Apple’s recently released 10.4.8 system update includes a number of enhancements to the Rosetta processor emulation technology. Now Macworld’s benchmarks add some specifics, reporting a roughly ~35% improvement running Photoshop CS2 on Intel-based Mac systems.
This is pretty great news. I mean, when’s the last time you got a free update that made your machine 35% faster at something? Our engineering and QE folks worked closely with Apple as the new code was developed, testing frequent drops for compatibility and performance. (See, it’s knowing/doing this kind of thing that makes me flip out when people start making up nonsense.)
Now, obviously–obviously–the preferred solution is to get Photoshop & other PPC apps to run natively on Mactel ASAP, and of course we continue to work hard on that front. (Just figured I’d spare anyone the trouble of writing "Git-r-done!!" or words to that effect. ;-)) In the meantime, it’s great to see Rosetta making strides to let people be more productive on these new systems.
[Update: Mike Downey reports that Flash 8 runs roughly 10% faster due to the update, and Steve Kilisky says that After Effects can run up to 15% faster.]