In a shock move, Adobe is not exhibiting at the forthcoming Macworld Expo in New York.

"Economic reasons" have been cited for the software company's absence. Cheryl Edwards, Adobe's public relations director, told MacCentral that Adobe (whose latest brand slogan is, ironically, "Everywhere you look") would still sponsor a breakfast for Mac User Group leaders, and will sponsor the Mac User Group Newsletter Design Contest.

Several other companies have told Macworld that "extraordinarily high" costs are associated with the New York show. Union fees for staff on corporate stands have forced several other companies to withdraw from this year's show.

Carbon later The company has been criticised for its lack of Mac OS X support. Only Acrobat Reader has been Carbonized to run natively on Mac OS X.

Edwards, however, reaffirmed the company's commitment to the Mac OS X platform.

She said: "Adobe supports the direction Apple is taking with OS X - delivering a powerful desktop platform with enhanced stability and reliability for the Macintosh customer.

"Adobe remains committed to supporting OS X natively in future releases of our flagship products, and we will communicate updates to customers, partners and the press on the status of our products."

A Carbonized version of Photoshop is not expected to be released until December 2001 at the earliest.

Adobe UK declined to comment.