Photoshop users will have to wait until next year before the software is available on Apple's Power PCs and the new Intel machines.

The photo-manipulation software is one of the highest profile products that has not yet been released in the Universal Binary format that Apple is encouraging software makers to use. The format allows programs to run on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macintosh computers. The latest version of Photoshop Elements, version 4.0, came out in February and wasn't in Universal Binary because of time constraints.

"We are working very hard on making our products Mactel (Mac Intel) compliant," said Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen. "When we ship the new product Acrobat 8 this fall it will be Mactel (Mac Intel) compliant. When we ship Photoshop and the Creative Suite products next spring they will also be Mactel compliant.

"Many of our customers use Macintoshes and we believe that Mactel will provide for a greater performance and better experience and that will be good for Adobe's customers which means it's good for Adobe," said Chize. He added that the recently announced Boot Camp software, which allows Intel-based Mac computers to run the Windows operating system, won't have a big impact on Adobe's Mac software line-up.