This is the transcript with Adobe chat. I’ve changed the support person’s name to protect the innocent.
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DAVE BECKERMAN: I am moving from a PC to a Mac. Can you tell me what the cost would be for the native mac version of these programs? Dreamweaver (CS3), Photoshop (CS3), Lightroom (2.6 – current version). Is this something that you can answer?
Rick : Hello! Welcome to Adobe Customer Service.
DAVE BECKERMAN: Hi. Is this a subject that you can answer?
Rick : Hi Dave.
Rick: Please allow me a moment to review your request.
Rick: Dave, since you are changing the platform to MAC, you can do it only do it for the latest version that it your Lightroom.
DAVE BECKERMAN: What would I have to do for PS and Dreamweaver? You can see the versions I have in the store. What would the upgrade cost?
Rick: So you can request for cross platform but you will not be able to come back for previous platform again.
DAVE BECKERMAN: Yes. I don’t want the previous platform.
Rick: Sure Dave, you can upgrade Dreamweaver and Photoshop CS3.
Rick: For upgrading cost please allow me a moment while I check on this information for you.
DAVE BECKERMAN: Thanks. I’ll wait.
Rick: Thank you for waiting. One moment please.
Rick: I’ll be right with you.
DAVE BECKERMAN: fine
Rick: Dave for upgrading, the cost of Dreamweaver would be US$199 and for Photoshop CS3 would be US$349 .
Rick: For further details please contact our Adobe sales team. Adobe sales team will further assist you.
DAVE BECKERMAN: Thanks. How to contact Adobe Sales team?
Rick: Dave, you can connect our Adobe sales team through phone support. Please feel free to contact them.
DAVE BECKERMAN: Okay — thanks.
Rick: Sorry for the wait. Please do stay online.
DAVE BECKERMAN: Okay.
Rick : I will provide you with the contact number. Adobe sales team contact number is 800-585-0774 (Monday to Friday 5:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Pacific time))
Rick: Is there anything else I can help you with?
DAVE BECKERMAN: Nope. You’ve answered all my questions.
Rick: You are welcome. It’s my pleasure to help you. Thank you for contacting Adobe. Goodbye!
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Now, I know there are several ways to use PC software with the Macs. Choices range from dual-boot, with Windows installed (boot camp)
Parallels and VMWare Fusion. Again you would need a licensed copy of Windows installed, but with these guys you can switch back and forth between the two OS’s without rebooting.
But – and here’s my real question – can a virtual version of Photoshop (we’re not talking notepad here) really be as fast as the native version on a slightly underpowered mini (for example) or even on the top of the line. Also, if I’m moving to the mac, wouldn’t it be nice to be using software with the UI for the mac… I mean, for the important programs, go all the way. There may be some utilities that I use once in a while where it would be nice to simply switch back and forth between OS’s… and it might be useful in the beginning when I’m moving files around from the old to the new system… But I will have to do a bit more research in terms of running Photoshop in virtual mode. Dreamweaver should be fine. It’s pretty lightweight. and Lightroom I can get the conversion for free. So it’s really about Photoshop, which honestly, I don’t even use that much. At least not these days.