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We've seen some odd, negative announcements in the last few weeks regarding OS X. I've covered them in detail, so I won't go into them again. But after the first week of the release of Apple's new operating system, I thought it might be nice to take a look at some of the positive developments going on in the professional arena that bode well for the future of OS X as a serious tool for Macintosh creative pros.
There are already tons of consumer applications out there for early adopters of OS Xgames, utilitiesheck, even Napster, which is still in beta for OS 9, runs on OS X. But professional applications are much slower in coming. Frankly, for the most part, professionals are slower to adopt new technologies, having tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in their current systems. Why risk a change that could cause problems, slow production and even cost clients?
Vendors are keenly aware of this attitude, which is why they're taking a wait and see approach. But there are some out there investing resources in this as-yet unproved technology. Their efforts are a service to professional users that should be noted and applauded. More, it should be supported by those of you out there who have also taken risks with new technologies because it shows a commitment to you that few vendors so far are willing to make.
Now, none of this is to slight the efforts of the thousands of developers working diligently to release their OS X applications. New releases will naturally follow a curve, hopefully reaching an apex somewhere around late summer. But the fact that these three developersNewTek, Maxon and Macromediahave dedicated precious resources in a down market to a brand new OS so early in the game says a lot not only about their dedication to the platform, but to the users as well.
And, while we're on the topic, be sure to check in tomorrow for a review of the first week of OS X, along with some tips and tricks to get you working better.
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