Adobe CS3: March 27

You’ve got your MacBook or Mac Mini or Mac Pro, or whatever Intel-based Mac you decided on, and that’s great. The transition from PowerPC to Intel processors went much better than anyone could have expected, and Apple kicked the conversion of its own software to universal binary in almost no time. The one glaring issue you can’t turn a blind eye to, though, is the lack of an Intel-compatible version of Adobe’s Creative Suite, the graphics design powerhouse that includes the flagship Photoshop.

March 27 of this year, though, is the day that changes. Adobe has confirmed that on March 27 in New York City it will be holding a special event to launch the long-awaited Creative Suite 3, the latest offering from Adobe and one it’s calling “the largest software release in Adobe’s 25-year history.” They’re totally correct on this.

There’s little doubt that CS3 will be the hottest selling high-end software package of the quarter, most likely eclipsing new video editing offerings from Apple handily. And, with new Mac Pros ready to roll, Apple is suddenly in shape to re-position itself as the go-to platform for graphics pros worldwide. In the dark days of the platform, this was one of the major markets that kept Apple afloat, and everything indicates it will do nicely again in this segment.

Adobe Creative Suite 3.0 launch confirmed for March 27 [Apple Insider]