Wednesday, June 3, 2009
What's Rosetta Mode?
A reader writes in to ask a question, "what's Rosetta?" He was attempting to use some older plug-ins and the manufacturer recommended opening Photoshop in Rosetta.
Rosetta is an emulation mode meant to facilitate the transition from the older PowerPC Macs to the new Intel based Macs. It's a Mac-only issue. Plug-ins that require you to run in Rosetta haven't been updated to run "native" on Intel based Macs.
Running Photoshop in Rosetta is slower, so I don't recommend using this unless you absolutely have to. The issue, again, mainly affects older products. If you've bought a new Intel based Mac and have new versions of Photoshop and your plug-ins, then you shouldn't have to worry at all about Rosetta.