Adobe says it will not issue Vista-compatible updates to the current versions of its products.

Users of applications such as Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver, may need to purchase new versions of the software to run them using Microsoft's new operating system.

A statement posted on Adobe’s site said that although the company is preparing to release the next version of its professional creative products, it “does not plan to issue updates to current versions of those products for Windows Vista compatibility”.

On the company’s site it also says that all Adobe products available as of 30 January were “released before Windows Vista became publicly available so have not been fully designed for or tested on this new operating system. However, many of those products run under Windows Vista with minimal issues”.

A number of Vista-compatibility problems have listed by Adobe, including an error Acrobat 8 encounters when running with Microsoft’s new OS. The company plans to release a free patch to solve this problem later this year. InDesign users may also receive an incorrect message telling them they have insufficient hard disk space to run the program. Adobe has also warned that those using Dreamweaver 8 may experience it crashing when file browsing if run on Vista machines.

For those who plan to buy new versions of Adobe’s products, the company has confirmed that Creative Suite 3 editions will be available as universal applications for both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs and support Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista. This will include Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver.