Apple's announced switch to Intel processors poses challenges to developers, according to Adobe.

Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen told Cnet that: "Moving the applications over is not that easy".

All the same, Chizen is optimistic about the eventual results, saying: "I think in the long run it's going to be great because what the users will get is better performance and greater value. At Adobe, we tend to optimize for Intel today on the Windows side. The fact that we'll be able to optimize for Intel cross-platform will make it even better for us."

Chizen describes the process of porting applications as development, software compiling and extensive testing, "you just can't turn a switch", he explains.

The Adobe chief also suggests the first MacTel-optimized versions of Adobe's creative products won't be available until the end of 2006 at the earliest.