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April 3, 2007 at 3:28 PM

Adobe taps multicores, ready for OctoMacs

Finally, mainstream applications are starting to really take advantage of multicore processors to speed things up.

Adobe’s Bob Donlon explained in a blog entry how the company’s doing this with its new (Seattle-born) After Effects CS3, and drops a little hint about the next high-end Macs:

“If you’ve got a multiprocessor and/or multi-core system, After Effects farms out each frame of your comp to each processor, so it can RAM Preview and Render multiple frames simultaneously. You will need 512MB RAM for each process, since After Effects will actually launch background processes to run on your multiple processors, but as long as you’ve got enough RAM you can render 2 frames at a time on a 2-core system, 4 at time on a dual/dual , 8 at a time on some of the new high end Windows machines (and the 8-core Macs that we expect to see any day now).”

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