Apple Silicon Support roadmap

I use an M1 Mini. Great machine. I use Ps and Affinity Photo which are both available an Universal apps running native mode on Apple Silicon machines. Native mode Ps or Photo can’t run Intel plugins. So I need a roadmap of when the Topaz apps will be released as Universal apps so they can also run native mode on Apple Silicon machines. This should be an all the more important question when Apple announces more Apple Silicon MacBooks and iMacs in April.


At the very least it would be helpful if this limitation were recognized or documented in the install process… having spent half an hour trying to follow the old steps to fix plugins before finding this is very frustrating!

Topaz can continue to ignore the early adopters of Apple Silicon using the first three Macs with M1. But when Apple launches the other MacBooks and new iMacs all using Apple Silicon in April, the lack of a published story on when we will get Apple Silicon support will not win new friends.

As the interactive process of updates continues from Apple, Adobe, and Topaz (and others) — it might be more helpful to list M1 support as M1 Rosetta or M1 native (or M1 Intel and M1 ARM).

Those of us with M1’s are trying to figure out what works, and what doesn’t (yet). Any guidance to keep us from wasting time would be appreciated.

Sometimes an update (say, in this case) from Apple or Adobe might be holding back the progress, but there’s nothing to say, until that happens.

As a retired support guy, I’ve seen these processes repeat over the years. We used to call this, building airplanes in the sky.

Issue: Plug-ins not available
Workaround: Intel-based plug-ins will not appear in Photoshop. Run Intel-based plugins with Photoshop on Rosetta to install and use those plugins until your plugin provider delivers Apple silicon-compatible versions.

Issue: Missing or unsupported extensions
Workaround: To use extensions that rely on CEP, install and run them in Rosetta mode only. Once you launch under Rosetta, you may need to go to Window / Extensions (legacy) to open your CEP panels again. Note: You will not see the “Open in Rosetta” option if you are right-clicking on an “alias”.
For more information on the replacement technology for CEP, see UXP for Adobe Photoshop.

The terms Apple uses is Universal to indicate an app that has been updated to run native mode (without Rosetta II emulation, on an Apple Silicon based Mac. Apps that have not been updated and have to use Rosetta II emulation are shown as Intel applications. See attached picture of the Info dialog box of Lr Classic and Photoshop. Note you can decide to run a Universal app with Rosetta II. That is the only way such an app can use plugins or extensions that have not be updated. But, you do lose the performance increase of running native mode on Apple Silicon.

I would love to see native Apple Silicon support for all the Topaz products. Apple Silicon is the future for Mac users, and as the owner of one of these machines, I would like to get better performance from my Topaz apps and plugins.