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Explorer ,
Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

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What are the current issues with Adobe InDesign and Apple Silicon macs? Is there any ETA for a compatible/native ARM version (or at least, Rosseta compatible version)?

 

Same question goes for Illustrator and Acrobat (Adobe Photoshop is now the only one that is actively developend for the new Apple Silicon)

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Adobe Employee , Apr 02, 2021 Apr 02, 2021
Hi all,   Sorry about the inconvenience caused. The first Beta release of InDesign for Apple silicon M1 is now available to download. Please try installing by following the instructions on this page and share your observations with us.   Regards, Ashutosh

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

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There is no official ETA for complete app porting to the new version MAC's. See the following article

https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/kb/macos-big-sur.html

-Manan

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 17, 2020 Nov 17, 2020

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That link is about Big Sur, not about Apple Silicon (M1)...

Don't expect native support untill 2022 version. Photoshop now has a linited beta for M1.

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Explorer ,
Nov 19, 2020 Nov 19, 2020

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Received my M1 MacBook PRO and installed InDesign 2021. Requires Rosetta 2, of course.

Installation worked smoothly. 

First launch of InDesign had some noticable lag. Wasn't a big deal!

Tested importing a 60 page Word document with equations imported by MathTools.

InDesign (running in Rosetta 2) on the M1 imported that document in 51 seconds, my high-end iMacPRO took 64 seconds for the same job. Incredible!

/Ferdinand

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Adobe Employee ,
Dec 24, 2020 Dec 24, 2020

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Hi there,

 

Sorry to hear about your experience. We are actively working to build apps that run natively on Apple computers using the Apple Silicon M1 chip. You may refer to the help article for more updates.

Additionally, please check out this support article by Apple if you have more issues running Rosetta 2.

Hope it helps.

 

Regards,

Ashutosh

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021

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I have found ID to be very laggy on M1 MacBook pro and Rosetta2, not very usable IMHO

Even a decent ARM beta would be great.

All the Affinity apps have already made the transition and I have moved away from Photoshop totally

The proprietary .indd format makes it harder to move from ID

The longer Adobe wait to make the transition, the more business they will lose

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021

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Adobe is not “waiting to make the transition.” There is absolutely no benefit to either Adobe or our customers to artificially “wait” for anything. 

 

As indicated in previous responses, Adobe is actively working on making ARM-compatible and MacOS 11 versions of applications ready. One can be snarky and a troll about this, but the fact is that the Adobe applications are exceptionally complex and use many more hardware and MacOS operating system features than most applications. And it takes time to not only make the necessary changes, but also to test them, report Apple's bugs back to Apple and get fixes, etc., etc., etc.

 

Also note that application developers did not get specimens of the systems with the new ARM-based processors that much before they were made available to the public.

 

- Dov Isaacs, Principal Scientist, Adobe

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Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021

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@Dov Isaacs wrote: "application developers did not get specimens of the systems with the new ARM-based processors that much before they were made available to the public."

 

So true for all developers who write for Apple, not just Adobe. It's a shame that Apple does this to the software industry.

 

Rule of thumb: wait 4-6 months after a new OS is released to install it on your system, especially if you use your computer to earn a living. It takes that long for software companies to retool to the new OS. The new OS might also cause problems with your peripherals, so be prepared to upgrade their drivers or ditch that old printer.

 

Bevi Chagnon | Designer & Technologist for Accessible InDesign + PDFs |
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Adobe Employee ,
Apr 02, 2021 Apr 02, 2021

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Hi all,

 

Sorry about the inconvenience caused. The first Beta release of InDesign for Apple silicon M1 is now available to download. Please try installing by following the instructions on this page and share your observations with us.

 

Regards,

Ashutosh

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