Mac computers have always done amazing things in the most uncomplicated ways. That’s certainly not about to change now. While every new Mac is now powered by the revolutionary Intel Core technology, moving to the new generation is — you guessed it — as easy as using a Mac. Whatever software you choose to use in your new Mac, it just works.

The Universal language

When you see the Universal symbol on Mac applications, that means they’re made to run on both Intel- and PowerPC-based Mac computers. Simply install them as usual. They’ll automatically run at peak performance for your Mac’s architecture. And, it bears repeating, if your Mac is powered by an Intel processor, that performance will be nothing less than astounding — up to 4X what is possible on PowerPC-based machines.

 

An expanding universe of applications

Since the introduction of the Intel-based iMac and MacBook Pro at MacWorld 2006, the number of developers supporting Universal applications is growing fast. Here are just some of the companies that have announced their support of the new generation of Macs.

4D

4D

“Twenty one years ago, 4D was one of the first products available on the Macintosh, so we are proud to be transferring our complete product line to Universal applications. Currently we are developing the next generation of our 4D database and development tools to provide a smooth transition to Universal for our global developer community.”

- Laurent Ribardière, President, 4D

Ableton

Ableton

“We are always striving to make Live faster, and the new Intel-based Macs have really made significant performance increases possible. Developing a Universal version of Live was an easy and quick process, and we are happy to be in the vanguard once again.”

- Gerhard Behles, CEO, Ableton

Adobe

Adobe

“Adobe is excited about Apple’s move to the Intel platform. Adobe was one of the first companies that committed to develop software for the new platform, with future versions of Adobe Creative Suite supporting both PowerPC- and Intel-based systems. Adobe is moving forward with transition plans for other Macintosh products, beginning with Lightroom — where we plan to include support for Apple’s new Intel-based products in an upcoming update to our public beta.”

- Dave Burkett, Vice President, Product Management,
Adobe Systems Incorporated

Aspyr

Aspyr

“The transition of Aspyr’s Sims 2 and Doom 3 to Universal applications is complete and we are very happy with the outcome. The process was efficient and the performance is outstanding.”

- Glenda Adams, Director of Development, Aspyr Media

Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design

“For Blackmagic Design, the Intel transition has been a breeze. Most of our products took only a single day to become Universal applications. The speed of the new machines is fantastic and we are incredibly happy with the results.”

- Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design

Blizzard

Blizzard

“Thanks to Apple’s developer tools and support, Blizzard Entertainment shipped World of Warcraft as a Universal application less than one month after Apple’s first release of Intel hardware in January 2006.”

- Frank Pearce, Senior Vice President, Product Development, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Canon

Canon

“Canon is thrilled to expand its strong relationship with Apple by building Universal driver support for its inkjet printers into Mac OS X 10.4.4 Tiger.”

- Yutaka Komiya, Deputy Chief Executive, Inkjet Products Operations, Canon Inc.

Cisco

“Cisco is excited to be developing Universal applications, and our VPN Client v4.9 now supports both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.”

- Tom Russell, Senior Director; Security Technologies Group, Cisco Systems Inc.

COMPanion

COMPanion

“We’re excited to offer Universal applications to our customer base for our entire product line. Our past experience in Xcode and its development ease have helped us move this process forward in an efficient manner. We look forward to seeing the performance boost these new Intel-based Macs will deliver for our customers.”

- Bill Schjelderup, President, COMPanion Corporation

Digidesign

Digidesign

“These exciting new machines are bound to please Pro Tools users — creative musicians and audio professionals who want to make use of all the processing power they can get. We’re hard at work fine-tuning Pro Tools for Intel-based Macs and plan to have a release out to our customers in the first half of 2006.”

- Dave Lebolt, General Manager, Digidesign

Elgato

Elgato

“The Universal version of EyeTV brings full-quality HDTV to the MacBook Pro and the new iMac - a feature reserved, until now, for owners of a high-end dual G5. The Intel Core Duo Macs are incredibly fast!”

- Markus Fest, CEO, Elgato Systems

Epson

Epson

“Epson is delighted to continue its strong support of the Mac platform by delivering Universal driver support for a wide range of its printers and scanners.”

- Seiichi Hirano, Director, Chief Executive of Imaging Products Operations Division, Seiko Epson Corp.

FileMaker

FileMaker

“We’re proud that our flagship products are all Universal: FileMaker Pro 8.5, FileMaker Pro 8.5 Advanced, FileMaker Server 8.0v4 and FileMaker Server 8.0v4 Advanced. For all businesses, time is precious, and FileMaker Universal applications deliver high performance and save you time. FileMaker Pro 8.5 runs up to 91% faster on Intel-based Macs than on PowerPC-based Macs, and FileMaker Server 8.0 v.4 up to 116% faster.”

- Ryan Rosenberg, VP of marketing and services, FileMaker, Inc.

