In countless aspects, Apple Computer Inc. is vastly different than longtime rival Microsoft Corp. But recently Apple has been accused of similarly ostracizing software developers who would rather not go head-to-head with Apple's growing stock of applications.

Intentionally or not, "Apple is pursuing a strategy that locks out their third-party software vendors," said Avi Greengart, an analyst with Jupiter Research.

In the latest instance of an outside developer abandoning the Macintosh platform, Adobe Systems Inc. announced in July that the latest overhaul of its flagship video editing program Premiere no

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