain may freeze up on me if I tried to temporarily replace Illustrator with Affinity. lol. My hands just know what to do without my brain having to do the work. 😄 

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PROBLEM SOLVED!

 

I'm posting this, so maybe it can help others out there.

 

I read on another post here in the Adobe Community that somebody suggested to turn off the iCloud. I did, and after that, I've been testing it for 4 hours, and I'm pretty happy with it. I was about to put my M1 in the box and return it, but now it's perfect.

 

I tested with all apps opened and more than 50 files all at once, and it's super quick. Photoshop Beta, Illustrator, Indesign (I use it a lot, they are heavy files), Excel, Word, Acrobat PDF (combined many files), Safari and Chrome with many tabs open the same time.

 

Well, at least this was the problem with my machine. It's great to have the community to help.

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Hi, that's great news. Glad you've found a work around! What are the steps to turning off iCloud? 

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I just opened system preferences and unchecked "iCloud Drive" inside the AppleID > iCloud tab.

 

I also turned off all the GPU Performance in the Illustrator preferences.

 

My M1 got only 8Mb of Ram, and it's working like a charm after I did these settings.

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If anyone is reading this and planning to get a new Mac, I would read Ashutosh's link and wait until next year when wider native support is more likely.

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I bought an M1 13" MBP and found Illustrator to be nearly unusable. Photoshop was no picnic either. Lightroom worked fairly well, but had a few hiccups. To be fair, I had plenty of "Application not responding" issues with native Apple apps, too. All said, the combined issues were disruptive enough for me to ship the laptop back to Apple. Hoping it was a lemon. Ordered a new unit, due end of December.

Meanwhile, it's a bummer to realize Adobe's timeline is so incomplete. As one of their engineers said to me a few years ago, "We develop in silos here," expressing his disdain for the lack of communication between Adobe app teams. I'm guessing that hasn't changed. All that money and no means of more effective development, and/or collaboration with Apple. We need competition for Adobe (and Apple).

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I had the same issues with other apps, but I realized that once I restart my mac and never open Adobe apps, everything else runs pretty fast and smooth. So I think Rosetta 2 is causing these issues. I won't open Adobe anymore on the M1 until they release the updates. Luckily I still didn't sell my old MacBook.

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I have the same issues. Until i don't open any Adobe app everything works. After i open AI the app and system freezes randomly, other apps too. So i use now Affinity Designer, photo and publisher. Everything works perfect.

 

Adobe apps look like crap and work like crap. Sadly.

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"So i use now Affinity Designer, photo and publisher. Everything works perfect."

 

Except that Affinity Designer doesn't work perfectly. At all:

Bildschirmfoto 2020-02-26 um 23.15.41.png

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What did you do to get that? If i draw 5 circles i don't see that.

If i wasn't clear, i wanna use AI, PS, but i can't. Adobe is so slow on updating the apps.

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How you get that?

Draw the circles and use the Divide operation on them.

 

Since Affinity Designer doesn't have a flood fill (Shapebuilder, let alone live paint), the Divide operation is the only function that allows you some efficiency. But it's crap.

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Yes, i can reproduce that now. Didn't need this till this test.

Adobe apps are slow. Adobe is slow on updating. They need to rewrite their apps with up-to-date technologies. Affinity apps fly on M1, on my old mac mini...

 

Hoppe we will get the needed updates asap. Now i have to export all ai files to affinity and work there till apple updates their apps.

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