Freeverse

Freeverse

“From day one, Freeverse has been fully committed to the transition to Universal applications. We just didn’t know it would be so easy! Apple has done a stellar job of giving us the right tools, and we’re happy to report we’ve shipped almost a dozen Universal Mac OS X applications in 2006!”

- Ian Lynch Smith, President, Freeverse Software

HP

HP

“HP is ready. We are proud to announce that full Universal driver support for hundreds of HP peripherals is built into Mac OS X version 10.4.4 Tiger for Intel-based Macs.”

- Hugh Amick, Vice President, Mac-connect Program, HP

Luxology

Luxology

“3D software applications like Modo thrive when running on powerful workstations. Let me get straight to the point — the new Mac Pro gave us a 200% speed boost above the already impressive Quad G5. With Modo’s deeply threaded technology cranking on the CPU and our advanced OpenGL viewports simultaneously pushing the GPU, the net effect of a well balanced workstation has never been so evident.”

- Brad Peebler, President & Co-founder, Luxology

Maxon

Maxon

“Maxon is proud to be the first company to ship a Universal version of a professional 3D application. Our software has always been a step ahead in the utilization of Apple’s latest technology. Maxon offered multiprocessing in 1997, a native Mac OS X version in 2001, and has had a Universal version available since January 30th.”

- Harald Egel, CEO, Maxon

Microsoft

Microsoft

“Our teams have been hard at work on the Intel transition since WWDC in June 2005 and we’ll ship the next version of Office for Mac as a Universal application.”

- Roz Ho, General Manager, Mac Business Unit, Microsoft

MySQL

MySQL

“We are happy to be one of the first relational database vendors to deliver a Universal application that takes full advantage of the speed of the new Intel-based Macs, and we encourage software developers to download the open source community version of MySQL 5.0 today.”

- David Axmark, Co-founder, MySQL AB

Native Instruments

Native Instruments

“All future Native Instruments products will include Universal versions that will take full advantage of the new Intel-based Mac platform while maintaining compatibility with PowerPC-based Macs.”

- Daniel Haver, CEO, Native Instruments

The Omni Group

The Omni Group

“We shipped Universal versions of nearly all of our applications on January 10 — the day the first Intel-based iMacs shipped. Universal applications allow us to deliver one version of each product without worrying about whether our customers are using Intel- or PowerPC-based Macintosh computers. Either way, our software runs natively — and fast.”

- Ken Case, CEO, The Omni Group

plasq

plasq

“Since creating a Universal version of Comic Life at WWDC 2005, plasq hasn’t looked back! We love the ease of development in Xcode and the huge speed boost these new Intel-based Macs deliver!”

- Robert Grant, Lead Developer, Comic Life, plasq

PowerSchool

PowerSchool

“PowerSchool is fully committed to delivering a Universal version of our world-class student information system, and we’re excited about developing applications that take full advantage of Intel-based Macs and future Apple innovations.”

- Mary McCaffrey, President, PowerSchool

Quark

Quark

“Quark is the first company to offer its customers a Universal page-layout solution and this software demonstrates that we’re serious about delivering on our commitment to become a more open and customer focused company. With the release of QuarkXPress 7 as a Universal application — in addition to more than 160 new features — cutting edge creative teams are working faster and smarter on the latest Apple hardware.”

- Jürgen Kurz, Senior Vice President of Desktop Products, Quark

Riverdeep

Riverdeep

“With a commitment to individualized instruction for every student, Riverdeep will fully support Universal versions of our industry-leading instructional software, including Destination Success, for Intel-based Macs.”

- Fiona O’Carroll, Executive Vice President, Product Development and Marketing, Riverdeep

Steinberg

Steinberg

“We’re very excited to be developing software for the new Intel-based Macs and have already released a Universal version of our VST Software Development Kit. We’re really looking forward to releasing Universal versions of our pro audio products like Cubase and Nuendo soon.”

- Maruk Stehlik, Director of Engineering Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH

Sunburst

Sunburst

“Sunburst is thrilled to be bringing Universal versions of Type to Learn, Key Skills, and our other great educational software products to our Apple customers in 2006.”

- David Wolff, Senior Vice President of Development, Sunburst

Tom Snyder Productions

Tom Snyder Productions

“Tom Snyder Productions, a Scholastic company, is eager to support Apple’s move to the Intel platform by offering Universal versions of our award-winning programs like GO Solve Word Problems and The Graph Club 2.0.”

- Rick Abrams, General Manager, Tom Snyder Productions

Wolfram Research

Wolfram Research

“The Universal version of Mathematica is fast, smooth, and solid, a delight to use in every way, and we’re delighted that it was one of the first Universal applications to ship, thanks to our great working relationship with Apple. Performance on the Intel hardware is outstanding.”

- Theodore Gray, Co-founder, Wolfram Research, Inc.