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  1. Adobe launches M1-native Photoshop with ‘minor feature differences’ Don't worry, you can always go back to the Rosetta version. After a few months in beta, Adobe has launched a version of Photoshop for Apple’s M1 chip, bringing a major speed boost to the popular photo editing software. However, it also includes a few limitations that might make users want to stick to running the Intel version in Rosetta 2. Adobe says the M1 native version is 1.5 times faster than “similarly configured previous generation systems,” so users should definitely feel the difference. The app will update via the Creative Cloud updater and will seamlessly switch to the new version when relaunched. Adobe says legacy version of Photoshop prior to 2020 will not support the M1 chip. However, the M1 version of Photoshop for M1 MacBooks and the Mac mini isn’t identical to the Intel version. Here are the features that aren’t available in the M1 version yet, according to Adobe: Import, Export, and playback of embedded video layers Shake Reduction filter Preset Syncing Share an image button / Quick Share Create new Library from document / Libraries Panel menu command Home Screen > Shared with you and Invite to edit / Collaborative Editing features. Opening or placing U3D formatted files Starting Bridge from Photoshop menus There are also a handful of known issues Adobe is working on including Issues when exporting SVG files and a black screen when viewing a 3D document. Adobe offers workarounds while it works to fix the problems. For most users, these won’t be debilitating limitations, but if you need any of the features here, you can always switch to the Rosetta version. Head to your Applications folders, right-click on the app icon, and then “Get Info” to bring up details and options about the app. Finally, check the “Open in Rosetta” box to force the Intel version to launch. Source: Adobe launches M1-native Photoshop with ‘minor feature differences’
  2. Nvidia's GeForce Now adds support for new Apple M1-based Macs Nvidia continues to expand support for GeForce Now to additional platforms. The company announced today that the cloud gaming service is available on macOS devices based on the new Apple M1 CPU. With the new Apple M1 support, GeForce Now will work only via the Rosetta 2 emulator. That means new Apple M1-based hardware will ask you to install Rosetta before you can download and install the GeForce Now app. The latest expansion follows the recent rollout of beta support for Chrome browser on Windows and macOS. Nvidia noted, however, that you'll have a better gaming experience through the app than in a browser. Nvidia also announced that it is adding more games to GeForce Now in February such as Apex Legends Season 8, Valheim, and Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood. In addition, it's launching a demo for Square Enix’s Outriders game on GeForce Now on February 25. In August of last year, GeForce Now also launched on Chrome OS after becoming live on other platforms such as Android and iOS. Nvidia also recently announced a regional expansion for the service. Source: Nvidia's GeForce Now adds support for new Apple M1-based Macs
  3. Microsoft Edge takes on Chrome and Safari with official release for Apple M1 Macs The browser finally runs natively on Apple Silicon devices (Image credit: Future) Microsoft has released a new version of its Edge browser that finally adds supports Apple Silicon-powered MacBook devices. The company first started testing the M1-optimized browser back in December, just days after recompiling its Office 365 suite to run natively on Apple’s new devices. The updated browser is available to download now from Microsoft’s website, with MacBook users now given the option to Edge for “Mac with Apple Chip.” That means Edge runs natively on Apple Silicon and doesn’t have to be translated through Rosetta 2 on M1 Macs, such as the latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, This will be welcome news for M1 Mac owners keen to switch to Microsoft’s browser. While Rosetta enabled Edge to run, emulation almost always results in a drop-off in performance due to the fact that computing resources must be set aside for translation. 9to5Mac reports that the M1-optimized Microsoft Edge browser feels “just as fast as Chrome.” Given the performance drain that Google’s browser tends to have on some MacBook devices, the release could see some users switch to Microsoft’s Chromium-based browser instead. As well as being built with the M1 chip’s ARM architecture in mind, Microsoft says that the new Edge browser is “tailored for macOS”, allowing users to “browse seamlessly with experiences exclusive to Mac, like easy access to tabs, video controls and more, all within your Touch Bar.” Microsoft is one of the last browser makers to recompile its software for M1 Macs, with rival browsers Google Chrome and Firefox already recompiled to run on Arm-based M1 chips. The arrival of Edge on M1 Macs comes amid reports that the legacy version of the Microsoft Edge web browser will be removed from Windows 10 when it is updated later this year. Microsoft Edge takes on Chrome and Safari with official release for Apple M1 Macs
  4. Codeweavers posted a blog post and video tonight showing off CrossOver running on an Apple M1 MacBook Air. This video shows Team Fortress 2 running on a new M1 ‌MacBook Air‌: Windows APIs into their Mac equivalents. The Codeweavers team was able to run the current version of CrossOver on the new Apple M1 ‌MacBook Air‌ under Rosetta 2 to achieve this feat. That's incredible when you consider that we're on literally the cheapest Apple Silicon device you can buy - one that gets thermally throttled and is missing a GPU core. I can't tell you how cool that is; there is so much emulation going on under the covers. Imagine - a 32-bit Windows Intel binary, running in a 32-to-64 bridge in Wine / CrossOver on top of macOS, on an ARM CPU that is emulating x86 - and it works! This is just so cool. Codeweavers maintains a compatibility database so you can see what might work under CrossOver. They were also able to run Quicken, Among Us, and Witcher 3. Source
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