We're really pleased to announce the release of Apple macOS universal M1 and Intel updates to all our plugins. These are now available for all subscribers via the Astute Manager.
Apple's recent change to its own M1 chipset brings a new era of lower power consumption (ie. longer battery life), yet faster processors. Apple had done a great job to ensure that "legacy" software which operates on Intel hardware could continue to run seamlessly using the new M1 computers, including Astute Graphics plugins when Illustrator was run in the Rosetta emulation mode. Read more about this on our M1 support page.
With the release of our latest plugins updates, it's now possible to run Adobe Illustrator 2021 (v25.3 and above) natively on M1 computers. This will unlock the maximum speed benefits for all customers of Apple's latest hardware.
Our engineers have worked very hard to bring these updates to users as soon as possible. They have also, cleverly, ensured that the latest plugins are universal, meaning the same macOS plugin can run on both Intel and M1 hardware seamlessly.
Updating your plugins is very easy using the Astute Manager. For instructions, please visit our support page.
Work is continuing on the Astute Manager v3, which will also be a universal application and is expected Q4 2021 latest. The current Astute Manager runs seamlessly on M1 hardware, but does so automatically in the Rosetta emulation mode. The situation with the Astute Manager does not affect the installation, operation or speed of Adobe Illustrator on M1 computers.
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