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Adobe Illustrator and InDesign Go Native on Apple Silicon

Posted June 8, 2021 | Adobe | Apple M1 | Apple Silicon | Mac and macOS | Windows


Adobe announced today that it has successfully ported Illustrator and InDesign to Apple Silicon for native compatibility with M1-based Macs.

“With so many designers around the world relying on Illustrator and InDesign every day to help them create and express themselves, we know speed and performance are key,” Adobe’s Jasmine Whitaker notes. “With the launch of Apple’s new line of Macs and Macbooks, running on the [Apple] Silicon M1 chip, we made it a top priority to optimize all Creative Cloud apps—Illustrator and InDesign included—to run seamlessly in this new environment.”

The release of Apple Silicon-native versions of Illustrator and InDesign follow Adobe’s March release of an M1-native version of Photoshop. And in each case, the firm is citing major performance benefits from the transition. Adobe claims that Illustrator users will see a 65 percent increase in performance on an M1 Mac, versus the Intel version. And with InDesign, users will see a 59 percent improvement in overall performance on Apple Silicon.

Some particular actions are even faster, Adobe claims. Opening a graphics-heavy file in InDesign, for example, is now 185 percent faster, and scroll performance on a text-heavy document of 100 pages improved 78 percent. Some Illustrator actions see similar performance improvements.

Adobe says the M1-native versions of Illustrator and InDesign will begin rolling out to customers today and will be available to all customers worldwide soon.

 

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