Following Adobe's announcement that the next version of its Production Studio suite of video applications will be released on the Mac, After Effects product manager Steve Kilisky has given more information about the decision in his blog.
The current version of the Production Studio is Windows-only. It includes Premiere Pro 2.0 for video editing, After Effects 7.0 for compositing and motion graphics work, Encore DVD 2.0 for DVD authoring, Audition 2.0 for audio editing, Photoshop CS2 for image editing, Bridge CS2 for asset management and -- in the Premium edition -- Illustrator CS2 for vector artwork creation. Of the core video applications, only After Effects is currently available for the Mac -- and it will not be updated for Intel-based Macs until this next release.
The next versions of Premiere Pro, Encore DVD and Soundbooth will run on Intel Macs only. After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator and Bridge will be released as Universal Binaries for both Intel and PowerPC Macs. All will be available for Windows -- though whether Windows XP will be supported as well as Windows Vista has not been announced.